The Jaguars claimed former USC linebacker Hayes Pullard off the Cleveland Browns practice squad. We went back to his college days to find out what type of player the Jags are getting.
The Jaguars claimed Hayes Pullard from the Browns pratice squad, and he will likely back up at both the middle linebacker position and the weakside linebacker position. Pullard will likely also help on special teams where the Jaguars coverage and return units have been among the league's worst in 2015.
To find out more about Pullard, we asked Scout.com USCFootball.com website Dan Weber to give us a scouting report. Weber covered Pullard throughout his entire college career.
Here's what he said:
You'll love working with and talking to Hayes. He was our go-to guy at USC almost his entire time as a Trojan. A natural leader, he just assumed it was his job to represent the team -- on and off the field. He never shirked that duty. He never was anything but positive, as often as the challenges USC players faced, playing with as few as 44 scholarship players thanks to the four years of NCAA sanctions, made it a difficult deal for them.
He never used that as an excuse. He finished as the second leading tackler in Trojan history and there have been some awfully good defenders at USC and some awfully good linebackers. His 18-tackle game as a sophomore in a USC upset of Oregon in 2011 was as good a defensive game as any of us have ever seen for the Trojans.
Hayes is an upbeat, positive rally-round-the-flag sort of guy. One of those natural leaders. Not the biggest, strongest guy on the field but big enough, strong enough, with a nose for the football. Also a special teams warrior type that you need with your backup linebackers.
It sounds like the Jaguars are getting a hard-working guy who has a chance to stick on special teams. Perhaps this is what Gus Bradley meant about adding competition?