Jaguars Have Eyes For WR And CB

After filling several needs on the defense and losing three veteran offensive line in the free agency market, one would jump to the conclusion that the Jaguars would be using their first round pick to select an offensive lineman. That might not be the case according to a league source.


According to Tony Pauline of the Draft TFY, the Jaguars have eyes for wide receiver Andre Johnson from Miami and cornerback Terence Newman of Kansas State. Jacksonville appears to be headed down the path of selecting the best available athlete which is the philosophy that a lot of NFL teams follow. The Jaguars aren't confident that either prospect will be available to them at the 8th selection and the team might be interested in trading up a few spots if there's not too much to give up.

Johnson, who checked in at the Miami pro-day at 6-foot-2 and 224 pounds, elevated his stock into a possible top three or four selection. He turned in a vertical jump of 41.5 inches and a 10-foot 9-inch broad jump. The talented Miami native was timed between 4.28-to-4.39 seconds in the 40-yard dash depending on whose watch you read. He then ran well in the shuttle clocking a fast 4.06.

Johnson is the player that the Jaguars want the most. However, he won't be available unless the Jags are willing to trade up. The Washington Redskins are so impressed with Johnson that they are in the process of working a trade to jump ahead of the Jaguars and several other teams.

Terence Newman, a speedy cornerback from Kansas State, is another player that the Jaguars are interested in drafting early. With the way Dwayne Robertson and Kyle Boller are moving up the draft boards, there's a decent chance that Newman might fall to the Jags 8th selection. However, there are very few big-time corners available each year and Jacksonville would most likely have to trade up a little to get him. Many draft analysts have projected the Cowboys taking CB Terence Newman with the fifth pick in the draft. However, Cowboy owner Jerry Jones and head coach Bill Parcells have a history of making trades. Also, the Vikings, who have the 7th overall pick in the draft, have a lot of interest in Newman. Would the Jaguars be willing to trade up to the fifth selection?

Newman who is know for his speed, ran a n impressive 4.40 40-yard dash time at the Indy combine.

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