Player News - Jaguars

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Jaguars selected Illinois DE Dawuane Smoot with the No. 68 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Smoot (6’3/264) made 24 starts on the Fighting Illini defensive line, graduating sixth in school history in tackles for loss (38.5) and eighth in sacks (16.5). He was only a third-team All-Big Ten pick as a senior despite finishing second in the conference in QB pressures (43). A disruptive college edge player who was inconsistent against the run, Smoot raised athleticism question marks with 29th-percentile SPARQ results in Indy. Smoot has a place in the NFL, but it’s likely not as a starter. He would do well to become a useful situational rusher.
Apr 28 - 9:47 PM

When asked about left tackle, Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell said, "We'll start the best player."

Branden Albert, who was acquired in a trade with Miami, was expected to man left tackle for the Jags but he's been absent from voluntary workouts and coach Doug Marrone still hasn't touched base with him. With Albert a no-show, the Jags went ahead and drafted Alabama OT Cam Robinson with the No. 34 overall pick. Robinson may be a better long-term fit at guard or right tackle, but his presence could put heat on Albert, who is due $18.45 million over his next two seasons.
Apr 28 - 7:44 PM

Jaguars traded up to select Alabama OT Cam Robinson with the No. 34 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

The Seahawks traded down for the third time in this draft, nabbing an extra sixth-rounder (No. 187 overall) in exchange for moving down one spot. Robinson (6’6/322) started 43 games in three years with the Crimson Tide, earning the 2016 Outland Trophy as the nation’s top offensive lineman and twice earning the Jacobs Trophy as the SEC’s top blocker. Robinson reminds of fellow ex-Alabama OT Andre Smith as a dominant college lineman whose NFL outlook isn’t as clear. Often compared to disappointing Giants LT Ereck Flowers, Robinson tested as a 35th-percentile athlete in Indy and was flagged for 23 penalties over his final two seasons. All too often a whiffer in pass protection, Robinson is likely best suited for guard or right tackle in the pros.
Apr 28 - 7:22 PM

Jaguars selected LSU RB Leonard Fournette with the No. 4 overall pick of the 2017 NFL draft.

Needing to upgrade their running game to help embattled starter Blake Bortles, the Jaguars have been linked with Fournette for most of the pre-draft process. Standing 6-foot-1, 240 pounds, Fournette arrived in Baton Rouge as the nation’s No. 1 recruit and met expectations with a career 616-3,830-40 (6.22 YPC) rushing line, turning pro as LSU’s all-time leader in yards per carry and No. 2 in yards from scrimmage per game (155.7). A hulking downhill runner with 4.51 speed, Fournette’s limitations come in the passing game, where he dropped 8-of-48 catchable targets as a Tiger. He also battled a recurring left ankle injury in 2016, suffering repeated setbacks and missing 6-of-13 games. When healthy, Fournette has drawn comparisons to Bo Jackson and Herschel Walker as a size-speed freak. His arrival is bad news for Chris Ivory and T.J. Yeldon with Ivory projecting to take the biggest hit.
Apr 27 - 8:36 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Broncos are "exploring" trading up on Thursday evening.

Desperate to improve the Broncos' offensive line, GM John Elway must believe his player might not be there at No. 20. In one of the weakest tackle classes in years, if not ever, Alabama's Cam Robinson is one of the top players available. Utah's Garett Bolles is another name to monitor.
Apr 27 - 2:06 PM

According to the Chicago Tribune, there was "scuttlebutt in league circles" Monday night that the 49ers could take Leonard Fournette at No. 2 overall.

Ex-NFL personnel man Greg Gabriel tweeted something similar on Tuesday. The Chicago Trib's Brad Biggs also passes along "chatter" that the Jaguars are looking into quarterbacks at the No. 4 pick, while it's believed at least half of the teams drafting inside the top ten hope to move down. If a team like the 49ers can't execute a move down the board, we suppose it's possible they could settle for someone like Fournette. It's been reported that the 49ers are considering "giving up" on contract-year RB Carlos Hyde due to persistent injuries.
Apr 25 - 8:17 PM

According to the Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec, Ravens team officials have mentioned trying to build "a dominant offensive line that can mimic the Cowboys."

Zrebiec says it wouldn't surprise him if the Ravens take an offensive lineman at No. 16 overall. Baltimore has a few starters locked in with LT Ronnie Stanley, LG Alex Lewis, and RG Marshal Yanda, but there are gaping holes at center and right tackle. Alabama's Cam Robinson is viewed as one of the top linemen in what is viewed as an extremely weak class. He can play either tackle or guard. Wisconsin's Ryan Ramczyk and WKU's Forrest Lamp are also in the mix.
Apr 24 - 10:13 AM

Speaking on his "Real GM" show, The Ringer's Mike Lombardi said he expects the Jaguars to draft a quarterback.

"[Tom] Coughlin’s going to draft a quarterback," he said. "This is the perfect draft to do it." Lombardi went on to say the Jaguars need to admit their "mistake" and move on from Blake Bortles. "[GM] Dave Caldwell was always looking through rose-colored glasses," Lombardi said of Bortles. "Coughlin doesn’t have those glasses." The Jaguars are sure to decline Bortles' fifth-year option, making him a free agent at the end of the season.
Apr 23 - 9:34 AM

Jaguars coach Doug Marrone was "surprised" LT Branden Albert didn’t attend voluntary workouts.

"I haven’t had any communication with him," Marrone said. "I don’t know what his thoughts are going forward." Albert wants more guaranteed money after getting traded to Jacksonville, but there haven’t been any discussions to this point. Barring a new deal, he'll count $8.9 million against the 2017 cap.
Apr 21 - 7:21 PM

Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell said he's yet to make a decision on Blake Bortles’ fifth-year option.

"We’re still discussing that," said Caldwell. "There are a lot of things that go into it." The option is worth $18 million, an obviously unrealistic number for a borderline NFL starter. Jacksonville has until May 3 to decide.
Apr 21 - 7:10 PM

Jaguars claimed DB Tracy Howard off waivers from the Browns.

Howard logged 251 snaps as a rookie last year. If he makes the team, Howard will provide safety depth behind starters Barry Church and Tashaun Gipson.
Apr 21 - 4:36 PM

10-of-16 NFL executives polled by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ranked LSU RB Leonard Fournette as this year's top running back.

The Journal-Sentinel uses a "points" system to rank draft-eligible backs based on poll results from the executives' rankings. Fournette was the clear-cut No. 1 with 10-of-16 first-place votes and 73 total "points." Dalvin Cook came in second with four first-place votes and 61 points. Christian McCaffrey was third with one first-place vote and 47 points. Joe Mixon garnered the final first-place vote, finishing fourth. Alvin Kamara (fifth), D'Onta Foreman (sixth), Kareem Hunt (seventh), and Samaje Perine (eighth) rounded out the top eight.
Apr 20 - 11:33 AM

LSU RB Leonard Fournette visited the 49ers on Wednesday.

Wednesday was the final day for teams to host draft prospects, and the 49ers took full advantage by visiting with Fournette, Iowa TE George Kittle, Michigan S Jabril Peppers and Florida CB Teez Tabor. The Niners could draft a running back with injury-prone Carlos Hyde entering the last year of his rookie deal, though new coach Kyle Shanahan is known to favor backs who contribute in the passing game. 228-pound Fournette is mostly known for his prowess between the tackles, though he did show some receiving chops at his Pro Day.
Apr 19 - 8:00 PM

Jaguars WLB Telvin Smith said he isn't concerned about a potential contract extension.

Smith is entering the final year of his rookie deal. A 2014 fifth-rounder out of FSU, Smith is an asset in today's NFL as a linebacker with safety speed and sideline-to-sideline ability. An every-down player, Smith was Pro Football Focus' No. 8-ranked 4-3 outside linebacker last season, grading out second best in run defense. Beat writer Ryan O'Halloran believes Smith could command a Kiko Alonso-type deal at four years and $28 million.
Apr 19 - 10:07 AM

Jaguars LB Paul Posluszny said he will be moving to the strong side.

Posluszny has played in the middle throughout his career and is coming off a solid season, but the Jaguars want to make room for 2016 second-rounder Myles Jack in the middle. "It's going to be the biggest challenge of my career," Posluszny said of the move. If the veteran can keep up his level of play at a new position in his age-33 season, the Jaguars should boast a quality linebacker corps.
Apr 18 - 12:26 PM


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