Jaguars UDFA Report - Cecil Newton

One of the Jaguars primary problems on offense last season, stemmed up front with injuries to the offensive line. With Brad Meester recovering from a shoulder injury and back-up and versatile Dennis Norman the only other option, the Jags had to bring in another center and they did so in Tennessee State's Cecil Newton.

Measureables:

Newton has the prototypical center frame at 6'2" and just over 300 lbs. He was a consensus first-team All-OVC selection two years in a row mainly because he didn't allow a single sack as a senior.

Scouting Report
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According to NFLdraftscout.com:

"Dominant player at this level. Athletic frame capable of adding at least another 10-15 pounds of mass without a significant loss of quickness. Good lateral quickness and balance for pass protection. Athletic enough to project to a guard in a zone-blocking scheme. Can get to the second level. Physical and tenacious when blocking at the second level. Good upper and lower body strength to drive defenders off the ball. Cognizant blocker who looks to help his teammates. Accurate deep snapper."

Chances of making roster:

Good. With the injuries of last year still floating around, the Jags need the big bodies to help open the holes for the running game and keep QB David Garrard on his feet. If he can add 15 lbs or so, he could become the heir-apparent to Meester.

Our guess:

Newton could actually make the team with a good camp, and learn under Meester until he is ready to take over the reigns for the center position. He's a player who likely would've been drafted in previous years, but the 2009 draft class was so deep at center and many other positions, Newton slipped.


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