Jaguars Go Deep For Receivers

The Jaguars have brought in a host of players for confidential interviews and workouts in this draft season. By our count, the Jaguars have invited a minimum of 40 players for interviews, and those are just the guys that we know about. One of the positions that the Jaguars have not been overly aggressive in pursuing in this draft class has been wide receiver. Here are a few they have looked at..

Unless the Jaguars have been interviewing guys that we haven't heard about, which is a distinct possibility, the team has only targeted a few guys that we know of. Some of those guys thus far have been the University of Central Florida's Mike Walker, and Kansas State University's Yamon Figures. I just found out about a few more guys that the Jaguars put through workouts at their pro-days.

The most attractive of those players is Ohio State's Anthony Gonzalez. Gonzalez stands 6'0", 193 lbs., and is a great route-runner. Gonzalez may not come with the hype that his college teammate Ted Ginn has, but Gonzalez was the Buckeye's go to guy when Troy Smith needed a big reception. Gonzalez has nice quickness of the line, and great hands to go with that. He may not be the great deep threat that teams fear, but he has sub 4.5 speed to go with that precise route running. Gonzalez is a tough guy who can hold onto the ball when contacted, and is projected to be a second round selection.

While the Jaguars coaching staff was in Columbus, they worked out former Buckeye wide receiver Roy Hall, along with Gonzalez. Hall is a physical specimen, at 6'3", 240 lbs., and is the definition of raw. Hall found it difficult to get playing time behind Ted Ginn and Anthony Gonzalez. What can't be taught is Hall's superior size and speed, as he ran a 4.35 40-yard dash at his pro-day, according to J.J. Pesavento. With his great workout, Hall moved himself from likely being an undrafted free agent to a solid second-day pick.

Another wide-out that the Jaguars worked out was Mississippi State's Omarr Conner. Conner is an average sized guy, at 6'0", 223 lbs., and has average speed (around a 4.6/40). Conner is trying to make a position change from quarterback, and is certainly a project. It is doubtful that Conner will be selected in next weekend's draft.

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