No. 1 Jaguars player with a chance to make the Pro Bowl: Josh Allen, OLB
Former Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell made several questionable decisions throughout his stint but he got it right when he drafted Josh Allen seventh overall in 2019. Right off the bat, the former Kentucky Wildcat had an impact, racking up 10.5 sacks and making the Pro Bowl as a rookie.
However, Allen wasn't able to build on the success he had in 2019 for a myriad of reasons. In 2020, a knee injury hindered his impact and limited him to eight games and 2.5 sacks. He was supposed to bounce back in 2021 but the Urban Meyer debacle had a negative impact on him and the rest of the team.
Then again, Allen had flashes of dominance in 2021. His performances in the Week 9 upset against the Buffalo Bills and the season finale against the Indianapolis Colts stood out. But he also disappeared through stretches. The Virginia native was more consistent in 2022 but still wasn't the elite player the Jags thought he could become.
Vowing to be better, Allen has had a strong start to the 2023 season and has established himself as one of the top pass rushers in the league. He's already tallied one more sack than he had last year and has consistently wreaked havoc at the line of scrimmages.
It took Allen a while to find his groove again but he's at last become the difference-maker he was expected to be. A contract extension and a Pro Bowl berth seem likely, if not inevitable.