Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio is a USC alum, and the team has certainly not shied away from drafting players from the Pac-10 conference. Reggie Williams, Khalif Barnes, Marcedes Lewis, Maurice Jones-Drew, Thomas Williams, and Chaucey Washington are all fairly recent Jaguars draft picks from the west coast. JagNation has confirmed that Jaguars scouts were in attendance at Saturday's California-Arizona game.
One of the top draft eligible prospects in this game from the University of Arizona is redshirt junior left tackle Eben Britton, who stands 6'6" tall, and weighs in at 310 lbs. Britton was a second team all-Pac 10 selection a year ago and is on the Lombardi Award watch list. Currently listed as a late first-day pick, Britton could be a possible replacement for Khalif Barnes if the Jaguars decide not to retain his services.
Another top prospect from the "U of A" is strong safety Cam Nelson. The 6'1", 200 lb. junior has been clocked at 4.45 in the 40-yard dash, and had 29 tackles, one pass breakup, and one forced fumble entering Saturday's game. Nelson is currently a second-day prospect and could add depth in the Jaguars secondary.
One of the top draft eligible offensive prospects from Arizona is quarterback Willie Tuitama, who could be the young, developmental quarterback that the Jaguars need. Wide receivers Mike Thomas and Terrell Turner could potentially replace former Pac-10 stars Reggie Williams or Dennis Northcutt, if the team parts ways with them.
Another prospect that the Jags scouts will keep an eye on is Arizona senior middle linebacker Ronnie Palmer. With Mike Peterson playing the worst football of his career, the Jaguars have a need at the position.
The top NFL prospect for the University of California is redshirt senior center Alex Mack. Mack is 6'4", 315 lbs., and has been voted first team all-Pac 10 twice. Mack is the top prospect in the nation at center, and with Jaguars center Brad Meester getting on in age and having recent injury issues, the team could address the position as early as round one.
Another first-day prospect that Jaguars scouts will take a hard look at is Cal outside linebacker Zack Follett. Follett stands 6'2", 238 lbs. and is an instinctive big hitter. Follett fills up the stat sheet as he had 26 tackles, 7.5 TFL, three sacks, and two forced fumbles entering Saturday's game. Follett would allow the Jaguars to move Daryl Smith back to middle linebacker and the team would have plenty of speed on the outside.
Some other defensive prospects from Cal are senior middle linebacker Worrell Williams, junior defensive end Tyson Alualu, and redshirt junior cornerback Syd'Quan Thompson. Thompson is currently projected as an early second-day pick, and Williams and Alualu are projected as late second-day picks.
Other offensive prospects from Cal are quarterback Nate Longshore, who has struggled in his senior season and redshirt junior tight end Cameron Morrah. Morrah is projected as an early second-day pick, and Longshore will likely be an undrafted free agent.
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