No. 2 Jaguars certified building block: Tyson Campbell, CB
Cornerback didn't seem a big need for the Jaguars ahead of the 2021 draft. After all, Sidney Jones was re-signed after a solid season and C.J. Henderson had flashed as a rookie. Moreover, the Jaguars had brought in Shaquill Griffin on a three-year deal worth $40 million and Tre Herndon had also returned on a one-year contract. But the surplus at the position didn't stop general manager Trent Baalke from going with Tyson Campbell at No. 33.
At the time, drafting Campbell seemed unnecessary and the fact that he struggled early as a rookie didn't help matters. However, the former Georgia Bulldog quickly found his footing and went on to have a productive season. In fact, he was one of the team's most productive players toward the end of the season.
Early in 2021, Campbell lined up in the slot but proved to be a much better fit in the boundaries. That's where he started last year and once again had a pretty good year. Besides registering three interceptions, his Pro Football Focus overall grade of 82.1 was the seventh-best at the position in 2022. Funny enough, PFF didn't think he didn't deserve to be on their most recent list of top 10 cornerbacks.
The good news is that Campbell is getting widespread recognition as one of the best players in the league regardless of the position. Don't be surprised if he earns his first First-Team All-Pro designation if he keeps playing at a high level.