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The Jacksonville Jaguars won’t be getting a linebacker short on game reps.
Jacksonville selected Miami’s Shaquille Quarterman on Saturday with the 140th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Quarterman was taken in the fourth round and is the first Miami player selected so far.
He’s also the first Miami linebacker off the board. Teammate Michael Pinckney is expected to go later in the draft.
Accolades and Numbers
At 6-foot-1 and more than 240 pounds, Quarterman was an impact player from the first day for the Hurricanes. Quarterman leaves Miami as the only player in school history to start 52 games and not miss a start.
After being named a Freshman All-American in 2016, Quarterman was named All-ACC in each of his final three seasons. Quarterman was a second-team all-conference selection in 2017 and a first-team selection in each of the last two years.
Quarterman leaves Miami ranking in the top 10 in program history with 356 career tackles. As a senior in 2019, he set new career-bests with 107 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss and two fumble recoveries. As a junior in 2018, he tallied a career-high with six sacks.
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What the Experts are Saying
Four-year starter and team leader with a physical demeanor and impressive level of production. Quarterman is durable and dependable in the middle of the defense, but he lacks NFL range and has below-average short-area agility and quickness as open-field tackler. He’s a linear, downhill thumper, but struggles to stay ahead of climbing blocks when runs flow wide. His size and toughness give him a shot as a backup inside linebacker.
– Lance Zierlein, NFL.com.