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2009 DRAFT PICKS
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Rd Sel# Player Pos. School Jay's ranking Jay's draft value
1 8 Eugene Monroe OT Virginia #2 OT Round 1
2 39 Eben Britton OT Arizona #7 OT Round 2
3 72 Terrance Knighton DT Temple NR Late Round Value
3 73 Derek Cox CB William & Mary #23 CB Round 5

Player who will have a better NFL career than many drafted higher than him.

A 6'0.2" corner with a 11'8" vertical who runs 4.39 forty and a 6.80 short shuttle and who was second team All Conference has to be intriguing.  Two of his four interceptions last year were returned for touchdowns. That's no surprise since he is a dynamic return man.
4 107 Mike Thomas WR Arizona #10 WR Round 2

East West Shrine Game

Love this kid!  He made plays both as a receiver and as a punt returner.  He made some tough catches, including going up high to grab one (important since he is listed at 5'8").  Thomas gets open, makes catches and makes plays.  What's not to like.

Senior Bowl practice comment

Thomas started very strongly and then leveled off, but he is an excellent receiver.  He looked quick, got off the jam at line, got open deep, and made a nice one-handed grab.

Senior Bowl Game

Thomas, a late add because of his stellar play at the East West Shrine Game, continued his fine post-season.  Thomas had a good kick return, made one very nice catch and run, and got open deep (bad pass).  He did, however, look very bad on a punt return where he misjudged the ball and fumbled it out of bounds.

Player who will have a better NFL career than many drafted higher than him.

Thomas was the player who caught my eye more than any other during the post-season.  He was the best player (in my opinion) during the East West Shrine Game (including skying high to make one grab).  His performance at the Shrine Game earned him an invite to the Senior Bowl where he looked very good during practices, showing exceptional speed and quickness and the ability to escape jams at line.  Thomas, a small receiver with good return skills, reminds me of a more-athletic Wes Welker.  His stats in the NFL will vary depending upon the offense that drafts him.  He will either be a very good slot/return guy, or, if drafted in a New-England-type of offense, he will be a major contributor, maybe even a star.
5 144 Jarett Dillard WR Rice #13 WR Round 3

East West Shrine Game

Dillard didn't have a lot of catchable balls, but he looked very good on the few he caught.  He went down low to make a nice catch on one throw and got good YAC on another catch.  Dillard also looked good on a punt return.

Player who will have a better NFL career than many drafted higher than him.

Dillard, plain and simple, is a football player.  He consistently gets open and makes incredible catches.  While on the short side, Dillard routinely out-jumps defenders and comes down with the ball.  While not a speed/quickness workout stud, Dillard is a receiver whose quarterback will quickly discover that he loves to throw to him.
6 180 Zach Miller TE Nebraska-Omaha #11 TE Round 4

Player who will have a better NFL career than many drafted higher than him.

Miller is an interesting story.  He started out as an option quarterback for Nebraska.  After his coach was fired he transferred to Nebraska-Omaha where he was a successful running-quarterback.  After his senior year Miller was invited to the Cactus Bowl, the Divison II All Star Game, but not as a quarterback, as a tight end.  After one week of practice as a tight end, Miller had 5 receptions for 116 yards in the game.  On his Pro Day, Miller put up numbers that would have placed him at the top of the "official Combine board" in the forty and vertical jump.  Miller is an intriguing developmental prospect who could be a wildcat quarterback in addition to a receiving tight end.
7 250 Rashad Jennings RB Liberty #10 RB Round 3

Senior Bowl practice comment

Tough kid, fought hard with some success in blitz pickup.  Showed quick feet for a big back.

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2 - 3 Palmer 1-1   Matthews 1-0   Fokou 0-1   Beckwith 0-1
7 253 Tiquan Underwood WR Rutgers #24 WR Round 5

Player who will have a better NFL career than many drafted higher than him.

Underwood is one of the most physically gifted receivers in the entire draft class.  His speed, quickness, athleticism and change-of-direction skills are quite impressive.  He does need some work in the weight room.  Two years ago Underwood caught more balls at Rutgers than potential first round pick Kenny Britt.  His production dropped last year, but he is still an intriguing second day pick.
FA ---- Russell Allen OLB San Diego State NR 7th/FA
FA ---- Todd Boeckman QB Ohio State NR 7th/FA
FA ---- Brock Bolin FB Louisville NR 7th/FA
FA ---- Mesphin Forrester SS Washington NR Late Round Value
FA ---- George Hypolite DT Colorado NR 7th/FA
FA ---- Jeremy Navarre DE Maryland NR 7th/FA
FA ---- Cecil Newton C Tennessee State NR Late Round Value
FA ---- Johnny Williams OLB Kentucky NR 7th/FA

 

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2009 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

by Jay Goldberg

The Jaguars had a great draft.  I love the three receivers they drafted.  They can all catch and they can all sky to make tough catches (just look at their vertical jumps).  There were only two spots where I would have selected a different player, but the Jags ended up with a good player at those spots as well.  However, if Jacksonville picked my two guys, they would have received the elusive A+ grade from me!  As far as college street free agents go, the Jaguars added players who will compete in camp and who will give them good depth early in the Preseason, but none jump out at me as steals.

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Jacksonville secured its left tackle of the future (and present?) in round one in Monroe.  They can thank the Bengals for selecting Andre Smith over him at #6 allowing them to secure my #2 ranked tackle in the draft.  Monroe will be a long term, high quality starter in the league.

The Jaguars continued to rebuild its offensive line in round two by selecting Britton.  Many draft analysts had a first round grade on this kid.  I did not.  I had a second round grade making this a solid selection, but not the steal others will have it graded.  The tackle I liked more than Britton at this spot was William Beatty.  Beatty is more athletic and has a higher upside.  In fact, I had Beatty rated right behind Monroe ahead of Andre Smith as my #3 tackle in the draft.

While I had a minor issue with Jacksonville taking Britton over Beatty, I had a bigger issue with them drafting Knighton over Roy Miller.  Now, I understand the appeal of Knighton.  He is fast for a big man, he is quick for a big man, and he has the long arms that teams look for in defensive tackles.  However, Miller who also has good speed, plays with a very high motor and is strong as an ox.  Knighton is the quicker, slashing defensive tackle and will need time to develop.  In fact some teams were looking at him as an end in the 3-4 defense.  Miller is a run-stuffer, who is also goo in pursuit, and is NFL-ready.  In my opinion a run-stuffing defensive tackle is what the Jaguars need, so Miller is not only more highly rated on my board, but a better fit.  But who knows, place Knighton on a rigid weight training program, and maybe he could develop into a run-stuffer as well.  He certainly has the base tools to be a good NFL starter.

From this point forward I cannot find fault with any of the Jaguars picks.  In fact, five of their next six players drafted were on my list of players who will have a better NFL career than many drafted higher than them (all except Jennings).  The first player on my "list" was Cox.  When you can bring in a cornerback who is over 6'0", runs a 4.39 forty and is an explosive athlete (11'8" broad jump!), you do it.  Especially when the kid is more than just an athlete.  He was second team All Conference at cornerback.  In addition, he is the first of many brought in who will give Witherspoon a run for his money as a returner.  I had a fifth round grade on Cox, but I like the kid's potential and cannot find fault with Jacksonville grabbing him in round three.

Mike Thomas was the player who caught my eye more than any other player in the post-season.  He is a terrific receiver and a good return man.  The only knock on him is his height.  At a shade under 5'8" he is very short for a NFL receiver.  However, he has a 40.5" vertical, has top-end speed and athleticism, makes quick, sharp cuts, has great hands, and has the strength to beat the jam at the line.  I look at him as a more athletic and faster Wes Welker.

Dillard is more than 2 inches taller than Thomas which still makes him a bit undersized as a receiver.  However, he jumps even higher than Thomas (42.5" vertical).  He also may have the best feel for the passing game and the best hands of all the receivers in the draft.  While he lacks explosive speed and quickness, he is the type of receiver quarterbacks look for to convert on third down.

 Zach Miller is an interesting prospect.  Up until the post-season he was a successful small-school running quarterback.  Then in a Division II All Star Game he played tight end for the first time.  He had 5 catches for 116 yards.  Later, his on-campus workout was one of the most impressive workouts for any tight end in the draft.  Miller will need time to develop further (with Lewis on hand he has the time), but could be an interesting and unique wildcat.  If he is in the game he could be there as a second tight end or wildcat.  That would disguise that formation beyond any other team in the NFL.

I do not understand why Jennings fell this far in the draft.  I heard it was because he is a big back who doesn't run strong, but he looked like a strong runner during the post-season and he lifted the bar 29 times.  This kid will be a steal fro Jacksonville.  He is the perfect compliment for Jones-Drew.

Underwood is the third receiver drafted by Jacksonville and is a steal in round seven. If you went back two years he was more productive and looked like a better NFL prospect than teammate Kenny Britt.  Underwood can fly and is terrific athlete.  And unlike many of the other 6'0" slender "greyhound-like receivers (e.g. Troy Williamson), he has more than just straight-line speed.  He is quick and makes sharp cuts.  Underwood does need work in the weight room to ensure he can take the pounding he will get on a regular basis in the NFL.

 COLLEGE STREET FREE AGENTS

Outside of Tim Shaw, there are no young backup linebackers that intrigue me on the Jaguars roster.  That gives Russell Allen a chance.  He will have to prove himself on special teams to stick, but the development squad is a more realistic goal.

Boeckman is a big kid with an NFL arm whose main weakness is his lack of mobility.  However, his workout showed better speed and quickness than he showed on film.  He is certainly worth a look in camp and could challenge Paul Smith for the #3 quarterback spot (with the loser of the competition ending up on the development squad).

Bolen is a fullback who can also be effective as a short-yardage and goal line runner.  However, with Greg Jones already in that role Bolen faces long odds to make the team.

Forrester is the best college street free agent signed by Jacksonville.  He has good strength, speed and quickness.  He will be a good special teams player and, has an outside chance to see time at strong safety at some point during the season as well.

Hypolite is a strong kid who could develop into a rotation player at defensive tackle at some point in the future.  Look for Hypolite to be signed to the Jaguars development squad.

Navarre is another strong kid.  He showed some pass rush skills at Maryland as well and at 285 pounds is a sleeper to find a role with Jacksonville as a backup defensive end.

Newton could have gone in round six of the draft and I wouldn't have batted an eye.  He has a shot to stick as a backup inside offensive lineman.

Williams is another linebacker who will be fighting for a backup/special teams role with Jacksonville.  He will have to outplay fellow college street free agent Allen to have a shot at even a development squad spot. 

For chart below: red indicates workout number in top range at position in draft
ARM-HAND relative to position, for ranges see ranking pages for 2009 draft

LAST NAME
at Combine
FIRST NAME SCHOOL HGT WGT ARM-
HAND
BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
Monroe Eugene Virginia 6'5.2" 309 M-XL 23 5.16 1.75 2.96 4.78 - 7.88 28.5" 9'2"
Britton Eben Arizona 6'5.6" 309 S-L 24 5.14 1.75 2.96 4.91 - 7.87 28.5" 8'4"
Knighton Terrance Temple 6'3" 321 XL-L 21 4.93 1.69 2.84 4.64  - 7.22 29" 8'9"
Cox Derek William & Mary 6'0.2" 182 - 12 4.39 - - 4.11 - 6.80 36.5" 11'8"
Thomas Mike Arizona 5'7.7" 187 S-L 16 4.30 1.44 2.50 4.28 - 6.65 40.5" 10'6"
Dillard Jarett Rice 5'10.2" 191 M-S 13 4.50 1.60 2.57 4.41  - 7.10 42.5" 10'11"
Miller Zach Neb-Omaha 6'3.6" 233 - 21 4.53 1.55 2.62 4.22 - 7.06 37.5" 10'4"
Jennings Rashad Liberty 6'1" 231 L-XL 29 4.52 1.61 2.65 4.20 11.46 6.79 34" 10'0"
Underwood Tiquan Rutgers 6'1.1" 184 M-S 7 4.32 1.46 2.53 4.11 - 6.62 41.5" 10'9"
Allen Russell San Diego State 6'2.6" 230 - 24 4.63 1.58 2.66 4.34 - 7.21 33.5" 9'10"
Boeckman Todd Ohio State 6'4.3" 240 - - 4.75 1.60 2.72 4.39 - 7.08 31" 9'3"
Bolen Brock Louisville 5'11.5" 233 - 24 4.77 1.65 2.78 4.35 - 6.95 31.5" 9'2"
Forrester Mesphin Washinton 6'1.5" 201 - 17 4.52 1.58 2.62 4.15 - 6.95 32" 9'8"
Hypolite George Colorado 6'0.7" 299 - 32 5.04 1.74 2.91 4.72 - 7.64 32" 8'10"
Navarre Jeremy Maryland 6'2.6" 285 - 36 - - - - - - - -
Newton Cecil Tennessee State 6'1.5" 300 - 25 5.13 1.73 2.91 4.15 - 7.55 25.5" 8'2"
Williams Johnny Kentucky 6'1.1" 236 - 16 4.74 1.61 2.73 4.49 - 7.39 35" 9'8"

2009 NEEDS PRIOR TO DRAFT AND FREE AGENCY
Major need
     Need     Upgrade possible     Depth/possible need     Not a need

QB The Jaguars have an interesting decision at quarterback.  After an excellent 2007, Garrad had a major drop off in 2008.  Lemon is a decent backup.  I wouldn't be surprised to see Jacksonville draft a quarterback a little higher in the draft than many expect.
RB Jones-Drew will take over as the primary back.  Taylor will have to redo his contract to return as Drew's top backup.  I'm not sure he will, I'm not sure he wants to.  Washington, a player I liked more than many coming out of college, showed promise.  
WR If Matt Jones can keep his "nose" clean, the Jags have one of their starting receivers.  However, it's time for Northcutt to be regulated to the role he should have, slot receiver.  Williamson and Williams have had many chances in their NFL careers and neither has developed into the player teams hoped for when they were drafted.  Walker has flashed but you cannot go into next season counting on him as a starter.  Porter continues to be a waste. Jacksonville badly needs a receiver to start opposite Jones, one with deep speed and the potential to be their #1 receiver.
TE Lewis has developed into a good two-way tight end.  If Wrighster can continue his comeback, the Jacksonville will have a reliable backup.  In either case adding at least one tight end is something Jacksonville needs to do min the offseason.
OL Injuries and poor play affected this unit.  The Jaguars need a left tackle and possibly a right tackle too.  Barnes is an UFA who will, most likely, be allowed to leave while Pashos' play has been up and down.  In addition both starting guards are returning from injury, and their center Meester is okay but is an UFA.  This unit is a mess.
DL Even the tackles let the Jaguars down this year.  Without Stroud, Henderson struggled, but the goal should be to add a better starter than Meier (who is a good third tackle) rather than give up on Henderson.  At end, look for Harvey to take a big step in 2009.  However it's time for the Hayward/Spicer show to move out of town.  Groves, is a good sacker, but miscast as a defensive end.  He would be much better playing OLB in a 3-4 defense.  So Jacksonville needs a starting defensive end and a starting defensive tackle.
LB Peterson is an UFA and Del Rio will gladly escort him to the door.  Durant, Smith and Ingram form a good young starting unit.  However, depth needs to be addressed.
DB This unit is much better on paper than in real life.  The Jaguars will have to decide if the unit will improve with a better pass rush and playing together more, or if they have to make some moves that will surprise the masses.  Mathis was a top corner a couple of years back, but didn't play to that level last year.  However, he's a keeper, at least for now.  The Jaguars overvalued both Williams and Florence but both, particularly Williams are capable NFL players.  Sensabaugh is developing into a solid strong safety.  Nelson was suppose to be a big play free safety but hasn't taken that step, and in fact, makes too many mistakes.  However, he is still young and could grow into the playmaker the team hoped he would be when he was drafted.  While bringing in a corner and/or a safety would make sense, with all needs on this team, rolling the dice with what they have could be the most logical decision, and could pay dividends.
ST The Jaguars special teams are okay, but there is the potential for them to get better.  Scobee is a solid kicker despite some late season misses.  Witherspoon was up and down as a rookie but the kid is a very good athlete with tremendous speed and he could get better in year two of his career.  At punter, the Jags have two on the roster, both fairly comparable so maybe the camp competition will bring out the best in one of them.

 

2008 DRAFT PICKS
links go to NFL.com website

Arizona
Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School Jay's ranking Jay's draft value
1 8 Derrick Harvey DE 6'4.5" 271 Florida #3 DE Round 1
2 52 Quentin Groves DE/OLB 6'3.1" 250 Auburn #6 DE Round 2
5 155 Thomas Williams OLB 6'0.7" 238 USC   Late Round Value/Free Agent
5 159 Trae Williams CB 5'9" 193 S Florida   Late Round Value/Free Agent
6 213 Chauncey Washington RB 5'11.3" 211 USC #14 RB Round 4
FA   Adam Bishop TE 6'4" 243 Nevado-Reno   Late Round Value
FA   Isaiah Gardner CB/S 5'11.1" 197 Maryland #22 CB Round 4/Round 5
FA   Paul Smith QB 6'1.2" 208 Tulsa   Late Round Value/Free Agent
FA   Brian Witherspoon CB/Ret 5'10.3" 175 Stillman   Late Round Value

 

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2008 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

by Jay Goldberg

Many will question the Jags giving up lots of goodies to move up to grab Harvey.  I will not.  He is a needed piece to their puzzle and they are a team that will be in the Super Bowl hunt.  Where I do question their draft is in round five where big defensive tackle Ahytba Rubin was available and would have provided them with a big run-stuffer to rotate in with Henderson.  I know they like Meier and Landri, but both are on the light side for defensive tackles.  The Jags also signed some quality college street free agents.

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Harvey should beat out Spicer sooner rather than later and become a quality starter who holds his own against the run while getting between 8 and 12 sacks a year.  He is a good addition to their team.

Groves is a terrific athlete with speed and pass rushing abilities.  I thought he would go to a team that plays a 3-4 and move to outside linebacker.  For the Jags he should become a vital part of their nickel defense.  I can see the Jags moving Harvey inside in the nickel to play a Justin-Tuck-role with Groves replacing him at end.

Thomas Williams is a player whose upside is as a versatile backup and quality special teams player.  He played inside and outside at USC.

Trae Williams is an undersized corner who displayed good man to man skills at South Florida, but may have trouble maintaining those skills against NFL wideouts.

Washington was an excellent pick in round six.  I noted that it may have been time for the Jags to draft a strong runner to pair with Jones-Drew down the line after Taylor retires.  Washington is a tough, strong inside runner with good but little wiggle.  He could fit nicely in a year or two as the change-of-pace power back to spell Jones-Drew.

COLLEGE STREET FREE AGENTS

Bishop is a heady player with good hands and is an above average blocker.  He is limited athletically and will not stretch the field but has potential as a #3 tight end who can block and catch short passes off blocking formations.

I like Gardner's potential more than Trae Williams' potential.  Gardner was known as a physical player and was thought to be limited physically.  Then he put together an eye-opening workout.  Apparently he has good speed and quickness and is a tremendous athlete.  Add to that he tied for eighth in the ACC and 79th in the nation in passes defended and the Jags just may have a free agent steal.

Smith is an undersized quarterback with good mobility, good smarts, and good accuracy.  He is the type of player that keeps hanging around and when given a chance performs better than expected.

Witherspoon is extremely fast and a top athlete.  He has mad return skills and should be fun to watch in early preseason.  To help on defense he will have to hit the weight room, he does have good ball skills in the secondary.  He is an intriguing player.

red indicates workout number in top range at position in draft
(blue college name indicates workout #'s include Pro Day numbers)

COMBINE
YES
FIRST NAME SCHOOL HEIGHT WEIGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
Harvey Derrick FLORIDA 6'4.5" 271 31 4.80 1.64 2.78 4.36 NA 7.27 31" 9'5"
Groves Quentin AUBURN 6'3.1" 250 30 4.52 1.57 2.68 4.42 NA 7.31 35" 10'0"
Williams Thomas USC 6'0.7" 238 26 4.88 1.64 2.81 NA NA NA 29.5" 9'5"
Williams Trae S FLORIDA 5'9" 193 NA 4.48 1.54 2.59 4.37 NA 7.03 33" 9'2"
Washington Chauncy USC 5'11.3" 211 18 4.40 1.51 2.53 4.58 NA 7.53 36" 9'11"
Bishop Adam NEV-RENO 6'4" 243 22 4.93 1.69 2.88 4.28 NA 7.14 27" 9'5"
Gardner Isaiah MARYLAND 5'11.1" 197 16 4.40 1.48 2.53 4.12 NA 6.99 42.5" 11'0"
Smith Paul TULSA 6'1.2" 208 NA 4.94 1.64 2.87 4.29 NA 7.02 26.5" 9'2"
Witherspoon Brian STILLMAN 5'10.3" 175 NA 4.29 1.42 2.51 4.36 NA 6.86 40" 10'10"

2008 NEEDS PRIOR TO DRAFT AND FREE AGENCY

JAC       Major Need          Need          Upgrade         Depth Need         Not a Need

QB  Garrad showed that he is a very good quarterback, one a team can go deep into the playoffs with.  Gray is a free agent so a backup could be needed.  In fact, even if Gray comes back, a backup is needed.
RB  Taylor and Jones-Drew are an excellent one-two punch.  Greg Jones has shown good run skills in the past.  In a deep running back draft it may be time for the Jags to draft a younger big back to share the load with Jones-Drew in a couple of years.
WR  I wonder if the Jags are as tired of the word potential as I am.  The Jags have used a lot of high draft picks on receivers and have not uncovered a bonafide star.  Williams and Jones remain works in progress.  Wilford is a free agent.  Northcutt should be a third or fourth wideout, not a starter.  Walker and Broussard are the latest Jag receivers with "potential".  The Jags desperately need to add a legit #1.
TE Lewis started coming on.  He'll be a good one.  Wrighster has to come back from a tough injury.  Depth is needed.
OL  Solid unit with good players, but upgrades are possible all along the line.   Also, Williams will probably leave in free agency so a player to compete for a backup tackle position is needed.  
DL What was once a strength, now is a need area.  Henderson is still a stud inside, but Stroud and Hayward haven't been the same since surgery.  Meier is best suited as a sub. McCary is a free agent and has only had one good year.  Landri has potential and Spicer is a solid, but replaceable starter.  A starting end and a player to push to start at tackle are needed. 
LB Some like this unit better than me.  I love the rookie Durant.  He'll be a good one.  But Smith and Ingram are solid, but replaceable players.  Mike Peterson is a top linebacker but injuries and age are catching up to him.
DB No problems here.  Mathis and Williams are a top pair of corners and Nelson and Sensabaugh are excellent young safeties.  Knight played well when Sensabaugh got hurt.  A corner to compete for the nickel and another young safety could be added.
ST The kicking and return games are fine.  Competition for long snapper Zelenka will probably be brought in.

 

2007 DRAFT PICKS
links go to NFL.com website

Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School Jay's ranking Jay's Draft Value
1 21 Nelson, Reggie FS 6-0 193 Florida # 2 FS Round 1
2 48 Durant, Justin ILB 6-1 235 Hampton # 5 ILB Round 3
3 79 Walker, Mike WR 6-2 209 Central Florida Late Round Value
4 101 Podlesh, Adam P 5-11 202 Maryland # 2 P Late Round Value
4 113 Smith, Brian DE 6-3 239 Missouri Off My Board
5 149 Nwaneri, Uche G 6-3 325 Purdue Late Round Value
5 150 Gattis, Josh FS 6-1 213 Wake Forest # 5 FS Round 3
5 166 Landri, Derek DT 6-2 277 Notre Dame Late Round Value
7 229 Broussard, John WR 6-1 178 San Jose State #25 WR Round 4
7 251 Nkang, Chad ILB 5-11 220 Elon # 9 OLB Round 3
7 252 Carnahan, Andrew OT 6-7 306 Arizona State Off My Board
FA Goode, Brett LS 6-1 244 Off My Board
FA Kiser, Roosevelt WR 5-8 169 Florida A&M Off My Board
FA Pudewell, Anthony TE 6-4 252 Nevada Late Round Value
FA Ricard, Lester QB 6-4 235 Tulane Late Round Value
FA Terry, D. D. RB 6-1 196 San Houston St #14 RB Round 4

 

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2007 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

by Jay Goldberg

TheJaguars got excellent value on day two with Gattis, Broussard and Nkang, but reached in round 4 for defensive end Smith (who may be tried at outside linebacker) and in round three for Walker.  In terms of college street free agents, the Jags signed one of my favorites in running back D. D. Terry, but the team is already deep at running back.

Nelson is a playmaking free safety who should start for the Jags from day one.  Long term (post-Darius) he could pair up with Gerald Sensabaugh to form a hard hitting and extremely athletic pair of safeties.  Nelson was a good get by Jacksonville.  Durant was another good pick.  He is a strong, fast, quick and athletic linebacker who will help on special teams immediately and be Mike Peterson's replacement down the line.  Durant hits like a truck.  Jacksonville has a higher opinion on Mike Walker than me.  He does possess good strength and speed and was productive at Central Florida.  While he is fast he is not overly quick and, therefore,  is more of an outside receiver than a slot receiver.  Don't get me wrong, Walker is a legitimate NFL prospect, just one I thought was a day two value and one more likely to be a #4 receiver than a starter.  I would have gone defensive end Charles Johnson here, and grabbed Allison or Clowney in round four.  Podlesh was one of the better punters in the draft and should win Jacksonville's punting job.  Brian Smith is another player where I have different opinion of value from Jacksonville.  Smith is an undersized pass rushing defensive end who will most likely have to make the transition to outside linebacker in the NFL.  I'm not sure how that will work out so I had Smith off my board.  Nwaneri is better on the field than in the gym.  He is a smart player who can find a home in the NFL as a reliable reserve.  I had a third round grade on Gattis so obviously I thought he was excellent value for Jacksonville in round five.  If I had to guess one of the scenarios the Jaguars looked at if Nelson was off the board was to go with a different position in round one and grab Gattis as to compete for the starting free safety job in round three or four.  With him still on the board in round five they couldn't pass on him.  Gattis, an athletic, fast, playmaking safety, gives the Jags three good young safeties.  If he improves his tackling he could push Sensabaugh as the strong safety of the future.  For now he'll backup Nelson at free safety.  Landri isn't as big as the Jacksonville's starting defensive tackles, but is a hard worker who knows his assignments.  He will be a solid backup for Jacksonville and could see the field spelling the starters this year.  Broussard was another excellent get by Jacksonville.  I had a fourth round grade on this big-play receiver.  Broussard is probably a year or two away from playing a significant role on offense, but has the speed, quickness, and athleticism to develop into a dangerous NFL receiver.  I like Broussard's long term potential better than Walker's long term potential.  Nkang is another player the Jags stole late in the draft.  I had a third round grade on himj because, although he is small, he is a very fast and highly athletic kid who makes plays all over the field.  He is also strong for his size, a sure tackler, and a hard hitter.  I thought he fit best in a defense that relied on speed over size and it remains to be seen if he will ever fit into Jacksonville's scheme, but in the meantime the Jag's got a special teams terror.   Carnahan is a big, strong offensive tackle who needs work on technique because he is limited athletically.  He will probably land on the Jag's development squad.

The Jaguars college street free agents of note include, Goode who is a long snapper and Kiser who is a return man.  Both will have to earn their way onto the Jaguars' roster through special teams play.  Pudewell is a good blocking tight end with poor speed, below average quickness, but good hands.  He could stick as an extra tight end who plays in short yardage and goal line packages.  Ricard is a big, strong-armed quarterback who needs work on his accuracy.  He could land on Jacksonville's development squad.  D. D. Terry was one of the best college street free agents available.  A recent convert to running back from linebacker, Terry runs with a mean streak.  He also has 4.4 speed and is a good receiver.  Unfortunately for him, he choose to sign with a team deep at running back.  However, he could fill the roles of both Toefield and Pearman, thus saving Jacksonville a roster spot.  The backup running back battle should be an interesting one to watch in preseason, and I wouldn't be surprised to see the losers making other teams' rosters.

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NELSON REGGIE FLORIDA FS 5'11.3" 198   4.35 1.46 2.51 4.15   6.67 35" 10'6"
Nelson is a playmaking free safety with the speed and quickness of a cornerback.  He freelanced in college and will have to adjust to playing in a more complex defense in the NFL.  However he is a leader and hard worker and should succeesfully make that transition. 

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DURANT JUSTIN HAMPTON ILB/OLB 6'0.7" 230 25 4.51 1.55 2.60 4.09 11.44 6.77 36" 10'1"

PLAYER WHO COULD HAVE A BETTER NFL CAREER THAN PLAYERS SELECTED AHEAD OF HIM in the DRAFT

Durant is an excellent athlete from a small school.  He will be a terror on special teams and has the talent to develop into a solid NFL linebacker.  He has good instincts, is aggressive and is a hard hitter.  He will fit best in a 4-3.  He lacks the size to play inside in a 3-4.  Durant is an interesting sleeper.

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WALKER MIKE CENTRAL FLORIDA WR 6'1.6" 209 18 4.35 1.54 2.53  4.39 11.40 6.92 37" 10'1"
 

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SMITH BRIAN MISSOURI DE/OLB 6'3.4" 239                  
Smith is an undersized pass rushing defensive end who projects as an outside linebacker in the NFL.  

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NWANERI UCHE PURDUE OG 6'3.1" 325 24 5.37 1.81 3.09       27.5" 8'1"
Nwaneri is a better player on the field than he is workout warrior.  However, he could be a very reliable backup in the NFL.

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GATTIS JOSH WAKE FOREST FS/SS 6'1" 206 22 4.47 1.50 2.56 4.27 11.24 6.72 35" 10'4"
Gattis has a nice mix of size, speed, strength and athleticism.  Gattis has good instincts and is adept at reading the play and coming up with an interception.  If he used his size and strength better against the run, he would be one of the top safeties in the draft.

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LANDRI DEREK NOTRE DAME DT 6'2.4" 288 24                
Landi is a blue-collar defensive tackle who gives great effort and knows his assignments.  He is a bit light for a defensive tackle but could add some muscle.  He should be a dependable rotation player in the NFL.

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BROUSSARD JOHN SAN JOSE ST 6'0.5" WR 200 12 4.38 1.47 2.48 4.09     40" 10'8"
Broussard is a work in progress with lots of potential.  He needs to get stronger, but has great speed and quickness and is a top athlete.  He is one of the better developmental receivers in the draft.

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NKANG CHAD ELON OLB/S 5'11.4" 220 23 4.41 1.49 2.52 4.34   6.99 36.5" 9'10"

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Nkang is a player that some teams may have pegged as a special teams player only.  However, he is a valuable commodity for the right team.  Teams that rely on small, quick, fast linebackers (like the Colts) could come up big if they draft Nkang.  He reminds of Cato June.

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CARNAHAN ANDREW ARIZONA ST OT 6'7.1" 306 27                
Carnahan is a strong kid who has durability issues and is limited athletically.  He does have a big frame and, with coaching, could stick on a NFL roster.

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KISER ROOSEVELT FLORIDA A&M WR/RET 5'7.7" 169 13 4.41 1.51 2.49 4.08   7.26 35" 9'8"
Kiser is an undersized, but talented receiver and return man.  He should get a look in a team's camp. 

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PUDEWELL ANTHONY NEVADA-RENO TE 6'3.7" 252 15 5.00 1.64 2.85 4.41   7.18 28" 8'6"
Pudewell is a good  blocking tight end with poor speed and below average quickness.  However, he does have reliable hands.  Pudewell is the type of player who wins a bottom roster spot as a short yardage and goal line player.

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RICARD LESTER TULANE QB 6'4.2" 235   4.85 1.66 2.80 4.64   8.08 30" 9'3"
Ricard is a big, strong-armed quarterback who needs work on his accuracy.  Ricard transferred to Tulane from LSU.

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TERRY D. D. SAM HOUST ST RB 6'0.5" 196 12 4.40 1.51 2.58       38.5" 10'1"

PLAYER WHO COULD HAVE A BETTER NFL CAREER THAN PLAYERS SELECTED AHEAD OF HIM in the DRAFT

Terry is a recent covert from linebacker to running back and his aggressiveness shows in his running style.  He has good speed, is quick, and athletic.  He ran for over 1,300 yards his senior year, averaging over 6 yards a carry.  He also caught 22 balls for almost 240 yards and rushed for 15 touchdowns.  Terry will not be a lead back, but is ideal as a third down back who can also be part of a two-back tandem.  He will out perform running backs taken ahead of him in the draft.

 

2007 TEAM NEEDS PRIOR TO THE DRAFT and FREE AGENCY
major need     need     depth/possible need     not a significant need

QB If you have 3 QBs, does that mean you don't have any?  I still like Leftwich, but he's wearing on me.
RB Taylor and Jones-Drew are a good 1-2.  Pearman and Greg Jones add depth.
WR A disappointment.  Jones still has time, Williams not so much.  There are a lot of good #2 WRs in the draft.  Get one.
TE Lewis and Wringster are back.  Brady is an UFA.
OL A good line.  Depth can always help.
DL Can't count on Hayward coming off knee injury so a pass rusher is needed.
LB This unit played well even after Peterson's injury.
DB Grant is an UFA, Darius is coming off an injury.  Sensabaugh is a good young player but more like Darius than Grant.
ST Competition for all should be brought in.  PR Northcutt is an UFA.

2006 DRAFT PICKS
Links go to write-ups at NFL.com

Jacksonville
Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School Jay's ranking Jay's draft value
1 28 Lewis, Marcedes TE 6-6 262 UCLA # 2 TE Round 1
2 60 Drew, Maurice RB 5-7 206 UCLA # 16 RB Round 4
3 80 Ingram, Clint OLB 6-2 245 Oklahoma Late Round Value > Round 4
5 160 Hawkins, Brent DE 6-2 242 Illinois State # 20 DE Round 4
7 213 Wyche, James DE 6-5 263 Syracuse # 15 DE Round 4
7 236 Webb, Demetrice CB 5-11 182 Florida # 12 CB Round 3
  FA Iwuh, Brian OLB 6-0 224 Colorado Late Round Value > Round 4

 

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2006 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

by Jay Goldberg

After selecting Lewis in round one, the Jaguars has major reaches in round two and three.  However, they recovered nicely on day two getting excellent value in round five and seven.

Lewis is a very good pass receiving tight end and was a solid pick in round one.  He has excellent size, and good speed and hands.  Lewis can get open down the field in the seam, and is a reliable outlet target.  He is also a wiling blocker, but needs work to become more effective in that area.  Drew was one of the biggest (pun intended) reaches in the draft.  While Drew was productive (but not spectacular) at UCLA he is not a gifted enough athlete to overcome his short stature (under 5'7") to become a lead back in the NFL.  In fact, he was not as productive and is not as athletic as either Sproles from last year's draft or Barclay from this year's draft, both short running backs like Drew.  Drew is fast, but not quick, strong for his size, but not a top athlete, and is a change-of-pace, third-down back and kickoff return man, nothing more.  In round two, especially at running back where good players often fall in the draft, a team needs to draft a running back that can be its feature back.  Drew made sense early on day two, not in round two.  Ingram was more of a reach than Drew.  Ingram will be looked at as a SAM, but does not have enough strength to hold the point of attack for teammates to make tackles.  Ingram may succeed as a WILL, but will probably peak as a good special teams player and backup linebacker.  Not a good result for round three, and a horrible result when coupled with the Jags' second round pick.  While I liked the selection of TE Lewis, if Jacksonville went in a different direction and selected Howard to play SAM in round one, they could have followed that selection up with TE Pope or TE Byrd in round two, and if Drew was off the board at their spot in round three, they could have selected RB Harrison, who I think has a better upside than Drew anyway.  After a bad day one, the Jaguars rebounded with an excellent day two, starting with Brent Hawkins.  Hawkins is a player I like a lot.  I had a fourth round grade on him.  He has excellent pass rushing skills, good speed and good athleticism.  He reminds me of the Colts' Robert Mathis and will be an asset on passing downs for the Jags this year.  Wyche was another excellent get in round seven.  I actually had a slightly higher grade on Wyche than Hawkins because Wyche has a bigger frame and the potential to grow (skills and size) into a starting end who can rush the passer and play the run.  Look for Wyche to become a regular in the Jaguars' rotation at end in a year or two.  Wyche was a great, not good, seventh round pick.  Webb was another excellent pick.  While I can understand Wyche falling to round seven because he needs to develop his skills and get bigger, Webb falling confuses me.  Webb has the confidence (too much in fact), attitude (trash-talking and all), college production, size, speed, athleticism, and athletic ability to be a solid starting cornerback in the league.  In fact, he has enough size and leaping ability to play outside, and enough quickness and instincts to cover slot receivers.  Obviously, Webb, who I rated a third round talent, was a major steal for Jacksonville in round seven.

The only free agent signing of note for the Jags was Brian Iwuh.  Iwuh went undrafted because his workout was not as good as expected.  In fact, many thought this OLB could transition to strong safety in the NFL.  However, his speed, quickness, and athleticism tested below standard for strong safeties.  Still, Iwuh could play nickel linebacker and be a good special teams performer.

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Lewis, M UCLA 6'6.3", 261 4.53 1.66 2.81 4.84 12.62 7.25 23 37" 9'10"  
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET -  Lewis is a tall tight end with good hands who can catch the deep seam route.
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET -  Lewis was outplayed in practice and the game at the Senior Bowl by Byrd and Klopfenstein.
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Lewis rebounded from a poor forty to run  a 4.53 at his Pro Day.  Lewis has excellent hands, good speed and is a good athlete.  He does lack quickness and his cutting ability is only average so he will be best running hooks and seam routes.  He was productive in college catching 58 balls his senior year.
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Drew UCLA 5'6.6", 207 4.39 1.58 2.66 4.41 11.39 7.08 18 36" 9'8"  
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Drew is a short runner who can be a good change-of-pace back and has lots of potential as a return man.  He ran for over 900 yards his junior year while catching 31 balls.  Drew is not a good enough athlete to overcome his short stature.
Mike Mayock, NFL Network - Drew improved his draft status at the Combine.
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Ingram Oklahoma 6'1.6", 245 4.58 1.59 2.69 4.10   7.12 22 41" 9'6"  
OLB
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Scouting reports on Ingram were all over the place.  However, they all point to the same thing, Ingram looks the part more than the production he shows on the field.  One scouting service said he was very strong.  Then he lifted the bar a disappointing 22 times, and on the field he was often not able to hold the point of attack.  Other scouting services point to his sideline-to-sideline tackling ability, and his workout numbers supported that report, but he only had 61 tackles his senior year and that is not tackle-hound results.  Ingram looks like a special teams player and backup linebacker only.
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Hawkins Illinois St 6'2.1", 240 4.51     4.29   7.32 23 38.5" 10'8"  
DE - NOT AT COMBINE
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Hawkins showed good pass rush skills at the Hula Bowl.  He could be a steal on day two of the draft.
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Hawkins has good speed, athleticism, and pass rushing skills.  He has the potential to develop into a good rusher in the nickel defense.  With the success of Robert Mathis of the Colts, the undersized Hawkins has the map of how to be a major asset to the team that drafts him.
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Wyche Syracuse 6'5.3", 262 4.64 1.67 2.68 4.51   7.76 33 33" 10'0"  
DE
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Wyche had a couple of nice plays rushing the passer at the East West Shrine Game.
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Wyche has speed, strength, and athleticism and the frame to get bigger.  He is a nice developmental project who could pay big dividends and develop into a quality starting defensive end who can play the run and rush the passer.
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Webb Florida 5'10.6", 186 4.41 1.61 2.66 4.10 11.84 6.92   36.5" 10'1"  
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Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Webb is an interesting prospect.  He was a very good corner for Florida.  While Webb was not at the top of any workout category, he just missed across the board showing good speed, quickness, cutting ability and athleticism.  Webb may get overlooked, in part because he is a trash-talker, but he has the skills and the look of a kid who will be a successful NFL cornerback.
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Iwuh Colorado 6'0", 224 4.66     4.32   7.27 20 34" 9'10"  
OLB/SS
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - While Iwuh had an okay workout, it was not the lights out workout many were expecting.  Thus look for Iwuh to fall in the draft.  Still, he is a strong kid who likes to hit and will be a very good special teams player.

 

2006 TEAM NEEDS
prior to free agency

JAC
QB The quarterback position for the Jags is in good hands, Leftwich and Garrad.
RB There is talent with the oft-injured Taylor, Jones, Pearman, Wimbush, and Toefield.  However, if Taylor can no longer be relied on as a franchise back, it may be time to look for a replacement.
WR After the last two drafts this shouldn't be a blue.  But it is.  Smith is still good, but another year older.  Williams looks like a mistake.  Jones looks like he'll need another year before he can be relied on as a starter, and Wilford has moments, buts needs to be more consistent.  It's time, however, to look for free agents, not more draft choices.
TE Brady can block, Wrighster can catch, but is not a deep threat and is a RFA.  It's time for the Jaguars to bring in a two-way threat at tight end.
OL Barnes proved to be an excellent rookie addition, and solidified the Jaguars' line.  Pearson is an UFA and the only player of note who may leave in the offseason, but he still isn't back to 100%.  The Jags will bring in some players to push for reserve roles.
DL A top notch starting front four. However, two of the three top backups (Wiley and Meier) are UFAs.  Depth is needed.
LB Peterson is the only sure bet to return as a starter, although Smith is not a bad option on the weak side.  Ayodele is an UFA and it's time for the Jags to replce him as a starter anyway.  Winborn could have been an option, but he is an UFA also.
DB Mathis is Pro Bowl caliber.  Wright, the other starter, and Cousin the nickel are UFAs so corner is a need.  Grant and Darius, backed up by Sensabaugh are a solid trio of safeties.
ST The Jaguars are solid all around.  I especially like the youngsters Wimbush and Pearman in the return game.  Look for them to get even better next year.


2005 COLLEGE DRAFT

Jacksonville - links below go to NFL.com reports Jaybird Jaybird
Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School Ranking Value Board
1 21 Jones, Matt WR 6-6 242 Arkansas # 9 WR Round 2
2 52 Barnes, Khalif OT 6-6 305 Washington # 2 OT Round 1
3 87 Starks, Scott CB 5-8 172 Wisconsin # 17 CB Round 3
4 127 Pearman, Alvin RB 5-9 208 Virginia # 17 RB Round 4
5 157 Sensabaugh, Gerald SS 6-0 210 North Carolina # 4 SS, # 5 FS Round 3
6 185 Owens, Chad WR 5-7 183 Hawaii Late Round Value > Round 4
6 194 Thomas, Pat OLB 6-1 237 North Carolina State Late Round Value > Round 4
7 237 Roberson, Chris CB 5-10 188 Eastern Michigan   > Round 4
FA   Kinney, James OLB 6-1 244 Missouri # 7 OLB, #7 ILB Round 3
FA   Davis, Jim DE 6-3 277 Virginia Tech # 11 DE Round 3
FA   Wimbush, Derrick RB 6-1 222 Fort Valley State Late Round Value > Round 4
FA   Enzor, James OLB 6-1 244 Cincinnati Late Round Value > Round 4
FA   Thomas, Bernard DE 6-4 269 Nebraska Late Round Value > Round 4

 

The Jaguars  reached slightly in round one, but drafted a player with solid first round value in round two, so that was a wash.  They also got excellent value with Sensabaugh on day two.

Anyone who says player workouts are overrated need only look at the Jaguars' draft strategy to see that one team, at least, thinks workouts are very important.  Matt Jones was the first on numerous workout warriors drafted by the Jags.  While I had a second round grade on Jones, he is a unique talent who would not have been available for Jacksonville in round two.  Jones has a chance to develop into a special player.  At 6'6" with 4.37 speed, and tremendous athleticism, Jones could cause all kinds of match up problems for defenses.  However, as a college quarterback, Jones will need time to hone his craft at wide receiver.  Barnes was the player I had the Jaguars taking in round one in my final mock draft.  Obviously, getting him in round two was a steal for Jacksonville.  While some may question Matt Jones in round one, if the Jaguars selected Barnes in round one, no one would have batted an eye.  Then if they drafted Jones in their spot in round two, many draft experts would have called it a steal.  Therefore, in a results oriented business, Jones and Barnes in rounds one and two equal great job.  As to Barnes, he had one of the best workouts of all the tackles available in this draft, and I would not be surprised if in five years he is looked at as the best tackle to come out of this draft.  Starks also posted superb workout numbers.  He has the speed and quickness to cover the shifty slot receivers, and while he has only a 5'8" frame, he has an impressive 43" vertical (not to mention an unbelievable 11'5" long jump).  I predict that Starks will beat out Cousin and Wright before the season is over as the Jaguars nickel corner.  Pearman is another interesting player.  He is the best receiver amongst this year crop of running backs.  Pearman is more quick than fast, and is strong and smart.  He will be a valuable member of the Jaguars.  Sensabaugh was a fifth round steal.  I had a third round grade on him.  Sensabaugh may have had the best workout of any defensive player in this draft.  With Sensabaugh in the fold, next offseason may be the one where the Jaguars finally let Darius leave.  Owens was the best return-man in the draft.  He may not see the field much (if at all) in multiple receiver sets, but he should solve the Jaguars need for fresh blood in the return game.  Thomas is a versatile linebacker who can play inside or outside.  He could be a useful sub and special teams player for Jacksonville. Roberson is another very good athlete drafted by the Jags.  He could play corner or wide receiver.  He is also a high character guy, who volunteered to move to defense in his senior season after the Eastern Michigan defensive backfield became depleted.  Roberson should be a good special teams cover-guy, who could also serve as a backup returner. 

Jacksonville followed up an impressive draft with some very good college street free agent signings.  In particular, OLB James Kinney, and DE Jim Davis were excellent grabs.  I had a third round grade on both players.  Kinney can play inside or outside and has an excellent mix of speed and strength.  At worst, he will be a solid special teams player.  Davis is injury-prone, but has very good skills.  Because of his injuries, Davis played tentatively at times last year and will have to become more aggressive to work his way onto the field with any consistency.  Derrick Wimbush provided some of the best highlights of all the players that played in any of the college all star games.  Wimbush looked absolutely sensational in the Hula Bowl, showing strength, speed, quickness, and the ability to cut on a dime.  At a minimum, he will give Jaguar fans a lot of excitement when watching early preseason games.  Don't count this kid out.  OLB James Enzor, and DE Bernard Thomas are backup types with enough skills to stick.  Both are, however, a step down from Kinney and Davis respectively, so they may have a hard time sticking.

RED NUMBERS BELOW - among best at position   
Long shuttle numbers (where available) in blue, top performers to be determined later

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Jones WR 4.37 1.55 4.11 11.07  6.68   39.5" 10'9" 19
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Jones is an interesting prospect, at 6'6", with 4.37 speed, good quickness, and excellent athleticism, this former quarterback could be a difference maker in the NFL.
Vic Carucci of NFL.com reports:
No player's stock has risen faster ... Impressive on-campus workouts have caused him to go from an intriguing quarterback-turned-receiver to a highly talented playmaker with off-the-chart athletic ability that should be selected no lower than the middle of the second round ... Some teams see him as a natural fit as an H-back/tight end while others project him as a slot receiver ... Excellent hands, superb size (6-6 and 241 pounds) and strength ... Quarterback experience should enhance his capacity to learn how to run routes.
Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports:
Is he a quarterback? Is he a wide receiver? Is he a tight end? No one knows for sure, but he's the subject of a lot of talk around the league. I have never seen such intriguing numbers as we see on Jones. He ran four times under 4.40 in the 40 at the combine, also doing a 39½-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-6 long jump. Those are just flat-out incredible numbers. And the guy was such a good athlete, he was good enough to start on Arkansas' basketball team in 2003. A lot of coaches have all kinds of ideas on where to play Jones, but only one team will have the chance to draft him.
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports:
One coach in Jones' corner is Nick Saban, now of the Miami Dolphins.  Saban loves the kid saying he was personally responsible for more wins than any other player in the SEC during his tenure at LSU.
HawgsIllustrated.com reports:
Quarterback, wide receiver or tight end? How about all three? That's the uncertainty that still surrounds the 6-foot-6, 242-pound Jones as he auditions for NFL owners, general managers, coaches and scouts at the combine this weekend.  Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy said Jones could be a "weapon." "He ran and looked very natural, caught the ball extremely well at the Senior Bowl," Dungy said. "I could see somebody saying, 'Here's (a San Diego Chargers tight end) Antonio Gates type of guy that can be a weapon.' He's bigger than any (defensive backs) that are going to cover him. He may be a tight end/H-back position, or a big wide receiver, a la the (former USC receiver) Mike Williams-type body."  One factor in where Jones ends up is the 40-yard dash, which he is scheduled to run Sunday. The chances of a full-time move to receiver would improve if Jones runs a solid time. A slower mark will hurt his draft status.  Jones, who recently ran a hand-held, 4.41-second 40 at the New Jersey speed school he has been attending, hopes to be clocked in the 4.4-, 4.5-second range.
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: While Jones' Senior Bowl game didn't live up to the practice hype, he did make a good move and grab late in the game to score a touchdown.
Carlos "Big C" Holmes of www.daytondailynews.com reports:
QB-turned-WR Matt Jones is surprising some folks with his ability to be a touchdown stealer (at Senior Bowl practices). He made two outstanding grabs over smaller defenders in the end zone on Wednesday and one was a nice, one-handed stab. Many are starting to feel that Jones is better suited for the HB position.
Pat Kirwan of NFL.com reports:
Matt Jones of Arkansas, a 6-foot-6 quarterback who came to the Senior Bowl to show NFL people he could make a team at another position demonstrated some athletic ability as a route runner on Tuesday (Senior Bowl practice), and on Wednesday morning he made what one personnel director described to me as a "Michael Jordan-type play" when he caught a ball one-handed over his head after he left his feet. The Senior Bowl is really helping this kid.
Colin Lindsay of GBNReport.com reports:
In a week of interesting stories (at the Senior Bowl), one of the most intriguing has been he shift of former Arkansas QB Matt Jones to WR. The 6-6, 242-pound Jones lacks the twitch speed of the other receivers in camp, otherwise, though, he has hardly looked out of place. Indeed, today, Jones turned in not one, but two highlight reel type catches. On one he made a spectacular one-handed grab of a pass over his head; the other was a long TD reception in the end zone. Jones has been especially solid this week beating press coverage where he has been able to use his size to keep CBs away from the ball.
Colin Lindsay of GBNReport.com reports:
Arkansas WR Matt Jones, who played QB at Arkansas,  got a few reps at QB during today's workout. Jones, though, may not want to give up his new day job. At 242 pounds, Jones is hardly a prototypical wideout, however, he has shown surprising elusiveness and excellent hands and could be a real match-up problem at the next level.
The Associated Press reports:
Arkansas QB Matt Jones is trying to switch to wide receiver at the Senior Bowl. The 6-foot-6, 237-pound Jones possesses the speed and athleticism to make the transition and has made an strong early impression thus far. "Here's a guy who starts in the SEC on a good team, goes to bowl games, and he comes in here and doesn't even take a snap at the position he played, said Tampa Bay head coach Jon Gruden.  "I'm really fired up about him." Jones has not given up on becoming a pro quarterback, and is open to playing tight end as well.
Colin Lindsay of GBNReport.com reports:
Matt Jones of Arkansas, who of course was a QB with the Hogs, looked anything but fluid, but swallowed up everything thrown his way with what looked like huge mitts; Jones, though, tended to catch the ball a little to close to his body at times.
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Barnes OT 4.88 1.77 4.56   7.58 26 35" 9'0" 16
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: When the draft is analyzed four or five years down-the-line, it wouldn't surprise me if Barnes is considered the best tackle that came out of this draft.  Barnes has talent, and is an excellent athlete for a big man.
Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports:
University of Washington offensive tackle Khalif Barnes, who missed much of the season with a wrist injury, said he is healthy and ready to prove that to scouts. Barnes put on a show in the Senior Bowl workouts, demonstrating great footwork, and might be the premier pass protector in this year's tackle pool.
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports:
Barnes got kuddos for his pass blocking during the Senior Bowl game.  He is a player on the rise going into the Combine.
Colin Lindsay of GBNReport.com reports:
The athletic Barnes, who reportedly runs the 40 in the 4.90-4.95 range, is still a bit raw technically, but he moves very well; and has got a bit of nastiness too him. 
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Starks CB 4.38 1.56 3.92   6.90 13 43" 11'5" 25
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Starks is fast, extremely quick, and makes up for his short stature with a 43" vertical.  He also likes to hit.  Starks will develop into a very good nickel, capable of playing the short, fast, quick slot receivers very well.
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Pearman RB 4.52 1.64 4.06 11.11 6.91 24 35.5" 10'0" 26

JAYBIRD PLAYER WHO WILL HAVE A BETTER NFL CAREER THAN MANY DRAFTED HIGHER THAN HIM

Pearman is the best receiver of all the running backs in this draft. He is more quick than fast, very strong, smart, and a good athlete. He will probably never be a full time starter, but he will contribute more to his team than many of the backs destined to be drafted higher than him.

Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Pearman is an excellent receiver, one of the best in this draft class. He is more quick than fast, and very strong for his size. He could make an NFL roster as a third down back.  However, to stick, he will have to prove he is not a liability as a pass blocker..
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Sensabaugh SS/FS 4.49 1.55 3.96 10.54 6.81 17 46" 11'1" 21

JAYBIRD PLAYER WHO WILL HAVE A BETTER NFL CAREER THAN MANY DRAFTED HIGHER THAN HIM

Sensabaugh is one of the best athletes in the draft.  he played linebacker in college and will move to safety in the NFL.  He will need time, but while he develops he will be a terror on special teams and can be used in special sub packages.  For the record, Sensabaugh ran a 4.49, a 3.96 short shuttle, had a 46" vertical jump,  a 11'1" broad jump, and lifted the bar 17 times.  He will be a valuable player on some teams roster while players drafted ahead of him are labeled busts.

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Owens WR 4.62 1.61 3.94 11.08 6.70 23 37" 9'8" 14
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Owens is more quick than fast.  His short shuttle time will mean more than his forty time when evaluating him, especially as a kick-returner.
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports:
Owens had 5 punt returns for touchdowns last year.  He looked good on returns at the Hula Bowl and made some catches.  He looks very quick and could be a good fourth or fifth receiver working out of the slot, and a primary return man in the NFL.
InsideThe League.com reports:  Hawaii WR Chad Owens made several impressive grabs and ran crisp routes Tuesday, Jan 11, impressing scouts at the East-West Shrine Game's East team practice at City College San Francisco.
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Thomas ILB 4.61   4.36 11.08 7.15 20 35" 10'3"  
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Thomas has played both inside and outside linebacker.  He plays the run well.  Thomas has the look of a good backup linebacker in the NFL.
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Roberson CB 4.36 1.38 3.93       42"    
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Roberson began his college career as a tailback, then moved to wide receiver, finally asking to move to corner after graduation depleted the depth in the secondary.  Roberson proved to be an unselfish team leader.  Roberson has the athletic ability to play either corner or wide receiver in the NFL, and was also a good kickoff and punt returner during his college career.  He has good speed, quickness, and athletic ability.  Could be a high-quality bottom-of-the roster NFL player.
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Kinney OLB/ILB 4.62   4.32 11.29 6.77 30 34" 10'0"  
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports:  A very nice workout for Kinney that should now have him on teams' radars.  Add in that he is a hard worker and a leader, and this workout helps him immensely.
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Davis DE     4.29   7.13 34     21
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports:  Davis is talented player who is injury prone.  His history of injuries will negatively impact his draft position.  It also has hindered his aggressiveness, which will have to improve for him to be a major contributor in the NFL.
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Wimbush RB 4.55                
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Wow!  Winbush looked great at the Hula Bowl.  He changes direction well, has game-breaking ability, good speed and power.  He had the longest run of the day making cuts on the dime, and also ran hard to pick up a first down on third and short.  And during his interview, after his great run, he said he still had more to prove to the scouts.  Good attitude! While the competition was not top notch, Winbush needed to show he could dominate as he moved up in class.  He did.  I can't wait to see his workout numbers.  One of my top five players in the game.
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Enzor OLB 4.77 1.70       23 38.5"   21
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Enzor is a tough, smart player who played inside in college, but projects outside in the NFL.  He will be a solid special teams player and backup linebacker in the NFL.
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports:
Enzor looked like the best linebacker during the Gridiron Classic game.
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Thomas DE 4.98 1.71 4.34   8.24 27 30" 9'0" 20
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Thomas plays the run better than the pass.  He could stick as a backup defensive end.

2005 TEAM NEEDS PRIOR TO FREE AGENCY AND THE DRAFT

Jay Goldberg of 90FootballLinks.NET reports: 
major need         need position         possible need, depth needed    no real need
Key UFA: Faumatu-Ma'afala RB, Edwards WR, Zelenka LS, Darius S
Key RFA: Cooper S, Ayodele LB ( 3rd),
NOTE - RFA COMPENSATION AT MINIMUM TENDER

QB: Leftwich will be a star. Garrad is a top backup, but may be hard to keep when his free agency time comes.  A young QB who can be groomed as a replacement for Garrad should be addressed.
RB:
Taylor, Toefield and Jones are a talented and deep group.
WR: Smith is aging, but still effective.  The Jaguars will have to wait one more year before Williams starts to contribute consistently.  Wilford is a good backup to have.  Edwards is an UFA.  The Jaguars should bring in a veteran free agent to start ahead of Williams next year, and eventually replace Smith when Williams develops.
TE: Brady starts, but at this point in his career should be a number two.  Yoder and Jones don;t appear to be anything special.  The Jaguars need a two-way tight end so it isn't as easy to find a great receiver, when blocking comes first.
OL: Jacksonville has a solid line.  To continue its development, good players can be brought in to compete.
DL: The jaguars have a great young pair of  starting tackles.  They have a horrible situation at end.  Think of the havoc the tackles could create if teams had a dominate pass rusher to contend with on the outside.  The Jaguars need two new starting ends.
LB: Ayodele, Peterson and Smith are a solid starting three.  The only need here is for depth.
DB: Mathis is going to be a pro bowl corner.  Thomas is another young player with good potential.  Washington is okay starting until Thomas is ready, but a better option should be explored.  Grant is a steady, heady safety.  Darius will either be tagged or gone.  It nay be time to let him go, save the cap space, draft a young hard-hitting strong safety, and sign a free agent bargain.  There are always bargains at strong safety bith in free agency and in the draft.
ST: Scobee and Hanson are okay.  If upgrades can be found that would be okay, but you can go to war with these two.  Lewis appears to be the downside as a returner.  Fresh blood is needed.

 

2004 COLLEGE DRAFT

Jacksonville
Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School
1 9 Williams, Reggie WR 6-3 223 Washington
2 39 Smith, Daryl ILB 6-1 234 Georgia Tech
2 55 Jones, Greg RB 6-1 250 Florida State
3 86 Cordova, Jorge ILB 6-1 241 Nevada
4 118 Maddox, Anthony DT 6-1 308 Delta State
4 120 Wilford, Ernest WR 6-3 220 Virginia Tech
5 137 Scobee, Josh K 6-1 191 Louisiana Tech
5 150 Thompson, Chris CB 6-0 191 Nicholls State
5 159 Bubin, Sean OT 6-6 306 Illinois
7 249 McCray, Bobby DE 6-5 252 Florida

 

Jacksonville drafted good players.  I have no problems with the talent they acquired.  Their draft strategy, that's a different issue.  The Jaguars needed to come away with a quality defensive end on day one of the drfat and they did not.  In my humble opinion, that was a very big mistake.  There is no guarantee that Douglas will bounce back, and an upgrade over Spicer would be welcomed.  The need for a dominate rush end is particularly important for the Jaguars because they have two good young tackles, Henderson and Stroud, who could wreck havoc if teams had to focus on consistently stopping defensive ends.  And, as you'll soon see, the Jaguars had plaently of opportunities in this draft to get a quality end, and passed on that chance.  Now on to their picks.  Reggie Williams will be a very good NFL wide receiver.  He is big and strong, and contrary to some draft experts opinions, has enough speed to make the big play.  However, with the depth at the wide receiver position, a better strategy for the Jags would have been to grab DE Will Smith in round one, and take either Henderson (available with their first choice in round two) or Colbert  (available with either of their second round picks) in round two.  Personally, I love Colbert as a player and would have drafted him with their second pick in round two after selecting Will Smith in round one.   While I can't argue with the selection of Williams in round one, I don't understand why the Jaguars didn't jump on DE Antwan Odom with one of their second round picks.  Daryl Smith is a good player who should eventually be a starter for the Jags.  He should move outside and take over for Favors this year or next.  Greg Jones was my second rated running back in the draft.  He can be a stud.  He is very strong, a load to tackle, and could see his speed improve as he puts more distance from his knee surgery.  However, Greg Jones was a luxury pick, a potentially dominate player, but a luxury selection nonetheless.  Now, I can understand drafting value over need in round two because you're drafting a potential star, but not when you do the same thing in round three while you let an obvious need go unattended. Uh-uh.  Jorge Cordova is a unique player who has excellent potential.  He has played middle linebacker, defensive end and outside linebacker.  It is the consensus that he will best be served in the NFL as a middle linebacker and that is where Jacksonville is correctly projecting him.  Cordova will be given time to sit and learn behind Mike Peterson.  Another good player, another luxury pick, especially with pass-rushing defensive ends like Tony Hargrave, Shaun Phillips and Bo Schobel, and all around defensive end (but not a dominate pass-rusher) Darrion Scott still on the board.  In round four the Jags drafted a defensive tackle (Maddox) whom I know little about.  However, based on their strategy of best available, I'll bet he turns out to be a find, but that's just a hunch.  Wilford is a very interesting player.  He should be a contributor in his initial campaign.  He has excellent size, great hands, but limited speed.  He also plays faster than he times.  He could become an excellent red zone target and short yardage package receiver.  With Reggie Williams on the field occupying teams' largest corners in man-to-man situations, Wilford could be matched up against smaller corners at become a major factor when working in short areas.  The Jaguars needed a kicker and drafted a good one in Scobee.  He should win their kicking job.  Thompson has speed and size and should make the team as a special teams player and cornerback project.  At one point in the pre-draft season Bubin had good momentum going for him.  Unfortunately for him (but luckily for the Jaguars) it was early in the process (all star games) because he plays better than he tests.  A solid pick for Jacksonville.  McCray has a good chance to stick because he plays defensive end, a position of need for the Jaguars, and he has some potential.  The only college street free agent signing that stuck out for me, was the offensive guard Tate.  He has some skills to work with and could develop into a quality reserve.

PLAYER/ TEAM NEWS PRIOR TO DRAFT

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 Williams 6-4 1/8, 225 4.48 1.60 4.34 - 7.01 - 36" 9-11
Williams
Washington

#4 ranked WR by Jaybird

Pete Fiutak / CollegeFootballNews.com posted at foxsports.com reports: Projected: late 1st round, early second round. Good or bad move to come out early? With all the great receivers in this draft, none are as physical as Williams. He's not a blazer, but he's a Anquan Bolden-type who can certainly get open without a problem.
Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports: Reggie Williams, the University of Washington star, was 6-feet-3 and 229 pounds (at Combine).
Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports: This player is a lot like Jerry Rice, in that his time is not as impressive as his build-up speed.
Vic Ketchman of  jaguars.com reports: Washington's Reggie Williams, 6-4, 229, is more of a Fitzgerald-type receiver. He's productive, smooth and sneaky fast.
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Smith I 6-1½, 234 4.60 4.21 11.29 7.25 24 36½" 9-3
Smith
Geo Tech

#3 ranked ILB by Jaybird

D. J. Boyer of Football.com reports: The South linebacking tandem of Daryl Smith (ILB) and Rod Davis (ILB) were the best <linebackers> here (at Senior Bowl practices)
Drew Boylhart of www.thehuddlereport.com reports: Daryl Smith - Georigia Tech - Did well (Senior Bowl). Very good special teams.
GBNReport.com reports: Georgia Tech MLB Daryl Smith has been on the rise of late
NFLFans.com reports: If he can give good times at the combine to dispel the concerns of his speed, he could easily jump up in the draft ratings. A good solid prospect with upside.
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G Jones 6-1¼, 249 4.60 - - 4.13 7.03 23 38½" 9-11
G Jones
Fla State

 #2 ranked RB by Jaybird

Nolan Nawrocki and Mike Wilkening of ProFootballWeekly.com report: Scouts said Florida State RB Greg Jones was not receptive to being used at fullback (at Senior Bowl practices).  Also, in a run drill designed to show the running backs’ cutback ability, Florida State’s Greg Jones technique was criticized by Chargers RB coach Clarence Shelmon, who made the tailback do the drill again. When Jones took his time getting back to the starting line, Shelmon said, ‘We’re waiting on you.’ Jones picked up the pace.
Jay Glazer of  SportsLine.com reports: The most freakish player at these practices (Senior Bowl) was Florida State running back Greg Jones. Scouts had mixed results on his play and NFL prospects, but they all admitted he was built like he was generated from a computer. The 240-pounder had everyone talking about his muscle mass and the lowest percentage of body fat of any athlete at these workouts.   
Jamie Moore of gbnreport.com (Great Blue North Report) reports:  RB Greg Jones, Florida State should ultimately be the best NFL player to come out of this year's Senior Bowl once he fully recovers from last year's knee injury. Jones is a physical stud with a powerful lower body. Jones, though, is more than just a pure power back; he has surprising agility for a man that size showing excellent change of direction and elusiveness for a power back. Jones also has something of a second gear when he gets moving, but lacks that explosive first step; he also needs to be a little more patient at times. And while a functional receiver, Jones needs to work on his receiving skills. Could end up being as good as he wants to be at the next level.
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Showed power and moves during the  Senior Bowl, I am very interested to see what his forty time will be.
KFFL.com reports: The Sun-Sentinel reports NFL draft prospect RB Greg Jones (Florida State) said he's not 100 percent. Jones (knee) suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the ninth game of the 2002 collegiate season, but showed progress last month at the Senior Bowl by running for two touchdowns. Jones, who feels he's about 95 percent healthy, thinks he can perform at an even higher level by the start of the 2004 NFL season.
Collin Mickle of miami.com (Miami Herald).reports: Tailback Greg Jones, who did not run or work out at the Indianapolis combine, ran a 4.6 40, answering questions about his surgically repaired right knee, which limited his playing time as a senior.  Jones, who measured 6-1, 249, first impressed scouts at the Senior Bowl, then followed up with a solid performance Tuesday.  ''He's good enough to play in the league,'' Detroit Lions running backs coach Tom Rathman said. ``He's a big back. He'll probably be an inside runner.''   Jones is expected to be a first-round pick, and could be the first running back taken.  ''There's about five guys who could be [the first back drafted],'' one scout said. ``It just depends on what kind of back you need. He's a big guy, obviously.''
Vic Ketchman, of jaguars.com reports: Florida State's Greg Jones, 6-1, 249, might have been the top back in this draft, had it not been for a severe knee injury late in the 2002 season. Jones underwent reconstructive knee surgery in November of '02 and showed signs last season of not having fully recovered. So what will a team drafting him get? A guy who's shot? Or a guy who's about to regain the form that made him the best power runner in the country early in the '02 season?  “He's a powerful, dominant back who has good run instincts and vision. He knows how to follow blocks and has adequate skills for running outside the tackles,” Pauline (jaguars.com draft expert) said of Jones, who could be a candidate to be drafted by the Steelers in the second round.
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Cordova I 6-1½, 237 4.63 - - - - - 9-2
Cordova
Nevada

#5 ranked ILB by Jaybird

Nolan Nawrocki of ProFootballWeekly.com reports: This former walk-on was moved to defensive end due to team need this year, but after moving back to the LB spot he manned as a junior in the East-West Shrine game, Cordova’s stock has been on the rise. He's fluid and is expected to run very well, which would only help his cause.
NFLFans.com reports: Cordova certainly has the skills of a DE in the body of a LB and would be ideal in the NFL in a 3-4 scheme where the LB is used quite often as a blitzer off the edge.
Mel Kiper of ESPN.com reports: As the draft day countdown approaches three weeks, Kiper has identified Cordova, who is switching from DE to MLB, as a fast riser.
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Maddox DT 6-1, 308 - - - - - - -
Maddox
Delta State

Jaybird: below 4th round

Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Gulf South Conference's Defensive Player of the Year
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Wilford 6-3 ½, 226 4.72 1.68 4.17 - - - 40½" 10-10
Wilford
Virginia Tech

#16 ranked WR by Jaybird

Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Virginia Tech WR Ernest Wilford had a very good Senior Bowl game performance.
Jamie Moore of gbnreport.com (Great Blue North Report) reports: WR Ernest Wilford, Virginia Tech... Not a blazer, but Wilford ran the best routes in Mobile; he was very quick into and out of his breaks for a big receiver and also showed nice soft hands. Wilford was very physical going after the ball, using his 6-4, 220+ size to great advantage
Drew Boylhart of www.thehuddlereport.com reports: WR Ernest Wilford – Virginia - This is how he played last year (well at the senior Bowl). About time he showed up. Potential to be a #1 receiver is finally shining through. Can he take the pressure? That's the question. A definite #2 receiver.
Matt Gambill of AllProScouting reports: Ernest Wilford ran 4.79, 4.83 at the Combine.
Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports: WR  Ernest Wilford (Virginia Tech):  has the kind of size every team wants, but lacks top-end speed and did not catch the ball very well at the Combine. His résumé indicates he is a playmaker, at the next level, but he has be more consistent. Scouts noted that he tended to be a "body catcher," meaning the allows the ball to get too close to him, and doesn't snatch it out in front of his body.
Wilford ran at the combine and ran again at the Pro Day. He had 40 times of 4.75 and 4.81.
Scobee
La Tech

Jaybird: below 4th round

NFLFans.com reports: Josh has a very powerful leg and can hit from beyond the 50. Has been an excellent college kicker since a freshman. Has great seasoning. He can also do kickoffs. A very consistent kicker with a good chance in the NFL..
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Thompson CB 6.01.1, 187 4.43 - - - 12 36" -
Thompson
Nicholls State

Jaybird: below 4th round

Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports:  Nicholls State's Chris Thompson ran in the low 4.4s at the Combine.
NFLFans.com reports: A solid second day prospect based on measurables and potential. Will need a year or so of coaching but should provide a team with quality depth and outstanding Special Teams play.
PLAYER POS HGT-WGHT FORTY 10 DASH SHORT
SHUTTLE
3 CONE BENCH VERTICAL
JUMP
LONG
JUMP
Bubin T 6.06.6, 308 5.10 1.83 4.72 7.52 - 26½" 8-2
Bubin
Illinois

Jaybird: below 4th round

 

Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports: Observations from two AFC personnel directors and an NFC college scout   "One of the (offensive) tackles I'm betting will move up in the next month or so is (Sean) Bubin from Illinois. He isn't the prettiest guy around, kind of like the tackle they had drafted a year or so ago (Tony Pashos), but he gets the job done. He's not real strong yet, but he's got that long, lean look of a left tackle and his (pass protection) skills are not all that bad. Not a real high pick or anything but, if he does well in workouts, he'll go off the board around the third round. A real good attitude, too, just seems like the kind of kid who likes to work."
NFLFans.com reports: Sean has a tendency to play with much more finesse than power and aggressive style, however, once he bulks up and develops his frame it is a hope of the scouts that he will be able to play much more “physical” and a little meaner.
D. J. Boyer of Football.com reports: The offensive line play was strong and a couple of prospects who looked like day two picks may have moved into day one status (like OT Kirk Chambers). Hard to pinpoint the big winner here, I say Chambers and OT Sean Bubin of Illinois improved their stock the most while OG Locklear was probably the best performer along the line.
PLAYER POS HGT-WGHT FORTY 10 DASH SHORT
SHUTTLE
3 CONE BENCH VERTICAL
JUMP
LONG
JUMP
McCray DE 6-5¾, 262 4.74 1.74 4.25 7.20 27 36½" 9-7
McCray
Florida

#14 ranked DE by Jaybird

Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports: Observations from two college scouts, one from each conference, on Saturday Another real 'long' guy at end is Bobby McCray (of Florida), and we're sort of curious about him, too, because we love those kinds of players."
PLAYER POS HGT-WGHT FORTY 10 DASH SHORT
SHUTTLE
3 CONE BENCH VERTICAL
JUMP
LONG
JUMP
Tate G 6-4¼, 291 5.34 1.83 4.70 7.88 24 34" -
Tate
Michigan State

Jaybird: below 4th round

Bryan Dietzler of NFLFans.com reports: Tate is a tall player who is a fine athlete. He has good foot quickness but not great foot quickness. He could stand to get stronger and needs to spend some time in the weight room. He does have a great ability to move laterally and bends at the knees very well. He has good technique and could be even better with proper coaching.

TEAM NEWS/NEEDS PRIOR TO THE DRAFT

Jay Goldberg of 90FootballLinks.NET reports: 
major need         need position         possible need, depth needed    no real need
Key UFA: Clark LB, Bryant CB, Darius S, Hanson P
Key RFA: none
NOTE - RFA COMPENSATION AT MINIMUM TENDER
QB: Leftwich will be one of the top three quarterbacks in the league very soon.  Garrard is a solid young backup.  Brunell still has ability but will have to show it with another team.
RB: When healthy, Taylor is a top talent. Toefield looks like he can be a solid backup. FB  Edwards is fine.
WR: Smith is getting older and is now more of a number two than a lead receiver.  That's too bad because Edwards and Johnson are also number twos.  The Jaguars need a starter to play opposite Smith in the short run and Edwards or Johnson in the long run.
TE: Brady is a reliable vet.  I like Wrighster's potential. 
OL: The starters are set, but three key reserves are UFAs.  The Jaguars need to address their depth in the offseason.
DL: The Jaguars have an excellent young tackle tandem in Stroud and Henderson.  The ends, however, are aging and did not play up to past levels of excellence.  The Jaguars need to determine if Douglas and/or Brackens will rebound next year.  In any case, a young end (or two) needs to be drafted.
LB: Ayodele had a good year and will get better.  Peterson moved to the middle and is an active linebacker.  Clark is an UFA, but a new starter wouldn't be a bad idea anyway.
DB: Mathis played corner towards the end of the year and played very well.  While he is a good corner, I believe he would be Pro Bowl material as a free safety.  Bryant is solid, but is an UFA and may move on.  Thomas played well as the nickel.  Darius is another UFA.  He is a big-time hitter and teh jags will look to bring him back. The jury is still out on Cooper at free safety.  Personally, I'd make corner a priority so I could move Mathis back to free safety.  I'd draft two.  However, the Jags may select a corner and a player to compete with Cooper. 

USAToday.com reports: How the Jaguars fare in free agency will likely determine their direction in the draft. Their top needs are a pass rusher, a shutdown corner and a big time wide receiver. There's been a lot of speculation they may take wide receiver Roy Williams in the draft, but they haven't given any indication if he's in their plans.
Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports Starling (6-0½, 196) ran the 40 twice on grass with football shoes for an average of 4.39. He added a 33-inch vertical jump and did not do a long jump nor did he do any shuttles since he had done them at the combine. In his positional workout, he ran a lot of routes and had his quarterback, Scott Rislov, throw passes to him. Not surprisingly, this is one of the hot players right now. Private workouts have been scheduled with the Jaguars, Cardinals, Packers and Eagles, among others.

 

2003 COLLEGE DRAFT

Jacksonville
Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School
1 7 Leftwich, Byron QB 6-5 241 Marshall
2 39 Mathis, Rashean FS 6-1 202 Bethune-Cookman
3 72 Manuwai, Vincent G 6-2 304 Hawaii
4 104 Wrighster, George TE 6-2 249 Oregon
4 132 Toefield, LaBrandon RB 5-11 233 Louisiana State
6 176 Green, Brandon DE 6-2 267 Rice
6 179 Young, David FS 6-1 205 Georgia Southern
6 193 Ogden, Marques OT 6-4 317 Howard
7 218 MacKenzie, Malaefou RB 5-10 233 Southern California
A-

2003 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

In my opinion, Leftwich was the best player in this draft.  Brunell has more than one good year left in him, but the Jags had to jump on the Leftwich when he fell to them.  Mathis is a first round talent.  His best position is free safety and the Jaguars will start him off in that spot.  Manuwai was one of the top three guards in the draft.  Great value in round three.  Wrighster is a good pass-catching tight end.  Another good pick.  Before his injury, Toefield was a first round prospect.  Since speed was never his main asset anyway, he should still be a good pro.  Toefield should easily slide into the departed Mack's backup role to Fred Taylor.  Green will have tough time making the team, especially with Brackens resigning.  Young has a good combination of speed an toughness.  He needs work on technique but will help on specials and could develop.  Ogden has tools to work with, but needs to show improvement to stick.  MacKenzie was part of the three-headed USC running back situation with Justin Fargas.  His best shot in the NFL may be as a pass-catching fullback.  Romberg, a center, was an excellent undrafted free agent pickup.  He'll make the team and could be a starter down the line.  The Jaguars also added Marler, one of the best kickers in the draft, as a free agent.  He will compete for the Jags kicking job.
Leftwich Pete Prisco for Sportsline.com reports there are rumblings around the NFL Combine that Marshall QB Byron Leftwich is more injured than he’s leading on. Some personnel people were concerned with the way he stepped off the scale and put weight on his injured left leg. If he is unable to show he is healthy by the time the draft arrives, some teams might pass on him as a result of their skepticism.
Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports: Although there was no official announcement, ESPN.com confirmed that Marshall quarterback Byron Leftwich was medically cleared by the doctors for all 32 teams. Leftwich, of course, broke his left leg twice in the last two years. He continues to rehabilitate from the fracture suffered this season and still has a surgical rod in his leg from a 2001 injury. But no teams asked for a re-check on Leftwich, two clubs to whom ESPN.com spoke agreed that his rehabilitation is on schedule, and that he should fully recover. Leftwich will not hold his personal workout until April 7, which has angered a few general managers.
WORKOUT NUMBERS  Bengals.com reports, Marshall QB Byron Leftwich (ankle) worked out for several coaches and GMs on Monday. He did well on the mobility phase of the workout, which may set aside some doubts after he suffered a second broken ankle. Leftwich recorded a 4.85 40-yard dash, 4.50 in the short shuttle, and 7.71 in the 3-cone drill. He weighed in at 236 pounds down from last seasons 249. Leftwich measured 6’5” tall. He through 70 passes on the day, all of which were from under center.
Mathis Matt Gambill of AllProScouting.com reports in pre-combine workouts Mathis is said to have run a 4.30.
Matt Gambill of AllProScouting.com reports Rashean Mathis weighed 203-pounds, and did 22 reps at the combine.
Len Pasquarelle of ESPN.com reports:  Most teams have now scrapped plans to evaluate Bethune-Cookman safety Rashean Mathis at cornerback. The reason: Everybody wants a safety who can cover, somebody with great mid-field range, and Mathis appears to be a player of that ilk. He had a remarkable 14 interceptions in 2002 and brought back four of them for touchdowns. As one college scouting director noted: "I don't care if he was playing against high school kids. Fourteen 'picks' is a lot. Those balls didn't all just fall into his hands." Mathis is bulked up to 203 pounds now, a gain of about 12-15 pounds over his college weight, and is a good hitter and sure tackler. There may still be a few coaches who want to see if he can play cornerback. But the way the game is evolving, he sure looks like a safety prospect.
Len Pasquarelle of ESPN.com reports: FS Rashean Mathis (Bethune-Cookman) helped his draft status at the combine.  A small-school kid with big-time talent and at a position where teams are seeking to upgrade. The fact he had 14 interceptions in 2002, and that everyone is now seeking a safety who can cover, will push him up draft boards. It doesn't hurt, either, that he weighed in at a bulked-up 203 pounds.
The Houston Chronicle reports Bethune-Cookman FS Rashean Mathis checked in at 203 pounds at the NFL Combine. He ran in the 4.48-4.52 range and showed a good feel for the position.
AllProScouting.com reports Rashean Mathis ran a 4.47 at the combine.
Draft2003.com reports, Rashean Mathis, Bethune-Cookman -- 22 reps of 225 pounds... 4.42 in the 40... and showed up at 202 pounds... free safety that is also being viewed by some as a cornerback...
Manuwai Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports: Hawaii OG Vince Manuwai impressed scouts at the NFL Combine Friday as he recorded times in the 4.2s in the shuttle drill, times some CBs wish they could record.
Draft2003.com reports, Vince Manuwai, Hawaii -- Ran 5.02 in the 40... at 6-foot-2, 304 pounds... did 32 reps of 225 pounds... and eye-raising 4.20 in the short shuttle... does not appear to be the biggest lineman available... but will also take some snaps at center during his Pro Day...
Manuwai weighed in at 303. The highlight of his workout? Manuwai knocked Jets offensive line coach and ex-player Doug Marrone down in a drill.
Wrighster Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports,  Observations from one AFC general manager: "This isn't a great group of tight ends, but it is a deep bunch, and it will produce a lot of guys who play in the league. Here's one who isn't getting lots of publicity, but who I really like, particularly as a receiver: (George) Wrighster from Oregon. He might have the best hands of any of the guys at the position. He doesn't fight the ball like some of them. He seems to run nice routes. Now he won't knock (a defender) off the line as a blocker but, from what I've seen, he is a willing blocker. At least from that standpoint, he gives you something to work with, and he'll get better."
% body fat.
WORKOUT NUMBERS  Matt Gambill of AllProScouting.com reports, George Wrighster's pro day numbers: 254-pounds, 4.65-4.72 forty (two runs), 37 1/2" Vertical, 9-6" broad jump, Looked very impressive in receiving drills.  8 TE coaches were on hand.
Toefield WORKOUT NUMBERS  Matt Gambill of AllProScouting.com reports, LaBrandon Toefield-RB pro day numbers: 5107, 229, 4.53, 4.56, 4.62 forty, 9-7" broad jump, 29 1/2" vertical, 4.32 short shuttle, 7.22 3 cone
B Green WORKOUT NUMBERS AllProScouting.com reports Brandon Green-DE-Rice measured 6023, 267, did 19 reps, and ran a 4.74 forty.
Ogden WORKOUT NUMBERS   Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports, Marques Ogden is the younger brother of Ravens left tackle Jonathan Ogden. He was 6-4 5/8, 300 pounds, and averaged a time of 5.19 seconds in the 40. He did a 29-inch vertical, an 8-foot-3 ¼ broad jump, 17 benches, a 5.18 in the short shuttle, and a 8.59 in the three-cone drill.
Mackenzie WORKOUT NUMBERS  Matt Gambill of AllProScouting.com reports, Malefou Mackenzie's Pro Day numbers: 4.45 and 4.50 forty, 4.26 and 4.25 short shuttle

 

 2002 COLLEGE DRAFT

GRADE : C-


Jaguars were on their own page during this draft.  Time will tell if they are right or if the more conventional draft services are right.  Henderson is a stud but he had dropped to the number 4 DT on many draft boards.  But not on the Jags board.  Can't argue with the pick, but I liked Bryant a lot.  Pearson was good value in the second round but is another player that had distractors.  In all other cases the Jaguars seemed to select players when other players at the same position were available that were universally valued higher.  But who am I to argue.  The one pick I do like a lot is Garrard.  He will be boom or bust, but I'm betting on boom.


Links below take you to NFL.com's report on player, position or college team.

Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School
1 9 Henderson, John DT 6-7 306 Tennessee
2 40 Pearson, Mike OT 6-7 304 Florida
3 89 Ayodele, Akinola OLB 6-2 257 Purdue
4 108 Garrard, David QB 6-2 235 East Carolina
4 118 Luzar, Chris TE 6-7 270 Virginia
6 180 Ballard, Clenton DT 6-3 313 Southwest Texas State
7 222 Newson, Kendall WR 6-2 183 Middle Tennessee State
7 246 Smith, Steve SS 6-1 193 Oregon
7 247 Epstein, Hayden K 6-2 212 Michigan

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