Smith: Jaguars have 'extra draft class in some ways'

Posted April 28, 2011 @ 4:14 p.m.
Posted By Arthur Arkush

While there is plenty of excitement surrounding the Jaguars' 2011 draft class, GM Gene Smith pointed out last week that the club "has an extra draft class in some ways," as 12 of the 14 Jaguars who wound up on injured reserve last season were rookies. Smith singled out FS Terrell Whitehead and C John Estes as two undrafted free agents who impressed during OTAs but who got hurt before showing what they could do with pads on. It is interesting that Smith focused on these two players, as the Jaguars are very weak in the secondary and are aging on the interior of the O-line. Whitehead, a 6-1, 195-pound Norfolk State product [he was a teammate of fellow Jaguar Don Carey in college], was the school's first-ever three-time All-MEAC selection. Estes, a team captain who started every game of his collegiate career at University of Hawaii, is an experienced pass blocker with a mean streak. Word is both players could be in the mix for roster spots next season.