Line Help on the Way for Jaguars?

With the Jaguars offensive line underachieving for much of the 2008 season, some changes are likely in order. The team will likely look to get younger all across the line, and they spent a lot of time during last week's Senior Bowl practices interviewing several linemen. Find out one of the players that has plenty of respect for the Jaguars coaching staff.

Oregon State offensive lineman Andy Levitre measures in at 6'3", 306 lbs., and is versatile enough to play anywhere on the offensive line. As a senior, Levitre earned first team Pac-10 honors, and second team All-America honors by the AP. Although he played tackle for much of his Oregon State career, many experts believe his NFL future is at guard.

"I think it's an advantage for a guy to play multiple positions," Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio said. "Certainly if you're not a starter or real special player at that position, it makes it real difficult to get up and active if you can only play one position…Having that versatility to play center, guard, tackle, having that ability to switch to other positions is something that we covet."

Levitre certainly caught the Jaguars eyes, and vice versa, as he talked about his meeting with offensive line coach Mike Tice.

"I met a lot of great people and made many new relationships, especially with NFL scouts and coaches," Levitre said. "One of these were also Mike Tice, the offensive line coach from the Jags, who wants to come to my pro day or have a private work out later down the road."

Andy's agent Leo Goeas spoke about his client's Senior Bowl performance—

"Andy got in late in the first quarter and other than a couple of series played the rest of the game. He played the majority of his reps at left guard, however he did play right tackle as he had been all week. He had a very good performance, looking very strong in his run blocks. He had no sacks or pressures in the passing game.''

Still, some experts feel that Levitre's Senior Bowl performance actually hurt his stock. Chad Reuter of NFL Draft Scout had this to say about Levitre—

"If he can't land his initial punch, which is among the best in the country, defenders beat him around the corner with regularity. He'll be best playing on the inside at the next level."

The Pac-10 has several excellent linemen in this year's draft, as Cal's Alex Mack and Oregon's Max Unger get most of the headlines. Still, Andy Levitre is a very interesting prospect, and the Jaguars have appeared to take notice. Levitre is currently projected to be a third-round pick.

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