Jaguars Look to the Big 12

The Big 12 may be the best conference in America, and it's certainly the conference with the best quarterbacks in America. The Jaguars are in need of a developmental quarterback, among several other positions on both offense and defense. Find out which game Jaguars scouts were at this weekend and which players they were watching.

JagNation has confirmed Jaguars scouts attendance at Saturday's Kansas State-Kansas game.

Kansas State has a few draft eligible prospects that the Jaguars could be interesting, and it starts with junior quarterback Josh Freeman. Freeman has prototypical NFL size at 6'6", 248 lbs., and has a very accurate and strong arm. As a sophomore in 2007, Freeman earned honorable mention all-Big 12 honors and set five school passing records. This year, Freeman has completed better than 61% of his passes for 2224 yards, 15 passing touchdowns, and just five interceptions. Freeman is also a great threat on the ground as he's rushed for 286 yards and has 13 more rushing touchdowns. Freeman is one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the nation and is currently projected as a first or second-round pick.

Another player that the Jaguars could keep their eyes on is K-State defensive end Ian Campbell. Campbell stands 6'4" and weighs 255 lbs., and is a very athletic player who can be both a defensive end or an outside linebacker at the next level. Last year Campbell earned first team all-Big 12 honors. On the season, Campbell has 27 tackles, 5 TFL, 3.5 sacks, one pass defensed and one blocked kick. Campbell is currently projected as a late-round pick.

A few other prospects from the Wildcats are junior strong safety Courtney Herndon, junior wide receiver Brandon Banks, and junior tight end Jeron Mastrud.

There is no lack of prospects on the Kansas sideline, as they are led by undersized junior quarterback Todd Reesing. Reesing stands only 5'11", 205 lbs., but he has a strong arm and gets the job done despite hardly being recruited out of high school. Last season, Reesing earned second team all-Big 12 honors after leading the Kansas Jayhawks out of obscurity and to an Orange Bowl berth. Reesing is mobile, as he runs a 4.63 40-yard dash, and is tough enough to hang in the pocket until the last possible second. He may not look like a prototype NFL quarterback, but he wins football games and is a good gamble in the late rounds, where he's projected to go.

Some defensive prospects from Kansas are a trio of senior linebackers in Joe Mortensen, James Holt, and Mike Rivera. Junior safeties Justin Thornton and Darrell Stuckey are considered late-round picks.

Some other prospects that play offense for the Jayhawks are junior running back Jake Sharp, junior wide receiver Kerry Meier, and senior center Ryan Cantrell.


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