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Jacksonville Jaguars Confidence Rating (Pre-Free Agency): Defensive Line

July 21st, 2011 at 3:11 PM
By Brendan Sonnone

It looks like free agency might be beginning sooner than later so Jaguars 101 is going to try to finish off its position-by-position confidence ratings of the Jacksonville Jaguars in the next day or two. 

Defensive Line
Dallas Cowboys' quarterback Jon Kitna is sacked by Jacksonville Jaguars' Aaron Kampman during the third quarter in Arlington, Texas October 31, 2010. UPI/Kevin Dietsch
Question To Answer: Will a sorely needed pass-rusher emerge for the Jaguars? 
Breakdown: Jacksonville appears to have its defensive tackle duo of the future in Terrance Knighton and Tyson Alualu. Knighton excelled at the one-technique and is on the verge of becoming an elite player in the NFL. Alualu validated his top-10 draft status as a rookie and should continue to progress. D’Anthony Smith will add depth if healthy. At end, Aaron Kampman was a difference maker before he tore his ACL last year. Jeremy Mincey was solid in replacing him but the Jaguars need another end to step up, say former first-round pick Derrick Harvey
This Group Will Be Fine If…Harvey miraculously turns into a legitimate NFL player or a solid free agent end is added. 
Worst Case Scenario: Kampman doesn’t return to his previous form and Alualu suffers s sophomore slump.
Prediction: Knighton should continue his stellar play and Alualu is too hard of a worker to drop off, so the Jaguars will be fine inside. Kampman may lose some explosiveness but will be solid against the run still. The Jaguars will add a pass-rushing end in hopes of generating more sacks, because Harvey isn’t the answer. He may not even be part of the team when the season starts. 
My Confidence Rating: 6 The tackles make you feel good but the ends totally nullify that confidence. At least one end (Kampman or Mincey) will be serviceable, so this group should be OK. 
Tags: Aaron Kampman, defensive tackle, Derrick Harvey, free agent, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Jaguars, NFL, Terrance Knighton, Tyson Alualu

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