Jacksonville Jaguars: Ryan Shazier

NFL combine: Day 6 primer

February, 24, 2014
Feb 24
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A daily Jacksonville Jaguars-related look at what's happening at the NFL combine in Indianapolis:

Monday, Feb. 24

What: Defensive linemen and linebackers on-field workout (timing, stations, skill drills). Defensive backs psychological testing, bench press and interviews.

TV: 9 a.m. ET, NFL Network.

The skinny: Today is one of the most anticipated days of the NFL combine because we'll finally get to see defensive end Jadeveon Clowney run the 40-yard dash. While it's really not that important for a defensive end to run a blazing 40, it'll still be impressive to watch the 6-foot-5, 266-pound Clowney run a sub-4.5. That's not likely to raise his draft stock any because he's already one of the players in the mix to be the top pick in the draft.

Clowney also is among the players the Jaguars are considering with the No. 3 pick, but so is linebacker Khalil Mack. The Jaguars need help at outside linebacker as well so several other players to watch are Ryan Shazier, Telvin Smith, Lamin Barrow. Some defensive ends to watch are Dee Ford (who on Sunday said he was better than Clowney), Brent Urban, Jackson Jeffcoat and Scott Crichton.

NFL combine: Day 3 primer

February, 21, 2014
Feb 21
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A daily Jacksonville Jaguars-related look at what's happening at the NFL combine in Indianapolis:

Friday, Feb. 21

What: Place-kickers, special teams, offensive linemen and tight ends bench press, psychological testing, and interviews. Quarterbacks, receivers and running backs measurements, medical exams, media, and interviews. Defensive linemen and linebackers medical pre-exam, orientation and interviews.

TV: 2 p.m. ET, NFL Network.

The skinny: As Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union reported from Indianapolis, the Jaguars are scheduled to meet with 12 quarterbacks this week, including Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel and Blake Bortles. That process will begin in earnest on Friday. The Jaguars also are looking for help along the interior of the offensive line and at running back, too, and will meet with some of those players as well. The Jaguars did not request to meet with any players from the Senior Bowl, so that means they won't be speaking with guys like Derek Carr, Jimmy Garoppolo, Bryan Stork, and Lorenzo Taliaferro, all players they liked in Mobile, Ala.

The linebackers include potential targets for the No. 3 pick in Anthony Barr and Khalil Mack. The Jaguars are looking to fill their leo spot, which is a hybrid end/linebacker whose main responsibility is rushing the passer, and Barr and Mack fit that profile. But the Jaguars also are looking for additional help at outside linebacker. Potential targets there include Ryan Shazier, Telvin Smith, Lamin Barrow.

Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley's news conference is scheduled for noon EST. We'll provide a recap of his comments.

Jaguars bowl guide, part III

January, 3, 2014
Jan 3
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The NFL draft is five months away, but you can do a little scouting over the next few weeks by watching some of the 35 bowl games. It’s a good chance to see some of the players the Jacksonville Jaguars may be interested in drafting, whether the first round or later rounds.

The Jaguars’ biggest needs are quarterback, pass-rusher, interior offensive line, defensive line, linebacker, running back and receiver. Each Friday until the bowl season ends, I’ll give you a list of the games you should watch that involve teams with players at those positions in which the Jaguars could be interested.

Some will be possible first-round targets. Others will be mid- or late-round targets.

One caveat: there are a lot of draft-eligible underclassmen who have yet to declare whether they will return to school. Until they do, they will be included in this list. They’ll be marked with an asterisk (*).


AT&T Cotton Bowl (7:30 p.m. ET, Fox)

Oklahoma State vs. Missouri

Why to watch: Missouri defensive end Michael Sam (6-2, 249) fits the profile of the Jaguars’ LEO position, which is a hybrid end/linebacker. The Jaguars may try to load up on those kinds of players so they can put four on the field on obvious passing downs. Oklahoma State’s Justin Gilbert has elite speed and rebounded from a disappointing junior season. I don’t think the Jaguars need to address corner in this draft, but he could be too tempting to pass up.

Discover Orange Bowl (8:30 p.m., ESPN)

Clemson vs. Ohio State

Why to watch: Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd has slipped down a lot of rankings but he still remains one of the most exciting players in college football. He needs to refine his work in the pocket and the way he sees the field because he’s often too quick to take off and run. There’s some concern about his height (6-1) but he’s got a strong arm. Receiver Sammy Watkins* is one of the most dynamic playmakers in college football. He’s got great hands, speed and run-after-catch ability. Brandon Thomas can play guard or tackle and that versatility helps. Outside linebacker Vic Beasley* (6-3, 225) has 12 sacks this season and more than 20 in his career.

Ohio State’s Braxton Miller* is an elite athlete playing quarterback. His mechanics, ability to read defenses, and accuracy need a lot of work, but he’s dynamic in the open field. Buckeyes running back Carlos Hyde is a physical runner with good size (6-0, 238) and the ability to be a factor in the passing game. He’s not shifty in the open field but he can make guys miss. He may go higher than the Jaguars want to select a running back. Jack Mewhort is Mel Kiper Jr.'s No. 3 senior tackle and he says Mewhort plays like the QB off the line. I don’t think OT is as high a priority as some do, but he’s someone who could be on the radar. Tight end Jeff Heuerman* (6-6, 250) is a name to keep in mind for the later rounds. Outside linebacker Ryan Shazier* isn’t a pass-rusher but excels in coverage. Cornerback Bradley Robey fits the Jaguars’ description of what they want in a corner: big (5-11, 193) and physical.


BBVA Compass Bowl (1 p.m., ESPN)

Vanderbilt vs. Houston

Why to watch: Vanderbilt's Jordan Matthews is Kiper's top senior receiver. He’s got good size (6-3, 201 pounds), can make all the catches, and was extremely productive (211 catches for 2,657 yards and 13 TDs in his final two seasons). The only thing he doesn't have is top-end speed. The Jaguars need to add a bigger receiver. Commodores OT Wesley Johnson projects as a guard in the NFL. He'll be a mid- to late-round pick.


Vizio BCS National Championship (8:30 p.m., ESPN)

Florida State vs. Auburn

Why to watch: Every player on FSU’s offensive line has the ability to play on Sundays. Offensive Cameron Erving* is pretty raw but he’s athletic enough to fit at left tackle. Guards Josue Matias* and Tre’ Jackson* are maulers who also move well. Kiper believes center Bryan Stork could be starting next year. Tight end Nick O’Leary* (6-3, 250) isn’t going to help much as a blocker but is a matchup issue in the passing game. Defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan* is disruptive in the run game despite being a little light at 298 pounds. His quickness is his biggest asset. Outside linebacker Christian Jones can play every linebacker spot. Outside linebacker Telvin Smith is undersized at 210 pounds. Safeties Lamarcus Joyner and Terrence Brooks* are both solid in man coverage of slot receivers. Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson* is a former guard who has developed into a potential first-rounder. His athleticism is his biggest asset. Jay Prosch is one of the country's top fullbacks.