Jacksonville Jaguars: Stealing one non-QB from each AFC South rival

Indianapolis Colts guard Quenton Nelson (56) leaves the field Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022.
Indianapolis Colts guard Quenton Nelson (56) leaves the field Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022. / Robert Scheer/IndyStar / USA TODAY
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No. 2 AFC South player the Jaguars would like to steal : Derek Stingley Jr., CB

The Houston Texans might still have a long way to go before they have a legitimate shot to compete for the AFC South crown. However, they made huge strides in the offseason, signing players that will have an immediate impact and finding their quarterback of the future in C.J. Stroud.

While the Texans are projected to win between 5.5 and 6.5 games in 2023, they won't be easy to beat and nobody should be surprised if they end up upsetting the Jags or any other contender next season.

With players such as tight end Dalton Schultz and Davin Singletary slated to fill in key roles, they'll have a chance week in and week out, so which player from the Houston roster would the Jaguars like to poach? There are a few enticing options, including Schultz and Singletary but the Jags are already set at tight end and running back, so their addition would not be necessary.

Rookie defensive end William Anderson Jr. would be another intriguing choice but the Jaguars' brass would surely prefer someone who can contribute on Day 1. Make no mistake, Anderson has the tools to develop into a fine edge rusher but he might need a bit of time before he can make an impact. That probably leaves cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. as the best possible choice.

The Jaguars have a pair of outside corners in Tyson Campbell and Darious Williams but they need a nickel. Veteran Tre Herndon is currently the favorite to start in the slot in 2023 but Jacksonville could use an upgrade at the position.

Stingley missed his rookies season with a Lisfranc tear and injuries limited him to nine games in 2022. However, there's a good chance he'll hit his stride if he remains healthy. While he's mostly lined in the boundaries, he's got the athleticism to line in the slot, where he could be of great help for the Jags.