By Pete Cataldo
First Coast News
JACKSONVILLE, FL -- Here are the players selected by the Jaguars in the 2007 NFL Draft:
21. Reggie Nelson, S, Florida
48. Justin Durant, LB, Hampton
79. Mike Walker, WR, Central Florida
101. Adam Podlesh, P, Maryland
113. Brian Smith, LB, Missouri
149. Uche Nwaneri, OG, Purdue
150. Josh Gattis, S, Wake Forest
166. Derek Landri, DT, Notre Dame
229. John Broussard, WR, San Jose State
251. Chad Nkang, LB, Elon
252. Andrew Carnahan, OT, Arizona State
Undrafted Free Agents
Brett Goode, LS, Arkansas
Roosevelt Kiser, WR, Florida A&M
Danny Murray, TE, Connecticut
Dan Parrish, OT, Florida A&M
Tony Pudewell, TE, Nevada
Lester Ricard Jr., QB, Tulane
D.D. Terry, RB, Sam Houston
D'Juan Woods, WR, Oklahoma State
In the first round, the Jaguars traded down and still got the man they coveted most, and in the process, they stayed close to home.
Jacksonville drafted Reggie Nelson with the 21st overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. Nelson, a standout from the University of Florida, will fill the void left by the departure of Deon Grant.
In the second round, they went defense again, picking up linebacker Justin Durant from Hampton.
Nelson helped lead the Gators to the 2006 BCS National Championship and was very highly regarded as one of the biggest playmakers at the safety position in the draft.
At Florida last season, Nelson became a first team All-American after starting all 14 games and recording 51 total tackles, two tackles for loss, six interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), five pass breakups, one fumble recovery, and two blocked kicks. He also returned 12 punts for 93 yards in 2006.
While his numbers at the combine were not considered impressive, Nelson may have made himself a first round pick after a great workout on UF's Pro Day in Gainesville. The Jaguar coaching staff was in attendance at Pro Day, and they were obviously impressed enough by that performance to make Nelson the 21st overall pick.
The Jags originally owned the 17th overall pick, but in a trade with the Denver Broncos, the Jags traded down in the draft to pick number 21 while picking up a third and sixth round pick.
With the second pick of the day, it was defense again. Linebacker Justin Durant is considered to be a bit on the small side (6-feet, 230 pounds) but made plenty of plays for Hampton and was named MEAC Player of the Year three straight times.
The Jaguars are hoping they have more success from a small school. They picked up Rashean Mathis from Bethune Cookman just four years ago, and that has worked out very well.
In the third round, Mike Walker, a wide receiver from Central Florida was the pick. Walker was the fifth-fastest athlete at the NFL Combine in February with a 40-yard dash time of 4.35 seconds.
UCF head coach George O'Leary was on Mike Tice's staff with the Minnesota Vikings. Tice, now an assistant with the Jaguars, remains close to O'Leary who gave a high recommendation for Walker.
Originally, the Jaguars were supposed to have a second pick in the third round (the pick acquired in the trade from 17th overall to 21st overall with the Broncos), but the team chose to trade down, and in the process, the Jaguars acquired three picks from the Ravens.
In the fourth round, the Jaguars add Adam Podlesh, a punter from Maryland who many experts believe is the best punter available in this year's draft.
With their second pick in the fourth round, the Jaguars took Brian Smith, a linebacker from Missouri.
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