Jaguars exploring for ways to bolster CB room after 2024 NFL Draft

Sep 28, 2023; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA;  Detroit Lions defensive back Jerry Jacobs (23) returns an
Sep 28, 2023; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Detroit Lions defensive back Jerry Jacobs (23) returns an / Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars selected a pair of cornerbacks in the 2024 NFL Draft, but it looks like they may not be done making upgrades at the position. Jerry Jacobs, who spent the last three seasons with the Detroit Lions, is visiting the Jags, per Aaron Wilson of KPRC.

Jacksonville used a pair of draft picks on Jerrian Jones and Deantre Prince, but neither cornerback will probably be able to contribute right off the bat. That's why kicking the tires on a proven commodity like Jacobs would come in handy.

An undrafted free agent in 2021, Jacobs was a pleasant surprise for the Lions, logging nine starts, seven passes defensed, and a forced fumble as a rookie. He was equally productive in his sophomore campaign despite the fact that he was coming off an ACL injury, tallying one interception and eight passes defensed.

Last year, Jacobs had three picks, tied for the second most with the Lions, but also struggled and was benched at one point. Add the fact that he dealt with leg injuries and it's easy to see why the Lions opted not to tender the former Arkansas Razorback an offer sheet.

Jerry Jacobs could add much needed help at cornerback for the Jaguars

Tyson Campbell and Ronald Darby will tentatively start at cornerback for the Jaguars in 2024. Campbell is coming off an injury-marred season and it's uncertain if he'll successfully make the transition to defensive coordinator Ryan Nielsen's press-heavy scheme.

Darby, on the other hand, has been dependable in previous years but he's entering the stage of his career where he may be better suited for a reserve role. That's why the team's brass may be looking for reinforcements.

Jerry Jacobs has starting experience but also has dealt with injuries throughout his career. He would need to compete for a roster spot, but at worst, he would provide depth at cornerback. Right now, the top backup cornerback is Montaric Brown, who got considerable playing time when Campbell missed time last year.

Jacobs may be a better player than Brown if he's healthy. He could compete with him in training camp for a starting job, but if the Jaguars aren't thrilled with what they see, they could give veteran Steven Nelson, who remains unsigned, a call or reach out to the New Orleans Saints and inquire about Marshon Lattimore's availability. Either way, the front office shouldn't overlook the cornerback position.

After all, cornerback was one of the team's biggest needs in the draft but they waited until Round 3 to address it. Hosting Jerry Jacobs for a visit is a good first step.

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