After all, didn't Donald Brown leave us feeling like all hope was lost in 2010.....
There are many players in this draft that I'd like to see on the Jags but for this discussion, let's throw Christian Ponder, Leonard Hankerson and everyone else that plays offense out. Lets just talk about what we have available on the defensive side of the ball to choose from, but when you really think about it, all we're doing is being prepared for possible new players on the Jaguars. So, lets educate ourselves.
Alfie recently posted an article about Chris White, LB, Mississippi State. I disagreed with about everything Alfie said. That doesn't mean either one of us is right, but it did serve the purpose to get me thinking about White and other defensive players. So, I'll give you White first, and then we'll move back to more well-known individuals.
White, from what i remember, played junior college ball somewhere in the state of MS. He came in to Miss State a long shot to start. ( I used to attend the university and this was going on while i was there). White indeed did become a starter, but at outside linebacker, after starting in the middle in JuCo. While it was a change for him, he provided some good plays alongside an above average unit that also had returning junior KJ Wright, who is now draft eligible, and starting MLB Jamaar Chaney, now of the Eagles.
In 2010, White made the transition to MLB and I'll admit, I was leary. White made a fabulous transition, but it wasn't really a transition, it was his natural fit. White's made for the 43 MLB, or so it seems to me. I have heard other propositions, but it's not worth delving into schemes. This is just about whether or not "the player" is good and whether or not you want him on the team (not that any of us decide). So, please, take a look at this highlight video from the away game at Florida in 2010 and tell me what you think. Alfie was correct in pointing out that he is better against the run than the pass.
Originally, there were videos underneath each name, but they will not appear for whatever reason, so I've left you with a link.
Chris White, 43 MLB, Mississippi State University
6'3", 240 lbs
Now, for more players' videos, just for the sake of exposing.
Casey Matthews, MLB, Oregon
6'1", 231 lbs
JJ Watt, DE, Wisconsin
6'5", 290 lbs
Ryan Kerrigan, 43 DE, Purdue
6'4", 270 lbs
Rahim Moore, FS, UCLA
6'0" 202 lbs
Cameron Jordan, DL, California
6'4", 287 lbs
Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado (vs Blaine Gabbert 2009)
6'2", 211 lbs
Brandon Harris, CB, Miami
5'10", 191 lbs
Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA
6'3", 254 lbs
All height and weight is from NFL.com combine page and I think this is enough for now, some mid to late round LBers, a 2-3rd round safety and some first round talent
Let me know what you think of these guys.