At this moment, the Jaguars have 85 players on their roster, so obviously they would have to trim that number by 32 players when opening day rolls around. It's pretty safe to assume that each of the three players drafted on the first day will make the roster, as well as the teams' fourth round pick, punter Adam Podlesh. Since it's way too early to guess and project exactly who will or will not make the roster, we're going to look at how the eleven players that the Jaguars have drafted will affect some of the current players on the roster.
Round One, Reggie Nelson, S- Reggie is a play-maker at the safety position, something the Jaguars haven't had in their brief history. Although Nelson may not be the opening day starter, he will take a roster spot from someone. The most likely players that should be feeling additional pressure for this year are Jamaal Fudge, Nick Sorensen, and Kevin McCadam. Since Nelson can also play nickel, Terry Cousin, Dee Webb, and Chris Roberson are also on the hot seat. Eventually, the team will likely have a starting safety tandem of Nelson and Sensabaugh, so Donovin Darius will feel the effects of this pick probably sooner than later.
Round Two, Justin Durant, LB- Durant is a fast, accomplished linebacker whose only knocks are height and small school affiliation. Durant will likely not be a starter this season, but he will take someone's spot. The list of possible candidates are Tony Gilbert, Nick Greisen, Brian Iwuh, Jorge Cordova, Kenny Pettway, and Pat Thomas. Durant is expected to be a starter in the near future, which will likely make Mike Peterson's days numbered in Jacksonville, being that he will be 31 years old before training camp begins.
Round Three, Mike Walker, WR- Walker is a fast receiver who has great hands. The wide receiver position will likely be a pretty open competition, and it is possible that Walker can earn significant playing time as a rookie. Reggie Williams, Matt Jones, and Dennis Northcutt have already secured roster spots. Walker's presence could affect Ernest Wilford's roster spot, and will likely send Charles Sharon out the door.
Round Four, Adam Podlesh, P- When a punter is drafted in the fourth round, he has earned a roster spot without much competition. The Jaguars released veteran punter Chris Hanson just a few days after Podlesh was drafted, and that sent a loud and clear message that the job belonged to the rookie. The Jaguars currently have Tony Yelk on the roster as competiton, but it's basically to take some of the training camp/preseason workload off of Podlesh.
Round Four, Brian Smith, DE/LB/DPR- Smith was an outstanding pass rusher at the University of Missouri until he broke his hip near the end of his senior year. The Jaguars feel as if they may have stolen Smith in round four. Smith will likely make the Jaguars roster playing as a DPR (designated pass rusher). The drafting of Smith will likely put Jorge Cordova, Jeremy Mincey, Kenny Pettway, and James Wyche all on the hot seat. It is possible that if Smith gets healthy that he can be a future starter for the Jaguars at defensive end, which would put Paul Spicer and Bobby McCray on notice.
Round Five, Uche Nwaneri, G- Nwaneri is a beast of a man at 6'3", 325, and has real nice flexibility. Nwaneri is no lock to make the roster, and will likely join the group of Stockar McDougle, Dan Connelly, and Richard Collier, all vying for roster spots. Nwaneri is not likely to be a starter, at least not early on in his career.
Round Five, Josh Gattis, S- Gattis was a productive player at Wake Forest and he's more of a strong safety type, than a free safety. Gattis is a hard-hitter, and could turn out to be a poor man's Donovin Darius. Gattis will likely be a special teams player this season and potentially be a backup for Darius or Sensabaugh early in his career. Gattis will push Jamaal Fudge, Nick Sorensen, and Kevin McCadam for a roster spot.
Round Five, Derek Landri, DT- Landri was an effective defensive lineman at Notre Dame, and should be a backup tackle in the NFL. Landri should work in the Jaguars rotation at DT behind John Henderson, Marcus Stroud and Rob Meier, and could push Tony McDaniel and James Wyche for playing time, or a roster spot.
Round Seven, John Broussard, WR- Broussard is a small, lightening-fast receiver who reportedly runs a 4.34/40. Broussard is also a kickoff return specialist, and he could find a roster spot by making a special teams contribution. Broussard will have to win his roster spot by likely beating out Ernest Wilford and Charles Sharon.
Round Seven, Chad Nkang, LB- Nkang is a wreckless, hard-hitting linebacker that should be a special teams contributer early in his career. Nkang's biggest competition for a roster spot will likely be Jorge Cordova, Brian Iwuh, Derek Wimbush, and Kenny Pettway.
Round Seven, Andrew Carnahan, OT- Carnahan is a large, physical offensive tackle that is a hard-worker. Carnahan is somewhat of a long-shot to make the Jaguars roster as he must beat out either Richard Collier, Ryan Gibbons, Stockar McDougle, and possibly even Maurice Williams.
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