Jaguars Bait Gators

The Jaguars are auditioning a few members of the 2006 national champion Florida Gators, in hopes to add to their depth on both the offensive, defensive, and special teams.

It's no surprise to anyone that the Jaguars coaching staff seems enamored with Florida safety Reggie Nelson. Defensive Coordinator Mike Smith compares Nelson's physical skills to that of the Baltimore Ravens Ed Reed when he was coming out of college. A few others that have been in for visits, or are scheduled to visit, are troubled defensive tackle, Marcus Thomas, and fullback Billy Latsko, according to Ed Thompson.

Marcus Thomas is a big, explosive defensive tackle that stands 6'3", 314 lbs. Thomas has first round type of ability, in which he can rush the passer or play the run, as well as shed blocks quickly, when he wants to. What will keep Thomas from being a first round pick is his off the field issues. Thomas has tested positive for marijuana multiple times while playing for the Gators, and was eventually dismissed from the program due to positive tests. Another knock on Thomas is that he's lazy and takes plays off. All in all, Thomas is a talented guy who will be watched closely when he is drafted. He may drop to the second day being that the NFL is cracking down on behavior issues.

Billy Latsko is an effort guy, pure and simple. Latsko stands 5'10", 233 lbs., and is a good lead blocker for a two back offense. Latsko is not an offensive weapon, in which he won't make moves, break tackles, or really do much of anything with the football. If Latsko is going to play at the next level it must be on special teams, which he's willing to do. Latsko is due to meet with the Jaguars next week.

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