Help at Corner for Jaguars

The Jaguars have spent a lot of scouting and financial resources trying to get better in the secondary after a playoff defeat at the hands of Tom Brady. In addition to signing free agent corner Drayton Florence, the team selected Trae Williams formerly of the University of South Florida in the fifth-round of the draft on Sunday. Find out what else the Jaguars front office may be thinking...

The Jaguars front office was much busier following the actual draft than they while the selections were being made, as they verbally agreed to terms with 13 free agents. As always, JagNation will deliver the complete scouting reports on these lesser known, newest Jaguars, and what their chances are of finding a roster spot in Jacksonville.

Jacksonville has also signed free agent rookie cornerbacks Brian Witherspoon, Michael Grant, and Isaiah Gardner to try and bolster their pass defense that finished 2007 ranked 15th in the NFL.

Michael Grant is a former Arkansas Razorback corner that measures in at 5'10", 186 lbs. Grant worked out at the NFL combine, and posted a 40 time of 4.37 seconds, a vertical leap of 30.5", 13 reps on the bench press, a broad jump of 9'8", and a three-cone drill of 7.08 seconds. At his pro day, Grant bettered his vertical leap to 36", and had a low 40 time of 4.32 seconds.

Some of Grant's positive attributes include a muscular frame, good closing speed, adequate agility and balance on the backpedal, and an ability to make open field tackles. Grant also plays the ball well in air and is better in a zone defense, which the Jaguars employ.

Although Grant has first-day measurables, he tends to struggle with quarterback-watching and will bite on play-action fakes. Grant also lacks proper footwork in one-on-one coverage, and has trouble shedding blocks. Grant needs to put on some more weight, but any additional weight would likely impact his speed.

Grant has had to overcome injuries as he tore his left ACL in 2006, but rebounded in 2007 by earning second-team all SEC honors. Grant was tied as the nations leader in passes defended with 23, posted 75 tackles, and had three interceptions as a senior.

Does Grant have a chance to make the Jaguars final roster? It will be difficult, but not impossible. Guaranteed roster spots are claimed by Rashean Mathis, Brian Williams, and Drayton Florence, and aside from those three, Scott Starks, Rashod Moulton, Trae Williams, and fellow undrafted free agents Brian Witherspoon and Isaiah Gardner will all by vying for what will likely be one or two spots.

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