With the NFL Lockout over, the Jacksonville Jaguars have wasted little time in bringing in a handful of undrafted rookie free agents.
So far the team has signed 20 players. ***Update, now 24 players***
Here is the list of confirmed signings:
- Marc Shiechl, DE/LB, Colorado School of Mines- Productive pass-rush specialist who logged 12 sacks as senior and set the Division II record for 40 career sacks. A fundamental tackler who packs some serious pop. Definitely has potential as a special teams player.
- Cole Brodie, CB, South Dakota State- Smart, instinctual corner with good closing speed. Three-year starter for the Jackrabbits. Brodie (5-10, 190) isn’t a big hitter but doesn’t shy away from contact either. Also an accomplished returner and special teams stud, which makes him a candidate to make the practice squad.
- Greg Ellingson, WR, FIU- Lengthy target (6-4, 195) is a prototypical big receiver. Has good body control and hands but doesn’t appear to have the quickness or pure strength to make enough of an impact in camp.
- Kyle Miller, TE, Mount Union- Teammate of 2011 draft pick Cecil Shorts. Miller is a big dude (6-6, 265) who had more than 800 yards receiving as a senior. Adds extra value as a long snapper.
- Armon Binns, WR, Cincinnati- Had 1100 yards receiving as a senior. He’s a very reliable possession receiver and uses his body particularly well in the red zone. At 6-2, 210-pounds, he lacks ideal height to be primarily a red-zone target but he has enough quickness the make contributions all over the field. Probably the best chance to make the team of all offensive UDFAs.
- DuJuan Harris, RB, Troy- It might be difficult to find Harris a spot in the Jaguars’ crowded backfield. He’s an extremely quick back who should at least offer up some interesting moments during camp because of his breakaway ability.
- Kevin Rutland, CB, Missouri- Temmate of first-round pick Blaine Gabbert. Has shown some ability to play on special teams and he’s ideal for the Cover 2 system the Jaguars run. With that being said, he lacks elite athleticism, man-coverage skills and is a long shot to make the roster or maybe even the practice squad.
- Scott Riddle, QB, Elon- Brought in just to be another body. Has minimal arm strength and athleticism to play football at pro level.
- T.J. Heath, CB, Jacksonville State- Had six interceptions as a junior but missed most of his senior campaign. Size (6-0, 177) and 4.4 speed make him an intriguing project but he’s awfully raw.
- Brandon Harper, OG, Duke- Played defensive tackle to start his career but moved to left guard full time as a senior. Strong interior player (bench pressed 445 lbs.) but his inability to make a big impact until his senior year at Duke doesn’t grab my attention.
- Matt Estrada, S, Northern Arizona- Estrada packs a wallop. He’s an intimidating tackler considering he doesn’t have prototypical size (a generous 5-10, 175.) Fluid in his back pedal, Estrada seems to have the flexible hips that coaches covet. Has my vote as a player who can make the cut.
- JoJo Dickson, LB, Idaho- Moves well in a box for a bigger player (6-1, 245) and has a knack for making big hits. Dickson broke his leg this past season so he was relatively off the radar. Bench-pressed 225 lbs. 36 times during his pro day. Has the tenacity to carve out a spot for himself as a special teams stud.
- Michael Lockley, ILB, FAU- Emotional and physical leader for FAU’s defense, Lockley led the Owls with 120 tackles as a senior. He blocker three kicks this past year, meaning he definitely has some value as a special teams player. Real good as an inside backer against the run but he must improve his coverage skills.
- Scott Lutrus, LB, UConn- Lutrus is an experienced players (41 career starts for Connecticut) who doesn’t have much of a ceiling. Good acceleration but he plays stiff overall, even if he;s used primarily as a special teams player.
- Tommy Gallarda, TE, Boise State- Missed six games after breaking his foot this past year. Soft hands and good size (6-5, 262) are pluses but his lack of fluidity limits his potential on a team that is fine with its tight end situation.
- Eric Gordon, LB, Michigan State- Nice looking prospect. He has good size (6-0, 225,) speed (4.5 40-yard dash,) experience (49 career starts) and productivity (92 tackles as senior.) He needs to add some more bulk but plays well in space and in a box. Strike and wrap-up fundamentals. He’s the type of player you want to have on your practice squad.
- Richard Murphy, RB, LSU- Not a surprise that he’s on the roster after he spoke about being a camp invitee this past month. Murphy is a fit in a zone-blocking scheme but his lack of productivity and overall speed makes him a blah prospect.
- Jamar Newsome, WR, UCF- As a recent UCF graduate and someone who covered the team the past three years, I am a bit biased. With that being said, I truly feel Newsome has the ability to carve out his niche in the NFL. A former track star, Newsome emerged as UCF’s most talented receiver this year in a run-oriented offense (had 616 yards.) Is very good after the catch and was a talented kick returner too in college, so his chances of making a practice squad somewhere are pretty good.
- Brian Saunders, P, Virginia Tech- All-ACC as a senior, averaged 44 yards per punt.
- Cameron Bradfield, OT, Grand Valley State- Started 40 straight games in his career and represents good value as an UDFA. Not a big specimen (6-5, 295) and he will have to learn the finer techniques of pass blocking because he played in a run-dominated offense.
- Dontrelle Inman, WR, Virginia- Another big, productive (815 yards last season) target for the Jaguars, although he plays a bit stiff and doesn't particularly well after the catch. May not offer as much value as Newsome or Binns.
- Odrick Ray, DE, Tulsa- Missed five games as a senior and was never that productive during his career (6.5 career sacks.) Ray is a decent fit in the 3-4 given his size (6-4, 276) but other than that he offers little value.
- Troy White, OG, West Virginia Tech- Has a bigger twin brother (Trai, 6-5, 340) but Troy is no slouch himself in the size department (6-6, 295.) Was considered West Virginia Tech's best player last season.
- Jalil Johnson, CB, Jackson State- Johnson has good range and prototypical size (5-11, 185) but his overall athleticism and fluidity is average at best. Good motor might keep him competitive for a practice squad spot.