As the day continues and teams are now able to contact agents for players to fish out some details for the start of NFL free agency, more and more names are now being linked to the Jacksonville Jaguars. The latest name to be linked is one that is a bit of an under-the-radar type players in former Atlanta Falcons defensive lineman Adrian Clayborn.
Why Clayborn makes sense for the Jaguars
The former Tampa Bay Buccaneers first round pick has had a bit of a weird NFL career, missing nearly alternating full seasons in his first four years in the NFL, but being a solid player for the Bucs when healthy. Drafted as a defensive end, Clayborn fits more as a strong side end but is better playing on the weakside. He spent one season with the Atlanta Falcons who moved him to play more inside and out, similar to how the Jaguars use Tyson Alualu. For a depth player, Clayborn would seem to be a nice fit, though it would likely force the Jaguars to make a cut somewhere because they have a few similar players already.
Why Clayborn doesn't make sense for the Jaguars
While someone like Malik Jackson is in the similar mold, he's a front line type of player you sign. Clayborn is more of a rotational depth player at this point and while he would be a fit, you'd likely have to let him win out a roster spot. It's unlikely he'd be a primary target unless the team already has plans to cut someone like Tyson Alualu, which at this point I'm not sure they do. I'd also be surprised if Jared Odrick's position were in any danger. You also have guys like Abry Jones, Sen'Derrick Marks and Michael Bennett who are all similar to what Clayborn brings to the table.