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Jags Move Up and Grab DE Harvey with the 8th Pick

Harvey

The Jags had to give up an awful lot to do it, but in the end, they felt that highly about DE Derrick Harvey of Florida that they made the move with the Ravens to move up to the 8 spot to take him.  Harvey is 6-foot-4, and 271 pounds, and last season at Florida had 8.5 sacks with 49 tackles and 17 tackles for losses.  Some think that the pick is a stretch, and considering the team gave up two #3 picks and a #4 pick to get him, he had better live up to the hype for a defense that needs to get better to hang around in the AFC South.

Here is a scouting report on Harvey from NFLdraftcountdown.com

Strengths:
Excellent athleticism…Good size with long arms and the frame to get bigger…Has a great motor…Very quick with a great first step…Plays faster than he times and has a burst to close…Great instincts and awareness…Has terrific range and does a good job in pursuit…Does a solid job against the run…Has decent strength and power…Offers some versatility…Plays with a nasty demeanor…Awfully productive.

Weaknesses:
Lacks elite speed…Could stand to bulk up a bit…Needs to add some more moves to his pass rush repertoire..Can get overpowered at the point of attack..Will have to improve his hand use…Struggles to shed blocks once massive offensive tackles are able to lock on…Must do a much better job of protecting his lower extremities.

Notes:
Was a 5-Star recruit coming out of high school…Redshirted in ’04 and saw limited action as a backup in 2005…Started five games as a sophomore while playing in a rotation…Recorded 3 sacks against Ohio St. and was named Defensive MVP of the ’07 Tostitos BCS National Championship Game…Only started 18 college games…Is not quite as fast or athletic as Jarvis Moss but might be a better pro prospect…A prototypical 43 defensive end and might be able to play outside linebacker in a 34 scheme as well..One of the premier pass rushers available for the 2008 NFL Draft.


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