JagNation Rumor Mill - 03/24/08

The Rumor Mill is heating up this week. What other positions is the team looking to solidify in the draft? Who may the Jaguars look to be moving? Check the mill to see what we're hearing from NFL Insiders, league sources and some of our many contacts around the league.

It is draft season and the Jaguars have been busy traveling all around the country scouting prospects. Mike Tice made a stop in Orlando to take in UCF's Pro Day which featured record-setting running back Kevin Smith. The Jaguars could take Smith in the third-round to be an eventual replacement for Fred Taylor. For more on Smith, click here: http://jac.scout.com/2/740115.html

It was also a good chance for some family time, as Tice's son Nate is vying for the quarterback position at Central Florida.


Jaguars quarterbacks coach Mike Shula visited Delaware to personally take a look at Blue Hens quarterback Joe Flacco. Although it doesn't appear that the Jaguars have an immediate need at quarterback, Flacco may be too great of a value for the team to pass on in round two. For more on Flacco, click here: http://jac.scout.com/2/740204.html


Sources say that the Jaguars are high on Notre Dame defensive tackle Trevor Laws, who is rapidly climbing up draft boards. Laws may climb into round one and could be a good value with the 26th overall pick.


The Jaguars worked out Maryland tight end Joey Haynos at his Pro Day in College Park. For more on Haynos, click here: http://jac.scout.com/2/739504.html


Jacksonville may need to trade up to snatch offensive lineman Branden Albert, who is rated as a top 15-20 pick in this year's draft. The Jags sent offensive line coach Andy Heck to Virginia's Pro Day to work out Albert, and appeared to be impressed. For more on Albert, click here: http://jac.scout.com/2/739948.html


The Jaguars seem to be keen on the idea of grabbing a return specialist, as they looked at Troy State's Leodis McKelvin, Tennessee State's Dominique Rogers-Cromartie, and Virginia Tech's Eddie Royal. McKelvin and Rogers-Cromartie won't be available when the Jaguars select in round one, but Royal could be a third-round pick.

With the Jaguars current logjam at receiver, and their willingness to work out return specialists, they could be considering a move to release last year's free agent wide receiver, Dennis Northcutt, who is due approximately $3.6 million in 2008.


Former Jaguars backup quarterback Quinn Gray is now officially a former Jaguar, as the backup gunslinger signed a one-year, $645,000 contract with the Jaguars division rival Houston Texans. Ironically, Gray complained about his second-round tender that the team placed on him prior to last season which paid him nearly double what he earned as a free agent on the open market.


The Jaguars were one of several teams at the University of Florida Pro Day, and were reportedly very impressed with defensive end Derrick Harvey. Harvey is slated as a top 10-15 pick, and the Jaguars will not be likely to be able to trade up to get in the running for his services. The team is reportedly high on Gators wide receiver Andre Caldwell, but the poor reputation of Florida receivers, as well as the Jaguars current group at the position will likely keep them from selecting him in round two.


The Jaguars have shown interest in a couple of likely undrafted free agent rookies, as they have a visit scheduled for the former University of Washington defensive end Greyson Gunheim. For more on Gunheim, click here: http://jac.scout.com/2/739545.html.

The team was also impressed as they traveled to North Dakota to watch former Sioux wide receiver Weston Dressler's workout, as well as UNLV offensive lineman Tim Goins.


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