The Jaguars defense continued to get a boost yesterday when the team announced that not only had they signed their fourth round draft pick, Aaron Colvin, but Arkansas defensive end Chris Smith – the team’s fifth round selection – also inked a deal with the franchise. That means four of the nine pocks made by the team are under contract with the pace picking up to get them signed and into camp.
According to the Florida Times-Union, Smith’s deal is worth $2,407,252 and includes a $187,252 signing bonus. He will count $466,813 on this year’s salary cap....
Smith ironically was ranked right behind Telvin Smith – the Jaguars fourth round pick out of Florida State – on CBS Sports website of ranked outside linebackers who was a “Thickly-built pass-rusher with enough burst, lateral agility and underrated strength to harass opposing quarterbacks off the edge or when used as a stand-up rusher up the middle. Versatile defender who lined up as a LDE, RDE and even as a traditional outside linebacker for the Razorbacks”
It is expected that he will lineup on the outside and possibly as a lineman, who will also help on special teams.
“You think about a lot of guys you came up with who wanted this, too,” Smith said on Jagurs.com. “You think about all the hard work you put in, and you don’t ever want to forget that. It’s great to sign this first contract. Now, it’s time to work on that second contract.”
Smith (6-feet-1, 266 pounds), was an All-Southeastern Conference selection as a senior, registered 8.5 sacks as a senior and 21.5 in his career.
Boselli named to College Football Hall of Fame
It was a fitting honor for Tony Boselli, flanked by family when it was announced that the Southern California tackle was named to the college football Hall of Fame. He becomes the 30th football from USC to receive such an honor.
Currently, the former first ever selection by the Jaguars is an assistant coach for Providence High School in Jacksonville, Fla., where his sons Andrew and Adam play for his former USC roommate Jeff Kopp.
Boselli played offensive tackle in the National Football League for seven seasons. He played college and was honored as an All-American in college. He was drafted by the newly formed Jacksonville Jaguars as the second overall pick in the 1995 NFL Draft, becoming the team's first-ever draft pick. He played with the Jaguars until 2002, proving to be one of the franchise's most successful and popular players.
Also inducted into the Hall of Fame with Boselli include: North Carolina cornerback Dre' Bly, Purdue defensive tackle Dave Butz, Penn State linebacker Shane Conlan, Georgia Tech quarterback Joe Hamilton, Maine linebacker John Huard, Stanford running back Darrin Nelson, South Carolina wide receiver Sterling Sharpe, Louisiana Tech tackle Willie Roaf, UCLA quarterback John Sciarra, McNeese State cornerback Leonard Smith, Ole Miss tight end Wesley Walls.