Jaguars Visiting with Offensive Tackles

The Jaguars, always looking for depth on the offensive line, are meeting with offensive tackles from all over the country, in hopes of finding that proverbial diamond in the rough.

One of the first guys on the Jaguars list is Boston College's James Marten who visited with the Jaguars on Sunday, April 15th, according to Ed Thompson. A few other tackles that the Jaguars have met with are Iowa State's Aaron Brant, Western Michigan's Dominic Moran, and Nicholls State's Jake Bender.

James Marten is the eighth-rated offensive tackle, according to Scout, and is a very tall, strong guy from the hometown of the Jaguars fiercest rival, Indianapolis, Indiana. Marten stands 6'7.5", 309 lbs., and is said to have a nasty streak. Marten plays best in confined quarters, so he has the potential of moving back to his more natural guard position, where he spent two years in college. Most scouts rate Marten as a third or fourth round pick.

Aaron Brant is another tall tackle (6'7", 315 lbs.) who earned all-conference honors for two consecutive years. Brant started his college career as a guard, then was moved to tackle due to the need of his team. Brant is a punishing run-blocker who plays best in a small area, therefore possibly making him a candidate to move back to guard, just like Marten. The knocks on Brant are his feet, and he lacks lateral blocking range. Brant is expected to be a late second-day pick, or possibly an undrafted free agent.

Dominic Moran is a large, intelligent tackle who was an all-conference selection as a senior. Moran stands 6'5", 300 lbs., and has the ability to play each position on the offensive line. Moran is a hard-working guy, who has potential to be a good NFL backup or special teams player. Moran's best attributes are his on-field intelligence, and ability to seal defenders and help out teammates. Knocks on Moran are his footwork, and that he doesn't finish blocks.

Jake Bender is a nice-sized prospect from small school Nicholls State. Scouts see a lot of upside in the 6'6", 305 lb. Bender, as he has nice technique, and a nasty streak that can't be taught. Bender is athletic and explosive, and plays well in either running situations or in pass-blocking. Knocks on Bender are that he doesn't finish blocks well, and he must improve his strength at the base. Bender is garnering a lot of attention from clubs all around the league, and has visits scheduled with not only the Jaguars, but the Cincinnati Bengals and Green Bay Packers. Bender has also visited with the Seattle Seahawks, Atlanta Falcons, and Washington Redskins, according to Tony Pauline and Adam Caplan.

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