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Jags may snag Leftwich from Ravens

Updated: April 23, 2003, 11:05 AM ET
By By Darrell Trimble | NFL Insider
The Jacksonville Jaguars seem to have some sort of infatuation with the Baltimore Ravens. They hired Jack Del Rio, a former Ravens linebackers coach, interviewed Ravens player personnel director Phil Savage, hired James Harris away from the Blackbirds to be their VP of player personnel. Now, they seem to covet the man the Ravens most want in this year's draft.

The Jaguars seem to have set their cap for quarterback Byron Leftwich. It doesn't seem to make much sense that a team installing a West Coast offense would want an immobile quarterback who predominantly ran a shotgun offense in college, but there are legitimate reasons for their affinity with the Marshall product.

First, if Leftwich hadn't broken his leg twice in the last two years he could have been the first pick in the draft. It's tough to pass on talent like that at No. 8. Leftwich couldn't participate in the NFL Scouting Combine in February and didn't work out for pro scouts until after he recovered from his latest injury in April. The Jaguars sent five scouts to that workout and have let it slip that they are seriously considering him with the No. 8 pick in this weekend's NFL Draft.

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