Positions of Need- WR
Just as every other NFL team, the Jaguars brass have gravitated toward players that could potentially fill their numerous areas of need. The biggest needs and most aggressive positions the front office and scouts have been targeting are defensive backs and wide receivers.
Appalachian State wideout Brian Quick has had multiple meetings with Gene Smith after practices, and he's also met with the team at night. At 6-foot-5, 220 pounds Quick has the body of a superstar at his position and possesses a 38 inch vertical leap. Part of the reason most college football fans have never heard of him is that he's new to football and very raw. Quick is still learning how to play the position and is anything but polished. His upside is through the roof but it will take a while before he con contribute on the next level. Figure him as a Matt Jones type who actually cares about football- and you don't have to take him in the first or second round.
"It was such an honor meeting with Gene Smith," Quick told JagNation. "He asked me about my background and told me to keep doing what I'm doing."
Another receiver who has caught the Jaguars collective eyes has been Iowa wideout Marvin McNutt. McNutt looks to be the most polished receiver in Mobile as he runs great routes, is a natural hands catcher and uses his body well to box out defenders.
Juron Criner, Patrick Edwards and Marvin Jones have also had extended meetings with the Jaguars.
As dire as the need for a wide receiver is, that position can be supplemented during free agency. The Jaguars seemingly have no choice but to find another starting cornerback in the draft and they've approached the Senior Bowl as if that is their goal.
Gene Smith hopped on (figuratively, not literally) small school gem Dwight Bentley from ULL. Bentley has been one of the most impressive cornerbacks at the Senior Bowl and has raised his stock significantly. Smith also had an extended interview with former Florida turned North Alabama cornerback Janoris Jenkins. Jenkins may have the most raw talent at the position in the Senior Bowl but struggled in Tuesday and Wednesday's practices. The Jags also had extended meetings with Iowa State's Leonard Johnson, Nebraska's Alfonzo Dennard, Boise State safety George Iloka and South Carolina safety Anthony Allen.
With the 7th Overall Pick, the Jaguars Select.....
It's way too soon to venture anything more than an educated guess, but going by what they saw at the Senior Bowl, North Carolina defensive end Quentin Coples is certainly in play. Coples is clearly the best football player in Mobile and he's dominated drills similar to one Von Miller last year. Coples can play almost anywhere on the line and has shown good burst off the edge.
We know of the team's failed experiment in Derrick Harvey and they've been looking for a legitimate pass rusher since Reggie Hayward blew out his Achilles. If they can't secure Mario Williams in free agency, taking Coples with their first round pick may be the best thing to improve a mediocre pass rush.
A Del Rio Sighting
In our usual late-night fact finding missions which include stops at several local watering holes, we uncovered one former Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio "networking." Del Rio was spotted talking with Denver Broncos head coach John Fox, presumably about their defensive coordinator position once Dennis Allen was hired as the Raiders head coach.
It's Jaguars news because if Del Rio gets the job, that's less money Shad Khan will have to pay this season on Jack's deal.
Charlie Bernstein is the NFL Insider for ESPNFlorida.com and ESPN 1080 and 1040 in Orlando/Tampa and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for FoxSports and has been featured on the NFL Network and Sirius NFL Radio. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. You can follow Charlie on Twitter @nflcharlie