The Jaguars are set to return Mike Peterson to his middle linebacker position, right between the improving Daryl Smith, and now second-year pro Clint Ingram. Smith and Ingram played very well in 2006, even though many figured that Ingram wasn't ready to play when being thrust into the lineup after Peterson tore his pectoral muscle.
The Jaguars don't feel quite as confident about their depth at the position as they currently have Pat Thomas, Nick Greisen, and Tony Gilbert on the roster as backups. The Jaguars have visited with over a dozen linebacker prospects, and it is likely that they will draft someone to fit the position, likely in rounds three or four. What a middle-round draft pick will do for the team at linebacker, will be to challenge and likely beat out either Thomas, Greisen, or Gilbert, as well as learn under Peterson and Smith and eventually replace Peterson, who will be 31 years old before training camp begins.
The Jaguars appear to be fond of New Mexico linebacker Quincy Black, due to his awesome athletic abilities, but he's moving up draft boards quickly, according to his agent Kevin Omell. It will probably be unlikely that Black will be available where the Jaguars would like to draft him (probably rounds three or later).
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