Jaguars Day Two: Best Player Available?

The Jaguars may test the best player available philosophy during day two of the draft. Find out which former SEC skill position player the Jaguars have been talking with.

Scout.com's Ed Thompson is reporting that the Jaguars have been talking with former Georgia Bulldog running back Thomas Brown. Running back is certainly one of the positions where the Jaguars do not have a perceived need, as they boast what is likely the best tandem at the position in the NFL, with Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew. Despite having that wealth of talent, the Jaguars have shown interest in the former Bulldog, Brown.

Thomas Brown measures in at 5'9", 204 lbs., and has been clocked as low as 4.46 in the 40 yard dash. Brown is short, but well-built, and he has initial quickness, and possesses cutback ability similar to Fred Taylor. Most of the negatives attributed to Brown are based on health concerns, as he tore his ACL in 2006, and suffered a broken collarbone last season.

Brown bounced back from those two serious injuries to finish his career at Georgia with 2,646 rushing yards and a 5.0 yards-per-carry average while scoring 23 touchdowns. He also caught 39 passes for another 372 yards and two touchdowns.

The muscular Bulldog never seems to shy away from contact, and he learned to pass protect in the Georgia offense, which would fit in well in Jacksonville especially, being that Taylor and Jones-Drew are two of the very best pass-blocking backs in the NFL.

"Being a pass-blocker is not a natural thing to do, but being in Georgia — and understanding the system we were in — you had to learn how to pass-block and take practice week-in and week-out and get used to it," he said. "In my opinion, pass-blocking has the built-in mentality that you always have to be the bigger guy to be successful, but I'm a prime example that it's more about leverage and attitude."

Scout.com has Brown rated as the 17th best running back in the draft, and NFL Draft Scout has him as the 14th best back. Brown is expected to go anywhere from rounds four through six, and he could represent an excellent value for the Jaguars, or some other team, as Brown can run inside the tackles, cut back, catch the ball out of the backfield, and also return kickoffs effectively.


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