Jaguars Interested in Rising Defensive Back

In the AFC South division which features Peyton Manning and the Colts, it's simply impossible to have enough talented defensive backs. Find out which defensive back that's currently rising up draft boards that the Jaguars have taken a keen interest in.

According to J.J. Pesavento, the Jaguars reportedly have a visit planned for former Eastern Kentucky cornerback Antwaun Molden. Molden measures in at 6'1", 198 lbs., and ran an impressive 4.39 second 40-yard dash at the NFL combine. Some of his other workout numbers include a 37.5" vertical leap, a 10'9" broad jump, 23 reps on the bench press, a 6.85 second three-cone drill, and a 4.14 20-yard shuttle.

At the beginning of the season, NFL Draft Scout had Molden as the 21st rated cornerback and a likely fifth to sixth-round pick. Since the end of his season, Molden has been one of the fastest risers in this year's draft, as he is currently rated as the 9th overall cornerback prospect, and he could go as high as the middle of round two.

Some of Molden positive attributes include a very strong upper body, large hands, durability, and he's very coachable. Molden plays the ball well in air, and he is capable of playing bump-and-run coverage, as well as supporting the run. Wes Bunting of Cowboys Blitz had this to say about Molden—

"Molden is a physical press corner who has shown good balance and recovery speed throughout all of his postseason performances. He ran a better-than-expected forty time at the combine (4.40) and led all corners with 23 reps on the bench. His quick feet and explosive vertical leap (37.5 inches) didn't hurt his cause either. A seventh round/free agent type coming into the year now has his sights set on day one."

A few of the knocks on Molden include a lack of starting experience, as he started in just 12 games in his collegiate career, poor instincts, and he's not a physical tackler, although he is capable of wrapping ball carriers up.

The Jaguars have shown considerable interest in some of the top defensive back prospects, as they held formal interviews and visited the pro days of Leodis McKelvin, Dominique Rogers-Cromartie, and Antoine Cason, among others. If neither of those players is available, or if they don't fit the value of the pick when it's Jacksonville's turn to select in round one, they may be able to acquire a defensive lineman which is a desperate need, and then come back for a player like Molden in either round two or round three.


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