Regarding Colts’ second-round LB Ben Banogu, GM Chris Ballard said Banogu was “exceptional” during the Senior Bowl and has “explosive” first-step movement.
“They couldn’t block him at practice,” Ballard said, via Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star. “I thought he was exceptional. He’s got all the explosive, first-step movement that you want as either a rusher or linebacker.”
Ballard added that Banugo has the ability to track down quarterbacks who break the pocket.
“When they get out of the pocket, you gotta track them down,” Ballard said. “There were a couple of plays against Houston last year … Watson got out of the pocket, Darius (Leonard) just hawked him down. That’s when those guys become dangerous. When they break the pocket, you can run and get them. That creates an element in your defense that’s important.”
- As for Colts’ third-round WR Parris Campbell, Ballard believes Campbell could’ve been a first-round pick: “Parris Campbell, pretty good, right?. Could’ve gone in the late first round.”
Jaguars LB Myles Jack said there is “no question about it” that he will play as Jacksonville’s middle linebacker.
“I’m playing Mike backer no question about it. Obviously there’s no secret we’re going have to find a Will. As for me, I’m playing Mike until my time up here in Jacksonville is done,” said Jack, via John Reid.
The Jaguars could consider moving Jack to the weak side to replace LB Telvin Smith, but Jack says that would bring up other problems.
“I’ve moved around in this defense and at this point, I feel comfortable playing MIKE and it fits me,” Jack said via Jacksonville.com’s John Reid. “I definitely can understand the prospective of seeing where I would thrive at WILL, but that means we would have to find somebody else to run the defense to play MIKE that would be hard to bring in a first year guy to try and get everybody lined up.”