Justin Smiley Scouting Report

The Jaguars have reportedly come to terms with the Miami Dolphins on a trade for left guard Justin Smiley, pending physical. To find out all you need to know about Smiley and how he fits in with the Jaguars, click here.

What you already know:

Justin Smiley is a former second-round pick of the San Francisco 49ers (2004), and he played four seasons with the Niners, starting 46 games at both right and left guard before moving on to the Miami Dolphins via free agency. Smiley then started 24 games over the last two seasons with Miami, anchoring an offensive line which finished 11th in the league in rushing in 2008, and fourth in rushing just last season.

What you don't know:

To get ourselves more acquainted to what Smiley will bring to the Jaguars, we asked Dolphin Digest publisher and Dolphins team expert Alain Poupart for an insider scouting report.

Justin Smiley was the Dolphins' prized free agent acquisition in the offseason of 2008, which was the first under the Bill Parcells. He arrived with San Francisco with the reputation as a good player with Pro Bowl potential but with a history of shoulder problems.

And that's just the way things played out the last two seasons. Smiley was effective whenever he was in the lineup, but injuries again were a problem. He broke his lower leg in a Week 12 victory at St. Louis in 2008 and spent the final month of the regular season on the injured reserve. A shoulder injury forced him to miss one game last season, but he also came off the bench for the next three.

Smiley missed the final eight games of the 2007 season with a shoulder injury that required surgery after the season, and there are durability concerns there for sure. When healthy, this is a very solid player, but the Dolphins have shown little tolerance for injury-prone players, which explains why they told Smiley to stay away from all team activities this offseason.

How will Smiley fit?

If Smiley can stay healthy, which is indeed a concern, he will likely man the left guard position with Uche Nwaneri moving to center, and Vince Manuwai flipping over to right guard. This move likely is another step toward the replacement of center Brad Meester, who hasn't been able to finish three of the past five seasons, and saw his play regress mightily.

According to NFL Network's Jason LaCanfora, the Jaguars gave up a conditional seventh-round pick.

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