Jaguars Meet With More Linebackers

The Jaguars are either very much interested in adding some more depth to their linebacking corps through the draft, or Jack Del Rio really enjoys sharing old "war stories" about his days as a linebacker with a bunch of guys that play the same position, and are draft eligible.

Apparently, the Jaguars interest in disgruntled Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs has soured, as has many teams with the price tag that the Bears have placed upon him, so the Jaguars seem to be looking for a long-term replacement for Mike Peterson, who is 31 years old.

One of the linebackers that the Jaguars have been visiting with is former Stanford Cardinal, Michael Okwo. Okwo played middle linebacker for Stanford, and stands 5'11.5", 232 lbs. At his pro-day, Okwo ran a 4.62/40 yard dash, and had a broad jump of 10'1". Okwo is a very good athlete, and was considered a play-maker in college, and his skills are probably best suited for weak-side linebacker in the NFL. Okwo is a hard-worker, moves well in either direction, and has very good game speed. Okwo has had a problem staying healthy in college, but if he can stay healthy at the next level, he can eventually become a starter. Okwo is expected to be a mid-round selection.

Another linebacker that the Jaguars have met with is the University of California's Desmond Bishop. Bishop is another northern California guy, much like the Jaguars head coach, Jack Del Rio. Bishop stands 6'2", 243 lbs., and is a very good tackler. Bishop is an intelligent football player, and will probably be forced to play inside as a pro, due to his lack of coverage skills. Bishop can make an immediate impact in special teams for whatever NFL team decides to draft him. Bishop is expected to be a second-day pick.

Another player of interest for the Jaguars is the University of Nevada's J.J. Milan. Milan is a bit of a tweener at 6'5", 265 lbs. Milan is a little undersized for the defensive end position, but can possibly be a good rush linebacker. Milan is very quick off the snap, and quick to the ball, and has a relentless work ethic. Knocks on Milan are that he can be handled with a single blocker from time to time, and he was injury prone in college. Milan is a late second-day prospect.

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