Jaguars lose CB Tyson Campbell to AFC South foe in 2021 NFL Draft do-over

• The Jaguars found a playmaker in Tyson Campbell but they lose him to a division foe in a recent NFL Draft re-do.
Jacksonville Jaguars CB Tyson Campbell (32) intercepts a pass intended for Houston Texans TE Jordan Akins (88)  at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida Sunday, December 19, 2021.
Jacksonville Jaguars CB Tyson Campbell (32) intercepts a pass intended for Houston Texans TE Jordan Akins (88) at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida Sunday, December 19, 2021. / Bob Self/Florida Times-Union / USA TODAY

The Jacksonville Jaguars found a pair of building blocks in Trevor Lawrence and running back Travis Etienne. If they were given the choice to change their picks, they probably wouldn't do it. In fact, they kept both in a recent 2021 do-over. However, cornerback Tyson Campbell was a different deal.

Marcus Mosher of the 33rd Team had the Jags redrafting Lawrence and Etienne but the Indianapolis Colts swooped in at No. 21 and took Campbell. He argues that Indy didn't have a No.1 corner at the time and the former Georgia Bulldog would've been better than their original pick, edge rusher Kwity Pawe.

"Tyson Campbell was one of the NFL's top cornerbacks during the 2022 season. However, he was limited to just 11 games in 2023 because of an injury. The good news is that he is fully healthy heading into the 2024 season and is widely viewed as a top-10 cornerback in the league.

The Indianapolis Colts have not had a true No. 1 cornerback for some time, but Campbell's addition solves that."

Campbell got off to a slow start to his rookie season but that was mostly because he was playing out of position in the slot and was dealt with injuries. Once he replaced Shaquill Griffin in the boundaries, he was able to hit his stride. The former Georgia Bulldog was even better in 2022. By the end of his sophomore year, he had joined the discussion about the top cornerbacks in the league.

As Mosher pointed out, Campbell was held back by injuries last year, but he's back at full strength and ready to pick off where he left off. While he'll need to make the transition to defensive coordinator Ryan Neilsen's press-heavy scheme, he's already made a strong impression on the coaching staff.

Meanwhile, Paye has become a staple of the Colts' defensive line. He's seen his sack totals increase every year and is looking to break out in 2024.

The Jaguars would still have options if Tyson Campbell weren't available

Missing out on Tyson Campbell wouldn't be ideal but the Jacksonville Jaguars would still have options. They could roll with Jevon Holland, who's become a playmaker for the Miami Dolphins. If they wanted to reinforce the offensive trenches, Tevin Jenkins, who went to the Chicago Bears at No. 29, would've been an intriguing choice.

Heck, Kwity Paye would be another alternative. At the time, outside linebacker Josh Allen was coming off an injury-marred season and the Jaguars' pass rush was in need of reinforcements.

On the other hand, nearly all the best corners were gone in Mosher's do-over. If the Jags wanted to take one at No. 33 in that scenario, Paulson Adebo would probably be their best choice. Adebo ended up going to the New Orleans Saints in the third round. All things considered, he's been a solid contributor in The Big Easy, playing 45 games with 44 starts while logging two forced fumbles, seven interceptions, and 33 pass deflections.

As a matter of fact, Adebo was the subject of a trade pitch after the Jags hired Ryan Nielsen earlier this year. Neilsen was Saints assistant head coach and later their co-defensive coordinator in the corner's first two NFL seasons, so the fit makes sense.

Having said that, Jacksonville would most definitely pick Campbell over Adebo if the 2021 NFL Draft was held again.

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