Pass Catching Upgrade for Jaguars

Following the release of Matt Jones, the Jaguars have been shopping in the second-tier free agent market for pass catchers. Find out which player could be their answer.

The Jaguars have shown great interest in University of South Carolina tight end Jared Cook. Although Cook didn't put up huge numbers in Steve Spurrier's South Carolina offense as he caught just 35 passes for 550 yards and two touchdowns, he has been turning the heads of scouts ever since the off season began.

"I know that it's a lot of good guys coming out this year. It's 21 guys plus in the tight end class alone," Cook said. "I wouldn't say I'm the best, but I know I'm competing against the best." NFL Expert Chris Steuber had this to say after Cook's impressive NFL Combine performance—

Maybe the most dominant performance by any prospect at the Scouting Combine, Jared Cook had an incredible workout that has the NFL Universe buzzing. The 6-foot-4, 246-pound physical enigma finished with the best 40, vertical jump and broad jump of any tight end at the Combine. He ran a sparkling 4.50 in the 40, a 10-foot-3-inch broad jump and a 40-inch vertical and that looked computer generated. Not only did Cook show his athleticism, but he showed his strength by benching 225 pounds 23 times. That's impressive, considering he had the longest arms (35 ¾) of any tight end. With his performance, Cook improved his status from a third round pick to a mid-second round pick in April.

Jared Cook (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain)
"I was just going by my draft grade (when I left), third round, but it's nice to hear that. But anything can happen on draft day. It's one of the craziest days in sports," Cook said. "So many things, it's so unpredictable so they talk, but you really can't go by what they say."

Cook certainly has enough speed to be a legitimate seam threat, and teamed up with one of the best blocking tight ends in football, Marcedes Lewis, the Jaguars could have a somewhat unconventional, yet effective passing game.

We asked South Carolina football team expert Wes Mitchell from's to give us a scouting report on Cook, and he was nice enough to oblige.

Jared Cook is a freak athlete that provides a mismatch against most linebackers and safeties in the passing game, but has a lot of developing to do as a blocker. His size-to-speed ratio is phenomenal and he is projected as one of the top tight ends in the draft because of this.

He arrived at South Carolina as a raw wide receiver prospect, but was moved to tight end after gaining some good weight because the coaches liked the mismatches he provided there.. He has progressed a lot as a receiver and some as a blocker, but will probably never be a great blocker against NFL-quality defenses. The staff used him a lot has a pure tight end and as a guy flexed out wide.

I believe most NFL teams will take him based on his potential, and he will be a third down tight end that teams flex out on passing situations early in his career. Whether he can develop as an every-down tight end will be determined by the system he lands in, the type of coaching he receives, how much weight he puts on, and whether he can develop a more physical mindset.

Cook is a player that the Jaguars have targeted and may be their choice with their 39th overall pick.

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