Jaguars Positional Analysis- Defensive End

We're deep into the 2011 offseason and Jaguars information is certainly scarce. We figured that this is a pretty good time to examine the current roster, position-by-position. We're going to move on to the defensive ends.

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The defensive end position has always been somewhat of a thorn in the Jaguars collective sides as they haven't had a consistent pass rusher since the days of Tony Brackens. As Indianapolis has thrived with Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis, the Jaguars have been saddled with the projects such as Brent Hawkins and Jorge Cordova while just trying to find someone who can beat one-on-one blocking consistently.

Can the Jaguars really expect Aaron Kampman to be effective after two torn ACL's in as many years?

That's the million dollar question that the Jaguars are hoping has a very positive answer. Kampman added great toughness and leadership a season ago and was productive early on before losing half his season to injury. You probably will not be able to count on Kampman to play every down defensively and everyone in the Jaguars organization would be thrilled if the former Iowa star can get eight sacks.

Is Derrick Harvey finished in Jacksonville?

Players like Derrick Harvey are simply coaches and personnel evaluators worst nightmares. Harvey hasn't accomplished much in the NFL after being selected in the Top-10 but there's a reason why he was selected that high--because he has the talent to play in this league. Harvey's work ethic has been questioned and eight sacks in three seasons doesn't make him worth his draft status.

If there are questions about his work ethic and just how badly he wants to succeed in the NFL, then parting ways with the former Florida Gator would seem inevitable.

That may be a more risky move than keeping him.

Derrick Harvey is only 24 years old with elite physical talent and if he catches on somewhere else and realizes his potential (however unlikely it seems), the Jaguars would have egg all over their collective faces while still needing a defensive end.

What is the True Potential of 'The Other Guys' Vying for Playing Time?

Veteran Jeremy Mincey, along with second-year players Austen Lane, Larry Hart and Aaron Morgan will all by vying for playing time in different facets at defensive end. Mincey was able to unseat Derrick Harvey for a starting job for part of last season and although he had some highlights (two sacks against Cleveland's Joe Thomas), he doesn't have Pro Bowl ability and his ceiling is rather low.....Austen Lane seems to be more of a left end who doesn't have much pass rush ability or suddenness.....Larry Hart is an undersized pass rusher that would seem to fit best as an outside linebacker in a 3-4, not as much a hand-on-the-ground 4-3 defensive end.....Aaron Morgan is a lighter version of Hart who will get pushed around on running plays.

Will the Jaguars add any veteran talent when free agency opens?

Jacksonville will likely look at any and all options to better their defense in free agency, but pass rushers don't usually come cheap and there isn't expected to be much to choose from in free agency. With the Jaguars expected to install some more "hybrid" type of alignments, paying big money for strictly 4-3 guys such as Ray Edwards or Shaun Ellis doesn't appear to make much sense.

Charlie Bernstein is the host of "The Sports Crunch" on the Aquarius 7 Broadcasting Network (national), and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering multiple teams in 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

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