Where in the World is Mel Tucker?

The scouting season is in full bloom and the Jaguars are one of the busiest teams in the NFL as they look to rebuild what was once a playoff contender. Find out where Jaguars defensive coordinator Mel Tucker and director of personnel Terry McDonough were at, and who they saw.

The Jaguars sent their brass to Winston-Salem, N.C. to check out the consensus top defensive player in the draft in Wake Forest's Aaron Curry. Curry dressed to impress, as he had matching lime green gloves and lime green cleats, but he didn't run or do any agility drills, mainly because he doesn't have to.

"He doesn't need to," Curry's agent, Andy Ross, said about his client running drills. "He showed what he could do at the combine."

Curry ran his 40-yard dash in 4.52 seconds at the NFL Combine, which wowed team personnel enough to jump to near the top of most draft boards. After recording 105 tackles last season, including 16 for a loss, the Butkus Award winner could be the first name called by the Detroit Lions on April 25.

However impressed the Jaguars were with Curry, they will likely have no chance to get him as they hold the eighth pick in the draft. With a team that is in full rebuilding mode, it's not likely that they'll sacrifice any draft picks to trade up.

One of the other players who Tucker and company watched who is more realistic to fit where the team selects is cornerback Alphonso Smith. Smith is a dynamic, but short (5'9") corner who is considered a late first, early second-round prospect. Smith has been asked constantly about his height, something he feels should not be a factor.

"Teams always ask you, 'You're 5-9, can you match up against Larry Fitzgerald? What about Randy Moss? What about Braylon Edwards, Andre Johnson, Anquan (Boldin)?'" Smith said. "I tell the guys that if you want eye candy than I'm not your guy. If you want a guy who's probably the most productive player in the entire draft, you're looking at him."

Another player who could catch the Jaguars eyes on the other side of the ball is D.J. Boldin, brother of Anquan. Boldin is a late-round prospect who is a tough, inside receiver, although not nearly as polished as his brother. The younger Boldin is aware that he will get a shot due to his lineage.

"I will get the opportunity just because of the genetic line," Boldin said. "I carry a last name that's pretty significant."

Another player who the Jaguars should have interest in is hard-hitting Wake strong safety Chip Vaughn. Vaughn should be one of the first strong safeties taken in the draft, and he is a throwback to the in-the-box safeties of old.

"Not many guys have my size and good hips in position drills," Vaughn said. "So that's going to help me a lot in the NFL."

Some of the other players featured were MLB Stanley Arnoux, FB Rich Belton, DE Anthony Davis, DB Kerry Major, LB Chantz McClinic, DB Kevin Patterson, K Sam Swank, and DE Antonio Wilson.

Linebacker Aaron Curry summed up the Wake Forest day for reporters.

"All of us had the dream that one pro day we were going to go out there and every team in the NFL is going to have a representative," Curry said. "And we accomplished that goal, just like every other goal."


Charlie Bernstein is the Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering multiple teams in the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie is a regular syndicated contributor to FoxSports and Sirius NFL Radio, and has been featured on the NFL Network. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. Feel free to contact him -HERE- with questions or comments.

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