Source, Jags workout FAMU Leroy Vann punt/kickoff returner,should we?

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    : Jags will conduct private workout today with FAMU's LeRoy Vann
    Submitted by Michael C. Wright on Mon, 03/15/2010 - 00:37.

    Folks know about all the big dogs entering this year’s NFL Draft.

    But a name Jags fans should file into their mental Rolodex as April approaches is LeRoy Vann, a former standout at Florida A&M, who will conduct a private workout today in Tallahassee for the Jaguars, according to an NFL source.

    Originally scheduled to work out for Tampa Bay later this week (with Jacksonville set to help guide the session), Vann had also planned to perform for the Jaguars shortly after the session with the Buccaneers. But the plans quickly changed thanks, in part, to a buzz beginning to build concerning Vann, who holds the NCAA record for career returns for touchdowns (eight punts – including five last season – and three kickoffs for TDs).

    Instead of waiting until later this week to conduct the session they’d originally planned for Vann, the Jaguars contacted his representatives and asked for the workout to be moved up to today. Vann plans to conduct his pro day at FAMU next month. According to the league source, the Jags also plan to attend that session, despite conducting the private workout today with Vann.

    Prior to the Jaguars calling to move up the workout date, several other clubs had contacted Vann to express interest. According to the source, scouts from nearly every team in the NFL will be in attendance for Vann’s pro day workout. Vann, who was featured earlier this season on ESPN’s College Gameday, has spent most of the spring training in Atlanta.

    Listed at 5-9, 185 pounds, there are questions about whether Vann can hold up in the NFL, in addition to uncertainty about what position he’ll play. Vann made a compelling case at the HBCU all-star game for teams to take a long look. Vann worked at receiver and cornerback during the week of practice leading up to the game, in which he scored on an 81-yard punt return in the first quarter.

    For a value-conscious squad such as Jacksonville, Vann might make sense in the later rounds, or possibly as an undrafted free agent because the Jaguars weren’t particularly elusive last season in the return game. Using mostly a combination of Mike Thomas and Brian Witherspoon on punts and kickoffs, the Jags put up mediocre numbers, averaging 8.6 yards on punts and 22.7 on kicks. Vann averaged 20.5 yards on kickoff returns last season and 19.6 on punts.

    A second-team All-American for the Rattlers, Vann was also named first-team all-MEAC after finishing his career as the fifth player in NCAA history to rack up at least 1,000 yards on both punt and kickoff returns. Last season, Vann returned two punts for touchdowns in back-to-back games against Winston-Salem State and Howard.

    If you're interested in seeing more of Vann in action, click here and here.

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