Jaguars Look for Help in the Middle

Gone are the days of the Jaguars twin towers in the middle with defensive tackles John Henderson and Marcus Stroud, as Stroud was dealt to Buffalo last month for third and fifth-round picks. Although the split didn't become official until early March, the Jaguars twin towers hadn't been the same in nearly three years, as both Stroud and Henderson have battled injuries limiting their effectiveness.

Although the Jaguars finished with a more than respectable seventh-overall ranking against the run in 2007, the team was gashed in the season opener by their most hated rival Tennessee, as the Titans rushed for 282 yards on the Jaguars defense. That sent a loud and clear message that the Jaguars needed to get younger and healthier on the defensive line.'s Ed Thompson is reporting that the Jaguars have shown considerable interest in University of Arkansas defensive tackle Marcus Harrison. Harrison is 6'3", 317 lb. run stuffer who when healthy can suck up blockers and make plays on opposing ball carriers. Harrison was a four-year starter who earned second-team all-SEC honors as a senior in 2007.

Harrison played both tackle and end during his career with the Razorbacks, and ran a 5.05 40-yard dash at the combine with 26 reps on the bench press. Harrison tops out with a 405 lb. bench, 500 lb. squat, and has a 30" vertical leap.

Although Harrison is a talented athlete, he comes with no lack of baggage, as he has battled injuries throughout his final two collegiate seasons, which included a torn ACL in spring practice of 2007. Harrison was also arrested last August and charged with felony drug and misdemeanor traffic violations.

At this point, rates Harrison as the fourth-ranked defensive tackle in the draft, and NFL Draft Scout ranks him as the #12 defensive tackle. Harrison is slated to be an early second-day draft pick.

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