Just a few weeks ago University of Florida cornerback Joe Haden seemed to be a lock as a top-ten draft pick. Now we are hearing different--much different. According to a league source, Haden's slow 40-time at the NFL Combine was not an aberration and the Gators used him on the short side of the field often to mask his lack of top-end foot speed. Although Haden has excellent footwork, look for him to drop in this draft similar to what happened to former Virginia Tech cornerback Brandon Flowers.
Jags Working Out Safety
Although it may not be likely that the Jaguars will select Joe Haden with their tenth pick, they do have a visit scheduled with another potential first round pick that does his dirty work in the secondary. Texas safety Earl Thomas is scheduled to visit with the Jaguars during the weekend of April 11th-12th, according to Scout.com's Chris Steuber.
According to Thomas, he can play anywhere in the secondary--
"Well I think of myself as a defensive back playing corner, safety, strong safety or wherever they need me - even in the slot. So wherever they have me I'll play. I'm comfortable at corner, safety, nickel. It really doesn't matter. I'm just a ball player ready to play. Especially at the nickel position, I've blitzed a lot."
More Corner Help in the Draft
The Jaguars will also meet with Connecticut cornerback Rob McClain, according to Scout.com's Adam Caplan.
New QB in the Fold?
It would appear as if the Jaguars are less than content with their quarterback situation, as they have taken a liking to Fordham signal caller John Skelton. Fortunately or unfortunately, the Philadelphia Eagles have also taken a kin to the strong-armed gun-slinger and they may look to draft him and deal one of their three quarterbacks. The Jaguars showed great interest in Kevin Kolb when he was coming out of college and he is considered a valuable commodity amongst NFL sources. Rumor has it that the Eagles are asking for a pair of first-round picks, but it will likely take just one first-round pick to acquire either he or Donovan McNabb.
No Takers for Hendo
The Jaguars would like to get younger on the defensive line, and that could include a deal for defensive tackle John Henderson. Unfortunately, with the ultra-deep crop of defensive tackle talent in this year's draft it will be difficult for the team to get any kind of legitimate trade compensation for Henderson so they may be stuck with the veteran for another year. Henderson played fairly well last season and led the team in sacks with three, and had a pair of forced fumbles.
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