Love it or Hate it – Jason’s UDFA’s
By Jason Love
The deal is almost set and the time is almost here for NFL football. Once the deal is agreed upon and the season started, the teams will have 72-hours to sign their own free agents. Following that, the teams then get to fight over the expanded crop of free agents (restricted free agency being done away with). The Jags will also be hitting the phones in order to bolster the ranks with UDFAs. There are a handful of intriguing prospects still out there. This is my list of potential UDFAs that the Jaguars could pick up. Zoltan will be coming out with his list later in the week. Let’s take a look.
Using a few different websites (draftcountdown, thenationalfootballreport, footballsfuture and tommeltonscouting) as a source for current UDFAs, I’ve compiled a list of prospects that could fill a need and have the potential to do something. I’ve cross-referenced the lists with players that were scouted by the Jaguars by using BigCatCountry’s Draft Interest chart.
QB – There’s a potential need for an extra arm or even a 3rd stringer depending on what happens during the season.
Pet Devlin – A QB that could be worth a look as a practice squad addition. It probably won’t happen, but if the Jaguars end up starting Gabbert and trading/cutting Garrard, another arm at practice would be very useful.
RB – I have to believe the Jaguars think that they are set at RB, but there are some talents still out there.
Chad Spann – In the mold of Sproles or MoJo, he is a smallish runner with decent bulk. He set NIU’s rushing touchdown record. He’s a 2010 MAC Offensive player of the year and a leadership award winner.
WR – A position that could see a few players brought in to compete, as the position is not settled at all beyond Mike Thomas.
Tyler Beiler – I was on the awesome name train leading up to the draft. The guy has potential, speed and decent size.
Raymond Weber – A bigger bodied receiver who showed production in 2010 and could be looked at by the Jags. Here’s a scouting report from The Jaggernaut.
Mike Preston – Could offer that big bodied receiver that the Jags used to love.
TE – The Jags love their two tight end sets and this upcoming year won’t be any different.
Brett Brackett – Good size, production and skill set. Could be a practice squad guy.
OL – A position of youth and age. Young blood is needed for the interior and a swing tackle could be brought in to fight Baldridge, Haslam and Whimper. I tend to believe, the team will pull from Estes or Vierling to fill the center of the line.
Willie Smith – Big tackle with average athleticism and decent strength. Senior, starting LT with long snapping ability. Swing players always offer more than a strict position player.
David Mims – A massive mountain of a man, he has something you can’t teach, SIZE, and plenty of it. Decent athleticism for a man this size. Could be a good swing tackle candidate.
DL – A much improved group with Kampman returning to the lineup. Having Lane start most of the season really helps his growth. Mincey is a Spicer clone. Hart and Morgan have room to grow and Harvey could still finally realize that he is extremely talented. Alualu and Knighton dominate this group with a healthy Smith potentially stepping in as a swing man. Another massive NT type DT could help. The Jags said that they want to generate pressure from their front four, so gap penetrators make sense too. Gap control is what it’s all about and discipline and a quick step are necessary for a front four pass rush.
Corbin Bryant – A player with decent size, and good strength. Could be another player thrown into the lineup. Would compete against Douzable.
Mark Scheichl – A beast from the Mines school. Extremely productive DE.
Blaine Sumner – Another Miner. This guy is a physical freak. It would be fun just to see him in teal.
LB – This group is empty behind Daryl Smith. Russell Allen is a decent backup and Morrison will likely be resigned.
Nick Bellore – MLB prospect. Decent speed. Team captain.
Mario Harvey – Undersize but extremely athletic and thick. ILB potential.
Keith Darbut – Good size and speed. Has room to grow.
DB – Everyone knows this is a big weakness. It will be addressed.
Ryan Jones – CB with good size and speed. Productive on the DII level.
Mana Silva – Very good size, good speed. Worth looking at.
Jeron Johnson – On a good team and has a decent skill set. Could kick the wheels on this one.
Joe Lefeged – Good size and speed. Could be worth a look.