Just about every Jaguars fan is familar with Vic Ketchman and his philosophies regarding everything football. Among those was the idea that premium positions such as offensive tackle, defensive end, cornerback and quarterback are the ones that should demand first round draft picks. He often hammered home the point that wide receiver was a position that was at the opposite end of the spectrum and a position at which talent could be found late in the draft.
Looking at the 2010 season, there's plenty of evidence proving Vic right. Two Pro Bowl receivers were undrafted (Miles Austin and Wes Welker) and three of the top five receivers in receiving yards were drafted outside of the first round (Brandon Lloyd, Greg Jennings and Mike Wallace).
The Jaguars already have a smaller speed receivers in Mike Thomas and hope to have legitimate #2 receiver options in Jason Hill and Jarett Dillard. Also working in the favor of the Jaguars passing offense is Pro Bowl tight end Marcedes Lewis. However, with Mike Sims-Walker set to hit free agency whenever that be, the Jaguars will be without a sure #1 receiver for their offense.
12:20 AM ET - The Chicago Tribune reports East Carolina OT Willie Smith has ran through private workouts with the Jaguars, Bears, Panthers and Packers. Smith has been the starter at left tackle for the Pirates after bouncing around his first two seasons between defensive end, defensive tackle and tight end. At 6'5, 310 pound, he's clearly a tackle now.
11:30 PM ET - Brock Huard, former Washington Huskies, Indianapolis Colts and Seattle Seahawks quarterback, is now a co-host of a sports radio show in Seattle and reported from the Washington Pro Day. According to Huard, the Jaguars and Titans both met with Washington QB Jake Locker tonight after his pro day workout. Jaguars quarterback coach, Mike Sheppard, was on hand for the workout earlier in the day, so it's most likely that Locker met with Sheppard.
The Jaguars also were among the 28 teams that attended the South Carolina Pro Day. It would've been surprising had the Jaguars not attended, considering they had scouts in attendance for at least three Gamecocks games in 2010.
It's no secret that the Jaguars safety position is atrocious. While the silver lining is that the Jaguars found a viable candidate to be a future starter at strong safety with Courtney Greene, the fact is the position needs to be and will be addressed this offseason. It's really not all that surprising, then, that the Jaguars were recently listed as one of five teams that were listed as teams that have shown the most interest in UCLA free safety Rahim Moore.
Moore decided to leave UCLA after his junior season, a move that I believe actually makes a lot of sense for the player that is likely to be drafted in the second round. By entering this year's draft he became, in the eyes of most, the best safety in a very weak crop at the position.
The Jaguars were one of 27 teams at the UCLA Pro Day today and it appears that safety Rahim Moore is among their interests. Moore told Adam Maya of the OCRegister following the workout that the Jaguars, Ravens, Cowboys, Texans and Steelers are among the teams that appear most interested in him.
Moore is considered by many to be the best of a weak class at safety. He's 6'0, 202 pounds with adequate athleticism and speed for the position (4.5-4.6). His knack for the ball and his accumulation of 10 interceptions in his sophomore season vaulted him on boards; however his lack of physicality is the reason for his 2nd round status.
Also notable at UCLA is linebacker Akeem Ayers that lowered his 40 time from 4.88 to the 4.6-4.7 range. The slow 40 time at the combine caused many to say the pass rushing specialist's stock dropped to the 2nd round, but the improvement on his time may be enough to earn him a spot in the latter half of the first round.
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3:55 PM ET - The Cardinals, Colts, Jets, Raiders and Saints were the only five teams that attended the New Mexico Pro Day.
3:30 PM ET - The Jaguars sent two scouts to the Cincinnati Pro Day today. Both national scout, Andy Dengler, and regional scout, Jason DesJarlais, were in attendance for the indoor workouts.
The top prospect for the Bearcats is interior offensive lineman Jason Kelce who is projected to get drafted in the later rounds of the draft. However, Kelce chose not to participate in any of the Pro Day drills after doing well at the combine and having an appendectomy two weeks ago. The Jaguars obviously were aware of this, so they must have been there to look at someone else of interest. No other UC player is projected to be drafted in April.
Cincinnati wide receivers Armon Binns and Vidal Hazelton as well as Ashland wide receiver Joe Horn (who also participated) are all players that will likely find themselves in training camps. Fullback Ben Guidugli and kicker Jake Rogers round out the notable prospects that participated.no comments
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