Led by Trevor Lawrence and head coach Doug Pederson, the Jacksonville Jaguars are one of the hottest teams in the NFL ahead of the 2023 season. Yet, it wasn't enough for Sam Monson of Pro Football Focus to include any of Lawrence or any other Jaguars players on his list of top 50 players.
Monson says he used PFF's grades and Wins Above Replacement (WAR) to compile his list. The end result left the Jaguars without any of their players making the cut. Meanwhile, Kansas City Chiefs center Creed Humphrey, guard Zach Martin, and even running back Nick Chubb all made an appearance.
No disrespect to any of them and the point isn't to single them out either. They're some of their players at their respective positions but if you held a draft from scratch and you had to select between Lawrence, Humphrey, Smith and Chubb, would you with a straight face select a running back or an inside offensive lineman rather than a franchise quarterback?
Lawrence will usually pop up in the top 10 of any quarterback rankings. His place will vary depending on whom you ask but the point is that the consensus sees them as one of the best players at his position and given the impact quarterbacks have in the outcome of a football game, it's odd to see the former Clemson Tiger get snubbed.
There are other Jaguars worthy of being in Pro Football Focus top 50 right now
Leaving Trevor Lawrence aside, there are other Jaguars that deserve consideration among the top 50 players in the league right now. You could leave out wide receiver Calvin Ridley because he didn't play last year and he last suited up in 2021. However, cornerback Tyson Campbell has quickly become one of their best offensive players and he's steadily gotten lots of praise from the media ahead of the 2023 season. Ironically, he had one of PFF's best grades among cornerbacks last year but wasn't included in their top 20 at the position.
Similarly, outside linebacker Josh Allen is low-key one of the most productive pass rushers in the league right now, even if his sack total doesn't match his impact on the football field. Heck, Monson's college Braxton Howard just recently dubbed him the fourth-best edge rusher in true pass sets.
Having said that, the reason Monson didn't include any Jaguars in the top 50 is somewhat understandable. They're coming off their only winning season in the last five years and they haven't been consistently good in a while. This makes it easier to fly under the radar ahead of 2023. The good news is that Jacksonville is playing three primetimes three times next season, and they're in a position to take advantage of the spotlight. If they do, their national profile will grow and they'll show up more often in this kind of rankings.
The Jacksonville Jaguars took a step forward last year and if they keep winning in 2023, the national media will have a hard time snubbing them. Then again, it won't matter if the Jags don't get recognition as long as they're racking up wins.