Next Best Thing: Terrell Suggs

The next player on our list of possible new acquisitions for the Jaguars is none other than the Ravens Terrell Suggs. JagNation has talked to NFL experts about acquiring him.

Suggs is due to enter unrestricted free agency for the first time, and at the young age of 25, and taking into account his resume, Suggs will surely have some team back the proverbial "Brinks truck" up to his house.

At 6'3", 260 lbs., Suggs can play both defensive end and outside linebacker. He's athletic enough to both rush the passer or drop back in coverage. The former first round pick in 2003 had somewhat of an off year in 2007, much like is team, but he still finished with a career high in tackles with 78, including 5 sacks, 6 passes defensed, and a forced fumble.

Despite Suggs "off year," he's still regarded as one of the very best defensive ends in the game. His athleticism makes him completely disruptive, and he often commands double teams. In his four NFL seasons prior to last year, Suggs averaged better than 55 tackles, 10 sacks, and nearly 5 forced fumbles per year. Scout.com and Sirius NFL Radio analyst Adam Caplan had this to say about Suggs-

"He had somewhat of an off year but he can also line up at outside linebacker. He's still one of the top-10 ends in the NFL by most standards."

Terrell Suggs actually has some ties to the Jaguars organization. When he was coming out of college in 2003, he was looked at heavily by the team, but they decided to go with quarterback Byron Leftwich instead. It was reported that Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio was a major proponent of selecting Suggs, but he was overruled by general manager James "Shack" Harris. We all know how that pick turned out, but maybe the Jaguars will be able to get their guy after all.


Charlie Bernstein is the Editor-in-Chief of JagNation.com, and a regular syndicated contributor to FoxSports.com, Sirius NFL Radio, MySpace Sports and Sportsillustrated.com. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers Association, and is a columnist for the New Smyrna Observer. Feel free to contact him -HERE- with questions or comments.



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