Well you know draft season is officially under way when the first signs of player interest begin trickling in, as our own Alfie Crow reports that the Jaguars were showing interest in Purdue cornerback Josh Johnson following practice at the 2013 East-West Shrine Game.
Johnson, 5-11, 195, started the last two seasons of his collegiate career with the Boilermakers, racking up 119 career tackles and three interceptions. A two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, Johnson earned a so-so critique from Sports Illustrated's Tony Pauline for his play during Tuesday's practice with the East team:
Josh Johnson/CB/Purdue: Spotty but very good when on his game.
At Purdue, Johnson often played second-fiddle to junior cornerback Ricardo Allen who told reporters in media day during the fall that he is "the best cornerback in the Big Ten."
It seems unlikely that the Jaguars will see the return of Rashean Mathis in 2012 and even in the event that he did stay with the team for another season, the current cornerback corps struggled at times and is led by Derek Cox, a prospective free agent who has had a history of injuries since joining the Jaguars.