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Starks addresses need


The Jaguars addressed a major need in the third round by selecting cornerback Scott Starks of Wisconsin.

"Undersized corner; 4.3 speed," James Harris said of Starks, 5-8, 177. "We're looking at the ability. He has played in the Big Ten. He has proven he's been able to play above his size."

Starks joins a cast of cornerbacks who will compete for the Jaguars' vacant right cornerback job. It's a position the Jaguars would probably liked to have addressed in the second round, but their "value board" didn't permit it until round three.

"This is one of those deals where we had players at other positions graded equally," Harris said of the Starks selection. It was Harris' way of saying it was a need pick.

"We think we have players on our roster we can play with," Harris said of the corners who will compete to join left cornerback Rashean Mathis in the starting lineup. The Jaguars signed veterans Terry Cousin and Kenny Wright in free agency. Kiwaukee Thomas is a veteran and Chris Thompson and David Richardson showed promise as rookies in 2004.

Starks made six interceptions in his four years at Wisconsin, where Starks was a starter in 48 of 52 games. He excelled on special teams and on the Wisconsin track team.

"He's feisty, he's tough, he's competitive. He will come up and support against the run," Harris added.

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