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Offseason update: Undrafted free agents bring rookie class to 22


JACKSONVILLE – The roster continues to take shape.

The Jaguars on Monday announced they had agreed to terms with 15 collegiate free agents, which along with seven selections in this past weekend's 2022 NFL Draft means 22 rookies are now on the team's offseason roster.

Among the free agents: Notre Dame wide receiver Kevin Austin Jr., Iowa State kicker Andrew Mevis and Texas cornerback Josh Thompson. Austin and Thompson attended the NFL Scouting Combine, and Mevis and Thompson played in the Senior Bowl.

A capsule look at the Jaguars' collegiate free agents:
  • Israel Antwine (6-feet-3, 309 pounds), defensive tackle, Oklahoma State. Antwine, after starting 11 of 12 games as freshman at Colorado, transferred to Oklahoma State and started 25 of 34 games in three seasons. He was an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection in 2019 and registered 79 career tackles – with 35 solos – and six sacks, including three in 2021. He registered 14 career tackles for loss, with four in 2021.
  • Kevin Austin Jr. (6-2, 200), wide receiver, Notre Dame. Austin, who attended the NFL Scouting Combine, caught 48 passes for 888 yards and seven touchdowns in 2021. He started 13 of 26 career games, with all starts in 2021, and caught 54 career passes for 996 yards and seven touchdowns. He missed most of the 2020 season with a broken foot and missed 2019 with an undisclosed suspension.
  • Shabari Davis (6-1, 186), cornerback, Southeast Missouri State. Davis, who started 22 of 41 career games, had an interception with four pass breakups and 21 tackles in 2021. He returned 28 punts for 276 career yards and a touchdown with 15 kickoff returns for 379 yards, and he had six career interceptions with one returned for a touchdown and 18 career pass breakups.
  • De'Shaan Dixon (6-4, 247), outside linebacker, Norfolk State. Dixon started 24 of 42 games in four seasons with the 2020 season canceled because of COVID-19. He registered 154 tackles, 69 solos, with 24.5 tackles for loss, 14.5 sacks and 14 hurries in four seasons – including 54 tackles with 31 solos, 12.5 tackles for loss, and seven hurries in 2021. He played in the HBCU Legacy Bowl this offseason and was a first-team All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference selection in 2021 and a third-team selection in 2019.
  • Nick Ford (6-5, 310), offensive line, Utah. Ford, a first-team All-Pacific 12 selection in 2020 and 2021, started 40 of 44 games at Utah, and started all five line positions: one game at left tackle, nine at left guard, 15 at center, 13 at right guard and two at right tackle.
  • Benjie Franklin (6-0, 172), cornerback, Tarleton State. He played in 29 games in three seasons, finishing with 103 tackles – 83 solos – and eight interceptions with 19 pass breakups. He had three interception and six breakups in 2021.
  • Grayson Gunter (6-6, 250), tight end, Southern Mississippi. He played 21 games at Southern Mississippi the past two seasons after transferring from Arkansas, catching 22 passes for 263 yards and a touchdown. He played in eight games at Arkansas from 2016-2019, catching 11 passes for 135 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Sean Mahone (5-11, 203), safety, West Virginia. Mahone, who played in the NFLPA College Bowl, started 34 of 55 games in five seasons at West Virginia. He registered 224 tackles, 135 solo, with 11 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and four interceptions. He had two interceptions and four tackles for loss in 2021, when he was an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection.
  • Andrew Mevis (5-11, 207), kicker, Iowa State. Mevis, who played in the Senior Bowl, transferred to Iowa State after three seasons at Fordham. He made 95 of 101 extra points in college, also converting 30 of 33 field goals. He converted all three collegiate field-goal attempts from 50 yards or more. He was a first-team All-Patriot League selection in 2019 and a second-team All-Patriot selection in 2018.
  • Grant Morgan (5-11, 224), linebacker, Arkansas. Morgan, a first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection in 2020, started 22 of 58 games in five seasons at Arkansas and started 22 of 22 games over 2020 and 2021. He won the Brandon Burlsworth Award in 2021 for the nation's best player who began his career as a walk-on. He finished his career with 313 tackles – 119 solo – with 23.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, two interceptions and 12 pass breakups. He had 101 tackles – 40 solos – with seven tackles for loss in 2021 an interception and six quarterback hurries in 2021.
  • Denzel Okafor (6-3, 307), offensive line, Texas. Okafor, who played six seasons at Texas, started 19 of 50 games including five starts in five games in 2021. He was an Academic All-Big 12 selection in 2021.
  • Gerrit Prince (6-5, 241), tight end, Alabama-Birmingham. Prince, a second-team All-Conference USA selection in 2021, started 18 of 39 games at UAB after transferring from Butler Community College. He caught 36 passes for 699 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2021, catching 49 passes for 824 yards and 15 touchdowns in three seasons at UAB.
  • Marcus Tatum (6-7, 307), offensive lineman, Central Florida. Tatum, a second-team American Athletic Conference selection by Phil Steele in 2021, started all 13 games in 2021 and appeared in all 10 games with five starts in 2020 after transferring from Tennessee. He started 11 games in three seasons for Tennessee.
  • Josh Thompson (6-0, 194), cornerback, Texas. Thompson, who attended the Scouting Combine and played in the Senior Bowl, played five seasons at Texas starting 22 of 45 games with 109 total tackles – 79 solo – and two interceptions with seven pass breakups. He had 34 tackles – 23 solo – with a tackle for loss and an interception with two pass breakups in 2021. He started all 19 games in 2020-2021.
  • Lujuan Winningham (6-3, 198), wide receiver, Central Arkansas. He played 37 career games with 152 career receptions for 2,334 yards and 26 touchdowns, with 53 receptions for 840 yards and five touchdowns in 2021.

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