Neal Sterling, one of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ two seventh round selections in the 2015 NFL Draft, signed with the team today.
Coming out of Monmouth University, Sterling is a big bodied receiver who has had success at the small school level. The Jaguars are hopeful they have managed to gain a gem late in the draft by bringing in Sterling. He could be used as a move tight end or at wide receiver. The team’s website boasts of Sterling being the second wide receiver in Monmouth history to be selected in the NFL Draft.
Neal Sterling certainly deserves it, too.
With 2,615 yards and 22 touchdowns from 212 receptions in 43 collegiate outings, Sterling has shown he has the skill to be a quality wide receiver. He even finished his collegiate career as Monmouth’s all-time leader in receptions. Tack on five touchdowns per season and we’re looking at a very productive small school receiver.
Naturally, Sterling was recognized for his hard work and production, honored with a first-team All-Big South selection as a senior. He wrapped that season up with 55 receptions, 905 yards, and six touchdowns. His 16.9 yards per catch were best in the conference.
The Jags may have found a gem in the late rounds and it’s good to get him signed to the team early. While he isn’t as productive as fellow 2015 NFL Draft selection Rashad Greene and he played at a different level of competition, the Jaguars saw athleticism in Sterling and they pounced. I like what he could bring to the table during his time with the Jaguars and the young receiving corps is the perfect place for someone with talent to shine. You need only look at Allen Hurns to see what a player can do when given an opportunity to succeed on a team as young as the Jacksonville Jaguars.
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