Jags Look to Apply Pressure in the Draft

When you finish dead-last in the NFL in sacks, a personnel upgrade is a must. The Jacksonville Jaguars registered less than one sack a game and it appears that they are on a mission to change that in 2010. Find out about one of the players that Jaguars GM Gene Smith personally interviewed who could help with their pass rush problems.

Mississippi's Greg Hardy was the highest rated player in the Shrine Game, as he is considered a first or second-round pick on most experts' boards. Although he was the biggest star coming in, Hardy seemed humble.

"I feel like we're really bonding out here," Hardy said. "I like going at them, its fun being back out."

Measureables: 6'4", 279 lbs., 4.60 40-yard dash; As a senior, Hardy played in just nine games but produced 16 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and five sacks.

Scouting report: Hardy looks the part of a first-round pick as he is big, strong and athletic. Hardy had a disappointing senior season as he was hurt and there are some motivational questions about his game. When properly motivated though, he is a beast who can get to the passer.

After a mediocre first few days of practice, Hardy really amped his game up and showed why he is worthy of all the hype bestowed upon him. Hardy even received praise from his fellow line-mates.

"Greg Hardy is the best here," N.C. State defensive end Willie Young said. "He shows a lot of explosiveness, is really great off the ball, and has great hand placement."

So how is the draft process going? Hardy admitted that part of it is frustrating.

"Everybody wants to know a lot of things, asking the same questions," the Ole Miss stud said. "It's part of the process."

When asked what he will bring to his future NFL employer, Hardy responded—

"I bring a personality, a speed rusher, and just an overall good player."

Hardy finished his Shrine Game week of practices strong and even recorded a sack in his East team's 13-10 victory over the West. This powerful speed rusher may be coming to a team near you, and he may get there a little later in the draft than expected.


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