JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 2007 NFL DRAFT NOTES
NELSON TO MEET WITH LOCAL MEDIA AT 11:00 A.M. ON SUNDAY
DRAFT DAY FAN FEST DRAWS CROWD OF 4,500
More than 4,500 fans turned out for the Jaguars' 13th Annual Bud Light Draft Day Party on Saturday at the Jacksonville Landing. Pro Bowlers Rashean Mathis and John Henderson headlined a group of current and former Jacksonville Jaguars who greeted fans and signed autographs. The 2007 ROAR of the Jaguars Cheerleaders performed, as well as the D-Line.
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA NORTH
Reggie Nelson became the sixth player drafted by the Jaguars from the University of Florida, the most from any college. Nelson joined Fred Taylor (1998, 1st round), Mike Pearson (2002, 2nd round), Chris Doering (1996, 6th round), Bobby McCray (2004, 7th round) and Dee Webb (2006, 7th round) as players drafted from Florida. The addition of Nelson gives the Jaguars six players who played collegiately at the University of Florida on their current roster (Taylor, McCray, Webb, Mike Peterson, Jeremy Mincey). It marked the second consecutive year the Jaguars drafted a Florida player as they took Webb in the seventh round of the 2006 draft.
DURANT REPRESENTS DIVISION I-AA HAMPTON
Hampton linebacker Justin Durant was selected with the 48th overall pick in the second round, the 19th draft pick in franchise history from Division I-AA and the second-highest drafted player from Division I-AA. Rashean Mathis, who was voted to the Pro Bowl in 2006, was the highest drafted player in franchise history from Division I-AA as he was selected with 39th overall pick in the second round of the 2003 draft.
HIGH SCHOOL GETS TWO PLAYERS IN TOP 50 PICKS
Linebackers Lawrence Timmons and Justin Durant were teammates at Wilson Bay High in Florence, South Carolina and both were selected in the first 48 picks of today's NFL draft. Timmons, who played at Florida State, was the 15th overall pick in the first round by Pittsburgh. Durant was selected by the Jaguars with the 48th overall pick in the second round. "I am so happy for him," Durant said of Timmons. "We went through a lot together in high school, the same struggles."
Justin Durant's brother, Darian, was the starting quarterback at the University of North Carolina from 2001-04.
MOVING ON DOWN; TRADE WITH DENVER
The Jaguars traded their first round pick, 17th overall, to the Denver Broncos for their first round pick (21st overall), third round pick (86th overall) and sixth round pick (198th overall). It was the first time in franchise history the Jaguars traded their original first round pick.
NO. 21 HAS HISTORY
NELSON BECOMES SECOND SAFETY CHOSEN IN FIRST ROUND IN CLUB HISTORY
The selection of Reggie Nelson with the 21st pick was the Jaguars' seventh defensive player chosen in the first round and second safety selected (Donovin Darius, 1998). Since Jacksonville entered the league, the Jaguars have had 15 first round selections and have drafted in the following manner:
DEFENSE (7) OFFENSE (8)
Defensive tackles (3) Wide receivers (3)
Linebacker (1) Running backs (2)
Cornerback (1) Offensive lineman (1)
Safety (2) Quarterback (1)
Tight end (1)
SEVEN DEFENSIVE BACKS CHOSEN IN FIRST ROUND; TIED FOR MOST IN NFL HISTORY
Seven defensive backs were chosen in the first round of this year's draft including Reggie Nelson with the 21st overall pick by the Jaguars, the most in NFL history. Seven defensive backs were also chosen in 1998 and 2006. Other defensive backs chosen were: LaRon Landry (Washington, 6th), Darrelle Revis (New York Jets, 14th), Leon Hall (Cincinnati, 18th), Michael Griffin (Tennessee, 19th), Aaron Ross (New York Giants, 20th) and Brandon Meriweather (New England, 24th).
NELSON BECOMES NINTH UNDERCLASSMEN TAKEN BY THE JAGUARS
Reggie Nelson was the ninth underclassmen drafted by the Jaguars since juniors were formally allowed to enter the draft in 1990. The Jaguars selected two underclassmen in 2006 with RB Maurice Jones-Drew (2nd round) and Dee Webb (7th round). It marks the highest drafted underclassmen for the Jaguars since Reggie Williams was selected with the ninth overall pick in 2004.
THIRD-HIGHEST LINEBACKER TAKEN BY THE JAGUARS
Justin Durant was selected by the Jaguars with the 48th overall pick in the second round, the third-highest linebacker selected in franchise history. Kevin Hardy is the only linebacker selected in the first round in club history as he was the second overall pick in 1996, and Daryl Smith was drafted with the 39th overall pick in the second round of the 2004 draft.