Jags Front Office Eyeing Small School Talent

The Jaguars have never been a team to shy away from talented football players coming from less than traditional football powers. The second-round selections of both Mathis and Durant certainly prove this fact, as well as 13 other players the Jaguars have on the roster from non-BCS conferences. Find out which front office members are out scouting and which players they are looking at.

JagNation has confirmed the presence of Jaguars executive director of college and pro personnel Gene Smith at Wednesday's epic clash between Northern Illinois and Ball State.

The top draft-eligible prospect from Northern Illinois plays a position in which the Jags could use more depth, outside linebacker. Larry English has good size, at 6'3", 254 lbs., and is speedy as he runs in the mid 4.6's (40-yard dash). English has a good motor to go along with his solid build, he changes direction well, and he is a very good tackler. He has played some defensive end in college, but doesn't possess the size or strength to play with his hand on the ground at the NFL level. Entering Wednesday's game, English had 20 tackles, 8 TFL, 4.5 sacks, 2 FF, and 2 QB hurries this season. English is currently projected as an early second-day pick.

Some other defensive prospects from Northern Illinois are senior MLB Tim McCarthy, junior OLB Cory Hanson, junior defensive end Brandon Bice, redshirt-sophomore strong safety Alex Kube, junior safety David Bryant, and senior free safety Bradley Pruitt.

Prospects on the other side of the ball are senior wide receiver Britt Davis and senior offensive tackle Jon Brost. Special teams prospects include junior kicker Mike Salerno and senior punter Andy Dittbenner.

Ball State has several top prospects, despite being a small school located in Indiana. Junior quarterback Nate Davis could play on Sunday's next year if he decides to leave school and scouts love the arm and athleticism of the 6'2", 218 lb. signal caller. Davis was a first-team all-Mac selection a year ago and was the MAC West player of the week during week nine. Davis has completed 154 of 231 passes entering Wednesday's contest for 2058 yards, 15 TD's and just 5 INT's. Davis has also scrambled for 104 yards on 26 rushing attempts including a touchdown, and has even caught a touchdown pass. Davis is currently projected as a first or second-round pick.

Some other offensive prospects from Ball State are junior running back MiQuale Lewis, senior tight end Darius Hill, and senior offensive tackle Robert Brewster, all of which could be late-round picks.

Defensive prospects from Ball State include senior outside linebackers Bryant Haines and Kenny Meeks, senior cornerbacks B.J. Hill and Trey Lewis, and junior strong safety Alex Knipp. Senior punter Chris Miller is also projected as a late-round pick.

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