Jags Intrigued by a Quarterback

The Jaguars have a desperate need to get younger at the quarterback position, as they haven't selected a signal caller in any round of the draft since 2003 (Byron Leftwich). Find out which small school gunslinger that has caught the eyes of the team's scouts.

Fordham's John Skelton is hardly on the radar of most draftniks, but with the emergence of late-round small school quarterbacks such as Tony Romo and Kurt Warner, among others, he is certainly worth a look.

"It's nice to see guys like that succeed and more recently Marques Colston and Miles Austin," Skelton said. "Those guys have proven that it doesn't matter where you come from if you have the ability and you can play they will find you."

Measureables: 6'5", 258 lbs., 5.0 40-yard dash.

Statistics: As a senior in 2009 Skelton completed 284 of 441 passes for 64.4 percent for 3,713 yards with 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Skelton also ran for 346 yards and added five more touchdowns on the ground. For his career, Skelton played in 43 games, completing 802 of 1,363 pass attempts for 9,923 yards with 69 touchdowns and 36 interceptions. Skelton also rushed for 1,216 yards and 14 touchdowns. All Fordham University records.

Scouting report: Skelton looks like your typical pocket passer as he tall, strong and durable. His arm strength is adequate and his throwing motion is very good as he gets set in the pocket quickly.

Skelton impressed many scouts during his week at the Shrine Game and had a solid 7-10, 63 yard passing performance.

"I think the arm strength (is my best quality)," Skelton told JagNation. "I think I can make all the NFL throws. I think it's all about getting the little things lined up and putting it all together."

The former Fordham signal caller knows that all-star games and his postseason workouts may have a greater impact on where he gets drafted than most players, as he played in the lower level Patriot league.

"Playing in these types of games is a chance to show what I can do against higher competition than I played against in the Patriot League."

Skelton maintains a lofty goal for himself as he was asked where he plans on being in five years.

"Starting quarterback somewhere in the NFL," Skelton said.

Skelton will have an opportunity to further increase his stock as he was invited to the NFL Combine which will occur at the end of the month.

"It's huge to be able to show what I can do in front of all the guys who haven't seen game film on me," Skelton said when asked about his Combine opportunity.

John Skelton was interviewed by the Jaguars and is currently projected as a mid to late-round pick. Some see him as a potential starter with is big arm, but some question the level of competition he played against and believe all he will be is a career NFL backup. Although it sounds like less than a fantastic rating, it is more prestigious than what was said of Kurt Warner at the time he was entering the draft, and Warner will finish his career in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.


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