Jacksonville Jaguars' Undrafted Free Agent Wish List
With the 2013 NFL draft in the books, it's time to focus on the players that were not selected. These undrafted free agents have the chance to select the teams for which they'd like to try to win roster spots.
The Jaguars should be a prime undrafted free-agent destination; Gus Bradley has said over and over that the team will be all about competition. On a roster with as many holes as Jacksonville, an undrafted rookie has a better chance of sticking than on a loaded team like the Seahawks or Patriots.
Let's take a look at some of my favorite remaining prospects that would be good fits for the Jaguars.
Matt Scott, QB, Arizona
I gave Matt Scott to the Jaguars in my Day 2 & Beyond mock, and I think he's still a solid target for Jacksonville in undrafted free agency.
Scott is a quarterback in the style of Colin Kaepernick, though he isn't anywhere near as polished. He has the ability to throw the ball or take off and run, and though his arm isn't nearly as good as Kaepernick's, he does have the ability to make NFL-caliber throws.
New Jaguars quarterbacks coach Frank Scelfo was Scott's college quarterback at Arizona, and should know as much or more about him than any other coach. This should give Jacksonville a leg up in the race to bring Scott in as a free agent.
The official Jaguars Twitter account quoted Caldwell as saying he would bring in a quarterback in undrafted free agency, and Scott is the quarterback that makes the most sense for Jacksonville. Hopefully this mock draft pick comes to fruition three rounds and a bunch of signings later.
Lerentee McCray, DE/OLB, Florida
According to Alfie Crow of Big Cat Country on Twitter, Jaguars first-round pick Luke Joeckel said Lerentee McCray was the toughest player he had to block all season. Though obviously "player-speak" should be taken with a grain of salt, it does speak to the ability McCray exhibited this season.
McCray is actually an outside linebacker that CBS Sports compares to former Seahawk linebacker LeRoy Hill. He's got solid size at 6' 2", 250 pounds and has long 33 3/8" arms. If he can play anything like Hill did for Seattle, the Jaguars could have a steal on their hands.
Though he profiles as an outside linebacker, McCray also has solid pass-rushing ability and could potentially rotate in at the Leo end position on obvious passing downs. He's not a finished product, but the upside is worth taking a chance on.
One more plus: he wears a neck board!
Kevin Reddick, LB, North Carolina
Another Senior Bowl player, Kevin Reddick is a player I thought the Jaguars would be interested in for some time. The linebacker depth on the team is not very solid; after Paul Posluszny, the Jaguars boast Russell Allen, free-agent signee Geno Hayes and some depth players.
Reddick isn't especially tall, measuring in at 6'1", but he's a hitter who has the potential to be a rotational player in the middle of an NFL defense. He could possibly develop starting-caliber ability in the future.
If you want a solid, non-flashy linebacker, Reddick is the guy. At worst, he would be able to contribute on special teams; at best, he could eventually replace Paul Posluszny as the Jaguars' starting middle linebacker. More likely, he's just a depth guy, but that's the case with most undrafted free agents.
T. J. Barnes, DT, Georgia Tech
It's not easy to find players this big. Barnes is a mammoth of a man, measuring in at 6'6" at the combine and tipping the scales at a whopping 369 pounds.
Barnes has super long arms (34 7/8") that, coupled with his height, should allow him to bat down passes at the line of scrimmage. He has trouble getting leverage due to his height, though, which makes moving offensive lineman around at the line of scrimmage more difficult.
If Jaguars defensive line coach Todd Wash can teach Barnes about leverage, he could become a huge (pun intended) force along the defensive line at the one-technique position.
Alvin Bailey, OG, Arkansas
Bailey ran one of the faster 40 times among offensive linemen at the combine, clocking a 4.95-second time. His athleticism makes him a great fit in the Jaguars' new zone-blocking system.
I was surprised Bailey wasn't drafted, but the Jaguars could certainly use depth at the guard position. The only dependable options on the roster are Will Rackley, who was disappointing his rookie year and injured his second year; Uche Nwaneri, who is coming off surgery; Mike Brewster, who may be better suited to center in the long run; and Jason Spitz, who was a non-factor last year as a free-agent signee.
Adding Bailey would give the Jaguars another solid option to shore up the offensive line, and he has the upside to potentially develop into a starter or dependable backup down the road.
Sheldon Price, CB, UCLA
Price is a big, physical corner prospect who I had the Jaguars taking in all three of my previous mock drafts. I still think he's a good fit for the team.
Gus Bradley's defensive scheme emphasizes long, physical corners that can jam receivers at the line of scrimmage and mirror them downfield. While Price is far from a finished product, he possesses tons of upside and could develop into a useful player for the Jaguars.
With the addition of three cornerbacks in the draft, the Jaguars may not be looking to grab any more corners in undrafted free agency, but if they do, look for Price to be a target.
Lucas Reed, TE, New Mexico
The Jaguars didn't take any tight ends in the draft, and the depth chart at the position is extremely thin. Marcedes Lewis' spot is locked up, but there really isn't another tight end whose position on the depth chart is safe.
Reed would have the potential to win a backup tight end job in Jacksonville and could see time in multiple-tight end sets. For an undrafted free agent, a team with an unsettled backup situation at your position is probably the best place to land.
I'd be surprised if the Jaguars don't add a tight end in undrafted free agency, and Reed is a big target that could be a solid addition to the offense.
Meshak Williams, DE, Kansas State
I watched a couple Kansas State games this year, and Meshak Williams seemed to flash on the screen every time I was watching. He was relentless as a pass-rusher and was also making plays in the run game.
The Jaguars didn't draft a single Leo end, and Williams would be a solid addition to challenge for a roster spot at the position. Jason Babin and Andre Branch are really the only Leos on the roster, giving Williams a solid chance to make the 53-man roster if he performs well in training camp.
Williams would be a solid player to take a chance on, especially if the Jaguars are looking to add a pass-rusher. The list of available pass-rushers isn't very long.
Damion Square, DE, Alabama
Damion Square is a player Mike Mayock kept bringing up on NFL Network while watching Quinton Dial highlights. He stated Square was a solid fit as a five-technique defensive end in a 3-4 defense.
Gus Bradley's new defense in Jacksonville incorporates some 3-4 principles, one of which is the use of a five-technique defensive end. Currently, the Jaguars have Tyson Alualu, Sen'Derrick Marks, and Austen Lane that have the ability to play the position, but the first two will also spend time at the three-technique defensive tackle position.
Square would have a chance to win a roster spot as a five-technique defensive end with the hopes of playing a rotational role on the defensive line. It's a good fit for Square and the Jaguars.
Lonnie Pryor, FB, Florida State
Lonnie Pryor profiles as a fullback in the NFL, a position at which the Jaguars find themselves without a starter after the departure of longtime starting fullback Greg Jones in free agency. Pryor would have the ability to not only win a roster spot, but also a starting job.
Offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch's offense supposedly uses more three-receiver sets, but it doesn't eliminate the need for a fullback. Pryor has the versatility to both block on running plays and run routes on passing plays.
The ability to win a starting job is an undrafted free agent's dream, and with Jacksonville in need of a starting fullback, players at that position should be flocking to the Jaguars.