The Top 16 Jaguars of 2016: #5 Tashaun Gipson

Tashaun Gipson has had a pretty remarkable start to his career. After going undrafted in 2012, despite starting every game of his college career, Gipson signed with the Browns – little did they know they had just found a diamond in the rough. Gipson spent the next four seasons with the Browns and racked up an impressive 14 interceptions, 22 passes defended, 159 tackles, 2 touchdowns, and a forced fumble. In 2014 Gipson earned a Pro Bowl spot after recording 6 interceptions during the regular season despite missing 5 games. Injury and inconsistent play around him greatly slowed Gipson’s production in 2015, but he still recorded 2 interceptions, something a Jaguars safety hasn’t done in some time. He has missed 8 games over the last two years, but when Gipson is healthy he is one of the best free safeties in the game.

After four long years with the Browns, Gipson packed his bags and made his way south to Duval County. Here in Jacksonville he brings with him a calming presence and a skill set that has literally never been seen by fans of the black and teal. His ability to play the deep middle of the field and roam sideline to sideline is a rare gift and will greatly help a Jaguars defense that struggled to get off the field on third down in 2015. His leadership, play, and attitude are all great improvements to what the Jaguars possessed just one year ago at the free safety position. Those traits will also help John Cyprien, who has been asked to do way too much as a strong safety over the first three years of his career. Gipson’s presence could also help the linebackers when they are asked to cover downfield. So far Gipson has been the real deal in his limited time on the field in preseason. He’s made several crucial tackles and made a couple of great plays while the ball was in the air. If Gipson stays healthy for the Jaguars in 2016 he could be the most valuable player on their defense.

Bottom Line: Gipson is a physically gifted free safety that possesses skills that no other free safety in Jaguars history has. If he stays healthy he could quickly cement himself as the best free safety to ever do it for the Jaguars. If he doesn’t stay healthy he could end up being just another in a long list of disappointing Jaguars free agent acquisitions.