JagNation has confirmed the attendance of Jaguars scout Terry McDonough at Saturday's Virginia-Wake Forest game.
The play of the Jaguars offensive line has been one of the main reasons why the team has underachieved this season and a few weeks ago the thought of the Jags being in position to draft one of the top-flight offensive tackles seemed very unlikely. With two straight losses to teams from Ohio, (all apologies to Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett," "anything is possibllllle!"
Virginia's top prospect would solve a lot of problems on the offensive line with the future of current left tackle Khalif Barnes uncertain. Left tackle Eugene Monroe is rated as the second-best offensive tackle in the draft, and is a lock for the first-round, barring unforeseen injury. Monroe's size screams NFL left tackle as he stands 6'5" and weighs 315 lbs. Monroe has excellent feet, good balance, long arms, and a nasty streak.
Cavaliers outside linebacker Clint Sintim is a guy who simply makes plays all over the field and will certainly catch the scout's eyes. Sintim measures in a 6'3", 254 lbs. and runs in the low 4.6's. He gets off the ball well and is a very good tackler. Sintim has 52 tackles, 14 TFL, 10 sacks, and three passes defensed. Sintim is currently projected as a second-round pick, but is climbing.
Some other Virginia Cavaliers defenders that are considered draft eligible NFL prospects are senior linebackers Antonio Appleby and Jon Copper, senior defensive end Alex Field, and senior strong safety Byron Glaspy.
On the offensive side of the ball, senior running back Cedric Peerman, junior fullback Rashawn Jackson, junior wide receiver Kevin Ogletree, senior tight end John Phillips, and junior offensive tackle Will Barker are all considered prospects.
There are several draft eligible players that will be on display in this game, and at the very top is 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-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 72 tackles, 11 of which for loss, 1.5 sacks, 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 52 tackles, one interception and three 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.
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