Jacksonville Jaguars: Early 53-man roster and depth chart prediction

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Defensive backs (10, 53)


  • 1. Tre Herndon
  • 2. C.J. Henderson
  • 3. D.J. Hayden (Nickle)
  • 4. Rashaan Melvin
  • 5. Josiah Scott
  • 6. Chris Claybrooks (Return man)


  • 1. Ronnie Harrison
  • 2. Jarrod Wilson
  • 3. Andrew Wingard
  • 4. Daniel Thomas

After trading away both Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye, it was no surprise to see Jacksonville put a big-time emphasis on bolstering their secondary this offseason, specifically at cornerback.

The team had 12 total picks in the 2020 NFL Draft and used three of them on corners.

They started their draft class by taking C.J. Henderson with the ninth overall pick. He should immediately slide in opposite Tre Herndon as the Jags starting corners on the boundary.

They also nabbed former Michigan State Spartan Josiah Scott in the fourth round and Chris Claybrooks in the seventh. Scott should be in line to be D.J. Hayden’s primary backup at nickel, and while Claybrooks may be a longshot to make the team, he could sneak in if he is able to show off his worth as a return man.

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Rashaan Melvin was also brought in as a free agent. He will add some needed veteran depth to the young unit.

The safeties should look about the same as last season as Ronnie Harrison and Jarrod Wilson return as the starters.

Andrew Wingard and 2020 fifth-round pick Daniel Thomas should be their backups.