Last week here at Armchair Jaguars we discussed the conclusion of the NFL Draft. After their picks ended the Jaguars signed 12 undrafted free agents (UDFAs). Many of the players are brought in to compete for a roster spot or even be spotted by different NFL teams. The Jags will more than likely bring a few UDFA’s on for final roster spots. With that being said, here at Armchair Jaguars are the top players we believe have the best chance of making the Jacksonville Jaguars final 53 man roster.
Allen Lazard, Wide Receiver, Iowa St.
Lazard was one of the top UDFAs picked up this year by the Jags. Coming off a great career at Iowa State, it was a surprise to see him go undrafted. At 6-4, 227 pounds, Lazard is a big red zone target Bortles can rely on, and also possesses great deep threat ability. At first it seemed the Jaguars would bring him in to compete for a tight end position. However with his quickness, speed and elusiveness, Lazard has the chance to line up at wide reicer as well.
During his collegiate career, Lazard racked up 3,360 receiving yards and 26 touchdowns. Lazard also averaged 13.9 yards a catch during his career as well.
Many people might not have been able to see Lazard play because of Iowa State not being a big named program. However Lazard can flat out play. He has big size, great footwork, and has the ability to make big-time plays. I fully expect Lazard to make the 53 man roster.
Quenton Meeks, CB, Stanford
The Jags needed depth at defensive back, and instead of picking up one in the draft, Jacksonville grabbed Meeks during the UDFA signing period. At 6-1, 209 pounds, Meeks is a big physical corner that fits the mold for the Jaguars’ defense. The Jags lost their nickel corner in Aaron Colvin due to free agency and picked up DJ Hayden after his departure. However, I feel Meeks can challenge Hayden for the starting nickel spot. Yes, Hayden will start game one of the season, but due to the inconstant play during his football career, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Meeks passes him on the depth chart.
During his career at Stanford Meeks totaled 115 total and 7 interceptions. A big number that was intriguing to see was that he registered 78 solo tackles out of the 115 he made. After watching film on Meeks, he shows a lot of physicality, sound footwork, very fluent in his release, a great open field tackler, and also natural playmaking ability. Meeks showed versatility during his time with Stanford, lining up at corner, nickel, and also safety.
Meeks decided to defer his senior season and pursue his NFL career. If Meeks would have stayed for his last season he’d definitely be drafted in next year’s draft. Meeks is a project pick, but I strongly believe he’ll make the final 53 man roster and find success on this team.