Jacksonville Jaguars Scouting Guide to the 2014 Senior Bowl

Giancarlo Ferrari-KingFeatured ColumnistJanuary 23, 2014

Jacksonville Jaguars Scouting Guide to the 2014 Senior Bowl

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    The 2014 Reese's Senior Bowl provides some of the nation's top collegiate prospects with an opportunity to go out and impress various NFL scouts and media personalities alike.

    For the Jacksonville Jaguars, this year's Senior Bowl is a little more intimate. Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley and his staff are in charge of coaching the South team.

    Talking about his strategy and overall experience with Mark Inabinett of AI.com, Bradley said:

    Ideally, we want to showcase all our guys' talents. It's really our objective, but in the process, we want to form a team. It's been a great experience thus far. The guys have really brought into it. We challenged them, now. We had a real high-tempo practice, a real challenging practice. I thought they came prepared.

    As the leader of the South squad, Bradley will have a chance to evaluate firsthand what prospects would be an ideal fit for the team's rebuilding process.

    Focusing on various positions of need, it's time to check out Jacksonville's scouting guide to the 2014 Senior Bowl.

    *The 2014 Reese's Senior Bowl takes place on Saturday, January 25, at 4 p.m. ET on the NFL Network.

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Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State

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    Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr is a guy who possesses all of the physical tools needed to be a franchise quarterback at the next level.

    Blessed with colossal arm strength and impressive athleticism, Carr's been one of the most talked about players during the week of practice leading up to the Senior Bowl.

    Discussing his performance so far, Eric Galko of Sporting News said, "When it comes to arm strength, he really has no competition on among the South QB contingent."

    A righteous thrower by design, Carr's biggest concern heading into the draft has been the issues he's had dealing with pressure. Analyzing that in further detail, Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com (h/t CBSSports.com) mentioned:

    (Carr) Will rush passes when blitzed, frequently starting down and overthrowing targets. Stats inflated by Fresno State's pass-happy offense. Accuracy was inconsistent on critical plays in several of Fresno State's biggest games in 2013

    There's no two ways about it, this week has been a great platform for Carr to showcase his talents. According to Hays Carlyon of The Florida Times-Union, when talking on the NFL Network, Jaguars offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch was thrilled with what he saw from the Fresno State QB.

    But for Bradley and general manager David Caldwell, studying Carr's tendencies and overall game on film is still the best way to judge him as a complete prospect.

    If you want to see exactly what scouts have been raving about, Carr will wearing No. 4 for the South team this Saturday.

Keith McGill, CB, Utah

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    The evolution of bigger, taller, more physical wide receivers has given way for a new breed of towering cornerbacks to step into the NFL's limelight.

    Utah cornerback Keith McGill is one of those guys. Listed at 6'3" and 214 pounds, McGill reminds NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock of Seattle Seahawks cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman.

    Impressing scouts throughout the week, Dan Kadar of SBNation.com said that McGill "showed he could jam at the line but also turn and run with receivers." 

    A player who can go out and dominate wide receivers at the line of scrimmage, McGill would be a perfect fit for the type of defense head coach Bradley is trying to install down in Jacksonville.

    Currently projected to be drafted in the third round by NFLDraftScout.com (h/t CBSSports.com), McGill could end up becoming quite the steal for the Jaguars if that evaluation holds true.

    Sporting No. 1 for the South team, McGill is a player who will be worth keeping an eye on.

Dee Ford, DE, Aubun

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    When you watch University of Auburn defensive end Dee Ford on film, his talent leaps off the screen.

    Explosive, fierce and relentless, Ford is exactly the type of player any NFL franchise would love to have on its roster.

    Sharing his Senior Bowl practice notes, NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah raved about what he saw from Ford earlier this week:

    Ford has continued to build on that momentum during the early portion of Senior Bowl week. He has been the most explosive edge rusher by a wide margin. He explodes off the line of scrimmage and his dip/rip move is nasty.

    Wearing No. 30 for the South team, Ford has lined up this week at defensive end. Showing off a consistent ability to get after the quarterback, Bleacher Report's own Chris Trapasso featured him as one of the top Senior Bowl performers from Day 3 of practice.

    A pass-rusher with an appetite for obliterating quarterbacks, Ford would fit beautifully in either a 3-4 or 4-3 defensive scheme.

Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

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    If disruption is a trait you covet in a defensive prospect, then defensive tackle Aaron Donald out of Pittsburgh is one name you can't afford to miss out on.

    Impressing just about everyone who watched him perform this week, North coach and current Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith said, via Chase Goodbread of NFL.com:

    I've been very impressed with him. He's short in stature by NFL standards. He doesn't maybe have all the measurables. But he's one of the more explosive guys we have on the North squad. He's done a nice job in the run and the pass game in the first two practices.

    As a senior, Donald put up astronomical numbers lining up at defensive tackle. Finishing the 2013 season with 11 sacks, 59 total tackles and a staggering 28.5 tackles for loss, the big man from Pittsburgh showed that he's ready to make an immediate impact at the next level.

    Compared to Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins by Jeremiah, the man wearing No. 97 for the North team is going to turn quite a few heads this weekend.

Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois

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    Slowly but surely, Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has managed to become to one of the hottest prospects in this year's draft class.

    As of the Chicago Tribune notes, Garoppolo impressed scouts this past week. Watching him operate on the field, it's easy to see why he's generated such a buzz.

    His sensational release and compact delivery are two traits you look for when searching for a franchise quarterback. But outside of his polished mechanics, Garoppolo has given off a vibe that he's a true student of the game.

    Raving about the Eastern Illinois QB to Wiederer, Jaguars quarterbacks coach Frank Scelfo said:

    In his experience, he has thrown so many balls. He has seen so many different things, so when you talk to him, right off the bat, he's asking questions about plays and coverages and this and that and that. It was easy to see how his mind was connecting and translating from the board and from the screen.

    Garoppolo's rapid ascension to "franchise" quarterback status is quite the compelling narrative. Compared to Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo by Dane Brugler of NFLDraftScout.com (h/t CBSSports.com), it feels like everything this small-school prospect does becomes must-see television.

    Playing for the South team, Garoppolo will be wearing No. 10 during Saturday's game.