Jaguars 53-man roster projector after 2024's mandatory minicamp

• Here's a look at how the Jaguars' initial 53-man roster could look based on how some players performed at mandatory camp.
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson at EverBank Stadium’s Miller Electric Center in Jacksonville, Fla.
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson at EverBank Stadium’s Miller Electric Center in Jacksonville, Fla. / Corey Perrine/Florida Times-Union / USA
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Jaguars projected defense after mandatory minicamp Part I

Defensive line (6) Arik Armstead, Roy Robertson-Harris, Jeremiah Ledbetter, DaVon Hamilton, Maason Smith, Jordan Jefferson

One of the Jaguars' most improved units in the offseason, the defensive line isn't lacking talent or depth. Free-agency acquisition Arik Armstead should be a difference-maker against the pass and the run. With DaVon Hamilton back in the fold after dealing with a non-football back injury last year, Roy Robertson-Harris will take on more of a complementary role. That's not necessarily a bad thing.

Robertson-Harris will still see ample playing time, but he'll now be more effective because of Armstead's arrival. Rookie Maason Smith may not get much playing time early on but his workload should increase as the season progresses. Jeremiah Ledbetter is also back after stepping in Hamilton's absence, and Jordan Jefferson should edge sophomore Tyler Lacy for a roster spot.

Edge rushers (4): Josh Allen, Travon Walker, Trevis Gipson, Myles Cole

Sophomore Yasir Abdullah will be making the transition to inside linebacker in 2024. That means he will no longer be asked to get after the quarterback. Then again, the Jaguars are switching to a 4-3 system under Ryan Nielsen. Abdulah doesn't have the size to play with his hand on the ground, so the switch makes sense.

That leaves Josh Allen and Travon Walker as the team's primary pass rushers. Trevis Gipson will be third on the depth chart, but Myles Cole could see a few snaps if he makes a strong impression in training camp and the preseason.

Linebackers (4): Foyesade Oluokun, Devin Lloyd, Chad Muma, Ventrell Miller

Going back to Yasir Abdullah, he's a long shot even after switching positions. As it is, the Jaguars will have only two linebackers on the field more often than not because nickel (three cornerbacks) will be their base defense. That leaves Foyesade Oluokun and Devin Lloyd as the starters. Chad Muma will be the primary backup but he'll have to fend off Ventrell Miller if he doesn't want to tumble down the depth chart.