The NFL Combine kicks off Tuesday with running backs, offensive linemen and specialists reporting to Indianapolis, Indiana for the annual drills.

With dozens of potential NFL players set to test their athletic might over the next few days, let's take a look at some of the prospects that could interest the Jacksonville Jaguars during April's selection process.


While the Jaguars aren't in need of a starter or even a backup at this point, it would be nice to see the team develop a young player on the practice squad to eventually takeover for Chad Henne behind Blake Bortles. Jacksonville could target a Day 3 passer to compete for No. 3 quarterback spot or even a job with the practice squad.

Here are some names that fit that mold:

1. Dak Prescott, Mississppi State: At 6-foot-2 and 226 pounds, Prescott is a big guy with a big arm who could entice Dave Caldwell to spend a draft pick on. He got along well with the coaching staff during the Reese's Senior Bowl and made a particularly good impression on offensive coordinator Greg Olson.

2. Nate Sudfeld, Indiana: The draft community seems rather split on Sudfeld, who could have had a better showing during the East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg. That said, he's got a decent arm and should be available in the later rounds.

3. Vernon Adams, Oregon: Adams is small by NFL standards (5-foot-11, 197 pounds) but has a lot of intriguing tools. He transferred from Eastern Washington after three seasons, but still excelled at a higher level of competition. He will be of particular interest in passing drills and the 40-yard dash.

Running Back

Teaming T,J. Yeldon with another young prospect would be ideal for Jacksonville. A two-headed monster in the backfield has historically benefited teams with young quarterbacks. The Jaguars will have the opportunity to select talented players, with a wide variety of skills, as late as Day 3.

1. Alex Collins, Arkansas: Collins pick up a lot of yardage in a shared backfield during his time at Arkansas. A talented runner, who scored 32 touchdowns in three season, he could be an interesting Day 2 prospect to team with Yeldon.

2. Kenneth Dixon, LA Tech: A triple-threat back with the ability to block, catch and run, Dixon would be an interesting three tool player for the Jaguars. It will be interesting to see how he runs on Friday.

3. Kelvin Taylor, Florida: The name recognition is obviously hard to overlook. Taylor, the son of Fred, is likely to be a complementary piece in the NFL and what better way for him to grow than in a familiar atmosphere. It worked out for Arian Foster's oddly-shy character in "Draft Day." so who knows?

Florida Gators running back Kelvin Taylor (21) takes the handoff from quarterback Treon Harris (3) during the second quarter in the 2016 Citrus Bowl at Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Wide Receiver

This position may be the team's most impressive and depth-heavy position. While I don't see a need to draft anyone. Some of these prospect may be worth a flier in the later rounds.

1. Cody Core, Ole Miss: While the spotlight has been on his teammate, Laquon Treadwell, Core has the opportunity to be a diamond in the rough. With 6-foot-2, 196-pound size, Core has the ability to serve as a developmental prospect with upside for the Jaguars.

2. Tajae Sharpe, Massachusetts: While he has been lauded for his small school success, Sharpe has held his own on the college all-star circuit. Despite his small hands, he could develop into a dynamic playmaker down the road.

3. Rashawn Scott, Miami: Allen Hurns' former teammate had a rough bowl game to end his college career, but had some impressive moments at the East-West Shrine Game practices. He's not a world-beater but could be a sneaky add if he makes it to undrafted free agency.

Tight End

This is another position the Jaguars can probably pass on. That said, with Nic Jacobs, Marcedes Lewis and Clay Harbor set to test some sort of free agency, the position is at least worth talking about.

1. Nick Vannett, Ohio State: A movable chess piece, the 6-foot-5, 256-pound tight end can get open with ease. His body control is something to be seen and he has the size to represent teams with heavy snaps in the redzone.

2. Jake McGee, Florida: While a minor injury kept him out of the Reese's Senior Bowl game, his work in his sole playing year at Florida turned some heads. He's likely to go in the middle rounds of April's draft and could easily fill Harbor's receiving tight end role.

3. Bryce Williams, East Carolina: Williams is a big dude with solid speed. While his blocking can use some work, his athletic prowess should be on display in Indianapolis.

Offensive Line

While it's hard to limit dozens of offensive line prospects to just three, the Jaguars' needs make it even harder. On the surface, the team could use reinforcements at all positions, but the biggest needs are center and swing tackle.

1. Graham Glasgow, C, Michigan: The big man held his own and even stood out during the college all-star games this year. He's played at all three interior line positions during his time at Michigan.

2. Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss: While he probably won't be on the board when the Jaguars pick, the Jacksonville native is a special talent. His ability to move will be a major draw for the linemen drills.

3. Stephane Nembot, OT, Colorado: If the Jaguars are inclined to wait a bit to take a linemen, Nembot is a very interesting developmental prospect. He could be the team's long-term right tackle if the team ever moves Jermey Parnell to left or moves on from Luke Joeckel. This should be a "hedge your bets" year at swing tackle for the Jaguars.

Mississippi Rebels offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil scores on a touchdown pass against the Oklahoma State Cowboys during the second quarter in the 2016 Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Defensive End

The Jaguars need pass rushing support, that is a fact. The team needs to bulk up with multiple pass rushers from the inside and outside and the draft should be part of the solution. There are a lot of promising fits for Jacksonville, including these three studs.

1. Joey Bosa, Ohio State: He's clearly the main event. A special player without a set NFL spot, Bosa's speed and ability to bend will go a long way in finding him a permanent home. Bosa is an athletic freak with great technique and power. His drills will have my attention as a football fan, not just as a Jaguars writer.

2. Alex McCallister, Florida: Dante Fowler's former teammate is a special athlete. At 6-foot-6, his bend is absolutely ridiculous. While he is thin-framed, he like has the ability gain size without slowing down. He will be an athlete to watch this weekend.

3. Noah Spence, Eastern Kentucky: The polarizing pass rusher of this class is sure to electrify in drills. While there's no question he's a fantastic athlete, his off-the-field issues will certainly be a topic of discussion throughout the week. Is he Top 5 material? Perhaps an impressive performance in Indianapolis will send us back to the tape.

Mississippi Rebels defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche (5) steps up to the line during the game against the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

Defensive Tackle

While some may dispute the need for interior defensive line help, the lack of depth on the inside was apparent down the stretch last season.

1. Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss: His pre-draft antics off the field have clouded some folks' opinions of him, but Nkemdiche is one of the more impressive talents in the draft. He's got the look of an NFL player, with the athleticism to match. The sack numbers aren't impressive (6.5 in three seasons) but his explosiveness should be coveted at the next level.

2. Adolphus Washington, Ohio State: Washington has a unique blend of size and speed. He pairs those attributes with his impressive quick-twitch nature that allows him to get around offensive linemen. He's not the best pass rushing prospect, but could serve a team well as a run stopper.

3. Javon Hargrave, South Carolina St.: If the Jaguars decide to go the Day 2 route for interior lineman, Hargrave is a name to watch. A strong three-technique (Sen'Derrick Marks' position on the line), Hargrave could provide push up the middle.


This a position of uncertainty from the outside. What is the long-term future of Paul Posluszny and Dan Skuta?

1. Darron Lee, Ohio State: With Myles Jack sitting out most drills due to injury, Lee may be the next best thing as far as athleticism. A likely weakside linebacker, his speed should come in handy at the NFL Combine and beyond.

2. Reggie Ragland, Alabama: The talented tackler could expand on his pre-draft hype by displaying positive speed at the NFL Combine. While he's more of a thumper, anything he can show in the way of athleticism will be to his benefit.

3. Jordan Jenkins, Georgia: Jenkins seems fit for the Otto position with the Jaguars. A likely Day 2 pick, Jenkins has the ability to rush the passer, blitz and play the run. It will be interesting to see his times in the 40 and 3-cone drills.


While Davon House and Aaron Colvin played well in spurts throughout last season, the team could use some upgrades beyond its starters. Competition at the cornerback spots would likely lead to improvement.

1. Jalen Ramsey, FSU: While he is listed as a cornerback, Ramsey can play several spots on defense. I prefer him at free safety, but I could understand the draw of putting him at cornerback or even weakside linebacker. He's been pegged as an obvious potential selection for the Jaguars in the first round. A solid combine performance should expand that hype.

2. Vernon Hargreaves, Florida: His hype has gone quiet as of late, but Hargreaves has an opportunity to make some noise this week. He has natural ability, so it'll be important to match his play on tape with his work in drills.

3. Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech: Much like his brother, Kyle, Kendall Fuller has a nice size-speed combination. His measurements will be huge in Indianapolis, as the Jaguars crave size at the cornerback position.

West Virginia Mountaineers safety KJ Dillon (9) is honored on senior day before their game against the Iowa State Cyclones at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports


The elusive free safety position needs to be filled. While the team could afford to improve at strong safety, increasing the talent at center field should be the priority.

1. Jalen Mills, LSU: Mills has off the field concerns, but is a defensive back that can play several positions with proficiency. Combine interviews will tell teams a lot about his personality and mindset, but the drills should be his playground to impress.

2. Darian Thompson, Boise State: Thompson is a taller safety (6-foot-1, 215 pounds) with range. He picked off 19 passes in college and could be the playmaker in the secondary that the Jaguars need. His blend of size and athleticism may push him into the early second round, if not higher.

3. K.J. Dillon, West Virginia: An under-the-radar coverage safety, Dillon has a chance to open some eyes in Indianapolis. He was a playmaker in college and if the Jaguars decided to wait on the secondary, he could be an interesting addition in later rounds.

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