Last week, I wrote about how a number of former draft picks made by Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell will be challenged by the rookie class of 2016.
This list included players like Chris Smith, Michael Bennett, and Dwayne Gratz.
But on the other end of the spectrum, there are still a number of former drafts picks who have hit and do not need to worry about being challenged by any rookies at all.
Who are they?
The Jaguars have only picked one linebacker in the draft since selecting Telvin Smith in 2014. That linebacker is Myles Jack.
If any linebackers are going to lose time to Jack, it would be Paul Posluszny or Dan Skuta. The staff has gotten behind Telvin as one of the leaders of the defense and as one of its best players overall. They not only want Telvin to stay on the field, they need him to stay on the field.
The addition of Myles Jack doesn't change things for Telvin the way it changes things for the linebacking corps overall.
Any wide receiver
For the first time since his very first draft, Dave Caldwell did not select a single receiver. There is a good reason for that. Three good reasons actually.
Allen Robinson. Allen Hurns. Julius Thomas.
When you have three weapons in the passing game that are as talented as them, you're going to feed them the ball. Any other wideout is going to be, at best, the No. 4 option in the passing game and is going to see limited targets.
For my money, I think Rashad Greene can be serviceable as the No. 4 option and as the primary slot player not named Thomas.
The only real competition among the wideouts this year seems to come from within, and it will be Rashad Greene vs. Marqise Lee. No draft picks involved.
The offensive line
Another first for Dave Caldwell in 2016 was that he didn't draft a single offensive lineman. When you look at their depth chart, and consider the fact that they could not afford to pick a defensive player with every pick in the first three rounds, it makes sense why.
There will be a lot of competition among the Jaguars offensive line this year. The starting left guard and left tackle still need to be sorted out, as well as a number of depth spots, but none of these will be sorted out by draft picks.