The Top 16 Jaguars of 2016: #2 Brandon Linder

Brandon Linder was the third round pick of the Jaguars in the 2014 draft. Then Jacksonville offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch, was Linder’s coach at the University of Miami. With a familiarity established between the two, it seemed like match made in heaven. Linder quickly earned the starting right guard job and before long it was clear that he was the best offensive linemen on the Jaguars roster. He was the only positively ranked offensive lineman on the Jaguars entire roster his rookie year and one of the highest rated guards in the NFL.

Following his stellar rookie campaign, Linder suffered a season ending torn labrum in week 3 of the 2015 season. His absence was greatly felt as the Jaguars struggled to run the ball and to protect their young signal caller Blake Bortles.

Linder is back, fully healthy and instead of playing right guard, he becomes the center of the future for the Jaguars. At 6 feet 6 inches tall and weighing in at 320 pounds, the 24-year-old Linder is playing the most important position on the offensive line. He has to make sure the ball is securely exchanged between himself and the quarterback and he has to make the calls for the rest of the line. The Jaguars struggles at center in 2014 were well documented, but it appears that Linder should not miss a beat after a rough injury and a position switch.

Linder may not get the recognition that some of the other players on our list do, but there is no doubt that he is one the Jaguars most consistent performers and a leader on the offensive line.

The Bottom Line: Linder is the Jaguars best offensive lineman and likely will be for years to come. If he can stay healthy there is no reason that Linder will not make the Pro Bowl several times through out his career.