How Aaron Colvin Fits with the Jacksonville Jaguars

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How Aaron Colvin Fits with the Jacksonville Jaguars
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Oklahoma cornerback Aaron Colvin is a down-the-road type of fix for the Jacksonville Jaguars secondary.

His draft stock hit a snag after he tore his ACL during a 2014 Senior Bowl practice session. But over his career at Oklahoma, Colvin put together one of the best tapes of any defensive back prospect in the 2014 draft.

He isn't your classic "Seattle Seahawks-type" cornerback, but at 5'11" he does have enough length to press wide receivers and bully them at the line of scrimmage.

He fits well in the Jaguars' defensive scheme mainly because he's overly aggressive and never stops working.

Bleacher Report's own Matt Miller is another analyst who really liked what he saw from Colvin on film.

"If you could draw what an NFL cornerback would look like for your team, that player would be Aaron Colvin," Miller said during his pro comparison video on the Oklahoma cornerback.

If you look at what the Jaguars' pass defense accomplished last season, it wasn't pretty. Giving up 29 touchdowns and 246.7 yards through the air, Bradley needs to find a remedy to allow his defense to compete in a division that is run by the almighty Andrew Luck.

Diving into the whole advanced statistics angle of the conversation, Pro Football Focus (subscription required) only had one Jaguars cornerback register an impressive grade in 2013. That guy was 29-year-old veteran Alan Ball.

The rest of the guys in that secondary fought all season long to rise above mediocre play.

With Colvin now in the mix, this roster may finally have another cornerback who, once fully recovered, can become a starter for the foreseeable future.

Talking about how the Jaguars feel about his rehabilitation process, Hays Carlyon of Jacksonville.com wrote, "The Jaguars believe Colvin's progress is going well. They expect him to begin the season on the physically unable to perform list, which would mean he could be ready for Week 7."

Another tidbit of positive information came by way of the renowned Dr. James Andrews—who performed surgery on Colvin's ACL. Dr. Andrews wrote a letter to NFL teams talking about how well his recovery was going, via Colvin's agent Ken Sarnoff.

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Still, it's crucial that he's not rushed back into action. As exciting of a prospect he is, making sure Colvin is at full strength is the most important thing.

Assuming he is able to come back in Week 7, the plan probably won't be to force him into a starting role. I'd expect to see him work predominantly in nickel situations while he gets a feel for defensive coordinator Bob Babich's scheme.

The biggest thing Colvin will have to work on when he gets to Jacksonville is going to be finishing plays. While at Oklahoma he only managed to register five interceptions.

If you know about Coach Bradley and how he likes to run his defense, turnovers are a huge component of his successful cornerbacks. 

Despite that, as a fourth-round pick, this was nothing short of a steal for the Jaguars.

Assuming he's able to get his legs back under him, when we look back at the draft in a few years, Colvin may end up becoming one of the best cornerbacks to come out of the entire class.

 

All CFB stats and information courtesy of Sports-Reference.com, unless noted otherwise. 

All NFL stats via NFL.com, unless noted otherwise.

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