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In second round, Jaguars grab receiver, trade up for another; then trade up again for guard

Posted: May 10, 2014 - 12:12am  |  Updated: May 10, 2014 - 8:43am
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Jason DeCrow Associated Press  Wide receiver Marqise Lee (center) stands with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and former Jaguars center Brad Meester, who announced the team's first second-round pick.  AP
Jason DeCrow Associated Press Wide receiver Marqise Lee (center) stands with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and former Jaguars center Brad Meester, who announced the team's first second-round pick.

When the Jaguars decided to take quarterback Blake Bortles with the third overall pick on Thursday, the consensus was the glaring need at receiver would be addressed in the second round.

And it was … twice.

The Jaguars’ offensive overhaul continued Friday when they drafted USC’s Marqise Lee at No. 39 and, after trading up nine spots to No. 61 with San Francisco, selected Penn State’s Allen Robinson.

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The arrival of Lee and Robinson was further evidence the Jaguars have given up on suspended Justin Blackmon.

“We’ve moved on for this year,” general manager Dave Caldwell said.

Even if the Jaguars wanted to cut Blackmon, they can’t until he’s reinstated by the NFL.

“We haven’t heard much, and it doesn’t sound like [things] are going in the right direction,” coach Gus Bradley said. “We can’t count on him”

But the Jaguars feel they will be able to count on Lee and Robinson immediately and take advantage of the fact they were still available in the second round.

“We never imagined we would go back-to-back with receivers,” Caldwell said.

Lee was first. The Jaguars tried to trade up four spots with Cleveland to take him, but when the deal fell through, they remained at No. 39 and Lee fell to them.

“We had our fingers crossed, but it all worked out,” Bradley said.

Intriguing to the Jaguars was Lee’s production (248 catches for 3,655 yards in 36 career games), toughness (willingness to run over the middle) and big-play ability (29 touchdowns).

“This is a deep draft, and sometimes players fall,” Caldwell said. “This guy is a playmaker. When he gets the ball in his hands, he’s special. And he’s highly, highly competitive. He’s a tough kid, and he has a chip on his shoulder because he fell to 39.”

Lee (6-foot, 192 pounds) had 118 catches and 14 touchdowns as a sophomore, but his numbers dipped to 57 catches and four touchdowns last year. He missed three games with a left knee injury that kept him from being 100 percent until the bowl game against Fresno State.

Lee said the injury, which didn’t require surgery, impacted him, “a significant amount. I got hurt at the beginning of the year, and one thing the doctors told me I needed time [to heal] and during the season, you don’t have time.”

Caldwell said Lee’s medical exams came back in good shape.

Instead of waiting until the top of the third round, the Jaguars worked on several trades to get in position to take Robinson.

The Jaguars traded their third-round pick (No. 70) and one of their three fifth-round selections (No. 150, acquired in 2012 from Detroit for Mike Thomas) to San Francisco.

Robinson (6-2 1/2, 209 pounds) ran 4.52 at the Scouting Combine, but then 4.48 at his Pro Day. His production is impressive, though.

Last year for the Nittany Lions, Robinson had 97 catches for 1,432 yards and six touchdowns. He was third in the nation in yards per game (119.3).

Robinson’ 42-inch vertical leap at the Combine was best among the receivers, making him an ideal red zone target.

“He’s a bigger guy and really explosive with the ball in his hands,” Caldwell said. “He was one of our favorites from the beginning. We had him right behind [Lee] on our board.

“This is a big target, and big targets are good in this league.”

And so is depth.

Robinson, Lee and free-agent addition Tandon Doss joined a holdover group led by Cecil Shorts and Ace Sanders.

Thought to be done for the draft’s second night, the Jaguars traded Nos. 105 and 179 to New England to get into the back of the third round (No. 93) and selected Miami guard Brandon Linder.

Caldwell said he made the trade because “the guard crop was dwindling.”

The trade with New England leaves the Jaguars with five picks on Saturday.


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Round: 2. Pick: 39. Position: WR. Age: 22

College: Southern California.

Height: 6-0

Weight: 192

40-yard dash time: 4.46

About Lee: Won the Bilentnikoff Award as the nation’s top receiver as a sophomore, catching 118 passes for 1,721 yards and 14 touchdowns. … Slowed by a knee injury as a junior, catching 57 passes for 791 yards and four scores. … Owns 24 USC records. … Started 32 games, making 248 receptions for 3,655 yards and 29 touchdowns. … Returned two kickoffs for touchdowns.

Quote: “He’s a playmaker, and we need playmakers,” Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell said. “That’s been our theme.”

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Lake11 05/10/14 - 01:55 pm
If your argument includes

If your argument includes insults and name-calling, chances are you've already lost.

Ha! Texans just picked Savage! ESPN guy just called him a "Poor man's Blake Bortle!" Ha!

revivedteal 05/10/14 - 12:57 pm
Premium Member
Nice sermon. You really do

Nice sermon. You really do feel like you are the authority on this site, don't you? Jungle cat writes that Caldwell is stupid...he wants to Draft another LT and all linemen, thinks that the qb position is to hand the ball off and that bortles was a gator. If you write stupid you get called stupid.

As for blackmon, he has effed up, we have moved on by necessity he has mostly dug his own grave here....but if he finds a way to straighten himself out....only the truly naive would think that someone with his dominance on the field (small sample) won't get another chance....whether the authority bought his jersey or not. As a fan of the team you would obviously want a very talented player to come back. So yeah, try to use that to try to convince yourself that you are right.....

The Patient
The Patient 05/10/14 - 10:38 am
Smoked some cigars and had

Smoked some cigars and had some cold ones last night. My tailgating buddies and I all toasted to winning this draft. The 11 picks were ammo to move up to get some really good guys - not all 11 picks would make the team so why not use them to get a playmaker. We were up watching youtube for the breakdowns on Lee and Robinson. Robinson looks to have the potential to be the best big WR we have had in a long time (Jimmy was referenced many times). Both guys have good hands and Lee has got some breakaway speed with another gear he can kick in. And then we watched Bortles in the bowl games. I had told them about Blake's ability to move around and scramble - for a big man it is impressive. Comparisons to Big Ben are more like it than the Gabbert 2.0 that many of the former "true believers" have for some reason been referencing. Extremely funny to me to see the many faithful that are bashing Caldwell's pick as the next Jags QB. Where's your loyalty now? LOLOLOL! By the way I still stick to the belief that he needs to start as soon as the Jags are out of the playoff picture this year, he also needs to be a top 15 QB next year and lead the team to a minimum of 9 wins. Year 3 is put up or shut up time for this regime. People on here keep throwing around the terms negativity and positivity about how we perceive this regime. Do me a favor a look up the term RESULTS.

I really wanted Sammy in the 1st and a QB in the 2nd. All the Jags did was flip flop that and accomplish the same thing. With all the underclassmen in this draft I think Lee would have been picked in the teens in the 1st and Robinson a high 2nd or low 1st. This draft has accomplished many many areas of opportunities 1) Addressed the QB need (I was massively shocked but love the pick) 2) WR's need has finally been addressed in a big way (I like Shorts but he is not a dependable 16 games WR) 3) Blackmon is all but gone. I have 2 jerseys MJD and Blackmon's so that tells you what I thought of Blackmon. I loved the pick and was excited to finally have a real talented WR on the roster and not some converted QB but he has let us all down and mostly himself down. You want to smoke weed more than make millions of dollars Justin? Dummy. (For those that have defended him over and over - and you know who you are - yes we all have done dumb things when we were young but very few of us have ever had the chance to make MILLIONS). Gus and Dave have moved on and so I can too. I didn't like watching MJD go but I have come to accept it, unlike the hate from many others around town, but I will not find it hard to let Blackmon go. Lee and Robinson have already started the process and a couple of TD's on Sunday's and it will be "He is petitioning to come back??!! Sorry we don't want you back."

Let me say something to many of you that want to use the negative term about JungleCat - what do you have to offer? What suggestions do you have? What players do you think should have been chosen? Anyone want to tell me again how great "D-Rob" is going to be while I throw up in my mouth? This forum is for comments - good or bad - but some of you can't handle the fact that Caldwell might fail. If the Jags win 4-5 games this year then Caldwell should be on the hot seat in 2015. If the 2015 season is 7-8 wins then Caldwell has failed. Period.

As of yet Caldwell has won 4 games as a GM. 4. I am excited about the offseason FA and the draft so far. I think it has helped the team greatly. But it is time for results.

TheMadKow 05/10/14 - 09:52 am
Premium Member
Still missing a center. I am

Still missing a center. I am guessing they are going to let Brewster and McClendon compete for it. Love the two WR's and I'll give the OG the benefit of the doubt because he was Fisch's boy.

Rather than listen to our resident "Experts" I think I'll go with the positive reviews our team is getting from the real ones. The professional analyst are giving our team and the moves we are making very positive reviews. This is much better than being mocked as usual.

This is a very exciting time to be a Jag Fan. Go JAGS!!!!!

secondguesser 05/10/14 - 09:01 am
Well, I am an obnoxious,

Well, I am an obnoxious, jorts wearing, used to be mullet primping(about 30 years ago), die hard ORANGE!!! BLUE!!!!, member of the MIGHTY GATORS, and I'm still p!$$€) off they didn't take Tim................but the two receivers were great picks. Hopefully the guard will work out. You can always blame him on Uncle Jedd if he doesn't work out.

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