Jaguars receivers coach Jerry Sullivan’s reputation around the NFL is his ability to develop young players. He’ll get another chance this year and he said he’s “thrilled” about it.
“They’re a little different style player,” Sullivan said. “Marqise is more of a speed guy and is more dynamic as a home-run hitter. But one of the things I like about Allen is the way he played – he’s a good cutter, he’s got a big body and he’s made a lot of plays.
“We’ve got two quality guys who are high character and will come here, compete, fit into the culture and work. We’ve got a young quarterback [Blake Bortles] and they’ll grow together. That continuity is how you build a franchise in my opinion. It’s piece by piece.”
The Jaguars entered the draft knowing they needed multiple pieces at the receiver spot.
Sullivan on Lee: “Marqise would have been a top-15 pick, more than likely, a year ago. He played through some injury this year so people questioned him a little bit – the bandwagon will empty pretty quickly.”
After Lee was picked, four more receivers went off the board – Jordan Matthews to Philadelphia at 42, Paul Richardson to Seattle at 45, Davante Adams to Green Bay at 53 and Cody Latimer to Denver at 56.
With Robinson on the board, the Jaguars moved up nine spots.
“I didn’t think Allen would be there,” Sullivan said. “I saw a couple guys go before him that I was stunned that they did.”
Matthews (6-3, 212, 4.46), Adams (6-1, 212, 4.56), Richardson (6-0, 175, 4.40) and Latimer (6-2, 215) – Robinson is 6-2, 220 and ran 4.52 at the Combine.
Sullivan said Robinson ran 4.48 at Penn State’s Pro Day.
The work starts this week when Lee and Robinson get to Jacksonville.
“Both of these guys competed at a very high level and played in very good conferences and against good competition, which is a good attribute,” Sullivan said.