Former Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley sure loves his defensive backs, and he added yet another talented DB to the Jacksonville Jaguars defense by picking up former Oklahoma Sooners star cornerback Aaron Colvin, who is a different type of animal than the press-man corners most people associate with Bradley. Colvin is arguably the best cornerback in this year’s class in zone coverage due to his speed, instincts, range, and ball skills. He has the ability to play in a variety of schemes, and I’m glad that he was picked ahead of Missouri’s E.J. Gaines.
Colvin only fell to the third day due to a severe knee injury, otherwise he probably would have been a second-round pick due to his talent. The Jaguars already have a very talented group of cornerbacks that is one of the most underrated in the NFL, as they have Will Blackmon, second-year pro Dwayne Gratz, and Alan Ball. Gratz was excellent as a physical CB last year, Blackmon makes up for his burn-prone play with interceptions, and Ball is the unheralded star of the bunch.
It will be interesting to see how much Colvin plays as a rookie due to the talent in the defensive backfield, and I think he’s a better player than Blackmon, who was re-signed by the team this offseason. The Jaguars also have a rising, young safety duo, and the Jaguars secondary is definitely fun to watch due to the young talent and their head coach.