5 Jacksonville Jaguars who could be released following the 2023 NFL Draft
2. Jacksonville Jaguars player who could be cut after the draft: Snoop Conner
General manager Trent Baalke isn't afraid to pull the plug on players just one year after drafting them. Last year, the Jags waived defensive tackle Jay Tufele even though he had been a fourth-round pick in 2021. Tufele latched onto the Cincinnati Bengals and became in important piece of their defensive line rotation.
Maybe Baalke wouldn't have released Tufele if he knew he was going to become a solid role player, maybe not. But he didn't hesitate to move on from a player he had drafted the year before and running back Snoop Conner could be next on the chopping block.
A fifth-round pick in last year's draft, the former Ole Miss competed with Ryquell Armstead for the No. 3 job behind James Robinson and Travis Etienne. Conner ultimately cracked the 53-man roster but before he could uncork the champagne, the team's brass signed JaMycal Hasty.
Conner was a healthy scratch early in the 2022 season and only got playing time when Jacksonville traded James Robinson to the New York Jets. Even then, his workload was limited to just 12 carries for 42 yards with one touchdown in eight games.
The Jaguars brought back Hasty on a two-year deal in the offseason and later inked former Cleveland Browns running back D'Ernest Johnson, who has a realistic shot at becoming the primary backup behind Etienne. If Hasty is the No. 3 running back on the Jags' depth chart, Conner could be on the outside looking in.
Despite the fact that releasing Conner would create $244,701 in dead money, the Jaguars could save $706,866 if they released him. If they think they've seen enough, it wouldn't make sense to keep him around, so pulling the plug on him might be the best course of action.