Shack Harris Honored

The Associated Press has reported that Jaguars general manager James "Shack" Harris is one of only 12 NFL general managers that have been selected to serve on the new general managers committee.

The new committee will provide advice on protecting and supporting the integrity of the game, expanded use of technology, player development and scouting opportunities, and ways to improve the Pro Bowl, NFL Scouting Combine, NFL Draft and preseason.

Harris, like many general managers around the league, has been the center of much scrutiny due to some of the team's questionable early draft picks over the time of his tenure. Still, under his direction the Jaguars have had just one losing season in his five years as GM, and they are widely regarded as a playoff and Super Bowl contender in 2008.

The public perception around Jacksonville is that Jack Del Rio is responsible for all the draft picks and signings that pan out, and Harris is responsible for everything else. Those in the know are fully aware that each of the Jaguars personnel decisions are agreed upon by all parties including both Harris and Del Rio, as well as many of the team's scouts and position coaches.

Whereas it's difficult to argue that the Jaguars have outwardly missed or at the very least have had limited production from some of their first-round selections, including quarterback Byron Leftwich, wide receivers Reggie Williams (prior to 2007) and Matt Jones, the team has been superior in the second-round, as they've selected starters Rashean Mathis, Greg Jones, Daryl Smith, Khalif Barnes, star back Maurice Jones-Drew, and expected starter Justin Durant.

By "Shack" Harris being appointed to the new general managers committee, it would appear that he certainly has earned the respect of his peers, and his solid work at helping rebuild a franchise hasn't gone unnoticed.

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