Devin Lloyd opens up on his 'growing pains' in difficult first NFL season with Jacksonville Jaguars,...
When Devin Lloyd is asked a question, he thinks deeply and provides a thoughtful answer. And he has had plenty to process from his rookie season.
A first round draft pick, he suffered the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, losing his starting place as the Jacksonville Jaguars went from no-hopers to the divisional round.
Lloyd entered the NFL under the weight of expectation. He came out of Utah as a hard-hitting, heat seeking missile as the Jaguars traded back to take the second linebacker off the board with the No 27 overall pick in last years draft.
There was a lot of pressure and expectation for me, especially being a first-round pick. It started right away. Going into the NFL, I was really kind of blinded by the expectations just because I wanted to be the best that I could be for everyone around me, Lloyd told Mail Sport on a recent visit to England.
Uneven preparation Lloyd was playing catch up in the offseason due to several injuries - resulted in an undulating campaign.
By his third week he earned NFL defensive rookie of the month honors, but would lose the starting role alongside Foyesade Oluokun to fellow rookie Chad Muma.