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Every year, the NFL compiles a list of its 100 best players from the previous season. They just announced that the 2024 version will premiere on Monday, July 22. There will be nine episodes and each will feature 10 players. Numbers 10 through 1 will air live on NFL Network on Friday, August 2. Last year, the Jacksonville Jaguars had only one player selected, Trevor Lawrence.

Lawrence came in at No. 96 despite being instrumental in the Jags winning the AFC South and making it to the divisional round of the playoffs. It will be interesting to see how many of their players make the cut in 2024.

Although the Jags finished the season 9-7 and missed the 2023 playoffs, many of their players, including Steezy Trev, were regularly in the spotlight, so some of them should appear in the top 100 at some point. These four in particular should have a good chance of being nominated.

In 2022, the Jaguars needed a linebacker, so they turned to free agency for help. They eventually signed Foyesade Oloukun. A sixth-round pick of the Atlanta Falcons in 2022, the Yale product wasted no time turning his previous weakness into a strength, finishing his first season in Jacksonville with 184 tackles and two sacks.

Oluokun was even better in 2023, totaling 173 tackles, 2.5 sacks and his first interception return for a touchdown. The Missouri native was set to become a free agent in 2024, but because the management was so happy with him, they gave him a three-year contract extension in the offseason.

Last year, 15 linebackers made the top 100, but it's worth noting that the league lumps outside linebackers and off-linebackers together. Regardless, Oluokun has done enough in 2024 to make an appearance.

After the Urban Meyer era, the Jags needed to fill several holes, so they went on a free agent shopping spree. Most of the players they signed became regulars, and some of them are still with the team two years later. One of them, tight end Evan Engram, has had a career turnaround in Jacksonville.

Engram, who was selected by the New York Giants in the first round of the 2017 draft, regularly showed his playmaking skills. However, his time in the Big Apple was marked by mental errors. His drops in particular became a problem area. When the former star player of the Ole Miss Rebels became a free agent, the Giants let him go. Jacksonville jumped at the chance and signed him.

The Jags wanted him to sign a long-term deal, but he opted for a one-year deal to prove himself. He was right to bet on himself, as he set a career high for most catches in a season and broke a handful of team records. Although negotiations took a while, the tight end was eventually given a top-market contract in 2023. He put together another stellar season.

Engram broke many of the records he had set the year before. His 114 receptions were the second most in a season in franchise history behind Jimmy Smith's 116 in 1999. Although the Georgia native was not immediately selected as a Pro Bowler after 2023, he eventually earned the nomination as an alternate.

Last year, three tight ends appeared in the NFL's top 100: Mark Andrews, George Kittle and Travis Kelce. With Andrew missing most of the 2023 season, Engram could join Kittle and Kelce, both of whom will undoubtedly get the nod.

While Foye Oluokun has been the Jaguars' most consistent defender over the past two seasons, Josh Hines-Allen, formerly known as the better Josh Allen, has been the most dominant in 2023.

Allen recorded 10.5 sacks and made the Pro Bowl as a rookie, but struggled with consistency over the next three years. He wreaked havoc at times, but wasn't nearly as consistent as Jaguars management would have liked, so they let him play out his rookie contract before rewarding him. In 2023, he delivered and then some.

Not only did Allen set a new franchise record with 17.5 sacks in a season, but he also ranked sixth among pass rushers in the league with 90 pressures. After keeping his end of the bargain, he wanted the Jags to keep theirs. It took a while, but they eventually gave him a massive contract extension that reflected his status as one of the best edge rushers in the league.

But as productive as Allen was last year, he's not resting on his laurels. The next item on his to-do list was changing his last name to honor his family. With that box checked off, he'll focus on becoming a candidate for Defensive Player of the Year and helping Jacksonville reach the Super Bowl. Along the way, he should make his first appearance in the NFL's top 100.

Trevor Lawrence has a good chance of being among the top 100 players of 2024 for the second year in a row. Although he is coming off an injury-plagued season, he was one of the reasons the Jags started the season 8-3. When he got injured, the team stumbled.

One could cite Lawrence's numbers in 2023 as a reason why he shouldn't be on the countdown. That's what his critics have done, but the truth is that his supporting cast was far from ideal. On top of that, his protection was among the worst in the league and injuries exposed the Jags' overall lack of depth.

With an improved supporting cast, Lawrence should reclaim his place as one of the NFL's best quarterbacks. For now, a top-100 appearance is enough.

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