Jaguars Start Draft Search

Since it's the nearing the end of January, the team's coaching staff and scouting department have made their annual trip to scenic Birmingham, Alabama. They're not headed to Birmingham to sample the local fare, but to look at some possible future Jaguars at the Senior Bowl. Click here to find out which players that the Jaguars have already taken a keen interest to...

According to's Michael Lombardo and Amberly Richardson, the Jaguars have talked to former University of Alabama defensive end Wallace Gilberry. Gilberry is a 6'3", 263 lb. end who entering his senior season has run a 4.94/40 yard dash. Gilberry is more of a run stopping defensive end rather than a pass rusher, and has him as the 15th rated defensive end in this year's draft.

The Jaguars have also been spotted talking to Georgia Tech outside linebacker Philip Wheeler. Wheeler is a 6'1", 235 lb. linebacker who runs a 4.80/40 yard dash. Wheeler was a second-team all-America selection, and an all-ACC conference selection as well in 2006. Wheeler is the fifth rated linebacker in the country by, and NFL Draft Expert Tom Marino has him as a second to third round talent.

The final player that the Jaguars showed a special interest to was Purdue defensive end, and nearby Green Cove Springs native, Cliff Avril. Avril is a 6'3", 255 lb. end who can play both linebacker and defensive end. Avril finished his senior year of 2006 with six sacks and 15 tackles for loss. has Avril as the 10th rated defensive end in this year's draft, and NFL Draft Expert Tom Marino has him as a second to third round talent.

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