Jaguars Busy With First-Round Visits

We are officially inside of two weeks until the 2010 draft and the Jaguars are rounding out their visits in hopes to complete their draft board. Find out which players are scheduled to meet with the Jaguars this week.

JagNation.com, your number one source for unbiased Jaguars information has discovered through our sources that the Jaguars plan to invite potential first-round cornerbacks Kyle Wilson (Boise State) and Kareem Jackson (Alabama). Other players that are scheduled for visits are Central Arkansas outside linebacker Larry Hart, Jr., Air Force defensive end Ben Garland and Stephen F. Austin outside linebacker Timothy Knicky.

Most draft experts have Kyle Wilson as a mid to late first-round draft pick which leads us to believe that the Jaguars are exploring all their options if they can move back in the first round.

Here's what Scout.com draft guru Chris Steuber had to say about Wilson--

A four-year starter at Boise State, Wilson was a durable, productive defender for the Broncos and excelled on defense and special teams. At 5-foot-10, 190 pounds, Wilson mixes a self assured swagger and flashy play to make up the big time playmaker he's displayed. Wilson was very consistent during his collegiate career, but he really emerged after the 2007 season. During the '07 season, he was suspended for three games for violating team rules, and after that incident, sources say that he rededicated himself to the game, and it showed. He had his best season statistically in 2008, recording 35 tackles and five interceptions. And this past year, he had 43 tackles and grabbed three interceptions, returning two of them for touchdowns. Outside of Florida's Joe Haden, the 2010 cornerback class lacks a consensus No. 2 prospect that's a certain first round selection. Wilson has positioned himself as a guy who could become the next corner off the board, and if he continues to shine this offseason, there's a chance he could be selected in the 16 – 25 range. There's also a chance he will fall into the second round. But, the teams that will likely have an interest in a corner like Wilson in the first round are the San Francisco 49ers (No. 16), Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 18), Atlanta Falcons (No. 19), Green Bay Packers (No. 23) and Baltimore Ravens (No. 25). The Minnesota Vikings (No. 30) are also a late first round possibility.

Kareem Jackson is another player who has been quickly rising up draft boards and many have him slated as a late first, early second-round pick. Here's what Steuber had to say about Jackson--

A three-year starter at Alabama, Jackson was a mainstay on defense and started 40 of 41 games during his career. Jackson decided to forego his senior season after a junior campaign where he recorded 49 tackles, three for a loss and an interception. At 5-foot-10, 196 pounds, Jackson has a strong, compact frame that will be attractive to NFL teams that run an aggressive style of defense. Jackson enjoys the physical part of the game, and while he lines up as a cornerback, his style will remind you of a safety. There are concerns about Jackson's ability to transition with receivers downfield, as scouts feel that he's too stiff and doesn't possess the lateral agility that's necessary. There were also questions about Jackson's straight-line speed, but after he was timed at a 4.48 in the 40 at the Scouting Combine, those concerns were relinquished. Jackson could emerge as a late first round draft pick and may be selected in the 25 – 30 range with the Baltimore Ravens (No. 25) and Minnesota Vikings (No. 30) possibly having the most interest. But it appears that Jackson is destined to be an early-to-mid second round draft pick.

Larry Hart and Timothy Knicky are both former collegiate defensive ends that are making the switch to outside linebacker. Hart (6'0", 245 lbs.) was an all Southland Conference first-team selection as he finished second in the conference in sacks (11) and was ninth in tackles for loss (10). Knicky (6'4", 247 lbs.) showed himself well in the Texas vs. the Nation all-star game as he was able to drop in coverage and showed solid speed.

Ben Garland (6'5", 288 lbs.) put up a solid pro day performance as he registered a 35 inch vertical leap, 5.07 second 40-yard dash, and a 9' 4" broad jump.

If you look at the sizes of the prospects that the Jaguars are looking at, it would appear as if the team is not done with their 3-4 defensive experiment, as Hart and Knicky project to be 3-4 outside linebackers, and Garland has the classic look of a 3-4 defensive end.

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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