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Jaguars Continue Small School Trend, Draft Ashland University DE Jeris Pendleton

Pendleton Playing at Joliet Junior College

Jaguars GM Gene Smith notoriously says that he scouts the player, not the school and he stuck true to that with his final pick in the draft. The Jaguars selected Ashland University DT Jeris Pendleton with their seventh round pick.

Pendleton is an intriguing late round selection by the Jaguars, a high school standout, who committed to Michigan State, but did not attend to to family issues, was out of football for six years before walking on at Joliet Junior College, following which he earned a scholarship to Ashland University in Ohio, and was drafted by the Jaguars at 28 years old.

In 2011, Pendleton had 49 tackles, 8.5 tackles for a loss and 5 sacks. By his own admission he is a run stuffer, “I believe I can hold down the run,” Pendleton said. “I believe I can hold my ground in there at tackle. I won’t be getting pushed around. That’s my strength right there, being solid against the run.”

The Jaguars expect that Pendleton has the physical talent to be able to contribute in the rotation right away. “When you look at guys form smaller colleges, you look for guys with rare genetics who show dominant traits,” GM Gene Smith said, “Certainly, they’re the type of people who have Jaguars traits – they’re going to work to improve. Jeris has all of those things.”

Pendleton also seems up for the task of being in the Jaguars rotation. “The (Jaguars front office) told me I’ve got a chance to be in their rotation,” Pendleton said. “They expect me to challenge for some serious playing time. One of their defensive tackles (Tyson Alualu) had knee surgery and another (Terrance Knighton) had eye surgery.”

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