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2 hidden gems on the Jacksonville Jaguars roster

The Jacksonville Jaguars had a busy offseason and have set themselves up with a bright future. Fans are hopeful that Urban Meyer can right the ship, while rookie sensation Trevor Lawrence leads the way. The offense will be competitive, as the offensive line isn’t all that bad, the receiver core stacks up well, and the running back group gives Jacksonville a nice one-two punch.

The defense will be where this team mainly struggles next year, as it is filled with young and inexperienced talent. If the franchise and fan base can be patient, this Jaguars team should become competitive in the NFL in a few short years. One way to speed up the process though would be for some of these prospects to emerge as consistent contributors.

Jacksonville brought in nine rookies through the 2021 NFL Draft, then six more as undrafted free agents. With 15 rookies on the roster, there are sure to be some talented players ready to burst onto the scene. Two stand out on this team who have the potential to become major factors in Jacksonville down the road. With that said, here are two hidden gems on the Jaguars roster.

Dylan Moses

Coming out of Alabama, Dylan Moses entered the NFL Draft after playing three years for the Crimson Tide. Many believed he was a Day 3 selection, but instead, went undrafted. The Jaguars brought him, where he now has a chance to make an NFL roster. He finished his collegiate career with 192 total tackles, 21.5 for a loss, six sacks, three forced fumbles, and two interceptions.

He played as a consistent starter for Alabama but didn’t do anything spectacular. However, he has the potential to be a starter in the NFL, but he needs the time to develop first. Jacksonville is the perfect landing spot for Moses, as he’ll have an opportunity to learn behind Myles Jack and Joe Shoebert.

Look for Moses to make an impact on special teams, as that is where he’ll receive most of his playing time to start his career. After developing for a year or two, Moses could be in a position fighting for the starting spot on the defense, depending on the direction of Jack and Shoebert’s careers.

Jordan Smith

Jordan Smith is a 6-6 defensive end/linebacker hybrid that could help boost the Jaguars pass rush. He was an impact player for UAB, as he totaled 89 tackles, 23.5 for a loss, 12.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, and one interception. He acquired those stats in just two years and seems determined to have a career in the NFL after playing for a small school.

The pass rush was an issue last year, as the Jaguars essentially didn’t have one. Smith is coming into a situation where he could be the main rotational pass rusher for this team. Eventually, the coaching staff would like to see him more involved as he develops, as he has the potential to become a consistent starter. Keep a close tab on Jordan Smith, as he could impress the team early on in training camp.