FSU Pro Day

Today Jaguars head coach Jack Dl Rio was in Tallahassee checking out several Florida State Seminoles participating in their annual pro day. With the recent loss of Center John Wade, Offensive tackles Todd Fordham and Zach Wiegert; Coach Del Rio might be looking at several of the Noles offensive lineman prospects. With a need of added depth to the Jaguar wide receiver position, he might also check out two of their senior pass-catchers.

Brett Williams, a four year starter at offensive tackle has seen his stock steadily decline over the last couple of years due to injuries and inconsistent play. Part of the blame could be due to lacks of solid coaching at offensive line. As a freshman, the 6-foot-6 and 310 pound lineman was forced into the starting lineup due to an injury of starter Ross Brannon where he went on to finish the rest of the season as a starter and earning second-team ALL-ACC honors. A lot of his success had to do with graduate assistant Steve Gabbard, who has moved on to be the full-time offensive line coach for the North Carolina State Wolkpack. At the Indy Combine, Williams stocked continued to drop after running a 5.25 40-yard dash. Today, in Tallahassee he improved his 40-yard time by running an average of 5.05 seconds. He also benched-pressed 225 pounds 24 times. Last fall a shoulder injury keeps him from doing upper body lifting. The TFY draft board has him rated as the 42nd best player in the draft. If Williams is available in the, 2nd round, the Jaguars might consider drafting him as their selection.

Todd Williams is an interesting prospect. At one time of his life, he was homeless. Both of his parents died, and he was forced to make it on his own. When the 6-foot-6 and 320 pound tackle first came to Tallahassee, he had a few discipline problems but as time went on he adjusted well. The two-year starter has unlimited potential and versatility. In his senior season he moved from tackle to guard. This past season, Williams bench-pressed over 480 pounds and he didn't disappoint today in pro-day testing by ripping off a 5.0 40-yard dash time. Williams, who played his high school ball in Bradenton (Fla.), is rated 12th rated offensive tackle in the draft. This is another prospect that the Jaguars will keep an eye on.

Wide receiver prospect Anquan Boldin is a tremendous athlete who has also seen time as a quarterback his senior season. The 6-foot-2 and 226 Boldin at one time was considered either a first or second round draft pick. But after a good but not great junior season and a poor showing at the Indy combine, where he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.7 seconds, his stock dropped rapidly. He missed his entire sophomore year due to an ACL tear in his knee. Today, he also make improvement in front of hundred of scouts by running a 4.6 40-yard dash. His time probably won't elevate him back into the first two rounds, but he's still an excellent prospect due to his strength and quickness of the line of scrimmage.

Talman Gardner, a two year starting at wide receiver for the Seminoles, is the opposite of his teammate Boldin. The 6-foot-2 and 200 pound Gardner is blessed with outstanding speed and size but lacks focus and consistent hands. He also has suffered nagging injuries his entire career at Florida State. In the Senior Bowl his stock dropped even more after suffering from the drops. However, today he did a nice job of focusing and catching the ball in front of scouts. He also didn't disappoint by running an average 4.4 40-yard dash time. Currently, TFY has him rated the 9th best receiver in the draft. Because of his potential, he might go higher in the draft possibly in the second round.

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