Offensive Lineman Draws Jaguars Interest

The Jaguars have shown considerable interest in strengthening their offensive line, especially considering the inconsistent play and off the field exploits of Khalif Barnes, as well as the current age and lack of depth in the interior line. Find out which offensive line prospect the Jaguars have taken a liking to.

The Jaguars appear to be interested in another offensive lineman who is multi-functional in terms of positions. That player is the University of Virginia's Branden Albert. Branden Albert projects as both a guard or tackle in the NFL after gaining some game experience at both positions in college. The 6-foot-6, 320-pound offensive lineman is confident he could play either role at the next level.

"Because of my size, I'm bigger than most guards," he explained during a recent interview. "And I can play tackle because of my athleticism."

Albert started all 36 games of his college career before opting to head to the NFL following his junior year. Branden earned All-ACC honors in 2007, and consistently graded out at better than 80% last season. The former basketball player's attributes include rare size and athleticism for his position, as well as a nasty streak. Albert has good foot quickness and very good upper body strength.

In an interview with Sirius NFL Radio, Albert said that Jaguars offensive line coach Andy Heck talked with him at his pro day and they were mutually impressed with each other. Heck used to coach at the University of Virginia and Albert talked about Heck being familiar with him as a person and with his game.

Branden Albert has been flying up draft boards in the last few weeks, thanks to his fine combine performance which included a 40-yard dash time of 5.17 seconds, a 20-yard dash time of 2.96 seconds, and a 10-yard dash time of 1.71 seconds. Albert also threw up 23 reps on the bench press, and registered a vertical leap of 26 inches. Albert is currently rated as the top guard in the draft by NFL Draft Scout, and is projected to be a first-round pick by most draftniks. has Albert going to Pittsburgh in Draft Expert Chris Steuber's latest mock draft.

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