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15 NFL Draft: Jaguars select Sample at No. 104


JACKSONVILLE – The final day of the Jaguars' 2015 NFL Draft started with a bit of twist.

Or actually, it started with a switch.

After selecting running back, edge rusher and offensive guard on Days 2 and 3, the team addressed the safety position as Day 3 began – and did so after swapping fourth-round selections with the New York Jets.

The Jaguars early Saturday afternoon used the fifth selection of the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft – the No. 104 selection overall – on University of Louisville safety James Sample. Moments before they had swapped the No. 103 selection they held entering the day for the Jets' No. 104 selection and a seventh-round selection.

That seventh-round selection is the No. 229 overall.

Sample (6-feet-2, 209 pounds), a senior, played one season at Louisville, transferring there from American River Junior College. He played at the University of Washington originally out of high school.

He registered 90 tackles with four interceptions this past season.

Sample also was first player outside the Southeastern Conference selected by the Jaguars in this draft. He is considered a box safety by many draft analysts.

The Jaguars selected Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon in the second round Friday and selected South Carolina guard A.J. Cann in the third round. The Jaguars selected University of Florida edge rusher Dante Fowler Jr. with the draft's No. 3 overall selection Thursday night.   They hold the No. 67 selection – the third selection of the third round – later on Friday night.

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