5 Jaguars UDFAs who could steal a roster spot in training camp

• The Jaguars signed 13 UDFAs after the 2024 NFL Draft

• These 5 could end up making the 53-man roster next season

Mount Union wide receiver Wayne Ruby runs the ball for a first down under pressure from Alma
Mount Union wide receiver Wayne Ruby runs the ball for a first down under pressure from Alma / Julie Vennitti Botos / Canton Repository
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2. Andrew Parker Jr., LB - App State

Like safety, the Jaguars' linebacker room wasn't in need of significant upgrades this offseason, especially after giving veteran Foyesade Oluokun an extension. 2022 first-round pick Devin Lloyd is entering his third season while Chad Muma and sophomore Ventrell Miller provide a couple of reserve options.

Besides their depth, another thing that might've prevented the Jags from using a draft pick on a linebacker is that this year's class wasn't particularly great. That said, signing Appalachian State's Andrew Parker as an undrafted free agent came with minimal risk.

Parker began his collegiate career at Arkansas and later transferred to Appalachian State, where he appeared in 26 games with 24 starts the past two years. A 2023 All-Sun Belt First-Team designation, Parker doesn't have sideline-to-sideline range and will need to calibrate his aggressiveness against the run, as he tends to overpursue. However, he could carve a niche as a contributor on special teams.

1. Andre Carter, DE - Indiana

Fortifying the pass rush was among the Jaguars' top priorities entering the draft but they waited until Round 7 to select Myles Coles. It's true that Jacksonville has a pair of excellent bookend pass rushers in Travon Walker and Josh Allen but they need depth behind them. Currently, Trevis Gipson is No. 3 on the depth chart. Let's say Cole does make the team, they would still need another pass rusher to round out their rotation.

Andre Carter doesn't have a great get-off but he's got the strength to create havoc at the line of scrimmage. He would need to hone his hand usage, and his footwork also needs refinement. That said, he's got the size to become a rotational player in the pros.

Like most players on this list, Carter is a long shot, but at 6'7" and 270 pounds, he's got the kind of size the Jaguars prefer in their edge defenders since general manager Trent Baalke took over in 2021.

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