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Saturday, April 27, 2013
Jaguars now have options at safety

By Paul Kuharsky

The Jacksonville Jaguars look to have a second quality rookie option at safety.

They drafted Johnathan Cyprien from Florida International in the second round. Now they’ve added Josh Evans of Florida in the sixth round, 169th overall.

Cyprien looks like a lead candidate to start at strong safety. Evans is more of a free safety and played next to strong safety Matt Elam for the Gators. Elam went to Baltimore with the final pick of the first round.

Evans is 6-foot-1, 201 pounds so he gives the Jaguars the sort of secondary height they are trying to add.

I like Dwight Lowery, a cerebral player who’s a couple inches shorter but 10 pounds heavier than Evans. But Lowery only played nine games at free safety last season because of ankle and foot injuries.

Here’s NFL Draft Scout on Evans:
"Lean, athletic build with very long arms. Attacking mentality stands out on film. Isn't afraid to get physical and competes when the ball is in the air and after the catch, always attempting to rip it out of the ballcarrier's grasp. Attacks the line of scrimmage when he reads run or when allowed to blitz. Good balance and lateral agility to break down and make the effective open-field tackle or when avoiding backs as a pass rusher."