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Chris Clemons, Andre Branch, Chris Smith, Red Bryant, Tyson Alualu, Roy Miller, Sen'Derrick Marks, Ziggy Hood, Deandre Coleman, Ryan Davis
Cuts: Gerald Rivers, Abry Jones, Jordan Miller, Ricky Havili-Heimuli
This is easily the most loaded area on the roster. Bradley and Caldwell have done excellent work in stockpiling talent for the various positions along their multiple front.
Part of that work involved snaring two former Seattle Seahawks starters, Red Bryant and Chris Clemons, this offseason. Both will start in Jacksonville.
Clemons will occupy the critical "Leo" role as a roving, hybrid pass-rusher from either a defensive end or linebacker stance. Bryant will work on the other side as the "Elephant" of this front seven.
The 6'4", 323-pounder will operate as a 5-technique and be tasked with absorbing and controlling multiple blockers. Bryant will play a major role in improving last season's 29th-ranked run defense.
Cover at these positions will be key, particularly behind Clemons. Bradley knows that he needs a strong rotation of quality pass-rushers in an AFC South division featuring the Indianapolis Colts and quarterback Andrew Luck.
Fortunately, young stud Andre Branch is primed for a breakout year in this scheme. Bradley can also groom fifth-round pick Chris Smith as a potential future successor to Clemons.
The head coach would also be wise to keep Ryan Davis around. The 260-pounder has some pass-rush chops and is lean enough to work at outside linebacker if needed.
A capable quartet of pass-rushers should ensure there's no repeat of the anemic pressure defense that registered just 31 sacks last season.
Roy Miller and Sen'Derrick Marks will continue to do fine work along the inside. Miller is a stout and underrated two-gap nose tackle.
By contrast, Marks is a useful 3-technique pass-rusher. He'll receive ample support from former Pittsburgh Steelers draftee Ziggy Hood.
Hood could operate at multiple spots in this scheme. His 3-4 experience in the Steel City could allow him to play some snaps as a 5-technique in Jacksonville. However, his ability to split gaps and create inside pressure will make him a good choice for D-tackle in Bradley's nickel schemes.
Also keep an eye out for undrafted free agent Deandre Coleman. The 6'3", 315-pounder played in a hybrid scheme at California and has the size to back up both Bryant and Miller.
There's real strength along the defensive front this season. This deep and formidable rotation can be the catalyst for a surprisingly stout unit.