The Jacksonville Jaguars haven’t had many representatives in the NFL Top 100 list over the last several years, but they got into the action early with Allen Hurns.
In 2014, Jacksonville Jaguars general manager David Caldwell had a clear and focused mission – improve the offense. He started by taking UCF quarterback Blake Bortles with the third overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft and then proceeded to add his presumed top weapons in the 2nd round with the selections of Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson.
Oh yeah, he also added Allen Hurns, an undrafted free agent out of Miami who ended up being the most productive pass catcher on the team in 2014.
Now, after a super productive sophomore season, Allen Hurns is number 89 on the NFL Top 100 list.
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Hurns amassed 677 yards on 51 receptions with 6 touchdowns in 2014, and he followed those numbers up with 1,031 yards on 64 catches with 10 touchdowns in 2015. That amounts to a two year total greater than any other undrafted pass catcher in their first two seasons.
The NFL Top 100 happens every offseason after the draft to help the “dead zone” pass by, and every year it induces controversy. The list is voted on by the players so there is some clear bias, but it’s still refreshing to see a Jaguar on the list. On the broadcast on NFL Network, the crew mentioned there would be 5 Jaguars on the list and Hurns is just the first one.
Honestly, it’s a little bit shocking to see Hurns make the top 100. He’s a great receiver, but he’s the number 2 guy on one of the more low-profile teams in the league. Hurns was likely helped out by the fact he had so many big plays (including the game winning touchdown catch in the London comeback against the Buffalo Bills) and his value in fantasy football circles.