Jacksonville Jaguars 2012 NFL Draft: Grading Day 3 for the Jags
The draft is officially complete. All 253 picks have been made, and now the players can focus on how they can help their new teams, or even make the roster of their new teams.
The Jaguars had a very strong first three rounds while taking a risk on a punter, which I highlighted Friday night. Day 3 had the same amount of picks, and just as good for the value of the picks where they were taken.
Here is a some in-depth looks at the three players picked on Day 3 by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Round 5: Brandon Marshall, OLB, Nevada
To start things off, his name seems to be perfect for an NFL player, yet it's not original.
In all seriousness, Marshall was a regular starter his last three seasons at Nevada, starting all 38 of the team’s games over that span. He registered 145 career tackles with six sacks, including 49 tackles and two sacks last season. He also forced three forced fumbles and three interceptions.
Despite a history of injuries, Marshall was remarkably durable at Nevada. He underwent arthroscopic surgery in 2009 and 2010 to repair meniscus tears in his left knee, and also missed time in spring practice in 2010 with a fractured bone in his right foot. Despite that, he did not miss a game for the Wolf Pack, which is remarkable. Marshall said the knee injuries have cleared up and will not affect his NFL career.
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Jaguars linebackers coach Mark Duffner said he expects Marshall can contribute inside and outside, and also should be a factor on special teams. Duffner also said while analysts believe Marshall is slow as a linebacker that he plays fast on the field and makes plays.
Round 6: Mike Harris, CB, Florida State
Harris, like the Brandon Marshall, is expected to compete for a backup role as a rookie, and to make an immediate impact on special teams. Jacksonville director of player personnel Terry McDonough said Harris was “excellent on special teams” for the Seminoles, and has a real chance to make the team as a backup as a rookie.
If Rashean Mathis can't really come back from his injury from last year, Harris could be a major factor in the secondary of the Jags that has to face Andre Johnson, Reggie Wayne, Kenny Britt and, now, Kendall Wright.
Round 7: Jeris Pendleton, DT, Ashland
This has to be the feel good story of the draft.
The 28-year-old DT was a standout high school player, and he said he originally planned to attend Michigan State, but got sidetracked by family issues and illnesses.
He had the first of his two sons the following year, and worked as a housekeeper at a nursing home, in construction, and at a hospital before deciding to return to school. He attended Joliet Community College, and joined the football team there. He then earned a scholarship to Division II Ashland University in Ohio.
The Jaguars certainly got one of the biggest steals of the draft in Pendleton. He had second-day talent, but his age and past steered teams away from him. But this kid can play and is going to be a huge impact player for Jacksonville.
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