The Jacksonville Jaguars will be coaching the 2014 Senior Bowl, but the East West Shrine game is another big post-season All Star game they'll likely be interested in. The team will have two coaches on the staff at the game, but plenty of scouts will be on hand to monitor the players.
Here are a few players the Jaguars could have their eyes on:
Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois -- If you've been paying attention to draft buzz, then you likely know about Garoppolo by now. He should be the best quarterback prospect at the game and could find his way in the Senior Bowl the following week depending on how the roster shakes out. He's someone the Jaguars have scouted during the season and could find himself drafted in the second- or third-round in May. He's got a lightning quick release, he's accurate, and can move around if need be.
Matt Hazel, WR, Coastal Carolina -- The 2014 Draft is loaded with talented wide receivers and Hazel should be included in that bunch. He's got good size and speed, but scouts will want to focus on his route running and how he does gaining separation against bigger competition. He impressed in a matchup against South Carolina this season, drawing praise from Steve Spurrier.
Jordan Navjar, TE, Baylor -- The Jaguars will likely be looking to add pass catchers at the tight end position in the draft in May and Navjar might be someone who catches their eye. He's a bit unheralded coming from Baylor's spread attack, but he's big, athletic and has a nice catch radius.
Zach Fulton, G, Tennessee -- We all know the interior of the offensive line is an area the Jaguars need to upgrade, so they should have their eyes on plenty of lineman in the next two weeks. Fulton is a talented player coming from a very talented Tennessee offensive line.
Shaquil Barrett, OLB/DE, Colorado State -- Views on Barrett are all over the board, but the few times I've seen him play he flashed a few plays rushing the passer, especially against Alabama. He's in that tweener role that 3-4 teams and possibly the Jaguars with the LEO position will be paying attention to.
I won't be at the practice week like I have been in past seasons, but I'll try to bring you practice reports when I find them and what I hear from people at the practices.
The teams will practice through Thursday with the game on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Tropicana Field. The game will air on NFL Network.