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Breaking Down the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Undrafted Rookie Free Agent Signings

July 26th, 2011 at 3:37 PM
By Brendan Sonnone
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio watches the game clock late in the fourth quarter of their NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle, Washington, October 11, 2009. REUTERS/Robert Sorbo (UNITED STATES SPORT FOOTBALL)
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. 
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2 Responses to “Breaking Down the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Undrafted Rookie Free Agent Signings”

  1. James StylezMcKoolaid says:

    I heard possibly Mana Silva was in our plans…any truth to this?

    • I know that the Jaguars had displayed interest in Silva earlier this offseason but there are some rumors circulating that he’s going to Baltimore. I’ll keep looking out for any updates.

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