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Jaguars continue strengthening D-line

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By Arthur Arkush

With only one selection on day two of the draft (tenth pick of the third round), Gene Smith and the Jaguars continued rebuilding the defensive line, selecting their second tackle of the weekend, Louisiana Tech DT D'Anthony Smith. The Jaguars hoped to acquire a second-round pick to reportedly select Penn State ILB Sean Lee, but were unsuccessful finding a trade partner for the second day in a row.

Smith gives Jacksonville another space eater on the interior of the D-line. At 6-2, 304 pounds, he carries his weight well for his size. He was very durable in college and has the ability to be disruptive. Like the Jaguars' first-round selection, Tyson Alualu, Smith showed the versatility to play every position on the line.

Unlike Alualu, Smith is not necessarily a high-motor guy. That is what makes this an interesting pick by the Jaguars; Gene Smith tends to draft players who will always compete. At times in college, Smith lacked that desire, which leads one to think the team believes it can get more out of Smith.

New defensive line coach Joe Cullen has his work cut out for him with this pick, though.

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