Jacksonville Jaguars Undrafted Free Agents: Tracking the Latest Signings
The Jacksonville Jaguars had a great 2013 draft class, bringing in Luke Joeckel and John Cyprien, but they didn't stop their efforts to improve their football team when the draft was over.
As with every other team in the NFL, the Jaguars immediately went to work signing priority undrafted free agents who will look to make this roster and help the Jaguars get back in contention in the AFC South.
UDFAs are low-risk, high-reward signings. At worse, they're camp bodies that a team paid little money for. At best, teams are hoping to find the next Wes Welker or Arian Foster. Could one of those hidden gems be lurking in the Jaguars' free-agency class?
Matt Scott (QB Arizona)
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The gem of the Jaguars' undrafted free-agent class (via the quarterback's own Twitter account) is a quarterback that some thought could go in the first round. Indeed, I had the same grade for Matt Scott as I did a few years ago for Blaine Gabbert.
Scott needs a ton of polish at the next level, but he has awesome arm talent and athleticism. I would not be surprised at all to see a Wildcat package of read-option plays designed specifically for athletes like Scott and Denard Robinson in the Jaguars' playbook next season.
Jordan Rodgers (QB Vanderbilt)
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At 6'2" 210, Rodgers has the size to be an NFL passer, but he was far too inconsistent at Vanderbilt (after transferring from a JUCO school) to get very excited about. He also doesn't have his brother's cannon for an arm.
T.J. Barnes (Georgia Tech)
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One of my favorite UDFA signings (reported by Atlanta Journal-Constitution), T.J. Barnes is headed to Jacksonville in order to try out for the role that Red Bryant plays for the Seattle Seahawks: Elephant End.
Bryant (6'4" 323) and Barnes (6'6" 369) share some similarities to their game. Both have a great anchor against the run and can penetrate better than their massive frames would indicate.
Ryan Otten (TE San Jose State)
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Ryan Otten is headed to the Jaguars (via Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee). He's a better football player than he is an athlete and has drawn a lot of comparisons to Minnesota Vikings tight end John Carlson (although Carlson is a better athlete).
He's not going to bust the seam, in-line block or break away from defenders. He will, however, catch the football as a movable chess piece and score a lot of touchdowns if the ball is thrown his way in the end zone.
Lonnie Pryor (FB Florida State)
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While I had a seventh-round grade on Lonnie Pryor (his addition confirmed by the player himself), CBS called him the No. 2 fullback and projected him to go in the fifth to sixth round.
Pryor is a better rusher than he is a blocker or a receiver. He could end up slimming back down after adding a lot of weight at Florida State and trying to be a tailback.
Jamal Miles (WR Arizona State)
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Jamal Miles broke the news that he is going to Jacksonville on his Twitter account before anyone else. It's no surprise for a kid who's used to beating others with his quickness.
At 5'10", 180, Miles isn't towering over many defensive backs, but he has elite short-area burst and is a natural return man.
Along with draftees Ace Sanders and Denard Robinson, Miles could potentially see time as a "space" player for the Jaguars—someone who just needs the ball engineered into his hands and he can take it the distance from there.
Jeff Nady (OT Nevada)
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At 6'7" 305 pounds, Nady was All-WAC last season and on the Lombardi Award watch list before the 2012 season.
Paul Hazel (OLB/DE Western Michigan)
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Paul Hazel is a talented and a productive pass-rusher, but he is 6'5", 223...and that is after adding weight during the pre-draft process. He looks more like a strong safety and will need to add weight to play anywhere on the Jaguars defense.
If he's able to play around 235-240, Jaguar fans could look forward to seeing him as a rotational pass-rusher.
His signing was reported by David Drew of the Kalamazoo Gazette.
Michael Schottey is the NFL national lead writer for Bleacher Report and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. Find more of his stuff at The Go Route.