"Drayton Florence is a supremely confident corner who loves to gamble and make plays on the ball. This causes him to concede a lot of completions (he had the second-highest burn rate in the NFL last season), but it also allows him to make a lot of plays."The Jaguars have what's being reported as $12 million gambled on Florence, so they're obviously hoping that he makes the secondary a better unit than a year ago. With most of the top free agent defensive ends pricing themselves out of the market, it appears that the Jaguars strategy was to improve the back of the defense. They just took a big step toward solidifying that spot.
"Florence tends to come up big in the biggest moments. He helped the Chargers win consecutive games last season by intercepting fourth-quarter passes against the Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders in Weeks 11 and 12, respectively. He continued that trend of timely play this season, intercepting as many passes in the postseason (two) as he did during the regular season. "
"Florence really struggled at the beginning of this season but settled down once he moved into the nickel back role after Antonio Cromartie emerged."
"Florence is a great defender against slot receivers because he closes quickly and is a threat on the corner-blitz. The Jaguars may want to slide him inside to cover slot receivers in obvious passing situations."
"Always a playmaker, Florence works to get his hands on the ball and tries to "house it" every time. This can be a good thing and a bad thing, as he has lost a couple of fumbles on interception returns when he refused to go down."
"As he says, 'they don't count unless you take 'em back to the house.'"
"An added bonus with Florence is that he is an excellent run defender. He is unafraid to take on blockers and delivers crushing blows when given the opportunity. He plays with a contagious energy and is a leader on the field and in the locker room. He has a great sense of humor and knows how to keep his teammates loose in tight moments."
"The Chargers made several efforts to re-sign Florence, but he simply played himself out of their price range. Now that Florence can count on over-the-top help for the first time in his career (courtesy of Reggie Nelson), he has a chance to develop into a top-tier cornerback who should intercept six or more passes next season. "
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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