A model of consistency at South Carolina over his career, Cann started all but one game at left guard the last four seasons with a balanced mix of athleticism and power. He is a bottom line blocker (sees it, hits it) with the aggressive hand use, wide frame and power to seal off inside run lanes and hold his own in pass protection. Cann isn't a flawless prospect, but he doesn't have any glaring flaws that should keep him from starting early in his career, projecting as a long-term NFL starter at left guard.
A four-star recruit out of high school, Cann was courted by most of the ACC and SEC, deciding to stay in-state and play for the Gamecocks. After redshirting in 2010, he earned the starting left guard job, earning Freshman All-American honors from several outlets. Cann started every game except for one at the next three seasons for South Carolina, earning First Team All-SEC honors as a senior in 2014.
STRENGTHS: Proportionate frame with adequate bulk. Flexible lower body and quickly gets into position. Natural bender. Comfortable sitting in his stance. Naturally powerful with brute strength to be a people mover. Generates power through his hips and midsection. Delivers pop at the point of attack with strong grip to latch and control. Strong finisher and flashes tenacity to bury his man. Uses his length to keep space between him and his target. Alert. Always scanning with good instincts. Stout, resetting his feet well even after initially rocked backward. Reliable and coachable with consistent winning attitude. Named a permanent team captain as a junior. Four-year starter in the SEC (51 career starts).
WEAKNESSES: Cann is best suited to a power-scheme as he does not possess ideal initial agility or straight-line speed for a zone-blocking scheme. Can better improve his momentum on the move to properly win angles and break down in motion. No spring off the snap - lumbers to a rolling start. Lacks quickness to recover when he's beaten initially. Not controlled in space, lunging and overextending from the waist. Will overrun open-field targets and needs to improve timing to be more consistent in this area. Not forceful with his hands. Lacks a consistent mean streak. Unproven at all positions except left guard.
Compares To: Ben Grubbs, Saints -- Much like Grubbs, Cann doesn't have one elite trait that he uses to dominate defenders, but he has the steady consistency across the board to be a long-term starter.
05/05/2015 - A closer look at the Jaguars' eight picks: Round 3/67 - A.J. Cann, G, 6-3, 313, South Carolina..The pick may have surprised some since the Jaguars definitely need to upgrade at linebacker and wide receiver still. But they are intent on making sure last year's sack total of 71, easily the highest in the league, is reduced drastically. Cann's addition strengthens an offensive line that was previously addressed in free agency. It leaves the Jaguars with five potential starters at the three interior positions on the line, the first time in ages that this much quality depth exists on the O-line. Cann's first-team selection as an All-SEC guard and a second-team All-America as a senior is an indication he's ready to play at the next level. - The Sports Xchange