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Loaded Jaguars must take advantage this season

todayApril 24, 2023


Loaded Jaguars must take advantage this season

By Hays Carlyon

I don’t need to see who the Jaguars draft this week to make a prediction.

This season’s Jaguars team will be the deepest and most talented across the board that quarterback Trevor Lawrence will ever enjoy here.

Lawrence’s inexpensive rookie contract allows for that. But the time on that contract is almost up.

The Jaguars could extend Lawrence after the coming season. Once he’s making that elite $50-million-per-year number, the team simply won’t be able to put more than six or seven high-paid players around him.

Lawrence might play on Jaguars teams in the future that have a better trio of superstars. However, he will never play on a team that has 23 solid-to-potentially-great players.

This Jaguars team doesn’t have an amazing top five in terms of talent. The top 10 is good. But from players 10-23, there aren’t any NFL rosters in better shape.

That’s what the Jaguars have this season: A Super 23 for 2023. Don’t get too worked up about the ranking. The point is to illustrate how many quality players the Jaguars have heading into the draft.

Here they are. Stats include playoff games.


Age: 23.

Why: Third-year veteran accounted for 35 TDs last season after spectacular second half.

  1. WR Christian Kirk

Age: 26.

Why: Fantastic first season with the Jaguars featured 99 catches for 1,238 yards and 10 TDs.

  1. WR Calvin Ridley

Age: 28.

Why: New acquisition posted 90 catches for 1,374 yards and nine TDs in his last full season (2020), on a broken foot.

  1. OLB Josh Allen

Age: 25.

Why: Allen found his groove late in the season. Enters this year with 28 ½ career sacks.

  1. ILB Foye Oluokun

Age: 27.

Why: Recorded 211 tackles in 19 games for the Jaguars last season, leading the league for the second consecutive season.

  1. CB Tyson Campbell

Age: 23.

Why: Campbell (three interceptions last season) has the makings of a star as he enters Year 3.

  1. TE Evan Engram

Age: 28.

Why: Engram played so well in his first year with the team (85 catches for 890 yards and five TDs) that he got the franchise tag to insure his return.

  1. RB Travis Etienne

Age: 24.

Why: Recovered from a lost rookie season (Lisfranc injury) to gain 1,642 total yards of offense (1,441 rushing) with six TDs.

  1. RG Brandon Scherff

Age: 31.

Why: Scherff played through injuries last season, his first in Jacksonville after making five Pro Bowls in Washington.

  1. S Rayshawn Jenkins

Age: 29.

Why: Jenkins was a big-play monster in his second season with the Jaguars (three picks and three forced fumbles).

  1. WR Zay Jones

Age: 28.

Why: Jones was another fantastic free-agent add, catching 95 passes for 980 yards and six TDs.

  1. LT Cam Robinson

Age: 27.

Why: Robinson played well prior to a season-ending injury in the 15th game.

  1. DE Roy Robertson-Harris

Age: 29.

Why: Robertson-Harris sizzled late in the season to help propel the Jaguars to the AFC South title.

  1. OLB Travon Walker

Age: 22.

Why: Has superstar potential entering his second season, after a four-sack rookie campaign.

  1. WR Jamal Agnew

Age: 28.

Why: Improving as a receiver and one of the league’s best return specialists.

  1. C Luke Fortner

Age: 24.

Why: Cerebral player who logged every offensive snap in the regular season (1,123) as a rookie. Bright future.

  1. CB Darious Williams

Age: 30

Why: Jax native played better in the second half once put back on the perimeter.

  1. OLB Devin Lloyd

Age: 24.

Why: Had three picks, two fumble recoveries and over 100 tackles despite being lost in the scheme for a good chunk of his rookie season. Could take a huge step forward.

  1. S Andre Cisco

Age: 23.

Why: Three picks a season ago, now entering his third season.

  1. DT Foley Fatukasi

Age: 28.

Why: Good player, but needs to find his form he showed with the Jets after a rocky first season with the Jaguars as a big free-agent addition.

  1. RT Walker Little

Age: 24.

Why: Showed glimpses last season that he might be in for a highly-productive third season this fall.

  1. DT DaVon Hamilton

Age: 26.

Why: Had a career-best 56 tackles last season.

  1. P Logan Cooke

Age: 27.

Why: One of the best in the league.


This is an excellent 23 with a large amount of upside. The average age of this group is 26.2 years.

Obviously, once the draft class is added that should provide at least a couple more players that will make significant contributions to this team.

This is it.

This is the best all-around Jaguars team they will ever have in the Lawrence Era.

Hopefully, they take advantage of it.

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