The team had interviewed several potential later round guys at the draft, as well as some of the first round prospects such as Lawrence Timmons (Florida State). The team has now scheduled an interview for University of New Mexico linebacker Quincy Black this week at the stadium formerly known as Alltel. Black is a smaller linebacker (6'1", 240 lbs.) who has good athletic ability (ran 4.52/40), and can play either the weakside linebacker position, or he can even be moved to strong safety.
Many of the linebackers the Jaguars have been looking at appear to be mid to late round prospects, and we at Jagnation think that shopping at the perceived "bargain rack", is a pretty good way to go for this team. In 2004, Bobby McCray was a "bargain rack", seventh-round pick that notched double-digit sacks last season. In 2005, the teams best bargain looks like Gerald Sensabaugh, who they spent a fifth-round pick on. Sensabaugh is currently slated to start at free safety. Last season, the Jaguars picked Clint Ingram with their third-round pick, and Ingram had a fine rookie season.
Not all of the Jaguars (New Era) first round picks have been stars (not really any of them so far), but the front office has maximized value from rounds two through seven, and even with their undrafted free agent signings. Very few teams pick from the "bargain bin" better than the Jaguars, and those depth type of players have helped the team stay competitive throughout the myriad of injuries they've faced over the last two years. Now we've talked about the possible need for a linebacker, at least a long-term fix to replace Mike Peterson in a year or two, and that fix should probably come from the draft, but we here at Jagnation hope the team tries to find that replacement either late in the first day, or on the second day of the draft, being that linebacker isn't a desperate need for the team in 2007.
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