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2013 NFL Draft: Michael Buchanan has LEO experience

The Jaguars will be looking for a LEO in the draft and Michael Buchanan has played it.


Illinois defensive end Michael Buchanan has experience playing the LEO position, a new position the Jacksonville Jaguars will be using in their new hybrid front. It's a position that's a combination of a defensive end and a 3-4 outside linebacker, but typically has the player pass rushing from a wide look and getting a lot of one-on-one match ups.

"That's the good thing about the position I played in college I believe," Buchanan said on Saturday at the NFL combine. "I did so much of that. I played the LEO at Illinois, so I'm definitely prepared. I feel like I'm very versatile and feel like I can do anything I'm asked to do."

"Some teams may consider that a linebacker-type. We'll try and take a look at them and say, 'Hey, can he play that Leo end spot?'" -Gus Bradley

It's very likely the Jaguars will be looking at a pass rusher with the second overall pick, but they shouldn't stop there. The Jaguars have a player in Jason Babin who would seem to fit the LEO, as well as last season's second round pick in Andre Branch, but one thing the Seattle Seahawks struggled with under Gus Bradley was depth at that position and with pass rushers in general.

The cliche rings true; you can never have enough pass rushers.

Buchanan had an up and down week at the 2013 Senior Bowl but tested out well, athletically, at the NFL combine running a 4.78 in the 40-yard dash, including a 1.59 split in the 10-yard. He also has the length that Bradley was looking for at the LEO position at 6'5" with 34" arms.

It's likely that Buchanan is a second day type of pick who could go anywhere between the late second round to the fourth round.