Although the Jaguars haven't drafted an ACC player in the first-day since Greg Jones in 2004, the team believes that some current ACC players may be able to help them. JagNation has confirmed the attendance of Jaguars scouts at Thursday's FSU-N.C. State game.
The top draft eligible prospect from FSU is strong safety Myron Rolle. Rolle has good size at 6'2", 218 lbs., and there are few football players in the country that are smarter, as Rolle is an academic All-American. Rolle is second on the team in tackles with 33, and has five pass breakups. Rolle's 40-time is a respectable 4.46, and if the junior decides to enter the NFL draft he will likely be a first-round pick. A safety tandem of Reggie Nelson and Myron Rolle would allow the Jaguars great versatility.
Another player who caught the Jaguars scouts eyes is Seminoles redshirt junior defensive end Everett Brown. Brown is a bit undersized at 6'4", 252 lbs., but has the frame to add muscle. Brown led the team in sacks a year ago and has three sacks thus far this season, to go along with 11 tackles, seven TFL, two pass breakups, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery. Brown is currently rated as a second-round pick.
One more Seminole defender who is draft eligible is middle linebacker Derek Nicholson, who leads the team in tackles with 35, and nine TFL. Nicholson could be a late-round pick. Some offensive players that Jaguars scouts noticed are senior running back Antone Smith, who leads the team with 483 yards rushing and 11 TD's, and senior wide receiver Greg Carr, who is a big play threat at 6'6" tall, and averages 13.2 ypc. with two TD's.
Although the majority of the top flight talent during Thursday's game was wearing garnet and gold, N.C. State did have a few players that are mentionable. Redshirt sophomore outside linebacker Nate Irving could be in the Jaguars plans, as well as junior defensive end Willie Young. On the offensive side of the ball, Wolfpack senior running back Andre Brown could be a late-round selection, as well as tight end Anthony Hill.
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