by Chris Westphal
The NFL lockout is over and the Jacksonville Jaguars’ season is about to get underway. The team was a game away from winning their first division crown in over a decade until losing to the Colts in week 15 and dropping the final two games of the 2010 season.
It was a season of ups and downs, but more importantly this young Jaguars team showed development. Three new additions on the roster will help solidify both the offense and defense in 2011.
Miami native Rod Issac was drafted by the Jaguars in the fifth round out of Middle Tennessee State to fill the nickel back position. He is known on the field as a solid tackler, a trait the Jaguars have lacked in recent seasons.
He’ll join a secondary that includes veteran Rashean Mathis. Issac said, “I’m looking forward to learning from Rashean. He’s been very good for a long time.”
Chris Prosinski is a safety drafted in the fourth round that graduated from his childhood favorite University of Wyoming even though he was recruited by schools like Harvard, Princeton and Georgia Tech.
Prosinski credited a strong pro day that interested the Jaguars to “training in Orlando at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports with Tom Shaw for two months.”
The Jacksonville Jaguars also selected Will Rackley, a guard from Lehigh University. The third round draft pick is expected to compete for early playing time.
Rackley is excited to be a part of the Jaguars because, “it means I get to be a part of a great organization in a great city.”
These draftees come with a lot of expectations and with the Jaguars now in the third of a four year rebuilding plan, anticipation should be for progress. The rookies will be a big part of that moving forward.