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Smith will get try at cornerback


Tom Coughlin had been searching for a cornerback since the start of the second day of the draft, but twice he saw his player drafted immediately ahead of the Jaguars' pick. In the final round of this weekend's draft, with one of two compensatory picks the Jaguars had been awarded, Coughlin reeled in a player he believes could make the move to safety if he doesn't have the speed to play corner.

Steve Smith, 6-0, 193, led the Oregon Ducks with eight interceptions and a school-record 27 passes-defensed, but his 4.6 40 speed caused him to last all the way to the final picks of this year's draft. In fact, Coughlin said he had to give Smith a pep talk when he informed the newest Jaguar he had, in fact, officially been drafted.

Smith is the kind of productive player to whom Coughlin had committed his second-day-of-the-draft search. Coughlin claimed not to have "reached" with any of his six, second-day choices.

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