Many believe that the Jaguars will select a player on the defensive line at pick number 26 in the first round of April's draft. Most think that the pick will be a defensive end. Based on some information we are hearing at JagNation.com and his impressive offseason workouts, that selection could be a defensive tackle, not a defensive end.
The Jaguars reportedly have shown a lot of interest in former Notre Dame
defensive tackle Trevor Laws
. Laws played alongside current Jaguar defensive tackle and rookie surprise Derek Landri
two seasons ago, and stood out this season at Notre Dame notching 112 tackles. I'll repeat that, 112 tackles as a defensive tackle/defensive end. I will give you a second to soak that in, because that is almost an unheard of number for an interior lineman. Laws stands in at 6'1" and 305 pounds, about the same size at top rated defensive tackle prospect Glenn Dorsey and without the medical problems. Laws is a shorter, powerful defensive tackle, which is opposite of most of the collection of tackles the Jaguars have on their current roster. Part of the interest in Laws could be sparked by the success his former teammate Derek Landri had with the Jaguars late in the season showing the ability to pressure the quarterback. Because of Landri's size and quickness, he was able to beat some other teams interior offensive lineman and disrupt in the backfield, and this is precisely Laws' specialty.
Not only can Laws be disruptive in the backfield, but he also screams being a "Jaguar" type of player, as he's considered a hustle guy with a non-stop motor. The former Irishman is very powerful and quick for his size, which often causes match up problems with guards and centers, and allows him to penetrate into the backfield. With the Jaguars struggling to find a pass rush and the amount of lackluster defensive ends that will be hanging around late in the first round, Laws could be the type of player the Jaguars will look to. Another area in which Laws is very versatile is that he has played defensive tackle in a 4-3 scheme, and has also played defensive end in the 3-4 scheme in which the Irish transitioned to last season. This means that Laws has experience in multiple ways to attack an offensive line from various positions and angles. In short, Laws could line up at either position for the Jaguars in certain situations, and would not be totally lost.
Now, selecting a defensive tackle might have some people scratching their heads since the Jaguars, even with the loss of Marcus Stroud
, are still pretty deep at defensive tackle. However, it must be mentioned that the Jaguars have flirted a lot with cross-training some of their tackles. Late in the season rookie Derek Landri lined up quite a bit at the defensive end position and was able to generate some decent pressure. Defensive tackle Tony McDaniel likewise played some defensive end his rookie year, and in the preseason last year showing some playmaking ability. Also, we all know about the versatility of Rob Meier
being able to play very well at defensive tackle and defensive end.
It also grants mentioning that Trevor Laws was undefeated with a 49-0 super-heavyweight wrestling record in high school. Laws went to high school in Minnesota, which is know as a wrestling factory state. Couple his wrestling ability, which relates a lot to playing defensive tackle, his smarts, his motor, and his versatility; it is easy to see why he is continually shooting up draft boards and has perked the Jaguars interest. Don't be shocked if the Law is selected by Jacksonville with the 26th pick in this April's draft.