Jaguars Notebook: Justin Durant

When the Jaguars made Justin Durant, the undersized, under-publicized linebacker from Hampton their second round pick, it was a surprise to many. After reading about some of Durant's accomplishments in college and stats, the pick that seemed like a major reach last week, now seems to fit the value a lot better.

- Durant became the first player in MEAC (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) history to earn Defensive Player of the Year honors three times.

- Durant was a Sheridan Brodcasting Network Black College All-American three times, joining Steve McNair (Alcorn State), Tracy White (Howard), Antoine Bethea (Howard), and Shannon Sharpe (Savannah State).

- Durant's brother Darian, was a former quarterback at the University of North Carolina.

- As a sophmore in 2004, Durant registered 99 tackles, 14.5 for a loss, three sacks, eight passes defensed, and one forced fumble. Two of his three interceptions were returned for touchdowns.

- In 2005, Durant led the team with 124 tackles, 15 for loss, five sacks, one interception, and two fumble recoveries.

- Durant led the team as a senior with 98 tackles, 13 for loss, one sack, five passes defensed, and one fumble recovery.

- Durant ran a 4.51/ 40 yard dash at his pro-day, with a 340 lb. bench. Durant benched 225 lbs., 25 times, with a 485 lb. squat, and a 360 lb. power clean.

- At the combine, Durant ran a 4.6/40 yard dash, 36" vertical leap, and benched 225 lbs., 25 times.

-Durant was a sports management major, he resides in Florence, SC, and was born on 11/21/85.

It remains to be seen just how easy of a transition it will be for Durant to go from Black College football dominance to the NFL. It is likely that Durant will get some reps at linebacker this season, but he's not likely to be a starter unless there are games lost to injury.

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