The Jaguars added 12 players to their roster during the 2020 NFL Draft. But their work was far from over when the draft concluded Saturday evening. The Jaguars quickly started signing undrafted free agents. Jacksonville, under the direction of the owners' son Tony Khan, has done well signing undrafted free agents in recent years. Perhaps their biggest success story is cornerback Tre Herndon, who signed with the Jaguars out of Vanderbilt in 2018. The young cornerback is now poised to lock down a starting role after entering the starting lineup in 2019.
Let's take a look at the undrafted free agents the Jaguars have signed so far in 2020.
NOTE: This post will be updated as more undrafted free agents sign.
James Robinson, RB Illinois State
Robinson was an All-American at Illinois State in 2019, rushing for 1,917 yards and 18 touchdowns, all while averaging 5.6 yards per carry. The compact runner is 5'9'' tall and 219-pounds. He participated in the NFL Combine, running a 4.64 40-yard dash, putting up 24 bench press reps, and leaping 40 inches. Robinson had a day three grade on many people's boards and will fight to make the back end of the Jaguars' roster.
Doug Costin, DL Ohio
The 6'2'', 295-pound interior defensive lineman recorded 15 sacks and 30 tackles for loss over his final three seasons in college. A productive lineman, he may be a fit as a defensive end in the Jaguars' new 3-4 scheme. He'll have plenty of competition though if he hopes to make the Jaguars' roster. A practice squad spot may be more likely for Costin.
Ross Matiscik, LS Baylor
Everyone's favorite player on the team — the long snapper! Anytime a rookie long snapper is added to the mix, it spells trouble for the incumbent. Matthew Orzech is the Jaguars' current LS, but Matiscik appears poised to give him a run for his money. He also played backup linebacker at Baylor, and even recorded a sack for the Bears! The Jaguars will only keep one long snapper, so Matiscik and Orzech will duel it out this summer.
Amari Henderson, CB Wake Forest
Henderson was a high volume player for Wake Forest during his five years with the program. He defended 41 passes in his career and had his best season as a senior. In 2019, Henderson picked off four passes, recovered a fumble, made 40 tackles, and added two tackles for loss. At 6'1'' and 180 pounds, Henderson should have the length the Jaguars' covet on the perimeter. Cornerback isn't the deepest position group on the Jaguars' roster, so Henderson could compete for one of the final roster spots.
Marvelle Ross, WR Notre Dame (College)
No, not THAT Notre Dame. The 5'9'' receiver will face an uphill battle trying to make the Jaguars' roster, quite literally. But Ross was highly productive for the Falcons during his senior year, catching 77 passes for 1,203 yards and ten touchdowns. But if Ross has a shot at making the roster, it'll be on special teams. He was a productive return man in college. During his senior year, Ross returned 16 kickoffs for 303 yards and returned 26 punts for 390 yards.
Brandon Wright, K/P Georgia State
Brandon Wright could be coming for both Josh Lambo and Logan Cooke. I jest, but Wright hit 12-18 field goals during his senior year (not great) and averaged 41.8 yards per punt (also not great). Set the career mark for Georgia State punting, averaging 42.3 yards per punt, breaking Will Lutz's record. Wright will likely just be a camp leg.
Kobe Williams, CB Arizona State
Kobe! R.I.P., Mamba! Kobe Williams was a lockdown cornerback during his senior year at ASU. He's only 5'10" and 174-pounds, but Williams allowed just 0.64 yards per coverage snap, the 16th best mark by a cornerback in the entire country. He'll have a chance to compete at nickel and on the outside.
Josh Hammond, WR Florida
The younger brother of Frankie Hammond, who played receiver for the Chiefs, Josh will look to make a more lasting impact in the NFL. Hammond was part of a crowded wide receiver room at Florida but made an impact throughout his career. During his two seasons in college, Hammond caught 55 passes for 715 yards and scored eight times, including two rushing touchdowns. With the Jaguars' depth at wide receiver, Hammond has very little chance of making the roster but could stick around on the practice squad.
Luqman Barcoo, CB San Diego State
"San Diego ... Whales'... just kidding, not going to go there. The 6'1'', 175-pound cornerback goes by Luq. A junior college transfer, Barcoo broke out for the Aztecs during his senior year, picking off NINE passes. He added 55 tackles, five tackles for loss, and 16 passes defended. A Jim Thorpe Award finalist, Barcoo was named second-team All-American. The Jaguars signed a bevy of cornerbacks to compete at the bottom of the roster. It should be a fun group to keep an eye on.
Nate Evans, LB Central Florida
UCF's tackling machine, Evans (6'1'', 241-pounds) racked up 112 tackles during his senior year. He added a sack, four pass breakups, seven hurries and a fumble recovery. Evans was named second-team All-AAC. The Jaguars will have more competition at linebacker than they've had in quite a while, and with the team switching to a 3-4 in base, they could roster more linebackers in 2020.
Steven Nielsen, OT Eastern Michigan
The 6'8'', 307-pound tackle received Academic All-Mac honors as a senior and started all 13 games for Eagles' proficient passing attack. He could compete to become the Jaguars' swing tackle, but more than likely will be a practice squad type guy. Nielsen was born in Denmark.
Ben Ellefson, TE North Dakota State
The 6'3'', 250-pound tight end was named Secon-Team All-American during his senior year at NDSU. He caught 15 passes for 199 yards, and five touchdowns. The Jaguars are building a deep stable of big, athletic tight ends that know how to find the endzone. Scoring in the red zone was a problem for the Jaguars in 2019, a problem they're trying very hard to fix in 2020.
JR Reed, S Georgia
JR Reed (6'1'' and 194-pounds) should have been drafted. I had a fifth-round grade on him and think he's a better overall prospect than Daniel Thomas, who the Jaguars drafted in the fifth round. Reed transferred to Georgia from Tulsa after his freshman season and never looked back. He recorded 199 tackles, nine tackles for loss, three sacks, five interceptions, 14 passes defended, three fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles, and two defensive touchdowns in three seasons at UGA. Reed is a playmaker, plain and simple. Reed should have a shot to compete on special teams and make the roster as the last safety.
Tavien Feaster, RB South Carolina
At 6-feet-tall and 221 pounds, Feaster is a load. He started his career at Clemson but played his final year at South Carolina. He averaged 5.8 yards per carry during his career and scored 21 total touchdowns. During his first two years at Clemson, he was also a returner. The Jaguars have a crowded backfield, so making the roster will be a tall task for Feaster.
Tre'Vour Wallace-Sims, OG Missouri
Nathan Cotrell, RB Georgia Tech
Austin Pleasants, OL Ohio
Connor Slokma, FB Army
Players the Jaguars released: Kicker John Brown, LB Austin Calitro, OL Donnell Greene, WR Charone Peake, and WR/CB Jayson Stanley
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