With the breaking news that Chiefs Pro Bowl defensive end Jared Allen has demanded a trade, the Jaguars are one of the obvious suitors, along with the Minnesota Vikings and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Rumor has it that it will better than a first and third-round pick to acquire Allen, and the Jaguars are in a tough spot being that they don't select in round one until pick #26, and Tampa Bay and Minnesota select at picks 20 and 17 respectively.
It is opposite of the Jaguars usual philosophy to trade away early round picks, but with their need as desperate as it currently is at defensive end, and the fact that Allen is just 26 years old, he would be an attractive option. Odds are that the Jaguars won't pull the deal off, being that Allen is one DUI away from a likely one-year suspension, and it will take a new contract that would dwarf quarterback David Garrard's new deal to keep him happy.
If the Jared Allen speculation does not indeed come to fruition early on draft day, expect the Jaguars to make a hard push at acquiring Dances With the Stars competitor and former Defensive Player of the Year, Jason Taylor.
There is speculation that despite the Jaguars acquiring wide receivers Jerry Porter and Troy Williamson, the team still has a hole at the receiver position. Embattled Cincinnati Bengals Pro Bowler Chad Johnson has demanded a one-way ticket out of the queen city, and the Jaguars could add the dynamic playmaker to an offense that was one of the most explosive in the NFL last year on the ground. Sources inside the Jaguars organization denied any and all interest in Johnson, as Cincinnati will likely demand too much compensation, and the distraction factor is high with a player of Johnson's attitude.
The Jaguars have never selected a former University of Miami Hurricane in the draft, and despite need and value seemingly fitting their slot at pick #26, the Jaguars don't appear to have much of any interest in former Hurricane safety Kenny Phillips or defensive end Calais Campbell.
The Jaguars have invited quite a few players to town for pre-draft visits. One of which is former University of Washington wide receiver/H-back, Marcel Reese. To find out more about Reese, click here: http://jac.scout.com/2/747181.html
The Jaguars scouting department appears to be interested in record-setting University of Hawaii signal-caller, Colt Brennan. Brennan is a project type of quarterback with a very accurate arm, but will likely miss the next three month as he underwent surgery for a torn labrum in his hip, an injury that he suffered at the Senior Bowl. Brennan was slated as a first-round pick near the end of his senior year, and with a poor showing in the Sugar Bowl and a less than fantastic Senior Bowl appearance, it is possible that Brennan could be plucked in the fourth or fifth-round.
Update: The Jaguars coaches have talked to Brennan several times over the past few weeks.
Former Eastern Kentucky cornerback Antwaun Molden will be visiting Jacksonville either later this week or next. Molden is rising up draft boards quickly as he's turned himself into a late second-day selection, to going possibly as high as the middle of round two. For more on Molden, click here: http://jac.scout.com/2/747188.html
A few other players expected to either make visits to Jacksonville, or have received significant interest from the Jaguars are Tusculum defensive back Octavius Love, Mississippi Valley State offensive tackle Thaddeus Coleman, Georgia linebacker Brandon Miller, Augustana College wide receiver Tommy Ellingsworth, and Richmond running back Tim Hightower.
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