Friends have reached out to Michael Brewster since the NFL draft to offer their condolences. Expecting to be a mid-round pick, the former Ohio State center went undrafted. As the hours whiled away, so did hopes for a signing bonus that might have set up Brewster for life. "They’re like, ‘Are you all right? I’m sure it’s hard,’ " Brewster said yesterday afternoon.
We haven’t touched on it this season. But it’s a pet peeve of mine: Too many people attach too much significance to pre-draft visits. The Jaguars had fifth-rounder linebacker Brandon Marshall and seventh-round defensive tackle Jeris Pendleton to Jacksonville. That’s two of six picks. The Titans had first-round receiver Kendall Wright, second-round linebacker Zach Brown, third-round defensive tackle Mike Martin, and fifth-round tight end Taylor Thompson to Nashville. That’s four of seven.
There’s a kicker with a web site and an international story, a West Point fullback and a slew of others chasing the NFL dream. There’s a local quarterback, a local wide receiver, and speed mixed in, too. Kicker Long Ding and Army fullback Collin Mooney – as well as former Jacksonville University quarterback Joshua McGregor and former Ridgeview wide receiver Charles Gilbert – are among 27 players invited to participate on a workout basis in this weekend’s Jaguars rookie minicamp.
The Jaguars announced a list of 26 workout players Tuesday that includes Raiders quarterback Carson’s Palmer’s brother and Long Ding, attempting to become the first native of China to make it in the NFL. The workout players will join 23 roster rookies — six draft picks and 17 undrafted rookie free agents — at the team’s minicamp this weekend.
New Jaguars owner Shad Khan understands that, in order to succeed in the NFL, money must be spent. And Khan is willing to spend it. He tells Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union that nearly $140 million in 2012 cap space has been committed since Khan became the owner of the team, using a large chunk of $30 million in unused 2011 cap space that was carried over.