Small School Draft Interest for Jacksonville

The Jaguars have been as busy as any team in the NFL scouting several positions in preparation for this month's draft. Jacksonville certainly isn't afraid to "uncover stones", as they've made high selections from little known football powerhouses such as Bethune-Cookman, William and Mary and Hampton, amongst others. Find out about some more Jaguars non-BCS conference interests.

The Jacksonville scouts are making their final judgments on what could end up being one of the most important drafts in franchise history. Especially considering that Jacksonville and the other 31 teams will not have the benefit of grabbing undrafted free agents as soon as the process is over.

Jags Exploring Unexplored Territory



Jacksonville has never been a team that has shied away from making "the unpopular pick" as we saw just last year when most experts believed that they reached for California defensive tackle Tyson Alualu. The Jaguars have also explored the smaller schools with players such as Rashean Mathis from Bethune-Cookman University, Justin Durant from Hampton, Derek Cox from William and Mary and Zach Miller from Nebraska-Omaha.

The Jaguars could add another small school player or players to their roster as they have looked at players from semi-unknown football programs such as the Colorado School of Mines with defensive end/outside linebacker Marc Schiechl, Baldwin-Wallace College linebacker Keith Darbut, Valdosta State linebacker Larry Dean, Northwest Missouri State cornerback Ryan Jones and Jacksonville State defensive back T.J. Heath.

Lots of Interest in an Under the Radar Tackle



The Jaguars may not be content with their bookend tackles of Eugene Monroe and Eben Britton and rightfully so. Britton has been inconsistent in his first two years and has really been the weak link on the offensive line. Perhaps a move inside to guard would benefit him?

According to our sources, the Jaguars have shown strong interest in East Carolina tackle Willie Smith. Smith is a heady player with excellent feet who should be a middle-round pick, although there are about six teams that have ratcheted up their interest in the former Conference USA star.

Add Another Linebacker To The Mix



With the Jaguars linebacker position in need of a major makeover, Jacksonville has investigated plenty of draftable players. Value will most likely not fit need in the first or second round for the Jags so they've been looking at several middle to late-round selections. N.C. State's Nate Irving is a possibility in the middle, as he is a tackling machine who has overcome plenty during his collegiate career.

Another under the radar prospect the Jaguars are looking at according to Jon Scott of Patriots Insider is Connecticut linebacker Scott Lutrus. Lutrus has solid measureables, as he is 6-foot-3, 245 pounds while running his 40-yard dash in the 4.6's. Lutrus was ultra-productive when healthy, but struggled with various injuries for much of his collegiate career.

Charlie Bernstein is the host of "The Conundrum" on the Aquarius 7 Broadcasting Network (national), and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering multiple teams in the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for FoxSports and has been featured on the NFL Network and Sirius NFL Radio. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. You can follow Charlie on Twitter @nflcharlie


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