Behind Enemy Lines: Justin Durant

Jacksonville Jaguars insider Charlie Bernstein gives us the scoop on new Lion Justin Durant. Did Durant live up to his second-round billing? What can make him successful in Detroit? Answers inside.

The addition of linebacker Justin Durant surprised many late Wednesday, especially given the team's rumored interest in Tennessee's Stephen Tulloch.

The 6-1, 240-pounder is considered versatile, but questions surrounded his health, and whether or not he was the solution to Detroit's concerns at a position that Tulloch appeared to solve.

Jacksonville Jaguars' insider Charlie Bernstein provided us with this summary on the four-year veteran:

From the desk of Charlie Bernstein, Editor-in-Chief, JagNation.com


Justin Durant is a very athletic linebacker who never seemed to meet the expectations of a second-round pick in Jacksonville. Durant is one of the speediest linebackers in the NFL but often over-ran plays. He was the best cover linebacker the Jaguars had, but never seemed to fit well in Jack Del Rio/Mel Tucker's scheme.

Part of Durant's struggles can be directly linked to the defensive tackle position, where he didn't play behind an impact player before 2010 (Terrance Knighton). Durant has the physical ability to be an elite player and he should be much better in Detroit with Jim Schwartz's scheme while playing behind Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley. He was very well respected by his teammates and I believe he'll prove himself worthy of his new deal.

Charlie is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America.


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