Latest players reports and analysis from OTAs, courtesy of Bleacher Report
Many of the biggest stories of the week revolved around the defensive line, as it is a unit in the midst of a massive transition. Returning players are being shuffled around to find new homes on the line, while fresh faces are attempting to make an impact on the team.
We’re at the halfway point between the beginning of OTAs and the end of the mandatory minicamp, so now is a perfect time to take a look at who is making the most news thus far.
Tyson Alualu was moved to defensive end, but why? The National Football Post speculates it may have been the knee
Alualu has knee problems that have taken away some of his short area quickness. His knee should be less vulnerable playing outside. Since the Jaguars chose Alualu with the 10th pick of the 2010 draft, he never has shown the explosiveness he had at Cal. So he likely won’t be a big sack guy at end, but he should hold the point well and play solid run defense.
Offensive tackle Luke Joeckel, the No. 2 overall selection in April, was the prize of the Jaguars 2013 class, but another offensive lineman pickup for Jacksonville who could also be a valuable addition. Milhim (6-4, 315) lined up all over the offensive line in college, starting 38 games (16 at right guard, 12 at left tackle and 10 at right tackle), and brings versatility to the NFL. A native of Haiti, he is still relatively new to the game and has a lot of room to grow, but if Jacksonville if patient with him, Milhim has the athletic upside and flexible body type to develop into a regular contributor, providing depth at guard and tackle.