Means to a End

It appears that the Jaguars are actively looking to bolster their defensive line in the draft, being that many see this as an area of need with the aging Paul Spicer, the uncertain health of pass rusher extrodinaire, Reggie Hayward, and the contract status of former seventh-round pick turned double-digit sack-master, Bobby McCray. Here are a few prospects that the Jaguars are considering:

According to J.J. Pesavento, some of the guys that the Jaguars formally interviewed at the scouting combine and are now bringing in visits are Texas Tech defensive end/outside linebacker Keyunta Dawson, and Missouri defensive end, Brian Smith.

Keyunta Dawson fits more of an every down defensive end mold, as he stands 6'3", 265 lbs. Dawson was a productive guy at Texas Tech, as he finished fourth in school history with 19.5 career sacks. Dawson is a very athletic guy, as he's been clocked as low as 4.67 seconds in the 40, with a 33.5 inch vertical leap. Dawson is known as a tireless worker, and is very coachable. His disruptive play earned him all-conference honors in 2006, and he should be available on day two of the draft.

Brian Smith is an undersized guy for the defensive end position, as he stands just 6'4", 230 lbs., otherwise known as a "tweener". Smith could be a designated pass rusher on the NFL level, similar to what the Jaguars already have in last years' fifth-round pick, Brent Hawkins. Smith is coming off of a nasty broken hip injury, which cut his senior year short. Before the injury, Smith earned all-conference honors in both of his years starting. Smith is solid with his hands and uses great leverage, which he must do, to overcome his lack of size. As many undersized guys are, Smith can be man-handled, or taken out of plays by stronger offensive linemen.

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