Jaguars updated 53-man roster after signing Arik Armstead in free agency

• Here's a look at how the Jaguars' unofficial 53-man roster looks after free agency.

Nov 19, 2023; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers defensive end Arik Armstead (91)
Nov 19, 2023; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers defensive end Arik Armstead (91) / Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports
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Jaguars defense after free agency

Defensive line (6) DaVon Hamilton, Roy Robertson-Harris, Jeremiah Ledbetter, Arik Armstead, Tyler Lacy, Adam Gotsis

The Jaguars will probably be making the switch to a 4-3 defense under Ryan Nielsen. It will be interesting to see how the current personnel fit but Nielsen has enough pieces in place to run his scheme, especially after the addition of Arik Armstead who'll give the defensive front a huge boost.

DaVon Hamilton and Adam Gotsis could play defensive tackle like they did under Doug Marrone in 2020. Roy Robertson-Harris should also get a big workload, while Jeremiah Ledbetter, andTyler Lacy compete for playing time in the rotation.

With Armstead in the fold, drafting an interior defensive lineman in Rounds 2 or 3 is no longer a priority, but that shouldn't stop them from making upgrades at some point of the process.

Inside linebackers (4) Foyesade Oluokun, Chad Muma, Devin Lloyd Ventrell Miller

The Jags may revamp their linebacker corps next year, with Oluokun slated to hit the open market. For the time being, the only change is that Shaquille Quarterman became a free agent. Maybe Chad Muma will compete with sophomore Ventrell Miller for the No. 3 job.

Outside linebackers (3) Josh Allen, Travon Walker, Yasir Abdullah

Josh Allen is coming off a breakout season and Travon Walker posted double-digit sacks for the first time in his career in 2023. They give the Jaguars' a fearsome pass rush tandem but they don't have much depth behind them.

Yasir Abdullah and DJ Coleman could compete for snaps in training camp, but the team's brass should bolster their rotation in the draft. Having already addressed several needs, it wouldn't be shocking to see them go after one of the top prospects in the draft. Chop Robinson, Laiatu Latu, and even Dallas Turner may still be on the board when the Jags are on the clock at No. 17.

It's also worth noting that under Nielsen, Allen, and Walker could spend considerable time in a three-point stance rather than rush the quarterback from a standup position.