Jacksonville Jaguars: Top 10 Prospects

Eugene Monroe (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Scout.com's Chris Steuber continues the top 10 prospects series and profiles the Jacksonville Jaguars. In this series, an NFL prospect is classified as a player entering their third year in the NFL or under 25 years of age. Find out who the Jaguars top 10 prospects are entering the 2010 season.

Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
OT
6-5
320
2
23

The eighth overall selection by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2009 draft, Eugene Monroe became a starter from day one and enters the 2010 season as the organization’s top prospect. Monroe played in 15 games, started 13, and flashed the ability that many believe could eventually make him into an All-Pro. He allowed 7.25 sacks and only committed three penalties last season. The Jaguars are hoping that Monroe takes a huge step in his development this season and becomes the blind side protector they envision.

Drafted by Jacksonville in the 1st Round (2009).
Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
DE
6-5
281
3
23

Just like Monroe, Derrick Harvey was also selected with the eighth overall pick, but during the 2008 draft. A highly touted defender coming out of Florida, Harvey's career got off to a rocky start in Jacksonville when he staged a 33 day hold out where he missed all of training camp and the first three preseason games of his rookie season. Harvey eventually rebounded from the time he missed and played in all 16 games, starting nine, and recorded 19 tackles, 3.5 sacks and an interception. Since entering the league, Harvey hasn't missed a game, and this past season he started all 16 games recording 57 tackles and two sacks. The sack totals that were expected out of Harvey haven't come to fruition, but with a revamped defensive line this season, the Jaguars are hoping that it will jump start Harvey and turn him into the sack master he can become.

Drafted by Jacksonville in the 1st Round (2008).
Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
DT
6-3
325
2
23

When Terrance Knighton was selected by the Jaguars in the third round last year, many analysts, including myself, thought that it was a reach. But, Knighton surprised everyone and emerged as a force in the trenches. A standout at Temple, Knighton started all 16 games in '09 and registered 45 tackles and 1.5 sacks. Knighton is viewed as a valuable part of the Jacksonville defensive line, and his presence will make everyone around him that much better in 2010.

Drafted by Jacksonville in the 3rd Round (2009).
Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
CB
6-1
190
2
23

The Jaguars held the 72nd and 73rd overall picks in the '09 draft, and with their first pick in the third round, they chose Knighton, and with the ensuing selection they drafted another under-the-radar prospect, William & Mary cornerback Derek Cox. Cox may have been the bigger surprise of the two, but was just as effective as Knighton last year. He started all 16 games and led the Jaguars in interceptions with four and also contributed 72 tackles. It's amazing to believe that the two head scratchers from the Jaguars '09 draft class have become major building blocks on an up-and-coming defense.

Drafted by Jacksonville in the 3rd Round (2009).
Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
DT
6-3
295
R
23

Over the years, the Jaguars have become as unpredictable in the draft as the Oakland Raiders, and when they took California DT Tyson Alualu with the 10th overall pick this year - talk about unpredictable. Alualu had a solid career with the Golden Bears, but entering the draft he was considered a top 50 prospect, not a top 10 prospect. Either way, the Jaguars had to improve their defensive line, and what Alualu brings inside is a relentless, high motor defender that can get after the quarterback. He will complement Knighton very well and could prove to be worthy of the high selection he was granted.

Drafted by Jacksonville in the 1st Round (2010).
Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
WR
5-8
198
2
23

The 2009 draft turned out to be a very productive one for the Jaguars as it produced many key contributors. Fourth round wide receiver Mike Thomas was one of those contributors. Despite his size, the fleet-footed Thomas set a franchise record with 48 receptions, which went for 453 yards and a touchdown. He also served as the team's kickoff and punt returner last season. Although small, Thomas has the quickness and the sure hands needed to be successful in the slot; the position he's projected to line up at this season.

Drafted by Jacksonville in the 4th Round (2009).
Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
OT
6-6
310
2
22

The Jaguars got their left tackle of the future in the first round of the '09 draft with Eugene Monroe, and they also locked down the right side of the line in the second round with former Arizona standout Eben Britton. Like Monroe, Britton won a starting job off of his performance during the preseason and ended up starting 15 games as a rookie. He and Monroe will be the foundations of the offensive line for the next 8 - 10 years.

Drafted by Jacksonville in the 2nd Round (2009).
Zach Miller
Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
TE
6-4
245
2
25

A sixth round pick in '09, Zach Miller showcased his athleticism and versatility as a rookie. After sustaining a knee injury during the preseason, which forced him to miss the first two games of the regular season, Miller played a vital part on offense and special teams in 14 games. He finished the year with 21 receptions for 212 yards and two touchdowns. With Marcedes Lewis comfortably placed as the starting tight end, Miller will compete for a backup role and could earn a larger role on offense this season.

Drafted by Jacksonville in the 6th Round (2009).
Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
DT
6-2
304
R
22

Categorized as a depth selection, D'Anthony Smith is an intriguing prospect who has upside, but has yet to fulfill his true promise. A three-year starter at Louisiana Tech, Smith had 51 tackles, 5.5 for a loss, and 3.5 sacks this past season. He's expected to be No. 3 on the depth chart behind Knighton and Alualu, and if he has a strong preseason, he could work into a rotation more often than initially thought.

Drafted by Jacksonville in the 3rd Round (2010).
Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
WR
5-10
187
2
24

After a prolific four-year career at Rice University where he totaled 292 receptions for 4,138 yards and 60 touchdowns, Jarett Dillard, mainly due to his size, fell to the fifth round. Unlike a lot of the Jaguars '09 draft class, Dillard didn't have a huge impact on the team, due to a broken ankle that he suffered against the New York Jets during Week 10. He finished his rookie season with just six catches for 106 yards. He has the talent to become an impact player, and if he stays healthy this year, he could become an effective offensive threat.

Drafted by Jacksonville in the 5th Round (2009).


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A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Chris Steuber has provided his analysis of the NFL and NFL Draft prospects on the web and on the radio since 1999. Steuber’s features are published across the Scout.com network and on FoxSports.com. If you wish to contact Chris Steuber, email him at: csteuber@scout.com. You can also now follow Chris Steuber on Twitter.

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