The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed former Oregon State linebacker Manase Hungalu after this past weekend’s rookie minicamp, according to Hungalu’s agent Evan Brennan.
Hungalu went undrafted just a couple of weeks ago and it prompted an invite to try out with the Cleveland Browns. With linebacker being one of the few position groups on this team that’s not absolutely stacked, Hungalu has a legitimate shot at sticking around after training camp.
According to Pro Football Focus, Hungalu is a talented linebacker — he earned an overall PFF grade of 75.3 in 2017 including an 81.3 coverage grade. His run stop percentage of 8.6 ranked fifth among PAC-12 inside linebackers.
If a depth chart had to be made today, it would probably be Telvin Smith, Myles Jack, and Blair Brown playing the base package, with Brown leaving on nickel formations. Behind those three it’s likely Lerentee McCray and rookie Leon Jacobs. The sixth linebacker spot is probably occupied by Donald Payne as of now, but Hungalu can squeeze his way in with an impressive offseason.