The Jacksonville Jaguars have an extremely talented roster. So talented, in fact, that Pete Prisco of CBS Sports listed eight Jaguars in his Top 100 Players of 2018 list. The Jaguars had the most representation from any single NFL team on the list.
Prisco — a longtime Jacksonville resident who moved away from the Bold City — included six defensive players and two offensive players. Jacksonville’s eight total players just beat out the Los Angeles Rams’ seven athletes.
We can probably all take a guess at who was the first Jaguar to appear on the list, but where did the others end up?
6. Jalen Ramsey, CB
“He is now the NFL’s best corner, a big, long player who can play either man or zone and excel at it. He plays with the swagger of a Deion Sanders.”
High praise, and well deserved praise, for the league’s top lockdown cornerback.
15. Calais Campbell, DL
“In his first season with the Jaguars, he could have easily been the Defensive Player of the Year with 14½ sacks. He was even better off the field for a young group of defenders.”
He should have been the Defensive Player of the Year. Maybe I am biased.
32. A.J. Bouye, CB
“He is the “other” corner on the Jaguars roster, but that doesn’t mean he’s not one of the league’s best.”
A lot of other teams would love to have Bouye as their No. 1 cornerback. Straight facts.
56. Andrew Norwell, OG
“With Carolina last season, he was one of the top guards in the game. He will amp up the Jaguars’ run game in a big way.”
Is anybody else excited to see Norwell maul opposing defenders and open up huge running lanes for Leonard Fournette? Can’t wait!
76. Telvin Smith, OLB
“He is a run-and-chase linebacker who knows how to get to the football. He is one of the leaders on one of the NFL’s best defenses.”
I have a hard time believing there are 75 players better than Smith, but he is finally starting to get the recognition he deserves.
77. Malik Jackson, DT
“He had a better second season with the Jaguars than in 2016, when he signed as a big-ticket free agent. His ability to push the pocket inside is a big part of their defense.”
Defensive tackles don’t always get a lot of recognition, but Jackson is about as good as it gets in the trenches and pushing the pocket from the interior.
79. Yannick Ngakoue
“On a dominant defensive line, he had his breakout season in 2017. Watch for a lot more from him in 2018 and for him to be much higher on this list next year.
Ngakoue doesn’t just sack quarterbacks, he gets the football (20 sacks and 10 forced fumbles in two seasons). I agree with Prisco that Ngakoue will be much higher on these kinds of lists heading into 2018.
81. Leonard Fournette
“He fought through some injuries last season and was still a productive rookie. With a better line in front of him this season, his numbers will go up.”
Fournette ran for more than 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns despite missing three games. If he can stay healthy in 2018, and if what he did in the playoffs is any indiction, he may be in for a huge year.
Linebacker Myles Jack was included on the “Just Missed” list — that is also something I expect to change next year.
Additionally, the Jaguars have had four players listed on the (player-voted) NFL Top 100 Players of 2018 list so far: Bouye, Fournette, Smith and Ngakoue. With 30 slots still available, there should be at least two Jaguars (Ramsey and Campbell) still to come, if not more.
What do y’all think? Is Prisco’s list accurate? Let us know.