Jags Need to Draft WR Early

After making some early mistakes in the draft with wideouts, the Jaguars have almost completely ignored the position. It's time for the team to take another leap into the wide receiver draft pool.

The Jaguars keep plucking wide receivers off the waiver wire in an attempt to rebuild their wide receiver corps.

Last November, they claimed Jason Hill after he was cut by the San Francisco 49ers. He was given a starting job this year, but has just 19 catches.

On Oct. 18, they signed one of their former players, Mike Sims-Walker, after he was cut by St. Louis. On Wednesday, they claimed Brian Robiskie off waiver from Cleveland and put Sims-Walker on the injured reserve list with a knee injury. He has had chronic knee problems.

Sims-Walker wasn't at the two bye-week practices Tuesday and Wednesday, but he said after practice Tuesday he couldn't talk because he had a tooth pulled.

He started against Baltimore and had one catch and played part-time in Houston and didn't have a catch. His signing in the first place was a surprise because the Jaguars didn't make an attempt to re-sign him when he became a free agent at the end of last year and he signed with the Rams.

Robiskie was a second-round draft choice in 2009 and the 36th player selected in that draft. He played in 31 games overall with 24 starts. He had 39 career receptions for 441 yards and three touchdowns. He appeared in six games this season with two starts but made just three catches for 25 yards.

It is unlikely that Robiskie will make much difference after failing in Cleveland.

It is increasingly obvious that they will have to draft a wide receiver on the first round next year.

They did that in 2004 and 2005 when they took Reggie Williams and Matt Jones on the first round in back-to-back years, but they were both busts. They haven't drafted another one in the first two rounds in the last six years and only one - Sims-Walker - on the third round in 2007.

Their leading receiver, Mike Thomas, has just 31 catches and Hill is second with 19. Thomas was a fourth-round pick in 2009.

They had thought tight end Marcedes Lewis would be a big factor in the passing game, but he has only 15 catches and running back Maurice Jones-Drew has just 12.

It hasn't helped that rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert is struggling, but they need to upgrade the receiver corps.

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