Gene's Cheat Sheet

Jaguars GM Gene Smith made several appearances in Orlando at the East-West Shrine Game practices. Not only is JagNation the only Jaguars related publication that covered the event, but we were able to get interviews with Jack Del Rio and we even caught a peek of who was on Gene Smith's all-important scouting notes. Find out who the Jaguars GM spent time with and noticed.

So the Jaguars appear to be set at the tackle positions, right? Perhaps, but they're still looking. Gene Smith went out of his way and interviewed Indiana tackle Rodger Saffold III himself. Saffold had a very good week and got himself noticed.

"I talked to the Jaguars and Gene Smith interviewed me," Saffold said. "Gene was a real straight-up guy and told me he liked my athleticism."

Another player who Smith interviewed himself was the ambassador of the Shrine Bowl, UCF's own Torell Troup. Troup dominated in the week of practices and drew rave reviews from East coach Romeo Crennel among others.

"Troup showed that he is a very physical and strong guy on the inside," said East head coach and Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel afterwards. "He can push the pocket. He's a good kid. He tries hard and does what you tell him to do. As a coach, that's exactly what you're looking for."

A player who was also on Smith's radar was Virginia Tech safety Kam Chancellor. The 6'4", 230 lb. Chancellor impressed many with his physical type of play. Although the Jaguars certainly have a great need a safety, Smith talked to Chancellor about a different position.

"They talked to me about moving to outside linebacker," the Hokie standout said. "They asked me how many 6'4", 230 lb. safeties there were and I couldn't think of any."

With the Jaguars apparent souring feelings regarding former third-round pick Clint Ingram, Chancellor could be that aggressive playmaker that the team has been looking for on the weak side.

The Jaguars went out of their way to look at quarterbacks last week, as their current quarterback situation is among the worst in football. Jacksonville interviewed big-armed Fordham signal-caller John Skelton, along with Shrine Game offensive MVP Mike Kafka (Northwestern) and BYU's Max Hall. All three quarterbacks showed that they have an ability to make all the NFL throws and each would be solid developmental players.

Tulane's Andre Anderson and North Dakota State's Pat Paschall caught the Jaguars GM's eye as they showed great hands throughout the week and had an ability to finish runs. Just because the team has a Pro Bowl running back in Maurice Jones-Drew doesn't mean it can't use more depth at the position.

A desperate area of need for the team comes at defensive end, and the Jaguars took a special interest in Ole Miss defensive end Greg Hardy. Despite having all the physical tools, Hardy was mediocre in his first few practices, then really amped things up as the week progressed. Hardy was able to sustain pressure for much of the Shrine Game and his overall stock rose through the week. Other defensive ends that talked with the Jaguars were TCU's Jeffery Fitzgerald and Northern Iowa's James Ruffin.

Wisconsin's O'Brien Schofield admittedly looked a little like a fish out of water early in the week as he was changing positions from his customary defensive end spot to outside linebacker. Despite Schofield's early growing pains, he found a way to get acquainted and made a huge play in the game as he dropped into coverage and picked off a Max Hall throw.

A few others that were on the Jaguars radar were wide receivers Seyi Ajirotutu (Fresno State), Freddie Barnes (Bowling Green) and Emmanuel Sanders (SMU). BYU tight end Dennis Pitta also impressed numerous scouts with his hands, and he also had an interview with Jacksonville.

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