The Jaguars needed at least three new starters on defense.
They’ve already added that many. Tania Ganguli reports they are finalizing a deal for former Baltimore safety Dawan Landry, adding him to a free-agent class that already included linebackers Paul Posluszny and Clint Session.
Landry tied for fifth on Scouts Inc.’s list of the top available safeties, just ahead of Melvin Bullitt who is re-signing with the Colts. Here is their scouting report:
“The 2010 season was Dawan Landry's most productive since entering the league 2006. Landry has good size, strength and athleticism for the safety position. He is a quick reactor to fill the alley in run support as well as leveraging receivers in both man and zone coverages. He closes well and shows good range in pursuit. He uses his hands well to shed blockers to stay active to the pile. Landry is a solid wrap tackler who is reliable in the open field. He anticipates well to jump patterns when reading route progressions. Landry is a good player who has developed into one of the best overall defenders on the Ravens' roster.”
How much he benefited from being on one of the top defenses in the league remains for us to figure out. He won't have Ed Reed beside him.
If the Jaguars start a secondary of Rashean Mathis and Derek Cox at corner and Landry and Courtney Greene at safety, they could be OK if the front with the revamped linebackers and a healthy Aaron Kampman can pressure quarterbacks.
I’d still like to see an upgrade over Greene. But Gene Smith indicated at the combine that the team would add one safety in the draft and one in free agency, and the team selected Wyoming’s Chris Prosinski in the fourth round.
Ganguli also reports it looks like the Jaguars won’t reach a deal with Chris Carr. The Baltimore corner is looking for a starting job, but the Jaguars covet him as a nickel.