A year ago, the Jaguars had impact defensive players Jalen Ramsey and Yannick Ngakoue but with the former being traded mid-season, and the latter likely dealt during or after the 2020 NFL Draft. Also, A.J. Bouye was traded before the draft to Denver, so replacements were needed. The Jaguars selected Florida cornerback CJ Henderson with their 9th overall pick, and late bloomer and pass rusher K’Lavon Chaisson out of LSU.
Jacksonville love to play their corners man-to-man, which is why Henderson will be a great fit. He’s got big shoes to fill, but has the tools to do so as a big corner. He has a similar skill set to Cleveland’s Greedy Williams who also had a reputation for not liking to tackle. He’ll need to get more physical at the next level but he’s excellent in sticking with receivers and having a knack for the ball once it’s in the air.
Ngakoue is franchised as of right now but is demanding to be traded or is threatening holdout. So Chaisson is insurance for Ngakoue’s eventual departure and has similar raw skills with room for improvement. Chaisson came on very strong late in LSU’s championship run.
The Jaguars fell hard last year losing impact players and need to rediscover its identity. They were 28th in rushing defense and 16th against the pass. It might be awhile before they’re thought of again amongst the defensive elite but they’re on their way with their rebuild.