With the 32-year old free agent Sammy Knight starting most of the 2007 season at strong safety, and the young Gerald Sensabaugh starting just 11 games in his three year NFL career, the Jaguars safety position is certainly a position of question, if not need.
Last season the Jaguars used their number one pick to select Reggie Nelson, who had a solid rookie year as he finished with five interceptions. It's not likely that Jacksonville will draft the same position in the first round two years in a row (again), so they will probably address this position later on. One of the players that the Jaguars should take a close look at is Appalachin State safety Corey Lynch.
Corey Lynch had a storied career at Appalachin State as he helped win three national championships and made a play that will live in infamy not only in Boone, North Carolina, but also in Ann Arbor, Michigan, as he blocked a 42-yard field goal to preserve what could be the greatest upset in college football history as his Mountaineers defeated the mighty Michigan Wolverines, 34-32.
If great play in college equated to great play in the NFL, we would've watched Eric Crouch play in the Pro Bowl last weekend. It obviously doesn't, but Lynch certainly appears to have what it takes to be a good player on both levels. Lynch is 6'1", 205 lbs., and runs his 40-yard dash in the 4.5's. His measureables may not jump out at you, but he has heart and is a true winner. Throughout his collegiate career, his teams finished 45-11 with him in the lineup, and just 7-4 without him. Lynch led his Mountaineers in interceptions all four of his seasons, and has an absolute nose for the ball.
Lynch was the Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2007, and is not only a special teams contributor, but a special teams star. In 2007 alone, Lynch blocked three kicks. Lynch is a big hitter despite his size, and can play the pass, as opposing teams targeted 73 passes to his area and completed just 20.
Jack Del Rio and company have shown a tendency not to shy away from the small school guys, especially early on in the draft, as evidenced by their second round selections of Rashean Mathis and Justin Durant. With Corey Lynch rapidly moving up draft boards, the Jaguars may have to act quickly if they're going to snatch up the three-time national champion.
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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