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Jaguars select...Gerald Sensabaugh
S | (6'0", 214, 4.49) | NORTH CAROLINA
Strengths: Possesses good range in run support, takes good angles to the ball and can make plays from sideline-to-sideline. Has good athletic ability, can slip blocks in the open field and can make plays in space. Shows good initial quickness and flashes the ability to make plays in the backfield. Plays with a mean streak, explodes into hits and is a powerful tackler that looks to force fumbles. Times hits well and will punish receivers coming over the middle. Possesses adequate speed, is tall and should develop the cover skills to stay with most tight ends as well as backs in man coverage. Transferred from I-AA school following junior season and made an immediate contribution despite concerns about the jump in the level of competition. Plays with a great motor and is an excellent special teams' player.
Weaknesses: Doesn't always gets great knee bend in backpedal, footwork is inconsistent and isn't fundamentally sound at this point. Has adequate but not great range in zone coverage. Is cut-high and has trouble matching up man-to-man against quicker WR's in the slot. Fails to break down at times and misses some open field tackles trying to deliver the big hit rather than wrapping up upon contact. Lacks ideal ball skills and isn't a playmaker in coverage.
Overall: Sensabaugh attended Eastern Tennessee State the first three seasons of his collegiate career and he was named a Division I-AA All-American in 2003. Eastern Tennessee State terminated its football program following that season so Sensabaugh transferred to North Carolina in 2004 and wound up leading the Tar Heels in tackles. Sensabaugh is a late-bloomer with a lot of upside. Following his breakout season as a senior at UNC, he showed up in terrific shape at the combine and ran an excellent 40-time (4.49) for his size. Sensabaugh, who once blocked three kicks in one game at E. Tenn. State, also had one of the best vertical jumps of the week with 46 inches. He will need to improve his recognition skills and feet in order to better match up at the SS position in the NFL. However, he has a great combination of size, strength and speed and he showed glimpses of developing into a playmaking safety late in his collegiate career. He might need more time than most to make the transition, but in the meantime he should make an immediate impact on special teams. In our opinion, Sensabaugh is an intriguing mid-round developmental prospect that could emerge as a starter in the right scheme in the NFL.
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Gerald Sensabaugh, SS+FS, North Carolina
Height: 6:00.2 Weight: 210
Overview: One of the most dominating safeties in the NCAA Division 1-AA ranks during his first three years playing college football, Sensabaugh transferred to North Carolina after East Tennessee State dropped its football program after the 2003 season. A big-play artist, he also excels on special teams, tying an NCAA game-record after blocking three punts vs. Georgia Southern in 2003. The two-time All-Southern Conference selection also added All-American honors as a junior. He made a quick impression on UNC fans during the 2004 preseason, earning "Super Ram" honors for his performance in the team's weight room. He also set a Tar Heel record by posting a vertical jump of 41.5-inches. Sensabaugh attended Dobyns-Bennett (Kingsport, Tenn.) High, playing football for coach Graham Clark. He was an All-Big East Conference defensive back as a senior, serving as team captain. Sensabaugh also played on offense, catching 42 passes for 420 yards and seven touchdowns in his final year, adding 166 yards on ten grabs with a score as a junior. He competed in track, winning the state long jump title. A starter since early in his freshman year, he recorded 183 tackles (115 solos) with five sacks, eleven stops behind the line of scrimmage, seven blocked kicks, six forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, three interceptions and fourteen pass deflections in 34 games at East Tennessee State. He was an All-Atlantic Conference honorable mention in his only season at North Carolina. Sensabaugh led the Tar Heels with 78 tackles (59 solos), including three sacks, 6.5 stops for losses, five pass deflections and an interception.
Analysis: Positives...Alert player who quickly reads and diagnoses the plays...Finds and flows to the ball with tremendous ease-of-movement agility...Has the foot quickness and hip swerve to turn and go coming out of his backpedal...Shows good field vision playing in the zone, filling the rush lanes in an instant while also breaking sharply on the ball in deep passing situations...Aggressive tackler who times his hits well and will sacrifice his body to go vertical to get to the ball...Will jump and extend for the ball in traffic, displaying the pinpoint timing needed to disrupt the pass...Smart athlete who can call the defensive signals, making all of the adjustments for the defensive unit...Outstanding special teams coverage defender who utilizes his above average leaping ability as a kick blocker...Has good functional strength and explosion in his tackles...Loves to mix it up in the trenches and will play with injuries that would sideline most athletes...Displays good hands for the interception, properly extending his arms to catch away from the framework of the body... Has a keen knack for timing the pass, consistently getting his hands up in the receiver's face and shows great zone awareness in the two-and-three deep coverage and combo routes...Takes good angles to the ball and shows the hand usage needed to slip blocks in the open...Has the lateral agility to make plays in space.
Negatives...Made improvement in 2004, but previously would take unnecessary steps out of his breaks...Can get too high in his backpedal, preventing him from turning efficiently in transition (footwork was more of a shuffle effect and he fails to bend his knees properly)...Has good speed, but cannot stay with the speedy receivers on deep routes...Needs to add more strength, as he does get bounced around a bit working near trash...Range in zone coverage is adequate, but gets a little reckless in the open, reverting to arm tackles rather than getting low in his pads to wrap and secure...Will generally play with a good motor, but there are stretches in a game where he lacks urgency and disappears from the action.
Agility tests: 4.55 in the 40-yard dash...41.5-inch vertical jump...32-inch arm length...9 1/8-inch hands (right-handed)...Wears contacts.
High school: Attended Dobyns-Bennett (Kingsport, Tenn.) High, playing football for coach Graham Clark...All-Big East Conference defensive back as a senior, serving as team captain... Also played on offense, catching 42 passes for 420 yards and seven touchdowns in his final year and 166 yards on ten grabs with a score as a junior...Competed in track, winning the state long jump title.
Personal: Exercise and Sports Science major...Comes from a football-rich family...Cousin, Boo Sensabaugh, played at West Virginia, and another cousin, Teddy Gaines, played at Tennessee...Son of Gerald and Denise Sensabaugh...Born 6/13/83...Resides in Kingsport, Tennessee.
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