The Jaguars have locked up another member of their rookie draft class.
Jacksonville selected Ohio linebacker Blair Brown with the 148th overall pick in this year's NFL Draft.
Brown signed a four-year deal with the team on Tuesday.
“My heart is racing a little bit,” Brown said in a press release.
“This was definitely a big moment for me, just to be able to sit down and look at the NFL contract and see my name on it. It was a dream come true. I’ve been dreaming of this moment since I was a kid. I started playing when I was five [years old]. My mom used to wake me up because I used to fall asleep in my helmet as a five-year old. She said, ‘You can’t do that.’ I have been dreaming about it since I was five years old.”
The fifth-round pick will compete with Hayes Pullard, Audie Cole and Josh McNary for playing time as a depth linebacker. He will also play a key role on special teams.
The Jaguars view Brown as a weak-side linebacker.
He played WILL during his redshirt senior season at Ohio and served as the starting MIKE linebacker in prior years.
The 5-foot-11, 238-pound linebacker produced 128 tackles (15 for loss), 4.5 sacks and a forced fumble this past season.
He was an All-MAC selection for his production.
“I am expecting to learn everything I can from the older guys, and especially Paul [Posluszny], because he has been in the system a long time and he really knows all the positons,” Brown said about learning the Jaguars playbook.
“Me and a lot of the younger guys have been in the meeting room before meetings trying to pick his brain.”
Brown joins fourth-round pick Dede Westbrook and seventh-round picks, Jalen Myrick and Marquez Williams, as a signed member of the draft class.
First-round pick Leonard Fournette, second-round pick Cam Robinson and third-round pick Dawuane Smoot has yet to sign their rookie deals.
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