5 Jaguars players who must make a huge impression in OTAs
3. Jaguars player who must shine in OTAs: Tevaughn Campbell, CB
The Jaguars hit it out of the ballpark with Tyson Campbell in Round 2 of the 2021 NFL Draft. Although he got off to a rough start in his rookie campaign, he increasingly got better as the season progressed. Having one spot in the perimeter locked down, the Jags signed Darious Williams last year.
While Williams started the 2022 season in the slot, he eventually moved to the boundaries, where he proved to be a better fit. The Jaguars then plugged in Tre Herndon at nickel and that's where he'll tentatively play in 2023.
Having identified their starting trio for the regular season, the Jaguars will need some sort out the rest of their cornerback depth chart. Sophomores Gregory Junior and Montaric Brown hardly played last year but they will try to gain ground in graining camp. Rookie Christian Braswell should also be in the mix. He has lined up inside and outside and could earn a roster spot if he develops into a core contributor on special teams.
There's also 2020 seventh-round pick Chris Claybrooks, who faced vandalism and domestic assault and vandalism charges for an incident involving his partner earlier this year. Working in his favor is that he reached a settlement and won't be persecuted. Nevertheless, the Jags could still decide to cut him and create a bit over $1 million in space if they're looking for cap relief.
This leaves Tevaughn Campbell as a potential victim of the numbers game. After spending the first two years of his NFL career with the Los Angeles Chargers, he was waived before the start of the 2022 season and promptly picked up by the Las Vegas Raiders.
Campbell ended up not suiting up for the Raiders and was once again released. He was then picked up by the Jags and went on to play 31 defensive snaps last year. Given how stacked Jacksonville is at cornerback, it won't be shocking if they choose to cut ties with Campbell.