2018 Disaster Draft: The Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars are the anti-Indianapolis Colts. Whereas with the Colts I wanted to scream and rip out my teeth trying to find sixteen players to keep, the Jags being protected from the disaster draft leaped off the page at me, National Treasure-style. I don’t know how to put this delicately, so I won’t: the Jaguars are really good, and the Colts are really bad. The Jags are one of the top teams in the NFL, so of course, they have tons of great players that they do not want to lose. Here are their sixteen protected players for a double disaster draft.

Lost to Free Agency: Paul Posluszny, Marqise Lee, Allen Robinson

The No Doubters:

Player POS. 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Calais Campbell DE $17,500,000 $14,500,000 $17,500,000 UFA
Malik Jackson DT $15,500,000 $15,000,000 $15,750,000 $13,750,000 UFA
A.J. Bouye CB $15,500,000 $15,500,000 $15,500,000 $15,500,000 UFA
Telvin Smith OLB $11,810,235 $10,560,235 $10,810,235 $11,060,235 UFA
Marcell Dareus DT $10,175,000 $11,585,000 $14,600,000 $14,650,000 UFA
Brandon Linder C $9,406,250 $6,000,000 $8,000,000 $9,000,000 $10,000,000
Dante Fowler Jr. DE $7,474,171 UFA
Tashaun Gipson FS $7,050,000 $9,050,000 $8,600,000 UFA
Jalen Ramsey CB $6,368,454 $7,429,865 UFA
Leonard Fournette RB $6,170,645 $7,404,774 $8,638,907 UFA
Barry Church SS $5,000,000 $6,250,000 $6,750,000 UFA
Myles Jack OLB $1,727,574 $2,015,505 UFA
Cam Robinson LT $1,595,036 $1,914,044 $2,233,053 UFA

Clocking in at thirteen players, the Jags might just have the longest list of no-doubters that I will have in this whole exercise. If we’re being completely honest, fifteen-of-sixteen players on this list are actually no doubters (Bort is a more-than-likely). Just look at this list. Incredible defensive players up and down it in both veteran price scales and rookie contracts. That’s what you want for a good team that’s going to be good for a long time. I’m honestly jealous of the talent they’ve accumulated here. It’s truly impressive.


The More-Than-Likely Staying:

Player POS. 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Blake Bortles QB $19,053,000 UFA
Allen Hurns WR $7,000,000 $8,000,000 $9,650,000 UFA
Yannick Ngakoue DE $949,145 $1,048,313 UFA

I wrestled with putting Ngakoue in the no-doubters, as he’s young and extremely, extremely talented. He’s as important as any player in category one, but I didn’t want Hurns and Bortles to feel bad, so he goes here. Hurns stays because of the loss of two other veteran WRs to free agency, and Bort gets one last shot to prove to the Jags who he is.


The Leftovers:

Go ahead and pull that Tupperware out of the back of the fridge with the stuff from visiting the in-laws from Christmas. It’s starting to grow something. Make space for these leftovers. A ton of these guys are extremely talented and likely to end up on the Arches or Conquistadors come disaster draft season.

Player POS. 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Chris Ivory RB $6,968,750 $7,000,000 $8,500,000 UFA
Jermey Parnell RT $5,000,000 $6,000,000 UFA
Marcedes Lewis TE $3,750,000 UFA
Abry Jones DT $3,500,000 $4,000,000 $4,000,000 UFA
Brad Nortman P $2,375,000 $2,375,000 UFA
T.J. Yeldon RB $1,881,655 UFA
Mychal Rivera TE $1,500,000 UFA
Tyler Shatley G $1,077,500 UFA
A.J. Cann G $1,030,399 UFA
Dawuane Smoot DE $881,290 $1,053,540 $1,205,393 UFA
Josh Wells RT $836,250 UFA
Arrelious Benn WR $830,000 UFA
Carson Tinker LS $800,000 $835,000 UFA
Rashad Greene WR $765,955 UFA
Michael Bennett DT $739,676 UFA
Dede Westbrook WR $724,039 $814,039 $904,039 UFA
James O’Shaughnessy TE $714,000 UFA
Josh Walker G $705,000 UFA
Tyler Patmon CB $705,000 UFA
Josh Lambo K $705,000 UFA
Jarrod Wilson S $631,668 RFA
Dexter McDougle CB $630,000 UFA
Blair Brown OLB $628,678 $718,678 $808,681 UFA
Jalen Myrick CB $578,416 $668,416 $758,418 UFA
I’Tavius Mathers RB $556,666 $646,668 RFA
Keelan Cole WR $556,333 $646,334 RFA
Jaydon Mickens WR $555,000 ERFA
Larry Pinkard WR $555,000 ERFA
Tevaun Smith WR $555,000 $645,000 RFA
Brandon Wilds RB $555,000 $645,000 RFA
Brandon Thomas G $555,000 $645,000 RFA
Eli Ankou DT $555,000 $645,000 RFA
Donald Payne ILB $555,000 $645,000 RFA
Carroll Phillips OLB $555,000
Jarrod Harper S $555,000 $645,000 RFA
Colin Holba LS $555,000 ERFA
Lamar Atkins WR $480,000 $570,000 ERFA
Tim Cook RB $480,000 $570,000 ERFA
David Grinnage TE $480,000 $570,000 ERFA
Avery Gennesy T $480,000 $570,000 ERFA
Hunter Dimick DE $480,000 $570,000 ERFA
Brooks Ellis OLB $480,000 $570,000 ERFA
Charlie Miller S $480,000 $570,000 ERFA
Sammy Seamster CB $480,000 $570,000 ERFA


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