1. Tashaun Gipson, FS, #39
Gipson may have been THE most important addition by the Jaguars this offseason. The Jaguars have not gotten consistent safety play in over a decade, but the addition of Gipson should change that quickly. A ball hawking free safety, Gipson shows the ability to cover the deep middle and always finds himself around the ball. At just 25 years of age Gipson already has 14 career interceptions. An ascending player, watch for him to make big plays on the ball in camp and look for him to show leadership in this young Jaguars secondary.
2. Jalen Ramsey, CB, #20
Ramsey, the fifth overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, was considered by most (including myself) to be the best player in the draft. Just weeks after getting to Jacksonville Ramsey suffered a minor knee injury and was sidelined all summer until now. He will look to make a big impact from day one as a shutdown corner. His athletic ability and attitude are traits that the Jaguars have lacked in their secondary for years. Watch to see if that athleticism is on full display.
3. Kelvin Beachum, LT, #68
For the entire Gus Bradley/Dave Caldwell era in Jacksonville there has been inconsistent play by the Jaguars left tackles. Kelvin Beachum was brought in to put a change to that. In Pittsburgh, prior to getting injured in 2015, Beachum was a bookend left tackle that excelled at keeping his QB Ben Roethlisberger upright. Beachum is reportedly now fully healthy and ready to go for training camp. Look to see him get reps as the first string left tackle. If he is healthy, Beachum could be the answer at left tackle that the Jagaurs have been so desperately looking for.
4. Myles Jack, LB, #44
At this point no one knows how effective or how much playing time Myles Jack will get in his first season with the Jaguars. In mini camp Jack looked sluggish and confused, understandable for a rookie that is practicing for the first time coming off a knee injury. Jack has now had plenty of time to prepare his body and his mind for this training camp. If Jack stands out in camp it could go a long way towards him getting on the field in the regular season.
5. Yannick Ngakoue, LEO, #91
Some, might be wondering why Ngakoue would be on this list instead of Dante Fowler. Well, while this is Fowler's first heathy training camp with the Jags, he technically was apart of the team in 2015. So, we have Yannick Ngakoue who recorded 13 sacks in his final year at Maryland. Draft scouts felt that he was too short and didn't have enough power to fight with big offensive tackles, thus he slipped all the way to the third round. During mini camp Ngakoue was regularly in the backfield, but that was techincally non contact work. We'll find out soon enough enough if they were correct or not. Are Ngakoue's athletic traits, work ethic, and technique enough to allow him to have an impact for the Jaguars as a rookie pass rusher?
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