’18 offseason: Undrafted free agents bring roster to 89

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JACKSONVILLE – The roster is close to taking shape.

The Jaguars on Monday announced they had agreed to terms with 13 undrafted collegiate free agents, which along with seven selections in this past weekend’s 2018 NFL Draft means 20 rookies are now on the team’s offseason roster. The roster now stands at 89 players.

Among the free agents:

Stanford cornerback Quenton Meeks, Iowa State wide receiver Allen Lazard, Miami cornerback Dee Delaney, Jacksonville State linebacker Darius Jackson, Miami offensive tackle Kc McDermott and North Carolina State guard Tony Adams. 

All of the aforementioned were invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, and/or were projected by some analysts as potential Day 3 selections.

Rookies will participate in a three-day rookie minicamp at TIAA Bank Field next weekend, and the Jaguars’ voluntary organized team activities begin May 22. The team’s on-field offseason program runs through June, culminating with a three-day mandatory minicamp at EverBank Field June 12-14.

The Jaguars released two players Monday to make room for the free agents: punter Brad Nortman and wide receiver Jaelen Strong. The roster now stands at 89 players.

A capsule look at the Jaguars’ 2018 rookie free agents:

*Tony Adams (6-feet-1, 302 pounds), guard/center, North Carolina State. Projected by some analysts as a possible late-round selection, Adams was a second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection as a senior and played in the East-West Shrine Game. Adams, who started 35 games in college, played collegiately with Jaguars 2018 fourth-round offensive tackle Will Richardson.

*Dee Delaney (5-11, 200), cornerback, Miami. A two-time FCS All-America selection at the Citadel, he transferred as a graduate senior to Miami and started six games while missing three because of an injury; he registered 39 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss as a senior. He started 36 games for the Citadel in three seasons, registering 35 tackles with six interceptions and eight passes defensed as a junior and 46 tackles with five interceptions and eight passes defensed as a sophomore. He played in the East-West Shrine Game.

*Tre Herndon (5-11, 185), cornerback, Vanderbilt. A starter the last three seasons and a contributor as a freshman for the Commodores, he started 36 of his last 37 games and played 48 games overall. He finished his career with 126 tackles, two interceptions and 25 passes defensed and defensed 11 passes this past season. He also registered two interceptions and eight passes defenses as a junior.

*Michael Hughes (6-2, 308), defensive tackle, Nevada-Las Vegas. A second-team All-Mountain West second-team selection as a senior, he finished his career with 36 consecutive starts and 16 tackles for loss. He registered 53 tackles as a senior, with a team-high seven tackles for loss. He played in the NFLPA Bowl.

*Reggie Hunter (5-11, 240), linebacker, North Carolina Central. He finished his career with 245 tackles, and started 23 games over his last two collegiate seasons.

*Darius Jackson (6-2, 242), defensive end, Jacksonville State. A pass-rushing outside linebacker, he was invited this past offseason to the NFL Scouting Combine and was projected by some analysts as a possible late-round draft selection. The Buck Buchanan Award winner as the FCS’s National Defensive Player of the Year, he also was a two-time Ohio Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year. He registered 20.5 tackles for loss in 2017, breaking the school record he set with 19.5 in 2016, and also finished as JSU’s career leader with 27.5 sacks and 60.5 tackles for loss.

*Lyndon Johnson (6-5, 287), defensive tackle, Cincinnati. He played his first two collegiate seasons at Holmes (Miss.) Community College. He had 19 tackles and two sacks last season.

*Allen Lazard (6-4, 227), wide receiver, Iowa State. Projected by some analysts as a possible fifth-round selection, Lazard was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine after being named first-team All-Big 12 as a junior and senior. He also played in the Senior Bowl in January. He finished his career as the most productive receiver in Iowa State history, catching a school-record 231 passes for a school-record 3,218 yards. He had 61 receptions for 799 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior.

*Kc McDermott (6-5, 311), offensive lineman, Miami. A third-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection as a senior, he was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine this past offseason. He also played in the East-West Shrine Game.

*Quenton Meeks (6-1, 209), cornerback, Stanford. A second-team All-Pacific 10 Conference selection, he forewent his senior season to enter the 2018 NFL Draft. He also was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, being projected by some analysts as a possible fourth-round selection. He finished his collegiate career with 25 passes defensed and seven interceptions. His father, Ron, attended Lee High School in Jacksonville; he was an NFL coach from 1991-2012 and was the defensive coordinator with the Colts when they won the Super Bowl following the 2006 season.

*Dorren Miller (6-0, 196), wide receiver, Carson-Newman. He played two seasons at Georgia Military College before playing final two seasons at Division II Carson-Newman. He caught 37 passes for 868 yards and six touchdowns last season.

*Andrew Motuapuaka (5-11, 235), linebacker, Virginia Tech. A four-year player and three-year starter for the Hokies, he registered 11.5 sacks and 32.5 pressures while playing in 50 games and starting 42. He also had 16 quarterback hurries and 19 passes defensed with five career forced fumbles at Virginia Tech. He played in the NFLPA Bowl.

*CJ Reavis (6-0, 198), safety, Marshall. After eight tackles with a forced fumble as a freshman at Virginia Tech in 2014, he spent 2015 at Eastern Mississippi Community College – and was featured in the Netflix series, “Last Chance U.” He spent the three seasons at Marshall, registering 63 tackles and an interception as a senior.

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