NFL Draft 2013: What type of defensive backs could fit the Jaguars defense?

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The Jaguars will be looking for cornerbacks in the upcoming draft, but what are some features they'll be looking at?

The Jacksonville Jaguars will be rebuilding their defense under head coach Gus Bradley and we've focused a lot on the defensive line and the LEO position, but another position that is important in the scheme Bradley ran in Seattle is the cornerback and safety position, as there are some things that they stressed at the position.

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Everyone knows the Seahawks have bigger corners in Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner, but it's not necessarily their height that makes them fit what Bradley and Carroll wanted to do, it was their wingspan. Naturally when you have a taller athlete you're going to have someone with longer arms, but they don't always need to be tall to fit there. For instance, the Seahawks third corner when healthy is Walter Thurmund III, but he's just a hair under 6-feet tall. The key however is he was the same wingspan as the 6'3" Sherman.

As Field Gulls notes, length has been the key so far:

It's been very openly documented that John Schneider and Pete Carroll love players with great length (JS has previously said his favorite "value" pick from last year's draft was Greg Scruggs, whose single greatest attribute are his near 36" arms). When we talk "length" we aren't necessarily talking about height, although the two are often found together (Jason Jones, Russell Okung). But there are times shorter guys still have relatively long arms and wingspans (Russell Wilson, Doug Baldwin).

Length is very important it seems for Carroll and Bradley, and their latest drafts have seemed to reflect that on the defensive side of the football. The threshold for defensive backs seems too fall right in the 31.5" or higher range, ideally 32" arms. So who are some players who could fit that in this year's draft?

Cornerback:

  • Blidi Wreh-Wilson, UConn, 32 1/2" arms at the Senior Bowl
  • Marc Anthony, Cal, 31 1/2" arms at the Senior Bowl
  • Kayvon Webster, USF, 32 3/8" arms at the East-West Shrine Game
  • Melvin White, ULL, 32 3/4" arms at the East-West Shrine Game
  • Aaron Hester, UCLA, 32 7/8" arms at the East-West Shrine Game
  • Travis Howard, OSU, 32 1/4" arms at the East-West Shrine Game
  • Demontre Hurst, Oklahoma, 32" arms at the East-West Shrine Game
  • Sheldon Prics, UCLA, 32 7/8" arms at the East-West Shrine Game
  • Khalid Wooten, Nevada, 32 7/8" arms at the East-West Shrine Game

Safety:

  • T.J. McDonald, USC, 32 1/4" arms at the Senior Bowl
  • Rashard Hall, Clemson, 33" arms at the East-West Shrine Game
  • Cooper Taylor, Richmond, 32 1/4" arms at the East-West Shrine Game
  • Earl Wolff, NC State, 31 1/2" arms at the East-West Shrine Game
  • Cody Davis, Texas Tech, 32" arms at the East-West Shrine Game
  • Bradley McDougald, Kansas, 33" arms at the East-West Shrine Game
  • Shamarko Thomas, Syracuse, 31 3/4" arms at the East-West Shrine Game
  • Duke Williams, Nevada, 32 3/4" arms at the East-West Shrine Game

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Now, these aren't required measurements for these players. We don't really know if Bradley and David Caldwell are going to look for the same types of things going forward, but it's going to be something to watch heading into a draft where we're kind of blind as to what the Jaguars are looking for in their players.

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