3. Blake Cashman, LB, NY Jets
Blake Cashman is currently penciled in as the de facto starting WILL linebacker. But he ultimately might not even be guaranteed a roster spot when all is set and done.
The key for Cashman is staying healthy — something he hasn't proven to be capable of during his brief NFL career. And once again this spring, Cashman found himself watching from the sideline.
As he nursed yet another injury, he watched sixth-round rookie Hamsah Nasirildeen make a strong case to be the Jets' starting WILL.
The Jets drafted Nasirildeen as well as former Auburn safety Jamien Sherwood in this year's draft with the plan to play both converted defensive backs at WILL. That's bad news for Cashman whose job could be taken over by the two rookies in the near future.
The Jets are razor-thin at linebacker which could lead to the team keeping Cashman even if he doesn't stick in the starting lineup. But it's been an inauspicious start for the former Minnesota standout, to say the least.
Cashman has played just 11 of a possible 32 games since entering the league as a fifth-round pick in 2019. Every time he's been given the opportunity to start, an untimely injury has prevented him from ever finding his groove.
Unfortunately, that might have been the case once again this year.
Cashman should still make the final roster, but there's certainly a scenario that sees him get cut.