A 12-hour flight from Japan brought Jaguars owner Shahid Khan to Jacksonville just in time for his keynote speech at a JAXUSA Partnership luncheon on Friday. Such transcontinental trips are part of doing business — a way of life, even — for Khan and Flex-N-Gate, his international auto parts manufacturing company. He has amassed contacts in North America, South America, Europe and Asia while overseeing production at 50 plants and nine engineering facilities employing 12,500 people.
The scouting combine provides are an opportunity for prospects to deliver on expectations, or risk taking a hit to their draft stock. Not everyone left Indianapolis with smiles on their faces. QB Brock Osweiler, Arizona State -- A one-year starter in college, Osweiler said at the combine that he was almost fully recovered from the foot sprain that kept him from training for the 40-yard dash, but the decision not to throw could be costly. Osweiler can make every throw, but questions remain about his ability to get out of the pocket and make those passes work on the move. Everything now comes down to his Pro Day on March 30.
The NFL Scouting Combine is best used as a tool, not an end-all. That’s what most scouts and personnel people will tell you, and as the 2012 version of the event nears an end, one of the most respected draft analysts – Mike Mayock of the NFL Network – said that’s particularly true this year of the wide receiver position.
The Jaguars won’t be as active in free agency this year as they were last year, according to general manager Gene Smith, writes Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union. I hope that doesn’t prove to be the case. The team could go a long way toward solving at least two of its three primary issues -- receiver, end, cornerback -- in free agency and it has the money.