In both 2018 and 2019, the Jacksonville Jaguars took first-round defenders with the idea to let them slowly develop in their first years. Both Taven Bryan and Josh Allen were drafted as year one backups, though Allen was clearly able to make a significant impact despite rarely being a starter.
But chances are in 2020 the Jaguars will be taking a different approach to their new rookie defenders. In this April's draft, the Jaguars selected two defenders in the first round with Florida cornerback CJ Henderson and LSU defensive end/outside linebacker K'Lavon Chaisson, and it looks like the Jaguars may have to lean on their new youthful defenders earlier than in past years.
"Well, I think, you know, we want both of them to be plugged in the first game and playing a majority of the reps," Jaguars defensive coordinator Todd Wash told local media on Friday.
"We know that they have the physical skills to play at this level, obviously, you know, both of them being drafted in the first round. But we anticipate both of them to be solid impact players for us, you know, week one. Once again, we're going to figure a lot more about that once we get on grass in training camp, but both of them physically have the abilities to be impact players early in their career."
Obviously rookies will be at a disadvantage this season in terms of learning the ins and outs of their new schemes as a result of COVID-19 turning this offseason into a completely virtual one.