Jacksonville Jaguars use their last draft pick on WR Jalen Camp

Wide receiver Jalen Camp #1 - Jacksonville Jaguars (Hyosub Shin/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports)
Wide receiver Jalen Camp #1 - Jacksonville Jaguars (Hyosub Shin/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports) /

With their last pick in the 2021 NFL draft, at No. 209 overall, the Jacksonville Jaguars selected Georgia Tech wide receiver Jalen Camp. The former Yellow Jacket comes in at 6-foot-2-inches and weighs 220 pounds.

Camp was raised in the Atlanta, Georgia area and was a two-star recruit coming out of high school During his career at Georgia Tech, he played in 48 games, starting in 24. He was a redshirt senior who was used sparingly in his first three years and had his best receiving statistics in 2020, where he had 29 receptions for 439 yards and four touchdowns.

Jalen Camp adds the speed that the Jaguars wanted

Camp works well along the sidelines and has some ability to compete for jump balls while being covered. He has strong arms and hands, bench pressing 30 reps of 225 pounds. That’s more than any receiver since 2003. He has excellent hands and concentration on sideline catches.

However, he has struggles breaking tackles and did not break one tackle during the 2020 season, averaging just 4.2 yards after the catch. He’s good at moving the chains, has elite athleticism, and is a reliable pass catcher, particularly in contested catches where his arm and hands strength give him an advantage over defensive backs.

Camp ran an unofficial time of 4.48 seconds in the 40-yard dash at his pro day, which is very good for someone of his size. He also looks smooth while running routes, with fluid motions while making cuts. The one knock on him is not generating separation from defenders, although he was primarily covered by the opponents’ best defensive back. His size and strength also make him a very good blocker in the run game.

His size and frame make him an intriguing prospect, but he has to improve his production to make the team and stick around the NFL. He joins a packed Jaguars wide receiver’s room and will have to fight to make the team.

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