Marks, 26, will join a revamped Jaguars' front four that has lost three key contributors from 2012 this offseason. Former Jaguars defensive end George Selvie signed a two-year deal with the Bucs on Tuesday, a day after Jacksonville released starting defensive tackle C.J. Mosley. Last month, former Jaguars defensive tackle Terrance Knighton signed a two-year contract with the Broncos. Jacksonville also signed former Bucs' defensive tackle Roy Miller in late-March in a move that could help the Jaguars' interior defense clog the middle against the run.
Marks, a 2009 second-round pick out of Auburn, had 30 tackles in 14 starts with the Titans last season. Regarded as a better pass rusher than run stopper, Marks tied for 10th among all defensive tackles in 2010 in quarterback hits (six), according to Pro Football Focus. Marks accomplished the feat despite playing through a painful bone spur in his shoulder that cut into his biceps. In 2012, Marks received 691 snaps to rank in the top 20 overall in the category among all defensive tackles.
Jaguars first-year coach Gus Bradley will look for Marks to improve against the run. Last year, Pro Football Focus ranked Marks 23rd in run defense efficiency among the 31 defensive tackles in the NFL that appeared in at least 60 percent of their team's defensive snaps. In Marks' previous two seasons, he ranked in the bottom third in the category among all defensive tackles, the website found.
Jacksonville could target a hybrid defensive end/outside rush linebacker with the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL Draft. Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner, Oregon defensive end Dion Jordan, BYU defensive Ezekiel Ansah, LSU outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo and Georgia outside linebacker Jarvis Jones are all ranked in the top 15 overall in CBSSports.com's latest Draft projections.
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