Jags Looking For Offensive Help

Jaguars scouts have been busy traveling the country trying to find talent in preparation to April's NFL draft. To say teams are secretive about who they are interested in is a massive understatement. Still, JagNation has done a little spying and found Jaguars executive director of college and pro personnel Gene Smith. Find out where he was and which offensive players he was looking at.

With Smith being a graduate from Heidelberg College, we can only assume that his presence at the Clemson vs Wake Forest game Thursday night was for business purposes. Some of the top draft eligible prospects on offense from that game are Clemson quarterback Cullen Harper, running backs James Davis and C.J. Spiller, and wide receiver Aaron Kelly.

Nobody on Clemson's offense really did themselves much good in scout's eyes, as the Tigers simply could not move the football. Harper may have done himself the biggest disservice as he completed just 15 of 35 passes for 177 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Harper may have one of the best arms in college, but he's having a disappointing senior year as he's thrown more interceptions than touchdowns (6-4), has a lower completion percentage (61.5%-65.1%) and is seemingly hurting his stock with every drop-back.

The thunder and lightning tandem of James Davis and C.J. Spiller were nearly non-existent in Clemson's 12-7 defeat. The backs combined for just 35 yards rushing on just 14 carries. The 5'11", 210 lb. Davis is still considered the second-best running back prospect in the country, but his stock is dropping and he likely wouldn't be selected until the second round if the draft were next week. The speedy Spiller was nicked up in the game and received just two carries. At full health, Spiller is still considered a first day pick.

Clemson wide receiver Aaron Kelly has the height to be a prototypical NFL wide receiver at 6'5", but he seems to be lacking some intangible qualities. Kelly isn't physically dominant and has a reputation for catching the ball in his chest and will shy away from some contact. Prior to the season, Kelly was a top wide receiver prospect and a borderline first-day pick, but at this point he is likely to be a fifth-round draft choice.

The Jaguars can use some more help on offense, but mostly on the offensive line, and this game that Gene Smith took in didn't really feature any top line prospects. If Harper can "stop the bleeding," he will likely be selected sooner than the Jaguars would likely pick a quarterback, being that they have David Garrard in the prime of his career. The combination of Spiller and Davis could be solid players on the next level, but the Jaguars already have talent and depth in the backfield.


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