As Jacksonville Jaguars fans, we look at draft weekend and see a dozen players who could be on the final 53-man roster — and then we look around at other teams and see half as many.
Funny enough, fans of other teams do the same for themselves and us, always overestimating the abilities of even undrafted players as “diamonds in the rough” who will turn into solid, dependable players for the next few years.
But the national media hasn’t let up in their hype for our drafted and undrafted class alike, with Bleacher Report giving the team an A for their efforts in collecting a good group of undrafted guys.
Names to watch: LB Andrew Motuapuaka, CB Quenton Meeks
Andrew Motuapuaka plays with a high motor, fights through blocks and took the responsibility in lining up the defense while at Virginia Tech. It’s what NFL teams want to see out of defender who’s projected play inside linebacker.
Motuapuaka started at least 10 games the last four years and provided consistency as a reliable tackler with short-area coverage ability. He could very easily earn a spot at middle linebacker in Todd Walsh’s defense.
The Jacksonville Jaguars signed veteran cornerback D.J. Hayden who will assume Aaron Colvin’s role in the slot. Hayden may feel a push from Quenton Meeks, who’s comfortable playing with a physical style. At Stanford, he also played downhill to support the run.
Meeks didn’t draw a single penalty during the 2017 season, according to Zierlein. The discipline in his lock-step coverage, coupled with the willingness to contribute in the box, should help him earn a spot on the 53-man roster. It’s also worth mentioning he showed off his ball-tracking skills with seven interceptions in the three seasons.
I would have also added wide receiver Allen Lazard to the mix as I really think he has a shot at breaking into the Week 1 roster, but overall a lot of praise.
What do you think? What grade would you give our undrafted class this year?
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