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Jacksonville Jaguars Undrafted Free Agents: Need-to-Know Info for Every Signee

Giancarlo Ferrari-KingFeatured ColumnistMay 10, 2014

Jacksonville Jaguars Undrafted Free Agents: Need-to-Know Info for Every Signee

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    What else can you say? The 2014 NFL draft was a whirlwind experience for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

    General manager David Caldwell should be praised right now for the job he and his staff did revitalizing this fanbase.

    Over the course of three hectic days in New York City, the Jaguars managed to walk away with a franchise quarterback, two hyper-talented wide receivers and a handful of defensive standouts.

    However, just because the draft has concluded doesn't mean that the Jaguars can't add talent in the form of undrafted free agents.

    As Caldwell continues his rebuilding quest, don't forget to stick around here for live analysis and full breakdowns of every player the Jaguars decide to go out and sign.

    The draft may be over, but there's still plenty of work to be done in the great city of Jacksonville.

Jaguars Sign Miami QB Stephen Morris

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    Jaguars offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch has officially been reunited with his former pupil, quarterback Stephen Morris, according to Christy Chirinos of the Sun-Sentinel.

    Morris had an up-and-down 2013 season in Coral Gables, completing 58.7 percent of his passes for 3,028 yards, 21 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

    Signing with the Jaguars gives him a great chance to come in and compete to be the team's third-string quarterback.

    Plus, he may actually have an advantage of winning that position thanks to his plethora of experience working with Fisch and his age.

     

    Measurables

    Height: 6'2"

    Weight: 213 pounds

    40-yard dash: 4.63 seconds

    Vertical jump: 30 inches

    Bench press: N/A

     

    Strengths

    Morris is a great athlete who boasts a big arm and elite velocity. On tape he shows off good touch on his throws when he has the luxury of a clean pocket.

    His best attribute as a quarterback has to be when things start to break down. Morris has enough speed and smarts to evade pressure and keep the play alive.

     

    Weaknesses

    Despite having a strong arm, unless Morris has wide receivers in open space, he struggles with his accuracy. There are times when he throws behind guys on film, which will lead to major problems in the NFL.

    The biggest concern you have with Morris is his build. At just 213 pounds, durability is going to be a real issue for the young Hurricanes quarterback.

Jaguars Sign Miami WR Allen Hurns

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    Another University of Miami native is heading to Jacksonville, according to Miami Hurricanes assistant athletics director/director of communications Chris Yandle.

    Wide receiver Allen Hurns will join fellow rookie wide receivers Allen Robinson and Marqise Lee when the team heads into training camp.

    Allen was a productive facet of the Hurricanes' high-powered attack. Showing off good hands, he finished the 2013 season with 62 receptions for 1,162 yards and six touchdowns.

    Like Stephen Morris, Hurns has experienced working with Coach Fisch.

    But with Cecil Shorts, Mike Brown and Ace Sanders also on the roster, it may be difficult for this young man to make the team—regardless of his Miami connection.

     

    Measurables

    Height: 6'1"

    Weight: 198 pounds

    40-yard dash: 4.55 seconds

    Vertical jump: 31 inches

    Bench press: 14 reps

     

    Strengths

    Hurns uses his impressive speed to inflict the most damage. He's a straight-line type of player who can be utilized mainly on screen passes and underneath routes.

    When he gets into space, he can make people miss. That could give him some value as a punt returner if he winds up catching on in Jacksonville.

     

    Weaknesses

    Like Morris, Hurns has a wiry frame. His lack of ideal size is going to relegate him to working in the slot if he can earn a spot on this roster.

    On top of that, Hurns struggled to create consistent pockets of separation while at Miami. With the competition getting cranked up a notch or two, that could be a major problem for his overall effectiveness as a pass-catcher in the NFL.

Jaguars Sign Cal DT Deandre Coleman

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    The Jaguars decision to sign Cal defensive tackle Deandre Coleman is a smart way for this team to bulk up their defense line.

    Cal head coach Sonny Dykes shared the news when he congratulated his former player via Twitter.

    Coleman is a guy who NFL.com's Nolan Nawrocki had projected would fall between the second and third round of this year's draft.

    He fits well in Jacksonville as three-technique defensive tackle or a run-stopping five-technique defensive end like Red Bryant. Both spots would allow him to use his mammoth frame to clog up running lanes.

     

    Measurables

    Height: 6'5"

    Weight: 314 pounds

    40-yard dash: 4.9 seconds (via Tony Pauline of DraftInsider.net)

    Vertical jump: N/A

    Bench press: 24 reps

     

    Strengths

    Coleman is a physical specimen. At 6'5", 314 pounds, he's the type of player who can be plugged into the interior of a defensive line and set free.

    For a guy his size, he moves incredibly well and displays great balance. Throughout his career at Cal, opposing offensive linemen had issues taking him to the ground or driving him off the point of attack.

     

    Weaknesses

    Despite being a good athlete, Coleman has issues getting off the line of scrimmage. He lacks ideal burst, and because of that he struggles to dominate in the trenches.

    The biggest issue you notice on tape is that Coleman isn't a playmaker. For a guy with so much raw ability, there are long stretches of time where he becomes a non-factor on the field.

    He's going to have to improve his technique and figure out a way to use his powerful frame more efficiently if he has any chance of making the Jaguars roster.

Jaguars Sign Maryland OLB/DE Marcus Whitfield

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    Maryland head coach Randy Edsall was the first to break the news that his former player Marcus Whitfield would be joining the Jaguars.

    Whitfield was an outside linebacker in Maryland's 3-4 scheme coming off the edge. He had a big year in 2013, finishing the season with 52 total tackles, 15 tackles for loss and nine sacks.

    That type of production rushing the passer clearly was enough to spark the interest of Coach Bradley and Caldwell.

    Working in Bradley's scheme, Whitfield would transition into either a 4-3 "Leo" defensive end or try his hand at strong-side linebacker. 

     

    Measurables (via NFLDraftScout.com)

    Height: 6'3"

    Weight: 234 pounds

    40-yard dash: 4.66 seconds

    Vertical jump: 33 inches

    Bench press: 18 reps

     

    Strengths

    Whitfield proved last season in Maryland that he is a savvy pass-rusher. He's shown that he can come off the edge and find ways to be disruptive rushing the quarterback.

    He has good instincts and awareness on the field. Whitfield isn't just a pass-rusher, he can also be effective as a linebacker in a 4-3 alignment.

     

     

    Weaknesses

    The 2013 season marked the first time he was able to find any sort of success as a starter. Despite his effectiveness on the field, he still to grow tremendously as a football player.

    He isn't an explosive pass-rusher. Even though he can get to the quarterback, when you watch him, you don't see elite speed coming off the edge.

    It's going to be interesting to see how the Jaguars use him. While he's played both defensive end and linebacker, he had issues being productive with his hand in the dirt.

Jaguars Sign Louisville WR Damian Copeland

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    The Jaguars continued to go after rookie wide receivers when they landed Louisville's Damian Copeland, per Copeland's official Twitter account.

    Copeland spent the bulk of his collegiate career catching passes from Minnesota Vikings' first-round pick Teddy Bridgewater.

    At 5'11', 184 pounds he's a scrappy pass-catcher with good hands and has an unique ability to track the ball and adjust to it.

    Like Miami's Allen Hurns, Copeland comes to a Jaguars team loaded with wide receivers. He's going to have prove he belongs this summer during camp.

     

    Measurables

    Height: 5'11"

    Weight: 184 pounds

    40-yard dash: 4.50 seconds

    Vertical jump: 40 inches

    Bench press: 12 reps

     

    Strengths

    Very productive. Over his last two seasons at Louisville, Copeland caught 108 passes for 1,408 yards and seven touchdowns.

    He has good hands and plays smart. Despite his height, he can adjust to any throw and make a play on the football.

    Copeland is very solid after the catch. If he gets a crease of space he can turn into a positive gain.

     

    Weaknesses

    Even though he ran a 4.5-second 40-yard dash at the combine, Copeland isn't an amazing athlete. He doesn't have enough speed to peel the top off a defense.

    He isn't a polished route-runner, which can lead to issues getting open. Unless he cleans that part of his game up, it's going to be difficult for him to find a place on the Jags roster.

Jaguars Sign Utah State TE D.J. Tialavea

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    Utah State's D.J. Tialavea is the first undrafted tight end to sign a deal with the Jaguars, per the Aggies official Twitter account.

    Tialavea didn't have a robust collegiate career, posting just 198 yards receiving in 17 career starts. But at 6'4', 267 pounds, the Jaguars coaching staff may want to look at him strictly from a developmental point of view.

     

    Measurables (via NFLDraftScout.com)

    Height: 6'4"

    Weight: 267 pounds

    40-yard dash: 4.95 seconds

    Vertical jump: 31.5 inches

    Bench press: 22 reps

     

    Strengths

    Tialavea has the right size to fit the mold of an NFL tight end. Running a 4.95-second 40-yard dash at his pro day isn't going to set the world on fire, but he still showed off more than enough speed to be effective in the NFL.

     

    Weaknesses

    Catching just 30 passes over his 17 career starts at Utah State, Tialavea's game could suffer from a dearth of experience.

    Not being able to contribute at the collegiate level raises question marks about his long-term outlook as a pro.

Jaguars Sign Oregon State CB Rashaad Reynolds

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    Out of all the undrafted free agents the Jaguars went out and signed, Oregon State cornerback Rashaad Reynolds is the one guy who has all the skills needed to make an immediate impact.

    Gina Mizell of The Oregonian made the news of Reynolds joining the Jags official.

    Reynolds was fantastic last season at Oregon State. Posting 61 total tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, one sack and six interceptions, he was the total package for the Beavers.

    Looking back at NFLDraftScout.com's cornerback rankings (h/t CBSSports.com), he was projected to be selected between the third and fourth round of the draft.

     

    Measurables

    Height: 5'10"

    Weight: 189 pounds

    40-yard dash: 4.51 seconds

    Vertical jump: 37.5 inches

    Bench press: 20 reps

     

    Strengths

    Reynolds is an absolute ball-hawk. Posting six interceptions during his final season at Oregon State, he showed off great coverage skills no matter where he was on the field.

    He could easily be one of the most athletic defensive backs in the draft.

    Unlike a lot of cornerbacks, Reynolds excels in run support. He's physical as can be and shows no issues coming up and taking on a running back.

     

    Weaknesses

    Even though he has great straight-line speed, Reynolds struggles at times making up ground.

    There are instances when you notice that he uses his hands way too much in coverage. That's going to be a concern for him in the pros.

Jaguars Sign TE Marcel Jensen, Fresno State

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    The Jaguars landed another tight end over the weekend in Fresno State's Marcel Jensen, per Mike Loyko of NEPatriotsDraft.com

    Jensen was a benefactor of quarterback Derek Carr, as he hauled in 26 passes for 353 yards receiving and three touchdowns.

    Jensen is a monster, standing at 6'6" and weighing 259 pounds. With great leaping ability and raw strength, his physical skill set is unique.

    The Jaguars need depth at tight end which gives Jensen a good chance to make the final roster.

     

    Measurables

    Height: 6'6"

    Weight: 259 pounds

    40-yard dash: 4.85 seconds

    Vertical jump: 35 inches

    Bench press: 24 reps

     

    Strengths

    Jensen's size and athletic ability is what gives him the chance to be a special talent.

    If he can find a way to put all of those physical tools to good use, he's going to be a major contributor for the Jaguars' passing attack.

    He has good hands, which combined with his long frame, makes him a wonderful target in the red zone. With fantastic speed, Jensen also can be a factor down the middle of the field.

     

    Weaknesses

    He's still very raw and needs to properly develop his route-running skills.

    Jensen didn't put up huge numbers in college, which despite the system he played in, is still somewhat of a concern.

Jaguars Sign James Madison OT Josh Wells

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    Searching for more depth on their offensive line, the Jaguars brought in James Madison offensive tackle Josh Wells, per BigCatCountry.com

    Wells will have to rely on his athleticism and impressive size to make the roster as a backup.

     

    Measurables (via NFLDraftScout.com)

    Height: 6'6"

    Weight: 315 pounds

    40-yard dash: 5.25 seconds

    Vertical jump: 32 inches

    Bench press: 24 reps

     

    Strengths

    Wells is definitely an athletic enough to play at the next level.

    The people over at NFLDraftScout.com (h/t CBSSports.com) described him as a, "Good overall athlete who was a dual-threat quarterback in high school before moving to tight end, then defensive line before settling in on the offensive line over the past three seasons."

    He has enough size and length need to be effective as a tackle. His long arms and reach allows him to keep edge-rushers at bay.

     

    Weaknesses

    He didn't face very stout competition while at James Madison. It's hard to judge him as a complete prospect without seeing him work against any high-quality pass-rushers. 

Jaguars Sign Clemson OG Tyler Shatley

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    One of the strongest offensive linemen in the entire 2014 draft class has landed with the Jaguars.

    Clemson's Tyler Shatley reportedly signed a deal with the team, per Clemson wide receivers coach Jeff Scott on Twitter.

    Converting over from a defensive lineman to an offensive guard, Shatley would played in the interior of the Jaguars' offensive line if he found a way to make the roster.

     

    Measurables (via NFLDraftScout.com)

    Height: 6'3"

    Weight: 300 pounds

    40-yard dash: 5.17 seconds

    Vertical jump: 30.5 inches

    Bench press: 40 reps

     

    Strengths

    Shatley is one of the strongest interior offensive linemen in the entire 2014 class.

    At his pro day he put up an incredible 40 reps on the bench press. That's just two less than North Carolina center Russell Bodine did at the combine—Bodine led all participants in that category.

     

    Weaknesses

    He played on the defensive side of the ball as a freshman and sophomore. That means he still to develop and refine his technique before he can be slugged in at guard in the NFL.

Jaguars Sign Missouri-Western State TE Reggie Jordan

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    The third and final tight end to join the Jaguars roster over the weekend was Missouri-Western State's Reggie Jordan.

    Jordan is a speedy pass-catcher with good hands and an ability to hurt teams down the middle of the field. Like Jensen and Tialavea he will look to find a place in Coach Fisch's offense.

     

    Measurables

    Height: 6'3"

    Weight: 240 pounds

    40-yard dash: 4.77 seconds

    Vertical jump: 30 inches

    Bench press: 24 reps

     

    Strengths

    Jordan has great speed which allows him to be threat down the middle of the field as well as on the outside.

    He isn't just a pass-catcher. Jensen is also efficient when he's asked to go out and block.

     

    Weaknesses

    Despite having good speed, he isn't a savvy route-runner. Jordan has trouble separating from defenders because of that.

Jaguars Sign Oregon DT Ricky Havili-Heimuli

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    The Jaguars announced that Oregon defensive tackle Ricky Havili-Heimuli is now a member of the team.

    Clearly looking for more bodies to throw on their defensive line, Coach Bradley will have to determine if this young man is a good fit for his hybrid 4-3 scheme.

     

    Measurables (via NFLDraftScout.com)

    Height: 6'4"

    Weight: 329 pounds

    40-yard dash: 5.31 seconds

    Vertical jump: 25 inches

    Bench press: 26 reps

     

    Strengths

    The people over at DraftInsider.net wrote about some of the positive qualities Havili-Heimuli possesses:

    Rotational player for most of his Oregon career. Totaled 25 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, and one sack as a senior. Nice-sized defensive lineman who rarely makes plays on the ball. Strong, holds his ground, and is tough to move off the point. Shows power in his lower body, bull rushes opponents off the line of scrimmage, and, for the most part, plays with leverage.

     

    Weaknesses

    He wasn't much of an impact player during his time at Oregon. Despite having all of the physical tools, he's going to have to prove he can be effective in a rotational capacity.

Jaguars Sign LSU Safety Craig Loston

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    LSU safety Craig Loston is one of the marquee names the Jaguars reached a deal with after the draft.

    The 24-year-old safety had a solid career down in Baton Rogue. Last season, he recorded 57 total tackles, four tackles for loss, one sack and three interceptions while patrolling the Tigers' secondary.

    Leading up to the draft Loston was projected to be a fifth-round pick, according to NFLDraftScout.com (h/t CBSSports.com).

     

    Measurables

    Height: 5'11"

    Weight: 217 pounds

    40-yard dash: 4.65 seconds

    Vertical jump: 32.5 inches

    Bench press: 12 reps

     

    Strengths

    Loston has great recognition for a defensive back. He can cover wide receivers in the middle of the field and also is able to play up in the box.

    He's consistently been able to produce for a vaunted SEC defense. Playing against some of the nation's top competition, Loston always found a way to be effective.

    One of the first things you notice watching Loston is that he delivers brutal hits. That type of ability allows him to become an "enforcer" in the secondary

     

    Weaknesses

    If there was one area of concern when it comes to Loston's outlook as a pro, it would be that he doesn't have tremendous speed.

    On top of that, being a reckless hitter may not only result in penalties, but it also puts his health at risk.

    He isn't the most technically sound defensive back which tends to hurt him in coverage.

Jaguars Sign Cumberland Running Back Terrance Cobb

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    University of Cumberlands running back Terrance Cobb comes to the Jaguars as a small-school prospect with a lot to prove.

    In the six games he played last season, Cobb rushed for 540 yards and six touchdowns on just 92 attempts, via CumberlandPatriots.com

     

    Measurables (via NFLDraftScout.com)

    Height: 5'10"

    Weight: 221 pounds

    40-yard dash: 4.48 seconds

    Vertical jump: N/A

    Bench press: 19 reps

     

    Strengths

    Cobb has enough speed to break away from defenders. If you watch his 2012 highlight reel featured above, you'll notice that he's able to get to the second level with a problem.

    He has great balance while running, which makes him difficult to tackle at times.

     

    Weaknesses

    He comes from a run-friendly scheme. A lot of his production can be directly correlated to the system that he played in.

    When you watch him on tape, he isn't very elusive. Most of his runs consistent of running through wide-open lanes.

    Like most small-school prospects, Cobb hasn't faced any top-tier competition.

Jaguars Sign Tennessee Tech P Chad Zinchini

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    Tennessee Tech punter Chad Zinchini will get his chance to show the NFL what he's got during rookie camp.

    It's doubtful that he'll replace Bryan Anger, but maybe he can take this opportunity to show other clubs he's capable of being productive.

     

    Measurables (via NFLDraftScout.com)

    Height: 6'2"

    Weight: 229 pounds

    40-yard dash: N/A

    Vertical jump: N/A

    Bench press: N/A

Jaguars Sign Northwestern K Jeff Budzien

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    Northwestern's Jeff Budzien will come in and hopefully provide veteran kicker Josh Scobee with a little competition this summer.

    He doesn't have a huge leg, but as NFLDraftScout.com (h/t CBSSports.com) noted he's a "Highly-accurate and experienced kicker."

     

    Measurables (via NFLDraftScout.com)

    Height: 5'10"

    Weight: 180 pounds

    40-yard dash: N/A

    Vertical jump: N/A

    Bench press: 10 reps

     

    All combine results courtesy of NFL.com's results tracker, unless noted otherwise. All UDFA signings via Jaguars.com, unless noted otherwise.

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