Jags Looking for Secondary Help

Jags Looking for Secondary Help

Secrets that affect national security aren't kept quite as closely as most NFL teams draft boards and which players they may be interested in. The Jaguars front office is no exception when it comes to draft time. It's not draft time just yet, but JagNation has spotted some Jaguars scouts out and about. Find out which players the team is looking at in the secondary.

Scout.com has confirmed the presence of Jaguars scouts at last Saturday's USC-Arizona State football game. With Jacksonville's need for some secondary help, the team may have been impressed with Trojans safeties Taylor Mays and Kevin Ellison, as well as cornerback Cary Harris. Arizona State safety Troy Nolan is also considered a prospect.

Strong safety Kevin Ellison stands 6'1", and weighs 228 lbs. The chiseled athlete has already been named first-team all-Pac 10, and he is the definition of an intimidator over the middle of the football field. Ellison plays the run better than the pass, but his 4.53 speed shouldn't be much of a detriment even at the next level. Ellison leads the Trojans in tackles with 40, and has one interception and six pass breakups.

Junior free safety Taylor Mays has size and speed as he is 6'3", 230 lbs., and runs in the low 4.4.'s. The junior hasn't had a fantastic statistical season as he's only notched 27 tackles in five games, but his athleticism makes him a lock to play at the next level.

Cornerback Cary Harris gets lost somewhat amongst the oodles of talent at USC, but make no mistake about it, he can run and he can likely play at the next level. Harris is slight of build, at 5'11", 184 lbs., but runs in the high 4.3's, low 4.4's. He has good ball skills and has an added dimension of being a solid special teams player, as he has the ability to return kickoffs. On the season, Harris has 23 tackles, one interception, and two passes defensed.

Arizona State safety Troy Nolan has average NFL size for a safety, as he stands 6'2", and tips the scales at 210 lbs., but his play is what's intriguing. Nolan is a legitimate ball-hawk, as he recorded six interceptions a year ago and is currently on the Bednarik and Thorpe Award watch lists. With Nolan being evident on every offensive coordinator's game plan, teams haven't thrown his way much, but Nolan still has two picks and one pass breakup this season to go along with 29 tackles.

It's more than possible that the Jaguars could be looking for some additional help in the secondary when draft time rolls around, being that Drayton Florence doesn't look like the player the team thought they were getting, and with all the injuries to the safety position this season, they can certainly use more depth.

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