Jags Talk With Safety

The Jaguars pass defense was ranked 27th in the NFL last season and a large reason for that dismal performance was due to the terrible play from the safety position. Former first-round pick Reggie Nelson has regressed, and the Jaguars seemingly missed having Gerald Sensabaugh on the roster more than they anticipated. Jacksonville seems intent on fixing the back end of their defense in the draft.

The Jacksonville Jaguars have been in contact with former Georgia safety Bryan Evans, a Jacksonville native. Evans doesn't have a ton of experience as a safety, as he was a starter only during his senior season.

"I think I did OK at times," Evans told Draft Nasty.com when asked to evaluate his own performance. "I think I did pretty well with the transition. There are some things that I think I could have done better, but that comes with time playing the position. I'm pretty happy with what I did this year."

Evans showed the ability to play both corner and safety during his collegiate career, and at approximately 5'11", 190 lbs. Evans has the physique more associated with the cornerback position.

"I like cornerback, but at the same time there's another joy in playing safety," Evans said. "You get to see a lot more than you do at cornerback. Both positions have their ups and downs."

Evans sacrificed for his Georgia team when the Bulldogs were ravaged by injuries at the safety position.

"Just the lack of experience we had at that time, we thought, who can do it?" Georgia defensive coordinator Willie Martinez said. "Well, Bryan can do it."

Bryan did just that as he transitioned to a new position and recorded 42 tackles as a senior.

"I really didn't have a problem with (moving), but what worried me at the time was just learning everything over," Evans said. "I thought that was going to set me back a while."

Not only did switching positions not cost Evans, but it shows NFL scouts that he is a true team player. Evans has also showed that he is versatile and is willing to work.

The former Edward H. White High School product welcomes a return home so long as it involves him wearing a teal uniform next fall. It's likely that Evans will be a late-round pick or a priority free agent.

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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