5 draft prospects the Jacksonville Jaguars must keep an eye on in the 2023 NFL Combine
The Jacksonville Jaguars traveled to Indianapolis to evaluate draft prospects at the 2023 NFL Scouting Combine. While scouts previously watched tons of tape of players they’re interested in, having the chance to see them perform drills live and interview them is an important part of the evaluation process.
The combine also gives prospects the opportunity to rise their draft stock, especially if they got limited playing time or come from a small school. With that in mind, here are five players the Jaguars should keep an eye on during the week-long event.
5. prospect the Jacksonville Jaguars should watch: Justin Shorter, WR
Despite the fact that Jalin Hyatt was named
the Jaguars’ dream target in the first round
, wide receiver isn’t among their top needs this offseason. Then again, that shouldn’t stop them from using a mid or late-round pick at the position.
A five-star recruit out of high school, Shorter originally attended Penn State before transferring to Florida, where he appeared in 32 games and hauled in 95 receptions for 1,395 yards with eight touchdowns.
At 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, Shorter has the body frame to break tackles, make contested catches, and become an effective weapon in the red zone. On the other hand, Keith Sanchez of the Draft Network notes that the former Gator doesn’t have “the vertical speed to create separation” nor “the short-area quickness to make defenders miss in a space”. This is why he needs to test well in the 40-yard dash and the 3-cone drill to help alleviate concerns about his perceived lack of speed.