5 Jacksonville Jaguars who could be released following the 2023 NFL Draft
The Jacksonville Jaguars should be able to load up on talent and address all their position needs in the 2023 NFL Draft. But to make room for the new batch, they will need to part ways with a handful of players that were on the roster last season.
This is the harsh reality of the NFL though. While the likes of Trevor Lawrence or Calvin Ridley don't have to worry about their job security, there are other players who have to constantly prove themselves, and even if they give their 100 percent, it isn't always enough.
Having said that, it's better to move on from players early in the offseason, so they can have a higher chance of finding a new team. With that in mind, here are five Jaguars that could be released after the 2023 draft.
5. Jacksonville Jaguars player who could be cut after the draft: Cole Van Lanen
The Jags traded a seventh-round pick for offensive line Cole Van Lanen before the start of the 2022 season because they didn't want to run the risk of losing him in the waive wire. A sixth-round pick by the Green Bay Packers in 2021, the former Wisconsin Badger spent most of his rookie season in the practice squad.
Van Lanen was a victim of the numbers game in Green Bay last year, as the Packers used three picks on offensive linemen. Even if he had made the roster, the wouldn't have gotten much playing time. In Jacskonville, he ended up appearing in 16 games and playing 18 offensive snaps. The Wisconsin native signed the exclusive tender to return to Jacksonville but Jacksonville could create $940,000 in space with no dead money if they move on from him.
All things considered, Van Lanen could still develop into a solid backup in the NFL but his days in Jacksonville might be numbered if the Jags draft one (or two) offensive linemen.