Jaguars Notes and Quotes

In this edition of Jaguars Notes and Quotes, Gene Smith discusses the draft, potential free agent targets and Cecil Shorts talks about not being a "pampered college athlete".

--The Jaguars didn't fill their holes on defense as they were only able to find two defensive players in the draft because general manager Gene Smith follows the best available athlete strategy and wouldn't reach for a defensive player to fill a need.

But Smith said that when the lockout ends, the Jaguars will be players in free agency and hope to find two to four defensive players.

"We will be a better team than last year on defense," Smith said.

--One of the perks of playing college football is a free education.

But that wasn't a perk for Cecil Shorts III, a wide receiver who played at Mount Union, a Division III school that doesn't give out scholarships.

He said the tuition was $27,000 when he started and $32,000 when he finished so he has a lot of student loans to pay off although he got some help from his parents.

--The Jaguars drafted only five players but general manager Gene Smith said it was a draft of quality over quantity.

"We felt like all of these players would come in and certainly upgrade our roster. They all have a future here. Again, we're just happy to have five players wearing the Jaguars' helmet that we feel have the profile that we want. I do believe it is talent, character and competitiveness," he said.

--The Jaguars drafted players from Lehigh, Mount Union and Middle Tennessee and that's a pattern for Smith. Only six of his first 20 draft picks his first three years have come from BCS schools.

"We scout the player, not the school," he said.

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