Jacksonville Jaguars: Adrian Hubbard

MOBILE, Ala. -- Here are 10 observations/thoughts from Wednesday's Senior Bowl practice(s) and interviews:

North team linebacker Chris Borland (Wisconsin) is a bit undersized at 5-feet-11 but that hasn't stopped him from making an impression this week. He's a stout 245 pounds so he's held up well in the run game and has been able to shed blocks. He also read Logan Thomas' eyes and easily intercepted a pass intended for running back David Fluellen (Tulane) during 11-on-11 drills. He also made a nifty juke to get by cornerback Pierre Desir (Lindenwood) during a kickoff coverage drill.

North receiver Josh Huff (Oregon) nearly made the catch of the day but just couldn't quite pull in a deep pass from Stephen Morris (Miami) in the end zone. Huff got a good release off the line of scrimmage and got behind cornerback Marqueston Huff (Wyoming). Huff has had a solid week.

Morris came right back several plays later with a good throw to receiver Mike Campanaro (Wake Forest) on an in cut. Morris was very accurate and looked better than Tajh Boyd (Clemson) and Thomas during that pass skeleton drill.

North Cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste (Nebraska) played well in 11-on-11, capped off by knocking away a fade pass in the back corner of the end zone intended for receiver Jared Abbrederis. Jean-Baptiste has the kind of size the Jaguars like in their corners (6-2, 215 pounds) but would be a luxury pick. The secondary is one area the Jaguars don't need to address this offseason.

South defensive end Brent Urban (Virginia) will miss the rest of the week and the game after suffering an ankle sprain. He had been having a solid week and was a player the Jaguars were keeping an eye on.

I really like the intensity and tenacity shown by South tight end Crockett Gillmore (Colorado State) during 9-on-7 drills. One personnel evaluator said they liked the 6-6, 255-pound Gillmore but he needed to improve as a blocker. He looked pretty darn good on Wednesday, though. He handled linebacker Adrian Hubbard (Alabama) on back-to-back snaps and took down defensive end IK Enemkpali (Louisiana Tech). He blocks through the whistle. He's a converted defensive end that brings a bit of nastiness to the position.

The Jaguars had defensive end Kyle Van Noy (BYU) working at outside linebacker and defensive coordinator Bob Babich was really pleased with Van Noy's performance in footwork and reaction drills. The Jaguars are looking for a leo (hybrid end/linebacker) and Van Noy is someone to watch.

The coaches also switched several offensive linemen around to see how they may fit at another position. Center Travis Swanson spent some time outside and really struggled with the ends during a pass rush drill. Guard Jon Halapio (Florida) took a few snaps at center and said after the practice that was the first time he had ever snapped.

South cornerback Chris Davis (Auburn) measured shorter than anticipated (5-10 ) but has shown the ability to deal with bigger and more physical receivers. He out-fought the 6-3 Jordan Matthews (Vanderbilt) for a ball on the sideline and ripped it from Matthews' hands to force an incompletion.

North guard Brandon Linder (Miami) may have increased his draft stock with a solid three days of practice. The 6-5, 316-pounder had a reputation for being technically sound and that showed up this week. Linder, a three-year starter for the Hurricanes, was projected to be a late-round draft pick but that could change if he finishes the week strong.
Linebackers coach Mark Duffner liked living in Jacksonville and working for head coach Gus Bradley and the Jaguars, but the opportunity to work with an old friend was something he couldn't pass up.

That's the reason he decided on Sunday evening to join the Miami Dolphins' coaching staff, where he will be reunited with Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin, with whom he worked in Green Bay, writes Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union.

Duffner was hired by Jack Del Rio in 2006 and was retained by Mike Mularkey in 2012 and Bradley when he was hired in January 2013.

"The guy gave me a chance when nobody else would," said Jaguars linebacker Russell Allen, an undrafted free agent who has started 44 games -- including five as a rookie in 2009. "... I ended up playing quite a bit as a rookie because of what he taught me."

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The Jaguars certainly need to improve their pass rush and O'Halloran lists several players the Jaguars will look at this week at the Leo position (hybrid end/linebacker): Jeremiah Attaochu, Dee Ford, Adrian Hubbard, Kyle Van Noy.

NFL.com's Dan Hanzus writes that the Jaguars are one of eight eligible teams the league could appoint to be the subject of the HBO documentary "Hard Knocks" if no team volunteers.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell joined the Rich Eisen podcast and discussed playoff expansion and the possible elimination of the extra point, among other things.

NFLDraftScout.com senior analyst Dane Brugler gives 10 observations from Monday's North team practice while Rob Rang of The Sports Xchange and CBSSports.com did the same for the South team practice.

Here are my observations from the South team practice.

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