Jags Looking to Get Stronger in the Middle

Although the Jaguars linebacking corps has been considered solid for the past few years, they seemingly took a step back in 2009. Find out which tackling machine that the Jaguars are interested in.

The Jacksonville Jaguars have never drafted anyone from the University of Miami, a school which has seemingly stocked the National Football League draft year after year, as they had an unbelievable 14-year streak of first-round picks snapped just last April. Although the ‘Canes aren't expected to have a first-rounder again this year, the Jaguars have been talking to a player who should be available in the middle rounds.

University of Miami linebacker Darryl Sharpton isn't your typical "U" football player, as he is fairly quiet and goes about his business on the football field. This tackling machine recorded 244 stops throughout his four-year career and put his talent on display in his final collegiate game as Sharpton recorded a career high 15 tackles in the Hurricanes 20-14 loss in the Champs Sports Bowl.

After nearly a month layoff, Sharpton was glad he got another chance to be in pads as JagNation caught up with him at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.

"I'm just happy to be back in equipment," Sharpton said. "Happy to be playing, happy to get my butt going."

Coming from a long line of great University of Miami linebackers, Sharpton knows that there are added expectations whenever someone has "the U" on their resume.

"Yeah, there's pressure, but it's always been there, not just here at the Senior Bowl," Sharpton said following a Senior Bowl practice. "Every time I play a game after the first snap I get real comfortable and it feels like I'm playing at home."

So what does he bring an NFL team?

"I'm sure everybody knows that I'm a physical player," Sharpton told Scout.com's Ed Thompson. "But I also want to show them my speed, my ability to read offenses, react and break to the ball. That's what I really want to show them."

Sharpton also maintains that he is as versatile as any linebacker in this draft.

"I feel very comfortable, as I can play both inside and outside."

When asked which NFL player he most patterns his game after, without much surprise he chose a fellow Miami alum.

"Jonathan Vilma."

The Jaguars or any other lucky team that selects Sharpton will hope that he can have a similar impact as his mentor Vilma, and hope even more so that he can deliver a championship which is what Jonathan Vilma did just a few weeks ago with the New Orleans Saints.


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