Jags Strike Twice in Third Round

The Jacksonville Jaguars continued their "base hit" draft philosophy before the 11 o'clock hour by trading up with the Green Bay Packers to select Temple defensive tackle Terrance Knighton, just minutes before they made their second selection of the third round by taking William and Mary corner Derek Cox.

Both Knighton and Cox are far from household names, which is certainly in line with the Jaguars 2009 draft philosophy. They passed on tight ends Jared Cook (South Carolina) and Shawn Nelson (Southern Miss), as well as Alabama center Antoine Caldwell to select these small school standouts.

Terrance Knighton is a 6'3", 321 lb. mammoth nose tackle that can play in either the 4-3 or 3-4. This three-year collegiate starter is an active "disruptor" who can take on blocks so the Jaguars linebackers can make plays.

William and Mary cornerback Derek Cox was a small school standout at the I-AA level, and the Jaguars hope he can follow in the footsteps of former Bethune-Cookman College defensive back Rashean Mathis. JagNation reported the Jaguars visit with Cox last week.

It is being reported that the Jaguars traded a 2010 second-round pick to acquire the pick to get Knighton. JagNation will have more information on both of these two draft picks shortly.

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