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Size, speed picks late


The Jaguars traded their pick in the sixth round (197th) to the 49ers for the 49ers' seventh-round picks (213 and 236), then drafted Syracuse defensive end James Wyche and Florida cornerback Dee Webb.

Wyche and Webb represent two players with top physical skills but who had slipped in the draft rankings for various reasons. Wyche, 6-5, 262, has 4.65 speed and true pass-rush ability but his effort and aggressiveness had been faulted. Webb, 5-11, 183, has 4.5 speed and top athletic ability but he lacks refinement and probably should've stayed at Florida another year. A recent gun incident probably also dropped Webb's stock.

Webb is a Jacksonville product (Ed White High School) and was All-SEC first team pick in 2005. He had an interception, 13 passes-defensed and forced two fumbles last year. He was named Florida's "Outstanding Defensive Back" as a sophomore.

"He's got great speed. He probably went late in the draft because his junior year wasn't as good as his sophomore year," coach Jack Del Rio said of Webb.

Wyche got Del Rio's attention at the February scouting combine. "When I watched him work out at the combine I thought he looked like a young Reggie Hayward, in terms of body type," Del Rio said.

"He's a guy we're very fortunate to get in the seventh round. He probably played a little better early in his career than he did last season. We're adding size and speed," Del Rio added of Wyche, who won defensive MVP honors at the 2006 East-West Shrine Game. He had 4 ½ sacks last season.

"We were able to trade back and get that pick back we gave San Francisco," Del Rio said of the seventh-round draft choice the Jaguars gave the 49ers in the trade for Jamie Winborn last fall. "We wanted to come out with more depth on defense and more speed on defense," Del Rio added.

"Both of these guys we got in the seventh round, no one would've raised an eyebrow if we had picked them in the fourth. These guys are all taken on projections of what we think they can do at the NFL level," Del Rio added.

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