Jacksonville Jaguars Draft Prospects: Combine Results
It is easy to put too much stock into the combine, but it is more for the players interactions with each other and their perspective coaches.
The Jaguars are in a very interesting spot this year with the number two pick in the draft. The Jaguars could go in many different directions, and the combine made it that much more confusing as to what they will do.
Two prospects who did not work out but are worth noting include defensive tackle Star Lotulelei and quarterback Matt Barkley. Lotulelei was diagnosed with a heart condition days before his scheduled combine workout, and Barkley is still recovering from surgery.
Here is a look at ten possible prospects of the Jaguars, and how they performed at the combine.
DE/OLB Barkevious Mingo
40-Yard Dash: 4.58 seconds
Vertical Jump: 37.0 Inches
Broad Jump: 128 Inches
Barkevious Mingo has a freakish skill set that is going to be highly coveted by all teams. Mingo has the capability of playing linebacker in a 3-4 defense or end in a 4-3 scheme. He was solid in all drills he participated in and did no damage to his stock during the combine.
Mingo has the size and speed to fit in the "Leo" role that Gus Bradley is looking for, or he could be a potential replacement for Daryl Smith if he is to play outside linebacker. Either way, the Jaguars would be drafting a possible Pro Bowl-caliber player.
DT Sharrif Floyd
40-Yard Dash: 4.92 seconds
Vertical Jump: 30 inches
Broad Jump: 106 inches
Eye-popping numbers were not expected from Sharrif Floyd in the combine, just continuing proof that he is a tremendous athlete.
Running under a five second 40-yard dash only cemented Floyd in the top 10 come April's draft, and he may find himself as the Jaguars newest defensive tackle.
Free agency may impact whether or not the Jaguars take Floyd, as they can re-sign Terrance Knighton. Another possibility is Chris Canty, who was just in Jacksonville for a visit.
DE Dion Jordan
40-Yard Dash: 4.60 seconds
Vertical Jump: 32.5 inches
Broad Jump: 122 inches
Dion Jordan is a complete freak when it comes to his size and speed. At 6'6", 250 pounds and running a 4.6 40-yard dash, Jordan has the ability to pack on another 15 to 20 pounds of muscle and become a force at defensive end.
Jordan will be undergoing surgery on his shoulder prior to the season, and that is an obvious red flag, but should not drop him further than the top 10. Jordan may have the highest ceiling out of anybody in the draft, and could very easily develop into a top defensive end in the league.
Whether or not the Jaguars interest in Jordan is real, it is impossible to deny that he has the intangibles you look for in a top five selection.
DE Bjoern Werner
40-Yard Dash: 4.83 seconds
Bench Press: 25 reps (225 lbs.)
Vertical Jump: 31 inches
Broad Jump: 111 inches
Bjoern Werner is a name that may be most connected to the Jaguars. The German-born defensive end possesses mediocre speed and strength, but has a non-stop motor and was productive at Florida State.
Werner did not blow the socks off of anybody at the combine, but should be a relatively safe pick for anyone looking for a consistent, hard working defensive player.
Whether or not he is worth the second pick is up in the air, but he should be an early-mid round selection on day one of the draft.
QB Geno Smith
40-Yard Dash: 4.59 seconds
Vertical Jump: 33.5 inches
Broad Jump: 124 inches
Will the Jaguars have any real interest in Geno Smith? It is hard to believe they can completely ignore the best quarterback who looks to be available in the draft.
Rumors have been flying that the Kansas City Chiefs are interested in tackle Luke Joeckel with the first overall pick, which would leave Smith available if the Jags are interested.
Smith's physical traits are top-notch as he has great speed and athleticism for a quarterback in the NFL. Plus the fact he wants to be a pocket passer, only makes him more attractive to those owners who want to keep their quarterback safe.
Smith's arm was nothing to brag about, but he proved to have a first round grade after the weekend.
After David Caldwell's comment regarding Blaine Gabbert, it is now known that the starting quarterback competition is "wide-open" in Jacksonville. If that is the case, then Caldwell's job is to bring in those who give this team the best chance of winning.
DE Damontre Moore
40-Yard Dash: 4.95 seconds
Bench Press: 12 reps (225 lbs.)
Vertical Jump: 35.5 inches
Broad Jump: 122 inches
For every player whose stock rises during the combine, there are those who fall. Damontre Moore looks to be the unfortunate victim of that this year.
With many eyes on him, Moore's 40-yard dash and bench press results were not near what scouts and coaches were looking for.
The ultra-productive Moore posted just under a five second 40-yard dash, and only recorded 12 reps at 225 lbs. Speed and strength were two factors that the Jaguars were hoping would distinguish Moore as a leading "Leo" candidate if drafted.
Now, the Jaguars must determine at his pro-day whether or not he is worthy of any consideration. Moore looks to be the Melvin Ingram of the 2013 draft class.
DE Ziggy Ansah
40-Yard Dash: 4.63 seconds
Bench Press: 21 reps (225 lbs.)
Vertical Jump: 34.5 inches
Broad Jump: 118 inches
The very raw, yet promising Ziggy Ansah showcased his speed and freakish stature on Sunday. Ansah is an interesting prospect because he showcases similarities to Jason Pierre-Paul, but doesn't quite have the football knowledge yet needed to make an impact anytime too soon.
Speed and size is great, and the learning part can be taught as Pierre-Paul proved, but is that worthy of a top five selection?
Ansah still has his pro day to showcase his talents, and the Jaguars would definitely be getting an experiment if they took him. This is a complete case of high risk, high reward.
OT Luke Joeckel
40-Yard Dash: 5.30 seconds
Bench Press: 27 reps (225 lbs.)
Vertical Jump: 28.5 inches
Broad Jump: 106 inches
3-Cone Drill: 7.40 seconds
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.68 seconds
When you are supposed to be a top pick in the draft, you usually just go through the drills, don't make much noise, and don't surprise anybody. That's what Joeckel did.
Joeckel is a lock to be a top-five selection, but it is still up in the air as to where he will land.
The Chiefs may take him, but if they decide to go in a different direction with either Smith or Eric Fisher, would the Jaguars take Joeckel?
The days are over about hearing about BAP (best available player) with Gene Smith, and it is rather refreshing to hear David Caldwell admit they will draft for need as well as ability. However, in this case, Joeckel may be too good to pass up.
With the expiring contract of Eugene Monroe next year, and the current situation at right tackle, Joeckel would be able to step in right away, and if proven better than Monroe, can move him over to right tackle.
CB Xavier Rhodes
40-Yard dash: 4.43 seconds
Bench Press: 14 reps (225 lbs.)
Vertical Jump: 40.5 inches
Broad Jump: 132 inches
Xavier Rhodes is not a first round candidate for Jacksonville, but they can only hope he will be available for their first pick in round two.
Rhodes was tremendous at the combine, and fits perfectly in the mold that Gus Bradley likes in his corners. He resembles Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman better than anybody else in the draft or free agency.
The odds that Rhodes is available went down favorably after his impressive combine, but with such a high second round pick, the Jaguars may be able to land an instant starter for their defense in round two.
CB Johnthan Banks
40-Yard Dash: 4.61 seconds
Bench Press: 10 reps (225 lbs.)
Vertical Jump: 34 inches
Broad Jump 125 inches
Another second day prospect for the Jags, Banks is an example of a player who resembles the tall, tough, physical corners that Bradley covets.
Banks may have dropped his stock out of round one after a so-so combine, but that may be great news for the Jaguars.
Very physical and pressing at the line, Banks can make up for the lack of speed he showcased, but he will need to prove that he is still able to fluidly cut and move on his pro-day.