5 Late-Round Sleepers Who Would Be Perfect for the Jacksonville Jaguars
Putting aside all of the hyperbole surrounding the the "top-tier" prospects, sometimes the most important contributors are the guys team's select in the latter rounds of the draft.
Taking a look at each player's body of work on film and blending it together with various scouting reports, it's time to check out five late-round sleepers who would be a perfect fit for the Jaguars.
All 2014 draft projections provided by NFLDraftScout.com (h/t CBSSports.com) unless noted otherwise.
Aaron Colvin, CB, Oklahoma
After Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk broke the news that cornerback Aaron Colvin tore his ACL during a practice session at the 2014 Senior Bowl, the Oklahoma product's draft stock tanked.
Even after sustaining such a heart-breaking injury, the 5'11", 186-pound defensive back is still an intriguing late-round sleeper for the Jaguars.
When you turn on the tape and study his mannerisms and overall football IQ, you'll notice that Colvin brings a lot of positive elements with him to the table.
If he can find a way to bounce back from this injury, his fluid movement, impressive athleticism and great timing are all traits any NFL franchise would love to have in a cornerback.
Before tearing his ACL, Greg A. Bedard of MMQB.com said that Colvin "looked like a first-rounder." Injury or not, that's the type of language that can't be overlooked when considering Colvin's long-term value.
Projected to fall between the sixth and seventh round, there's no doubt this young man could be a great late-round selection for the Jaguars.
As Coy Wire of Fox Sports said when talking about his future, NFL scouts understand that "good cornerbacks are hard to find."
Seantrel Henderson, OT, Miami
If nothing else, University of Miami offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson is one of the biggest football players you'll ever see step onto the field.
Standing at a towering 6'7" and weighing 331 pounds, Henderson has all the physical tools needed to be an elite tackle at the next level. The problem is and has always been, Henderson has struggled to live up to his enormous potential.
As Andy Staples of SI.com described, Henderson's career as a Miami Hurricane was hampered by injuries and suspensions. Still, whenever you see his colossal frame move around on film, it's hard not to be intrigued.
Talking about his collegiate career with Adam H. Beasley of The Miami Herald, Henderson said, "I was partying a little bit too much at times, I had got into trouble a couple of times for marijuana. I just put all that behind me.”
Opening up during the pre-draft process and shedding light onto his past is an honorable thing to do. For a guy with character concerns, Henderson has made it clear that he's finally headed in the right direction.
Pegged as a fourth- or fifth-round draft choice, Jacksonville would be wise to take a look at Henderson.
Boasting the size, natural skill set and power team's cherish in an offensive tackle, Henderson would end up becoming a quality addition to this program if he can figure out a way to keep his head on straight.
James White, RB, Wisconsin
Without the luxury of having a marquee running back in this year's draft class, a lot of talented prospects could see their stock tumble into the latter rounds.
Wisconsin running back James White is one of those guys.
When you put on the tape, you understand why.
White has consistently shown great vision and the patience needed to find running lanes. His impressive lateral movement and willingness to step up and hit somebody in pass protection makes him a complete football player.
But like every prospect who comes along, there are always questions to be answered.
Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wrote that one reason White being overlooked this year is because, "The perception that Wisconsin running backs benefit from an NFL line is often reality."
Well aware of the narrative surrounding Wisconsin running backs, White told Dunne:
In today's game, running backs have to be able to do it all. They have to catch the ball out of the backfield and pass protect. I feel I can do those things and do those things pretty well. I came out here this week and tried to show that.
In the end, the tape doesn't lie. White is an ultra-talented player who currently is being labeled as a fifth-round pick.
If that projection holds up, the Jaguars would be crazy to not to take a chance on this young man.
Xavier Grimble, TE, USC
A player who's managed to slip under the radar so far this offseason has been USC tight end Xavier Grimble.
Talking about his decision to leave school early, Grimble told Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times, "I’m healthy and just want to move on and give it a shot...I feel like it was kind of my time.”
Thanks to his 6'5" frame and good speed, Grimble is athletic enough to make an impact at the pro level.
So why isn't anybody talking about this young man? The biggest reason Grimble hasn't made any headlines could be directly related to former USC head coach Lane Kiffin. According to Jacob Freedman of the DailyTrojan.com, it was Kiffin's play-calling that hindered Grimble's ability to contribute on offense.
Finding guys who fit your scheme is crucial to the success of any NFL team. For Jaguars offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch, Grimble would be a dream come true.
The luxury of having a 250-pound tight end who's athletic enough to line up all over the field would provide this offense with another layer of creativity.
Projected to go in the seventh round of this year's draft, because of his size and potential, Grimble is one player who makes a lot of sense for the Jaguars.
Deandre Coleman, DT, Cal
When you talk about defensive tackle prospects, one name that goes unnoticed at times is University of California standout Deandre Coleman.
As Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times-Union tweeted, Coleman was one of the players who impressed the Jaguars coaching staff during the Senior Bowl.
A versatile big man who can create chaos in the trenches, Coleman relies on his strength and quickness to make an impact.
The biggest concern surrounding the 315-pound bruiser out of Cal has been his lack of consistency.
As Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com (h/t CBSSports.com) pointed out in his Senior Bowl notes that "...scouts are left to question where this passionate play was throughout a disappointing senior season in the Pac-12."
Projected to be selected in the seventh-round pick—a projection that will change as the draft gets closer—if he can put everything together and dedicate himself to football, Coleman will be a solid contributor at the next level.
Having already left an impression on Bradley and his staff, Coleman could be one late-round sleeper the Jaguars make sure they go out and get.