NFL DRAFT: Jammer has the market cornered

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Clark Judge

is what pro football scouts call a "character guy," which means he's the kind of person you'd like representing your organization. But that's Jammer off the field. On the field he's ... well ... "Mean," said Jammer, nicknamed "Hit Man" by his teammates. Which means he's the kind of person you'd like representing your football team. Jammer, an All-American at Texas, is the best cornerback in this draft and, barring a last-minute trade, should be the third choice. The Detroit Lions, who hold the pick, are high on Jammer, but who isn't? Any NFL club that studied film of him raves over his considerable abilities. "He has size, speed and he's physical," said an AFC general manager. "He's a great tackler, and he can run. OK, so he may have marginal hands. But if you want to put together a body type and mind-set and an ability to play, he fits them all. Plus, he's an outstanding individual."
FOXSports.com draft guru Brian DeLucia says: "Texas' Quentin Jammer has a lot of potential as a difference-maker in someone's secondary due to his physical skills."
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  • In short, Jammer is one of the best and brightest cornerbacks to come along in years. And he's in the right place at the right time. There are few positions coveted as highly as cornerback in the NFL Draft, and there are few cornerbacks this year considered worthy of first-round selection. Jammer is one. Miami's , a terrific player who doesn't have Jammer's size, is another. But then there's a dropoff, with only Florida's joining them in the first round, but much later in the first round. Sheppard is a solid cornerback with return abilities. But he's no Jammer. Heck, few are. Jammer is a big, physical cornerback perfectly suited to defend today's big, physical receivers. A near unanimous All-America selection last year, he became the first Longhorn to make it as a Thorpe Award finalist. That should come as no surprise. Jammer had a school-record 24 passes defensed last year as Texas led the nation in total defense. But having him play any part in the season was unexpected. After an illustrious junior year where he was a first-team All-Big 12 choice, Jammer was expected to turn pro. But he chose to stay in school mostly, he said, because he wanted to improve himself as a player before taking the next step. So he worked himself into great shape, moved from safety to cornerback and performed so well that the Longhorns' secondary coach Duane Akina compared him to Baltimore's Chris McAlister, whom Akina coached at Arizona. "I want to be ready to be ready to show everybody in the NFL that I have what it takes to be successful at that level," Jammer said. Spend time watching him play, and what you notice about Jammer is how he dominates opponents. He played free safety, and he played cornerback, and he was outstanding at both. At the corner, he was known for his aggressive, in-your-face style, using his arms and hands to pin receivers at the line of scrimmage and fend off blocks to make tackles. NFL clubs like that. They also like Jammer's demeanor off the field. He's such a class act that the NFL invited him to speak to a group of youths in the Bronx on Thursday. Jammer performed as flawlessly as he does on the field, and the kids were appreciative. "There are no holes to the guy," said Dwight Clark, Cleveland's vice president of football operations. "He may be the easiest pick on the board. He's a great player and already looks like a Ronnie Lott 10-year Pro Bowl guy." I'm sold. The question is: Are the Detroit Lions? Clark Judge can be reached at his e-mail address: cjudge@foxsports.com.
    Tagged: Ravens, Chris McAlister, Miami (FL), Arizona, Florida, Texas, Lito Sheppard, Phillip Buchanon, Quentin Jammer

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