Jags Back in the MAC

A few of the Jaguars best defensive players, cornerback Rashean Mathis and linebacker Justin Durant went to small schools like Bethune-Cookman and Hampton. Jacksonville may be looking to find lightning in a bottle yet again. Find out which game Jaguars scouts were at and which players they saw.

JagNation has confirmed the presence of Jaguars scouts at Tuesday's epic clash between Northern Illinois and Kent 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 Tuesday's game, English had 30 tackles, 12 TFL, 6 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.

The top prospect from Kent State comes at a position in which the Jaguars are likely to have a need entering next season, left tackle. It is unclear whether or not Khalif Barnes will re-sign in Jacksonville, and the team will have a huge hole at tackle if he decides to go elsewhere. Kent State senior tackle Augustus Parrish is a little slight of build, at 6'4", 305 lbs., but his stock is rising due to his great athleticism. Parrish has long arms, uses his mobility to get to the second level on runs, and is a very good cut blocker. Parrish's lack of size may have him better suited for a move to guard early in his pro career. He is currently projected as a third-round pick.

Some other offensive prospects from Kent State are junior running back Eugene Jarvis and senior wide receiver Shawn Bayes. Defensive prospects are senior outside linebacker Derek Burrell, senior cornerback Rico Murray, and redshirt sophomore strong safety Brian Lainhart.

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