As our own, Jonathan Loesche, pointed out earlier in the week, the Jaguars offensive line in 2009 was ranked as the 23rd best line in the NFL by ProFootballFocus.com. Hope remains that the two starting tackles will see some growth in their second year and that the line will play better than 2009, which can only be described as less than satisfactory. Along with a desire for stronger line play in the future is a strong need for depth moving forward. The releasing of Tra Thomas further emphasized a youth movement by Gene Smith and that leaves room for another young player to fill that void. Among the candidates to fill the spot is undrafted rookie, Daniel Baldridge.
At 6'8, 312 pounds, Baldridge is a mountain of a man and is now the tallest member of the Jaguars. After playing only one year of high school football, Baldridge was recruited by many schools for his enormous potential. The adjustment to collegiate play required Baldridge to redshirt in 2005 and play on special teams and reserves in 2006. He finally saw the starting lineup as a redshirt sophomore in 2007 and held the spot over the next 3 years, eventually earning second team All-Conference USA honors.
Baldridge's future in the NFL is probably dependent on his ability to continue to improve upon his enormous potential. He certaintly has the frame to make something of himself in the NFL. I haven't seen any interviews with Baldridge, but a hint on Ask Vic makes it seem as though he has a bit of a personality.
"I’ve been told that I need to do an interview with undrafted tackle Daniel Baldridge. I’m not sure what that means but I intend to find out."
With mediocre depth at best on the Jaguars line, Baldridge has the opportunity to make a name for himself in training camp and possibly make the roster. If he doesn't, he has more than enough potential to warrant a spot on the practice squad where he could develop for the future.
Video Killed the Scouting Report
Daniel Baldridge: By the Numbers
Position 1: Offensive Tackle
Position 2: N/A
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40 Time: 5.20