On the roster (10): Allen Robinson, Marqise Lee, Allen Hurns, Rashad Greene, Arrelious Benn, Bryan Walters, Tony Washington, Shane Wynn, Jamal Robinson and Larry Pinkard.
Needs: None, really. It’s mostly a position of strength. Would they consider flipping a receiver on the roster whose name isn’t Allen Robinson? A long shot. The Jaguars devoted major resources to receiver in the 2014 draft (second-round picks Lee and Robinson and the undrafted Hurns) and that continues to pay off.
Player, School Ht./Wt. Catches
1. Mike Williams, Clemson 6-4/218 177
Recruited to Clemson by current Jaguars defensive line coach Marion Hobby. … Four 100-yard games as a sophomore (1,030 yards for season), including 112 against Oklahoma in Orange Bowl. … Lost for ’15 on his 12th play when he sustained a neck fracture after colliding with the goal post. … Career highs in catches (98), yards (1,361) and TDs (11) in comeback season, including five 100-yard games. … Didn’t run at Combine and posted 4.53 and 4.51 in the 40 at Pro Day. … Could be first receiver drafted if team prefers physicality over John Ross’ pure speed.
2. John Ross, Washington 5-11/188 114
Top-15 receiver nationally out of high school in Long Beach, Calif., but had only 33 catches in first two years, but making an impact as a kick returner (three TDs). … Missed ’15 with knee injury. … Last year, had 81 catches-1,150 yards-17 TDs and was second-team All-America. Third nationally in TD catches. … Ran a record 4.22-second 40 at the Combine, breaking tailback Chris Johnson’s record and also posted a 37-inch vertical. … Medical history includes left ACL, left meniscus, right meniscus and most recently, shoulder surgery after the Combine. … Popular projected destination is Tennessee with 18th pick.
3. Corey Davis, Western Michigan 6-3/209 332
Didn’t play in Senior Bowl (shoulder) and didn’t do any pre-draft testing (ankle surgery). … A two-star high school recruit who became a record-setting player at WMU (5,285 receiving yards are most in NCAA history). … Only receiver in FBS history with at least 300 catches, 5,000 yards and 50 TDs. … First-team All-America as a senior (97-1,500-19) and led nation in TD catches. … Started all 50 games of college career. … Could go as high as No. 10 to Buffalo.
4. Zay Jones, East Carolina 6-2/201 399
All-time NCAA leader in career catches (399) and single-season receptions (158 in ’16). … Ran the 40 in 4.45 seconds at the Combine. … Dad, Robert, starred at East Carolina and won Super Bowls with Dallas and uncle, Jeff Blake, was long-time NFL QB. … Moved all over the field in ’16 for new coordinator Scottie Montgomery, who was previously with Duke. … Had nine 100-yard games in ’16. … Probably not a first-round pick, but could eventually be a team’s quality No. 2 receiver.
5. Chris Godwin, Penn State 6-1/209 154
Third-year junior who followed in Jaguars receiver Allen Robinson’s footsteps at Penn State. … Seasons of 25, 69 and 59 catches and had 11 TDs in ’16 after only seven in first two years. … Ran the 40 in 4.42 at Combine. … His play-caller during breakout ’15 was John Donovan, now a Jaguars offensive assistant. … Caught six passes for 133 yards against Georgia in TaxSlayer Bowl in Jacksonville as a sophomore. … Likely second-round pick.
Texas A&M’s Speedy Noil ran OK at his Pro Day (4.45/4.47) but his best measurable was a whopping 43 1/2-inch vertical at the Combine. Hurting his cause is character-related – three suspensions while with the Aggies. … Chad Hansen was an unrated high school player in Fillmore, Calif., and attended Idaho State in ’13. He transferred to California as a walk-on and redshirted and then caught 19 passes in ’15. But then ’16 arrived – 92 catches for 1,249 yards and 11 TDs playing with QB Davis Webb. Hansen is expected to be a Day 2 pick. … Cooper Kupp exited Eastern Washington as a three-time FCS first-team All-America and three years of at least 104 catches, 1,400 yards and 16 TDs. A potential late Day 2 pick. … A Day 3 project will be Ohio State’s Noah Brown, who caught only 33 passes in 24 games and missed ’15 with a broken leg. … Louisiana Tech’s Trent Taylor had 11 100-yard games in ’16. But he’s 5-8/181 and thus, a Day 3 pick.
A LOOK BACK
Three years is generally a fair time to assess a draft class. A look at the top five receivers from the 2014 draft:
Pick Player, Team Catches
4 Sammy Watkins, Buffalo 153
Had 982 and 1,047 yards first two years before foot injury limited him to 430 in ’16.
7 Mike Evans, Tampa Bay 238
Eclipsed 1,050 yards in each of first three years and has two 12-TD seasons on resume.
12 Odell Beckham, N.Y. Giants 288
Has at least 1,300 yards and 10 TDs in all three seasons, all of which ended in Pro Bowl.
20 Brandin Cooks, New Orleans 215
Two consecutive 1,000-yard years equaled a trade to Patriots and chance to play with Tom Brady.
28 Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina 136
Seasons of 1,008 and 941 yards sandwiched a missed ’15 season when he tore ACL in camp.