Jaguars Like Big Ten Linebackers

All through the NFL, you can find play-making linebackers that hail from the Big Ten conference. Some of the more famous linebackers of the past include Jack Ham and Shane Conlan, and more recently LaVar Arrington and A.J. Hawk. According to Ed Thompson, the Jaguars are due to visit with a pair of Big Ten linebackers.

Tim Shaw of Penn State was displaced in his senior season, as he voluntarily moved from outside linebacker to defensive end, for the betterment of the team. Shaw possesses great speed and athletic ability as he ran a 4.5 in the 40 yard dash at the combine. Shaw bettered that number by a few tenths at his pro-day. Shaw plays with discipline, and is a very good run stopper. He struggles a bit with rushing the passer and is somewhat of a liability in coverage. Shaw was formally interviewed by the Jaguars at the combine, and fits the mold that they look for as a big, fast, aggressive defensive player. Tim Shaw is expected to be a third-round pick, but don't be surprised if a team takes a shot at him in the second.

Nick Roach is a middle linebacker by trade and was a very productive player on a poor defense while he was a Northwestern Wildcat. Roach is athletic, at 6'2", 230 lbs., and is a very intelligent football player. Roach is a play-maker with great hands, and can play sideline-to-sideline. Some of the knocks on Roach are his ability to shed blocks, and his durability, as he missed significant time in college.

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