Second Day Steal for Jags?

The Jaguars, like all NFL teams, are always looking for value in the draft. Jacksonville has had a great amount of success in recent years finding so-called "diamonds in the rough" late in the draft, as they've plucked quite a few starters after 100 or so selections have been made. Find out who could be the team's next steal…'s Ed Thompson has confirmed that the Jaguars are one of the teams showing the strongest amount of interest in Ohio State linebacker Larry Grant. Grant is a 6'1", 235 lb. outside linebacker who can play all three positions. Grant is a former JUCO Player of the Year who transferred to Ohio State prior to the 2006 season, and was overshadowed by the outstanding talent that played around him for the Buckeyes.

"I feel like I have a lot to show everyone," Grant said. I don't feel I have to prove anything to anybody, I just feel I have to showcase my talents."

Showcasing his talents is exactly what Grant did on his pro day, as many scouts were in Columbus to gaze at Vernon Gholston, who was impressive in his own right, but left talking about Grant. The Buckeye linebacker ran between a 4.58 and 4.63 40-yard dash, with times of 6.77 seconds in the three-cone, and 4.22 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle. At the combine, Grant registered a 31.5" vertical leap, and put up 20 reps on the bench press (225 lbs.).

"I was happy with my agility drills in Indianapolis, but I wanted to show that I was faster in the 40," said Grant after his pro day. I'll take the 4.58 any day. I'm pretty excited. I had a lot of fun."

Grant's attributes include good size and athletic ability, and is strong at the point of attack. He has the size and speed to blitz off the edge, and was a special teams standout while at junior college and at Ohio State, as he blocked 9 kicks in his collegiate career. Negatives on Grant include poor instincts and an ability to be fooled by misdirection. Grant is also an inconsistent tackler.

The Jaguars spent a few late round draft picks last season on special teams' players, and Chad Nkang, a former linebacker from Elon College set franchise records with special teams tackles. Jaguars special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis could take an interest in this Ohio State linebacker, who brings speed and size to coverage units. Grant also said that he would be willing to lose weight to try and make a move to safety.

"I like special teams, and I feel I have a knack for it," said Grant.

Grant is rated by as the 26th ranked outside linebacker, and NFL Draft Scout has him as the 19th rated outside linebacker. Grant is slated as a possible late-round pick.

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