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Durant driven to perform


Justin Durant just spoke to reporters. Jack Del Rio and James Harris won't address the media about selecting Durant until after the third round. I'll include their comments in my day one roundup story.

Durant is a very well-spoken young man. Right away it's obvious he's an over-achiever. He had no Division I scholarship offers coming out of high school in Florence, SC, even though he was one of the top 15 players in the state.

The likely reason for not being recruited by the big schools is Durant's height, which is just under 6-1. At Hampton, however, he proved that being a shorter player was no obstacle. It never was for Ray Lewis, either.

"They expressed a good bit of interest in me. I could tell they had a liking for me," Durant said of the Jaguars.

Some will say the Jaguars reached a bit to make this pick, but Durant is the first-ever three-time winner of the MEAC defensive player of the year award. He's also a three-time Black College All-American.

Durant was a tackling machine in college. When he ran a 4.51 at the scouting combine, the Jaguars became very interested. Durant said he expects to play weakside linebacker for the Jaguars.

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