Late-Round Compliment?

Although Maurice Jones-Drew showed this year that he could handle the bulk of the carries as a featured back, the NFL is becoming a two-back league. Find out which player who will be available in the middle round could represent a steal for the Jags.

Although 2009 seventh-round pick Rashad Jennings showed some flashes in his rookie season, he is far from a sure thing as the complimentary back to Maurice Jones-Drew. North Dakota State's Pat Paschall could be just what the Jags are looking for as he combines speed and power despite coming from an FCS program.

One of the knocks on Paschall or any given small school guy is that they didn't face the top level of competition during their college careers. Paschall is using those criticisms as an added chip on his shoulder.

"I'm really just trying to come out and represent for the D-1AA guys and show that there's players from everywhere," Paschall told JagNation. "I'm really just trying to set my mark out here."

Measureables: 6'0", 206 lbs., mid-4.4's. 2009 first-team FCS All-American; 207 carries for 1,397 yards (6.7 ypc) and 16 touchdowns.

Scouting report: Tough inside runner who shows an ability to bounce outside. Good in pass protection, good hands; arrested once as a youth which could affect his stock.

When asked what Paschall brings to an NFL team, he responded—

"I'm a tough, hard-nosed guy who's going to give it my all. I think coming from a running back that's what you need. Pass protecting, blocking, running, anything I'm going to do it."

We asked Paschall what he expects to run at this week's NFL combine—

"I hope to run at least a low 4.4, like a 4.42, 4.45 that's my range."

In a draft in which there are very few potentially elite backs, Paschall could be a great value for the Jaguars or any other NFL team late in the draft.


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