Jaguars probably not impressed with this CB prospect's underwhelming 40-time

• The Jaguars could be moving down this CB prospect down their draft board after a disappointing Pro Day.

Mar 1, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Georgia defensive back Kamari Lassiter (DB23) works out during
Mar 1, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Georgia defensive back Kamari Lassiter (DB23) works out during / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Cornerback remains a need for the Jacksonville Jaguars despite the fact that they signed Ronald Darby in free agency. Fortunately for them, this year's draft class is loaded with talent. They could take one of the top prospects at No. 17 or wait until Round 2 and still come out with a quality player. That said, there may be a handful of prospects they should avoid in the first two rounds. Kamari Lassiter could be one of them after a disappointing Pro Day.

Lassiter didn't run the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine and instead waited for the Georgia Pro Day. It didn't pay off, as he posted a 4.56-second time, sixth percentile among all cornerbacks since 1999, and a 1.58-second 10-yard split.

The consensus previously saw Lassiter as a second-round pick during the draft process. Had he tested well in the 40, he might've been a dark horse candidate to be a top-32 pick but could instead tumble to the third round after posting such an underwhelming performance.

After all, teams don't solely draft players based on how they fare in the 40-yard dash but they do take it into account, especially for skill positions. As Marcus Mosher of the 33rd Team noted, no outside cornerback in the league right now has posted a 4.60-second time or slower.

This doesn't mean the Jaguars should take Lassiter off their draft board but it could change how they view him. Mosher suggests the former Bulldog may be better suited in the slot based on his 40 time and his size (5'11", 186 pounds).

The Jaguars may steer away from Kamari Lassiter in the draft

Before working out at his Pro Day, Kamari Lassiter seemed like an enticing option for the Jags in the second round. Despite his less-than-ideal size, he had great recognition skills and vision. On top of that, he has the versatility to play either man or press coverage, so he might've been a good fit in defensive coordinator Ryan Nielsen's scheme. However, his 40-yard time won't help his cause.

The Jaguars could still view Lassiter as an outside cornerback but they would probably steer away from him in the first two rounds. On the other hand, if they think he's better suited for the slot, they could have a logjam at the position.

While there's no such thing as too many good players, Jacksonville has already several in-house candidates to line up in the slot after letting Tre Herndon walk in free agency. Antonio Johnson saw considerable time at nickel and the coaching staff could leave him there in 2024 if they think he can still get better.

Conversely, the Jags could move Antonio Johnson to safety and have Ronald Darby play nickel. The issue with that scenario is that they would then need an outside corner opposite Tyson Campbell. Veteran Darnell Savage also has experience in the slot, and third-year pro Gregory Junior gives the team another alternative, leaving no room for Lassiter inside.

The bottom line is that Kamari Lassiter could still be on the Jaguars' radar even after posting an unremarkable 40-yard time. However, he won't probably be in consideration in the first two rounds.

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