Shack Harris is Going

With the Jaguars being one of the most disappointing teams in the NFL with a 4-6 record, there are plenty of rumors and reports about changes in the offseason. Find out what lies in the immediate future for Jaguars Vice President of Player Personnel James "Shack" Harris.

JagNation.com has confirmed the attendance of Jaguars Vice President of Player Personnel James "Shack" Harris at Saturday's Boston College-Wake Forest game. With the Jaguars struggling on both sides of the ball, this game offers plenty of prospects that could potentially solve some of the Jaguars issues.

Boston College junior outside linebacker Mark Herzlich could be a player that can step in to most NFL teams and start from day one. Herzlich measures in at 6'4", 238 lbs., and runs a 4.6 second 40-yard dash. Entering Saturday's action, Herzlich has registered 83 tackles, eight TFL, three interceptions, one sack, six passes defensed, and two forced fumbles. Herzlich is currently projected as a first-round pick.

Another star from Boston College who would certainly fill a need in Jacksonville is senior defensive tackle B.J. Raji. Raji has good size at 6'1", 325 lbs., and possesses great strength, burst, and ability to disrupt offenses. He is a good fit for a 4-3 scheme, and he has played better than his stats show. Raji has 28 tackles, eight TFL, four sacks, three passes defensed, and two quarterback hurries. Raji is currently projected as a second-round pick.

Raji's defensive linemate, defensive tackle Ron Brace is also a solid NFL prospect. Brace is 6'3", 326 lbs., and isn't quite as dominant as Raji, but is a great tackle in his own right. On the season, Brace has 18 tackles, seven TFL, two sacks, and one forced fumble. Brace is projected as an early second-day pick.

Some other defensive prospects from BC are junior middle linebacker Mike McLaughlin, senior outside linebacker Robert Francois, senior outside linebacker Kevin Akins, junior defensive end Austin Giiles, junior free safety Marty Bowman, and senior strong safety Paul Anderson.

Offensive prospects from BC are led by senior tight end Ryan Purvis, who has prototypical size at 6'4", 258 lbs., average speed (4.69- 40 yd. dash), good blocking ability and good hands. Purvis has had a down year as he's caught just 19 passes for 141 yards entering Saturday's action. Purvis is expected to be an early second-day pick.

A few other offensive prospects from the Eagles are senior quarterback Chris Crane, senior wide receiver Brandon Robinson, and junior center Matt Tennant.

Not all the pro talent is on the BC sideline, as Wake Forest will have plenty of their defensive players called early and often in April's draft. Cornerback Alphonso 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 85 tackles, 16 of which for loss, 2.5 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 66 tackles, one interception and four 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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