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Draft notes: Day two


##### DID YOU KNOW In the last 14 years, 48 Jaguars have started at least one contest in their rookie season, including nine last year by Derrick Harvey. Safety Reggie Nelson started 15 games in 2007 after being selected with the 21st overall pick. 2007 second round pick Justin Durant made eight starts at linebacker. ##### THREE WIDE RECEIVERS TAKEN The Jaguars selected three wide receivers in the two-day draft with Mike Thomas (4th round), Jarrett Dillard (5th round) and Tiquan Underwood (7th round). The three receivers are the second-most selected in franchise history (4, 1996). ##### ELITE COMPANY Derek Cox became the second-highest drafted player in William & Mary history with only current NFL safety Darren Sharper taken higher (2nd, 1997, Green Bay). Cox joins only Sharper and Arizona's Mike Leach as the only former William & Mary players on a current NFL roster. The 73rd overall selection, Cox was the second player taken overall from the Football Championship Series (FCS). ##### MONROE ENJOYS NEW YORK EXPERIENCE First-round pick Eugene Monroe was one of nine players that spent three days in New York City as part of the NFL Draft weekend. It was not Monroe's first time at Radio City Music Hall as he was an invited guest of former Virginia teammate Chris Long last year when the Rams selected Long with the No. 2 overall pick."I experienced a bit of it with Chris so I knew what would be going on," Monroe said. "It was a great week." ##### TOP 10 TACKLE TRIO Three offensive tackles – Baylor's Jason Smith, Andre Smith of Alabama and Eugene Monroe of Virginia – were selected in the top 10. This group is the third trio of offensive linemen in the past 20 years, and first since 2002, to be selected in the top 10. OFFENSIVE LINEMEN TRIOS SELECTED IN TOP 10 (PAST 20 YEARS)

##### FINDING A PLAYER IN ROUNDS 4-7 There are several current Jaguars who were drafted in rounds 4-7 and have developed into major contributors on the club. David Garrard (4th round, 2002) headlines a group that includes Rob Meier (7th round, 2000), Josh Scobee (5th round, 2004), Derek Landri (5th round, 2007), Uche Nwaneri (5th round, 2007) and Chad Nkang (7th round, 2007). ##### PAIR OF TEAMMATES SELECTED The Jaguars selected a pair of teammates in the draft with Arizona's OT Eben Britton and WR Mike Thomas. It marks the fifth pair of teammates selected by the Jaguars in the same draft in franchise history including the second consecutive season (2008, Southern California's Thomas Williams and Chauncey Washington). "I think the team, coaches and everybody will love Eben," Thomas said. "He's a great guy, a leader. I think he is everything an O-lineman needs to be and much more." ##### FAMILY OF ATHLETES? Jarett Dillard has a couple of athletes in his family if you ask his father, Porter. Jarett's sister, Tai, played basketball collegiately at the University of Texas and spent three seasons with San Antonio of the WNBA. She is currently on the coaching staff at Texas-San Antonio. As for his father, Jarett isn't so sure. "He likes to say he was. He didn't play a lot of organized sports but he played a lot of football and basketball with guys in college, intramurals in college," Jarett said. "He likes to say he is. If you ask him that question he'll probably tell you how big of an athlete he was on Lavender Street, the street we grew up on." Seventh-round pick Rashad Jennings also comes from a family of athletes. Rashad's brother, Butch, played at VMI and Liberty before playing running back for the New York Giants. Another brother, Bryan, was a tight end at Virginia Tech and played with San Diego, New England and Tennessee in the NFL. ##### JAGUARS GO THE OFFENSIVE TACKLE ROUTE The Jaguars selected offensive tackles Eugene Monroe and Eben Britton in the first two rounds, the second consecutive season the Jaguars have selected players of the same position in the first two rounds and third time overall. Defensive ends Derrick Harvey and Quentin Groves were taken in the first two rounds of the 2008 draft. Offensive tackle Tony Boselli was the club's second overall pick in 1995 and was joined by Brian DeMarco in the second round with the 40th overall pick. ##### BRITTON BECOMES 11TH UNDERCLASSMEN TAKEN BY THE JAGUARS Eben Britton was the 11th underclassmen drafted by the Jaguars since juniors were formally allowed to enter the draft in 1990. The Jaguars have selected an underclassman in the first two rounds in five of the last six years. ##### COX COMES WITH FULL RESUME AWAY FROM THE FIELD Derek Cox brings a lot more to Jacksonville than just his football accomplishments. Cox played under head coach Jimmye Laycock at William & Mary and was one of only four players in the coach's 30-year tenure to be named team captain for two seasons. Cox was elected as the Student Athletics Advisory Council (SAAC) President for the 2008-09 athletics year and was presented the 2008 Leadership Award by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. In addition, he was part of the gospel choir at William & Mary and the group performed at local churches and different campuses around the area. ##### SEVERAL DRAFT PICKS EARN DEGREES First-round pick Eugene Monroe will receive his bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia on May 17. Monroe completed the requirements for his course work in the winter while second-round selection Eben Britton fulfilled requirements for a degree in creative writing. Jarrett Dillard graduated last May with a degree in political science. Dillard was enrolled in graduate school last semester, studying education and policy studies. Derek Cox will graduate May 17 with a degree in marketing and concentration in entrepreneurship. ##### UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH MIKE THOMAS The Jaguars coaching staff was able to get a closer look at fourth-round pick Mike Thomas in January at the Senior Bowl. The staff spent a week in Mobile, Alabama coaching the South squad, the first time the Jaguars had coached in the Senior Bowl. "I was just being myself, doing what I usually do," Thomas said of his Senior Bowl experience. "Just playing ball and obviously they saw some things in me they liked. To be wanted by a team and I honestly feel like they want me and they are going to try and utilize me as much as possible, I really feel that and I wouldn't rather be in any other place." ##### FRIENDS REUNITE IN JACKSONVILLE Wide receivers Mike Thomas and Jarett Dillard will not need an introduction when they see other next weekend at the Jaguars minicamp. The receivers were roommates at the East-West Shrine game in January. "I'm going to call him as soon as I settled down today and say hey, we're competing," Dillard said. ##### MOVING ON UP; TRADE WITH NEW ENGLAND The Jaguars added a pick in the third round by trading their seventh round pick (232nd overall) and their second round pick in 2010 to New England for their third round pick (73rd overall). The Jaguars selected William & Mary cornerback Derek Cox with the pick. "You get a guy a year early, a guy that you feel is second-round talent," Jaguars General Manager Gene Smith said. "That's why you do it. Certainly when you're giving a pick for next year you have to feel that this guy has second-round talent. So from that standpoint we felt very comfortable with it. We get a player a year early and again a player that has done it on the field and he's done it off the field." ##### DIRECTOR OF PLAYER PERSONNEL TERRY McDONOUGH EXPLAINS THE PROCESS OF FINDING HIDDEN TALENT "Here's how the process begins for these guys. When you're 1-A, you're findable. When you're a 1-AA… There's a process in the spring called the combine and what the combine is is it puts your name on the radar. So if you have a high grade from the combine guy, you're going to be on the radar all the way through. If you don't have a high grade what's going to happen is you're going to be over at William and Mary, a good football player, and people aren't going to go in there to see you because there is nothing on paper that says you're a heck of a player. So the process goes through. He's a four-year player for them, a really good player for them, a team captain, then he runs, jumps, does all this great stuff but most of the time that just means he's a test guy." ##### TIDBITS Third-round pick Derek Cox and sixth-round pick Zach Miller were two of 30 players the Jaguars brought in for a pre-draft visit … Cox's brother, Travis, played football at East Carolina with Jaguars quarterback David Garrard … Tight end Zach Miller spent his freshman season as a walk-on at the University of Nebraska before transferring to Nebraska-Omaha … Seventh-round pick Rashad Jennings is the first player drafted from Liberty by the Jaguars while Tiquan Underwood was the first drafted from Rutgers.

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