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Scott, Pryor among college free agents

Posted Apr 28, 2013

Arizona quarterback Matt Scott, Florida State fullback Lonnie Pryor among top free agents signed by Jaguars after 2013 NFL Draft.

JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars added a quarterback on 2013 NFL Draft weekend after all.

Actually, they added a couple of them.

Matt Scott, a quarterback from Arizona who many draft analysts projected as a mid-round selection, was among 23 college free agents agreeing to terms with the Jaguars on Sunday. Vanderbilt quarterback Jordan Rodgers also joined the Jaguars as a collegiate free agent.

Rodgers is the brother of Green Bay Packers Pro Bowl quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

The website NFL Draft Scout ranked Scott as the No. 8 quarterback available in the draft, projecting him as a third-to-fourth-round selection. The site ranked Rodgers as the No. 13 quarterback.

The Jaguars surprised many observers by not selecting a quarterback in the three-day draft, but General Manager David Caldwell said shortly after the draft that the position would be addressed in college free agency.

Blaine Gabbert, who has started 24 games over the past two seasons, is expected to compete with Chad Henne – who started the final six games last season – for the team’s starting quarterback position with Scott and Rodgers now in the mix.

Caldwell said Saturday he does not anticipate adding another veteran at the position this offseason.

In his first season as the Jaguars’ general manager, Caldwell said throughout the pre-draft process college free agency would be critical to the process of building the roster. He also expected players signed as free agents to not only make the roster, but compete for starting jobs.

The Jaguars did not draft a defensive lineman, but signed three as free agents – Georgia Tech defensive tackle T.J. Barnes, Western Michigan defensive end Paul Hazel and Georgia defensive tackle Arby Jones. The team also addressed the linebacker position after not selecting a player in the three-day draft, agreeing to terms with Maalik Bomar of Cincinnati, Jeremiah Green of Nevada, LaRoy Reynolds of Virginia and Michael Zimmer of Illinois State.

Barnes had been projected as a sixth-to-seventh-round selection.

The team also addressed fullback, adding Lonnie Pryor of Florida State at the position. The Jaguars had allowed longtime fullback Greg Jones to leave as a free agent this offseason.

Pryor was NFL Draft Scout’s No. 2-rated fullback, projecting to go in Round 6 or 7.

The Jaguars used their No. 2 overall selection on Texas A&M left tackle Luke Joeckel Thursday, but the was the only offensive linemen among the eight selections. They added depth in free agency, agreeing to terms with guard Stephane Milhim of Massachusetts and three offensive tackles –Jeff Nady of Nevada, R.J. Dill of Rutgers and Roderick Tomlin of Murray State.

Milhim had been projected by some as a late-round selection.

The Jaguars on Sunday also continued their draft-day focus of adding depth to the secondary, agreeing to terms with Texas A&M safety Steven Terrell, Vanderbilt cornerback Trey Wilson and Delaware cornerback Marcus Burley. They had drafted safeties Johnathan Cyprien of Florida International (second) and Josh Evans of Florida (sixth) and cornerbacks Dwayne Gratz of Connecticut (third), Jeremy Harris of New Mexico State (seventh) and Demetrius McCray of Appalachian State (seventh).

The Jaguars also addressed wide receiver in college free agency with Cole McKenzie of Southern Oregon, Jamal Miles of Arizona State and Tobais Palmer of North Carolina State, also adding tight ends Ryan Otten of San Jose State and Kyler Reed of Nebraska.

Otten also was projected as a sixth-to-seventh-round selection.

The Jaguars also agreed to terms with long snapper Carson Tinker of Alabama.


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