The NFL Scouting Combine gives clubs the chance to meet and interview prospects as part of the draft process. The Jacksonville Jaguars have wasted no time and have started getting to know some of the players, including Chattanooga offensive lineman McClendon Curtis.
Justin Melo of The Draft Network reports that Curtis has had exceptional meetings with the Jags, the New Orleans Saints, and the Arizona Cardinals. Melo goes on to say that Jacksonville routinely sent scouts to the University of Chattanooga to watch Curtis and adds that the Tennessee native talked to Saints head coach Dennis Allen for a prolonged period of time.
A three-star recruit out of high school, Curtis can play line up at guard and tackle and made 38 starts at different spots across the Mocs offensive line. While he has the size and length to play offensive tackle in the NFL, he’s seen as a developmental prospect that needs to work on his footwork and overall pass-blocking technique.
The Draft Network notes that Curtis has the tools and traits “to stay in the league” but wouldn’t “bet much on him being a starting offensive lineman just yet“. They currently have a sixth-round grade on Curtis while Lance Zierlein of NFL Media projects him as an average backup or a special teamer in the pros.
McClendon Curtis would be a solid depth addition to the Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars have a solid starting offensive tackle tandem in Cam Robinson and Walker Little, who will tentatively play on the right side if Jawaan Taylor leaves in free agency. If Little does move to the starting lineup, Jacksonville will need a swing offensive tackle, the role Little previously held.
So even though that offensive tackle isn’t among the Jags’ top needs this offseason, they could and should bolster their depth in the draft. Curtis would be a solid late-round addition despite the fact that he’s a work in progress and might need a year or two to develop.
Having said that, teams talk to prospects all the time and Curtis won’t be the only player the Jaguars’ brass will meet. Then again, it’s telling that they’ve been keeping an eye on him for a while, so they could legitimately be interested in drafting him.
There’s is still plenty of time for the Jacksonville Jaguars to put their big boards together and meeting Curtis should get them one step closer to sorting it out.