The Jaguars general manager wannabe looks at wide receivers
By Kathy Clark
The Jaguars lacked wide receiver talent for the most part in 2018. It’s time to look for some help for our “new” quarterback whoever that will be.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have Marqise Lee, Dede Westbrook, Keelan Cole, and DJ Chark returning to the wide receiver position for the 2019 season. The group has potential. Lee has been a solid contributor for the Jaguars in the past.
Westbrook and Cole have each had a solid season. Westbrook looked good in 2018 and Cole played well in 2017. Chark enters his second season with a high upside. However, it would be wise for the Jaguars to draft another wide receiver to add to the group.
Any or all, of these receivers, could fail to live up to their potential.
The first two draft choices will likely go to the offensive line and/or quarterback or even a defensive lineman so let’s look at receivers projected for the second round or later.
The information on these and other prospects can be found at WalterFootball.com.
Deebo Samuel, University of South Carolina (5-foot-11, 216 pounds) – Samuel’s projected draft rounds are 1-3. He shined at the Senior Bowl. He is quick and runs good routes. Another strength…he catches with his hands, not his body.
The negative is his injury history.
Parris Campbell, Ohio State University (6-foot, 205 pounds) – Campbell has explosive speed, 4.35 in the 40-yard dash, and can score on any play. He is known as a big playmaker. His downside is a tendency to drop passes.
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Marquise Brown, University of Oklahoma (5-foot-11, 160 pounds) – Brown is another speedster who runs a 4.35 40-yard dash. He is explosive and fast and has great yards after the catch. The knock on him is his low weight. The question being “can he gain weight and keep his speed.” His projected draft round is 1-3. He and Westbrook could be a lethal combination with Sooner ties.
It is likely that one or more of these players will be available if the Jaguars go for a wide receiver in rounds 2 or 3. Each has a high upside as well as a downside. This means they are unlikely to be taken in the first-round but have potential to be excellent NFL starters.
All three played high-level competition and were in competitive conferences.
The Combine is right around the corner and any of these players and others I have highlighted can rise and fall as a result of their performance on the field or in the various drills they compete in.
In other words…STAY TUNED! Exciting times are coming and the Jaguars 2019 season may rise or fall depending on a correct evaluation of these players.