’19 offseason: Undrafted free agents bring rookie class to 28

JACKSONVILLE – The roster continues to take shape.

The Jaguars on Sunday announced they had agreed to terms with 21 undrafted collegiate free agents, which along with seven selections in this past weekend’s 2019 NFL Draft means 28 rookies will appear on the team’s offseason roster in the coming week.

Among the free agents:

Marshall wide receiver Tyre Brady, Duke linebacker Joe Giles-Harris, Minnesota offensive lineman Donnell Greene, Appalachian State cornerback Tae Hayes, Southern Mississippi cornerback Picasso Nelson Jr., Alabama cornerback Saivion Smith, Kentucky guard Bunchy Stallings, Boston College linebacker Connor Strachan, Michigan cornerback Brandon Watson, Wyoming safety Andrew Wingard and Mississippi safety Zedrick Woods.

All of the aforementioned were invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, and/or were projected by some analysts as potential Day 2 or 3 selections.

Rookies will participate in rookie minicamp at TIAA Bank Field the weekend of May 10-11, and the Jaguars’ voluntary organized team activities begin May 21. The team’s on-field offseason program runs through June, culminating with a three-day mandatory minicamp at TIAA Bank Field June 11-13.

A capsule look at the Jaguars’ 21 undrafted free agents:

*Shane Bowman (6-feet-4, 290 pounds), defensive end, Washington. A starter in six games as a senior, Bowman missed six games in 2018 with an injury. He had one career sack at Washington, playing in 39 games in four seasons.

*Tyre Brady (6-3, 211), wide receiver, Marshall. A 2019 combine invitee projected as a late-round selection, Brady caught 71 passes for 1,002 yards and nine touchdowns this past season after catching 62 passes for 942 yards and eight touchdowns in 2017. He transferred from Miami, where he caught nine passes for 112 yards and a touchdown in 2015. He was a first-team All-Conference USA selection the past two seasons.

*Khairi Clark (6-1, 309), defensive tackle, Florida. He started 14 of 50 games in four seasons, registering three sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss. He played 13 games this past season as part of Florida’s defensive-line rotation.

*Joe Giles-Harris (6-2, 234), linebacker, Duke. A combine invitee projected by some as a fifth-to-sixth-round selection, Harris started 34 of 34 games at Duke and was an All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection each of the past two seasons. He was a second- and third-team All-America selection by multiple organizations in 2017 and served as a team captain this past season. He registered 9.5 sacks with two interceptions in three seasons.

*Donnell Greene (6-5, 335), offensive lineman, Minnesota. A combine invitee, Greene started 29 of 36 games in three seasons at Minnesota after transferring from Coffeyville Community College. He was an All-Big 10 Conference honorable mention selection in 2017.

*Tae Hayes (5-9, 188), cornerback, Appalachian State. Projected as a possible seventh-round selection, Hayes started 33 of 52 career games – and started his final 26 career games. He registered nine career interceptions, with 33 passes defensed, 135 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and two blocked kicks – and was an All-Sun Belt Conference selection each of the past two seasons. He had four interceptions as a senior.

*Raphael Leonard (6-2, 197), wide receiver, Southern Illinois. A second-team Missouri Valley Conference selection as a senior, Leonard caught started 18 of 22 games in two seasons at Southern Illinois after transferring from East Mississippi Community College. He caught 91 passes for 1,397 yards and seven touchdowns in two seasons, including 57 receptions for 847 yards and seven touchdowns this past season.

*Carson Meier (6-5, 254), tight end, Oklahoma. A second-team All-Big 12 Conference selection by the league’s coaches as a senior, he started 12 of 54 career games with all 12 starts coming as a senior. He caught 19 passes for 327 yards and four touchdowns as a senior.

*Picasso Nelson Jr. (5-10, 193), cornerback, Southern Mississippi. Projected by some as a late-round selection, he played 11 games this past season after missing the 2017 season with an injury. He started 31 games in his first three collegiate seasons. He had an interception and 59 tackles this past season.

*Marquez Sanford (5-10, 189), cornerback, Murray State. He started 32 of 44 games, with five interceptions and 31 passes defensed in four seasons.  He also had an interception return for a touchdown as a freshman.

*Saivion Smith (6-1, 199), cornerback, Alabama. A combine invitee who was projected as high as a third-round selection, Smith went undrafted after foregoing his senior season. He played one season after transferring from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, having originally signed with Louisiana State. He started 12 of 15 games this past season and registered three interceptions with a pass defensed.

*Dredrick Snelson (5-11, 189), wide receiver, Central Florida. A starter the past two seasons, Snelson started 20 of 35 career games at Central Florida, catching 106 passes for 1,519 yards and 15 touchdowns – including 43 receptions for 688 yards and five touchdowns as a junior this past season.

*Bunchy Stallings (6-2, 324), offensive guard, Kentucky. Projected as a late-round selection, Stallings started 26 of 41 games at Kentucky – including 25 over the past two seasons. He played in the East-West Shrine game in January and was a first-team Associated Press All-America selection and a consensus first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection in 2018.

*Connor Strachan (6-0, 230), linebacker, Boston College. Projected as a seventh-round selection, Strachan missed the final 10 games of his senior 2017 season and was awarded a medical redshirt by the NCAA. He returned in 2018 and was a third-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection in 2018. He registered career nine sacks, two interceptions and 34.5 tackles for losses.

*Michael Walker (5-11, 194), wide receiver, Boston College. A second-team All-ACC Selection as a returner as a senior, Walker caught 71 passes for 847 yards and five touchdowns in four seasons at Boston College – and caught 17 passes for 218 yards in 2018. He returned 40 kickoffs for a 25.5-yard average as a senior and returned 20 punts for a 13.7-yard average.

*Brandon Watson (5-11, 198), cornerback, Michigan. Projected as a late-round selection, Watson played in 51 career games with one start and was considered a top special teams player. He had 18 pass breakups with three career interceptions, returning two interceptions for touchdowns. He had 78 career tackles.

*Papi White (5-8, 188), wide receiver, Ohio. He played in 43 career games at Ohio, catching 161 passes for 2,620 yards and 19 touchdowns in four seasons. He converted from running back to wide receiver before his junior season, and caught 62 passes for 987 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior.

*Andrew Williams (6-4, 294), defensive tackle, Auburn. He played in 53 career games at Auburn, registering five sacks and eight tackles for loss along with 71 total tackles. He registered 16 tackles this past season with three tackles for loss and a sack this past season.

*Andrew Wingard (6-0, 209), safety, Wyoming. A combine invitee projected as a mid-round selection, Wingard played in 51 career games with four sacks and 25 tackles for loss. He emerged as a starter as a freshman and also finished his career with 10 interceptions. He was considered one of the top undrafted prospects.

*Zedrick Woods (5-11, 205), safety, Mississippi. A combine invitee projected to be selected as early as Round 3, Woods started 38 of 49 career games in college. He registered 5.5 tackles for loss, six interceptions and 17 passes defensed in four seasons.

*Roderick Young (6-1, 307), defensive tackle, North Texas. A three-year starter at North Texas, Young finished his career 6.5 sacks and 18 tackles for losses. He had three sacks and six tackles for loss as a senior this past season.

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