A Tackle-ing Machine

The Jaguars need to rebuild both lines and they may address it sooner rather than later in this April's draft. There's one player who has impressed nearly everyone throughout the draft process, and he could be the Jaguars first-round pick.

Boston College defensive tackle B.J. Raji may be the most dominant defensive lineman in the 2009 draft. The BC tackle has a great combination of quickness and size, and has been a force in nearly all of his off-season workouts.

"I want to prove that I'm able to adjust in any situation which is something I've done throughout my whole college career," Raji said when asked about his offseason goals.

Raji is versatile enough to play in either a 4-3 or a 3-4 system, and with the Jaguars hiring of Mel Tucker, it is possible that they will employ some 3-4 philosophies in with their 4-3. Raji could be right for either system.

"A lot of teams asked me which system I would be better in and I told them throughout my college career I played both," Raji told Scout.com. I played a lot of nose, I also played two-gap. I'm pretty versatile."

Great things are expected from potential top-ten picks, and Raji would like to fulfill all expectations. Although he doesn't have a favorite team, he does have a player that he patterns his game after.

"Growing up I watched a lot of Tommie Harris from Oklahoma," Raji said when he was asked which NFL defensive lineman that he would like to emulate.

Still, despite Raji's accolades this off-season he remains humble.

"I'm a believer in it's never as good as you think and it's never as bad as you think."

B.J. Raji may be the one player in this draft who can make the most immediate impact on the Jaguars. It is unclear whether or not he'll be available when it's Jacksonville's turn to select at pick #8, but if he is, it will be very difficult for a team with the lack of depth in the middle that the Jaguars have to pass up on this stellar BC tackle.


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