Jags Scouts Back in the ACC

With a Jaguars team in need of defensive repair, the team's scouts are focused on finding athletes that can help rebuild what was a once proud and dominant defense. Find out which ACC game the Jaguars scouts will attend this week and which players they could be looking at.

JagNation has confirmed the Jaguars attendance at Saturday's Duke - Wake Forest game. There are several draft eligible players that will be on display for both teams, none bigger than Wake Forest cornerback Alphonso Smith.

Smith is small in stature at 5'9", 190 lbs., but runs in the 4.3's and has excellent ball skills. Smith tackles well for a player of his size and will not back down from contact. He possesses an ability to make big plays and is better suited for a zone type of scheme, a scheme which the Jaguars employ. At this point, Smith is considered a first or second-round pick.

Outside linebacker Aaron Curry is currently the top ranked outside linebacker in all of the draft, and most scouts love what they see out of the 6'2", 246 lb. Demon Deacon. Curry is great in coverage, and his 4.5 speed is enough to make plays all over the field. He currently leads his team with 56 tackles, 10 of which for loss, one interception, and a fumble recovery. Curry is expected to be a first-round pick.

Chip Vaughn is a 6'2", 214 lb. strong safety that was Wake Forest's leading tackler in 2007 (105 tackles). The honorable mention all-ACC performer from a year ago is as solid a tackler as any safety in the country, and he is on the Thorpe Award watch list. Vaughn has 39 tackles, one interception and two passes defensed this season and is expected to be an early second-day selection at this time.

Some other defensive prospects from Wake Forest are senior middle linebacker Stanley Arnoux, senior defensive tackle Boo Robinson, senior defensive tackle John Russell, senior free safety Kevin Patterson, and junior cornerback Brandon Ghee. With the Jaguars defense in need of depth and repair, don't be surprised if one or more of these names are on the Jaguars draft card next April.

Some of the offensive prospects from Wake Forest are junior quarterback Riley Skinner, senior wide receiver D.J. Boldin, junior tight end Ben Wooster, and kicker Sam Swank.

Duke University is normally known for great academics and a fantastic basketball program, but the football team is now producing some great athletes as well. Part of the reason for the revival in Blue Devils football is due to redshirt junior defensive tackle Vince Oghobaase. Oghobasse is a 6'3", 310 lb. run stuffer who is on the Outland Trophy watch list. He is also on the Bednarik Award watch list, and has 26 tackles, three TFL, 1.5 sacks, and four quarterback hurries already this season. Oghobasse is currently projected as a late first, early second-day pick.

Some other defensive prospects from Duke are junior outside linebacker Vincent Rey, senior middle linebacker Michael Tauiliili, senior defensive end Greg Akinbiyi, senior cornerback Jabari Marshall, and senior strong safety Adrian Aye-Darko. Offensive prospects include junior quarterback Thaddeus Lewis, senior fullback Clifford Harris, senior wide receiver Eron Riley, and senior offensive tackle Fred Roland.


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