The Jacksonville Jaguars are entering a new era of their franchise in 2021.
They brought in new head coach Urban Meyer and selected quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the number one overall pick.
As Meyer looks to transition to the NFL, it appears he is looking to trade some of the players from the Jags’ previous regime.
Recently, Jacksonville traded linebacker Joe Schobert to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
First on the story: @meganschobert, who probably has pretty good sources herself.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 12, 2021
Schobert finished fourth in the NFL with 141 tackles last season and had four more years on his deal.
While Schobert was solid, he was brought in before Meyer became head coach and general manager Trent Baalke was hired.
With the Jaguars still years away from competing, it’s fair to assume Jacksonville is open to more trades.
If Meyer and Baalke want to build Jacksonville’s franchise in their imagine, these players could be on the chopping block.
3. C.J. Henderson
C.J. Henderson might seem like a surprising pick since the Jaguars took him in the first round last year.
However, there have been reports that the cornerback might already be on the trade block.
A surprise: Multiple team execs believe #Jaguars corner C.J. Henderson — the ninth overall pick in 2020 — is available via trade. Jacksonville has given impression in some league circles that it's shopping Henderson, a high-pedigree player one year into rookie deal.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) August 8, 2021
After going ninth overall in the 2020 NFL Draft, Henderson went on to appear and start in eight games for the Jaguars.
He made 36 total tackles with six passes defended, one forced fumble, and one interception.
Coming out of college, Henderson was one of the most heralded prospects in the draft.
He was ranked as the third-best cornerback in the class by Pro Football Focus.
Now, it appears as if he might be on his way out of Jacksonville, with the New Orleans Saints as a potential suitor.
No surprise here, but the Saints are exploring available options in the trade market for a cornerback, including C.J. Henderson of the Jaguars. Stay tuned.
— Jeff Duncan (@JeffDuncan_) August 9, 2021
It would be surprising to see the Jaguars trade a guy they just used a top-10 pick on.
However, he wasn’t drafted by Meyer or Baalke.
If they don’t think Henderson is a part of the Jaguars’ future, they could look to sell high and land a high impact player or high-round draft pick.
2. Gardner Minshew
This one might hurt for Jaguars fans, as quarterback Gardner Minshew has become a fan favorite.
But Jacksonville drafted their quarterback of the future in Lawrence.
Even if Meyer doesn’t want to admit it yet.
Jaguars coach Urban Meyer says it's still an open competition at QB between Trevor Lawrence, Gardner Minshew: "I think we'll answer that as we get closer"https://t.co/2tlvHuHwK6 pic.twitter.com/M1xWrPdlgT
— Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) August 12, 2021
Lawrence has long been heralded as the best quarterback prospect since Andrew Luck.
In his three years at Clemson, Lawrence threw for 10,098 yards, 90 touchdowns, and 17 interceptions.
By selecting him number one overall, it’s clear the Jaguars are committed to Lawrence as the quarterback of the future.
When it comes to MInshew, he has shined in moments but overall doesn’t have the same upside as a Lawrence.
Through his 23-game NFL career, Minshew has thrown for 5,530 yards and a 37/11 TD/INT ratio while rushing for 497 yards and a score.
Minshew may be considered one of the better backup quarterbacks in the league, but a backup is a luxury for a rebuilding team like the Jaguars.
If a team like the Indianapolis Colts, who currently have starting quarterback Carson Wentz out with a foot injury, calls, the Jaguars would be hard pressed to hold on to Minshew if they could get a draft pick to improve the future.
Bottom line, barring injury, Lawrence should be the only quarterback who sees the field for a long time in Jacksonville.
1. Sidney Jones
Once upon a time, Sidney Jones was considered one of the best young cornerbacks entering the NFL.
He was ranked as the 19th best prospect in the 2017 NFL Draft by PFF before he was selected in the second round by the Philadelphia Eagles.
Since then, he has appeared in just 31 of a potential 64 games due to injury.
In that time, Jones has made 76 tackles, four interceptions, and one forced fumble while defending 19 passes.
Jones, who was with the Jaguars last season, actually had a pretty strong year, making 26 tackles, two interceptions, and defending nine passes.
The tackles and passes defended were a career high while the two picks tied his career high.
Jacksonville re-signed Jones this offseason to a one-year, $1.75 million contract.
While that number may be small, the Jags have invested quite a bit at cornerback.
Not only do they still have Henderson if not traded, but they signed Shaquill Griffin to a three-year, $40 million contract and selected Tyson Campbell in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft.
Jones is just 25 years old and has shined in practice.
Defensive backs had 4 PBUs – one of them from CB Sidney Jones. In one on one drills, Jones has beaten Chark, Camp & Treadwell this week. Sidney Jones has been making plays daily and has been hard to miss. pic.twitter.com/h5ms1q1t7B
— Ashlyn Sullivan (@ashlynrsullivan) August 7, 2021
But on a one-year deal, with so much talent at the position, Jacksonville could opt to move Jones rather than Henderson.