JACKSONVILLE – Eight Jaguars experts – Rick Ballou, Frank Frangie, Jeff Lageman, Brent Martineau, John Oehser, Brian Sexton, J.P. Shadrick and Ashlyn Sullivan – are breaking down the Jaguars as the 2020 NFL season approaches; today: experts predict the Jaguars' 2020 Rookie of the Year
Rick Ballou, Jaguars sideline reporter
My Jaguars Rookie of the Year Prediction: Wide Receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. He is the rookie I am most excited about. He looks like a running back once he has the ball. He should be a threat down the field, on crossing patterns and taking the ball from quarterback Gardner Minshew on a reverse. Just put the tape on and watch how fast he was at the University of Colorado; the Jags just have to find a way to get him the ball.
Frank Frangie, Radio Voice of the Jaguars
My Jaguars Rookie of the Year Prediction: Defensive end/linebacker K'Lavon Chaisson. I had a coach from another team tell me his team thought Chaisson was one of the draft's best handful of players – and that they would have taken him in the first seven or eight picks. He is SO fast, so dynamic. I'm interested to see how the Jaguars use him. Will they be a 3-4 team? He rushes, plays in space … all of the above. He's a guy I can't wait to watch.
Jeff Lageman, Jaguars analyst and former Jaguars defensive end
My Jaguars Rookie of the Year Prediction: Cornerback CJ Henderson. He was taken No. 9 overall in the 2020 NFL Draft because of his elite physical traits and blazing speed. He will have many opportunities to showcase his abilities and play man-to-man coverage in defensive coordinator Todd Wash's defense. The Jags need Henderson to play at a high level with the departure of two starting cornerbacks – Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye – from the beginning of 2019.
Brent Martineau, Action Sports Jax Sports Director
My Jaguars Rookie of the Year Prediction: Shenault. This might be one of the most exciting draft picks the Jaguars have ever had. Shenault has a chance to give this team an identity and make the offense look as different as it has ever been. I'm all in on Shenault and can't wait to see how the Jaguars use him.
John Oehser, jaguars.com senior writer
My Jaguars Rookie of the Year Prediction: Shenault. While Henderson as the No. 9 overall selection should be the best rookie – and while he has the skill to be just that – the Jaguars need Shenault to be rookie of the year. Or at least really compete for it. His physicality and athleticism should give the Jaguars an element in the passing game they have lacked in recent seasons. Perhaps as importantly: if Shenault emerges quickly as a weapon it will benefit third-year wide receiver DJ Chark Jr. – and Minshew and the entire offense will benefit as well.
Brian Sexton, jaguars.com senior correspondent
My Jaguars Rookie of the Year Prediction: Shenault. I watched a lot of late-night West Coast college football in 2018 and thought he was the next Larry Fitzgerald the way Colorado fed him the ball. He's big, strong, fearless and plays much faster than he timed in the 40-yard dash. I can see new Jaguars offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, whose calling card is his ability to use multiple players in different groups playing different positions from play to play, finding matchups that will let the rookie receiver run in the middle of the field.
J.P. Shadrick, jaguars.com reporter/editor
My Jaguars Rookie of the Year Prediction: Henderson. I would say Shenault, but it's difficult for rookie receivers to immediately make an impact. I would say Chaisson also, but there's a lot of traffic and grown men in the trenches to learn how to deal with. Give me Henderson. A top-ten draft pick cornerback, Henderson leads the next wave of outside corners after the Ramsey/Bouye era. Will there be early bumps as a rookie? Sure, but should be times when Henderson can take over. Let's see some flashes of that and I think he gets the nod.
Ashlyn Sullivan, Digital reporter and host
My Jaguars Rookie of the Year Prediction: Shenault. Moments after being drafted in the second round, he told us he was a combination of Fitzgerald, Jarvis Landry and Julio Jones. Ever since that statement, I have been excited to finally see Shenault on the field. The Jaguars have been looking for an overall weapon on offense and they seem to have found it. Head Coach Doug Marrone says he plans to use Shenault in a variety of roles in the backfield. I would be surprised if we're not praising Shenault by the end of the season.