Five for Ten

JagNation examines the top five candidates that the Jaguars will choose from for the tenth overall pick in next month's draft.

5. Eric Berry, S, Tennessee- Once thought of as a top-five lock, this play-making safety from Tennessee is the best prospect at his position since Sean Taylor. Berry has speed, great hitting ability and veteran instincts.

"I really do feel that I'm supposed to be up there with those guys," Berry said about being a top pick in this year's draft. "I don't think something like a position should keep you from (being) up there. If you want to get into positions, I played every position in the defensive backfield in coach Kiffin's scheme. You could also say I played a little linebacker also. Free safety, strong safety, nickel corner for three years. Also I played true corner. I feel I bring a lot to the table and have a lot to offer to any team that picks me up."

Why is he #5? With the safety position becoming more and more important as the NFL turns into even more of a wide-open passing league each season, Berry will likely see his name called before the Jaguars make it to the podium.

4. Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee- It's rare that the third-best defensive tackle in the draft would even be considered as a top-ten pick, but that speaks more to the dynamic abilities of Ndamukong Suh and Gerald McCoy, rather than the lack of talent from Williams.

"If you watch those guys on film, they are good players," Williams said of Suh and McCoy. "Those guys do play hard. They are both similar, they are different me… because I can play nose or 3 technique. But I will say, they are some great athletes. I watched Suh on tape and he is a big explosive guy. They are good football players.''

Why is he #4? In all likelihood Williams will be on the board when the Jaguars draft, and although he is a safe (base-hit type) pick the Jaguars can get a player at a position of greater impact at selection #10.

3. Joe Haden, CB, Florida- Haden is the top-rated corner in this draft, and some compare his abilities to that of Darrelle Revis. Haden made up for a poor combine showing with a blazing 40-time at his Pro Day and looked effortless in defensive back drills. With his physical nature and ball skills, Haden will make some team very lucky.

"If somebody needs a corner, I feel I could fill in that spot for them," Haden said. "Not just as being a cornerback, I can do a lot of other things. I can definitely do punts, I can do any kind of special teams. I was a gunner at Florida, I was a hold-up guy for Florida. Wherever they need someone, I can do it."

Why is he #3? The Jaguars would be perfectly happy if Joe Haden was available at pick #10, but it's not likely that he will be there as the Browns are a team that's certainly been linked to the talented Gator.

2. Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame- Jimmy Clausen is the consensus second-best quarterback in this draft as he has a strong arm, makes solid decisions with the football, and has a prototypical release and footwork. Clausen comes from a pro-style offense and learned under current Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Charlie Weis.

"I think I'm ready," Clausen said about leading an NFL team as a rookie. "That's one of the reasons why I went to Notre Dame; to best replicate what it was going to be like playing big-time football in the NFL as a rookie. There's obviously been history shown that a lot of quarterbacks that come into their rookie season in the NFL have struggled. I kind of went through that at Notre Dame. I struggled my first year, got a little better my second year and made a drastic change my junior year in college."

Why is he #2? Although we've heard about mixed interest from the Jaguars organization, it's highly unlikely that Buffalo won't take Clausen at pick #9.

1. Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama- Rolando McClain was one of the headiest football players in the nation last season as he was the leader of the National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide. McClain always seems to be in the right spot and was seemingly there anytime his Tide needed a big play.

"I'm used to being the leader on defense as a Mike linebacker, the quarterback of the defense," McClain said. "The things I've done in college will carry over to the pros . We kind of talked about some of those things. It's something I'm used to it's because I've been doing it for three years."

Why is he the pick? In all likelihood, McClain will be available when the Jaguars go on the clock at pick #10 and our intel has informed us that the Jaguars are okay with McClain's speed concerns and his presence would allow Daryl Smith to move back to outside linebacker.

Charlie Bernstein is the Editor-in-Chief of JagNation.com, a member of the Pro Football Writers of America, and also the co-host of CB Sports Radio on ESPN 1420 in St. Augustine, FL. You can contact him at charlie@jagnation.com or follow him on twitter @nflcharlie


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