Line, O-Line

The Jaguars coaching staff, and personnel departments have been gathering the frequent flyer miles over the last four weeks, as they are traveling to all parts of the United States to look for talent at offensive line.

J.J. Pesavento reports that the Jaguars made a stop in head coach Jack Del Rio's old stomping grounds, northern California, to audition Stanford offensive guard Ismail Simpson. On their way back, there was a stop in Tempe, Arizona to watch former Arizona State Sun Devil offensive tackle, Glenn January work out. Before they were done with this trip, the Jaguars met with former Western Michigan offensive tackle, Dominic Moran, as well as former Michigan offensive linemen, Mark Bihl and Ruben Riley. The offensive lineman that the Jaguars are be targeting the most, could be former Iowa Hawkeye, Mike Jones.

Mike Jones stands 6'5", 309 lbs., and although he's listed as a guard, he can play virtually any position on the offensive line. Jones is very intelligent, and showed a great ability to pick up stunts and twists by opposing defenses. Jones is said to be coachable, and explosive at the point of attack. Jones was a three-year starter at both guard and tackle, and his intensity and versatility are sure to earn him an NFL paycheck for many years. The knocks on Jones are that he lacks footwork and speed.

With the Jaguars looking at this many offensive lineman in the draft, it is very possible that offensive tackle Maurice Williams may be part of a draft-day deal. Williams has recently lost his right tackle job to free agent acquisition, Tony Pashos, and his $3.5 million salary cap figure is a lot for a backup. Although the Jaguars do have plenty of salary cap space, Williams may not take his demotion well, and potentially be a distraction.

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