Myron Rolle (Bill Waugh/AP)
Although the Jaguars haven’t drafted an ACC player in the first-day since Greg Jones in 2004, the team believes that some current ACC players may be able to help them. JagNation has confirmed the attendance of Jaguars scouts at Saturday’s Clemson-FSU game in Tallahassee.
Some of the top draft eligible prospects on offense from that game are Clemson quarterback Cullen Harper, running backs James Davis and C.J. Spiller, and wide receiver Aaron Kelly.
Harper may have one of the best arms in college, but he’s having a disappointing senior year as his stock is seemingly falling with each game. He’s thrown more interceptions than touchdowns (11-7), has a lower completion percentage than a year ago (61.6%-65.1%) and has been disappointing like the rest of his team.
The thunder and lightning tandem of James Davis and C.J. Spiller haven’t had the year that they figured to have by most. The 5’11”, 210 lb. Davis is still considered the second-best running back prospect in the country, but his stock is dropping and he likely wouldn’t be selected until the second round if the draft were next week. The speedy Spiller has been nicked up a bit this year which has hurt his production. At full health, Spiller is still considered a first day pick.
Clemson wide receiver Aaron Kelly has the height to be a prototypical NFL wide receiver at 6’5”, but he seems to be lacking some intangible qualities. Kelly isn’t physically dominant and has a reputation for catching the ball in his chest and will shy away from some contact. Prior to the season, Kelly was a top wide receiver prospect and a borderline first-day pick, but at this point he is likely to be a late-round draft choice.
The combination of Spiller and Davis could be solid players on the next level, but the Jaguars already have talent and depth in the backfield.
The Jags are finding out this year that you really can never have enough talent up front, and the interior of their defensive line is aging and the recent results have been big rushing games by the likes of Mewelde Moore, Michael Pittman, and Kris Benson. A player that may be able to remedy the situation is Dorell Scott of Clemson. Scott is a 6’4”, 310 lb. tackle who was an honorable mention all-ACC player a year ago. Scott plays well at the point of attack and he’s been able to put pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Scott hasn’t had a superb statistical season up to this point, as he has 30 tackles, six TFL, and a sack. Scott is considered an early second day pick at this time.
Another player that could catch the Jaguars scout’s watchful eyes is Clemson defensive end/outside linebacker, Ricky Sapp. Sapp would have to play a DPR role at the next level as he stands 6’2”, 242 lbs. Although he doesn’t have great size, Sapp is speedy, as he reportedly runs in the low 4.4’s. Sapp is a big play guys as eight of his 21 tackles have been for loss, and he has a sack and a pass defensed already this year. Sapp is projected as a late first, early second-day selection.
Another Tiger that could change from stripes to spots is safety Michael Hamlin. The 6’3”, 206 lb. strong safety has great range and doesn’t shy away from oncoming blockers. The team captain is a very instinctive defender, and he currently is one of the ACC leaders in interceptions. Hamlin could be a first-day selection.
The top draft eligible prospect from FSU is strong safety Myron Rolle. Rolle has good size at 6’2”, 218 lbs., and there are few football players in the country that are smarter, as Rolle is an academic All-American. Rolle is second on the team in tackles with 43, and has five pass breakups. Rolle’s 40-time is a respectable 4.46, and if the junior decides to enter the NFL draft he will likely be a first-round pick. A safety tandem of Reggie Nelson and Myron Rolle would allow the Jaguars great versatility.
Another player who caught the Jaguars scouts eyes is Seminoles redshirt junior defensive end Everett Brown. Brown is a bit undersized at 6’4”, 252 lbs., but has the frame to add muscle. Brown led the team in sacks a year ago and has six sacks thus far this season, to go along with 18 tackles, 13 TFL, two pass breakups, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery. Brown is currently rated as a first-round pick.
One more Seminole defender who is draft eligible is middle linebacker Derek Nicholson, who leads the team in tackles with 51, and 12 TFL. Nicholson could be a late-round pick. Some offensive players that Jaguars scouts noticed are senior running back Antone Smith, who leads the team with 575 yards rushing and 12 TD’s, and senior wide receiver Greg Carr, who is a big play threat at 6’6” tall, and averages 15.8 ypc. with two TD’s.