Jacksonville To Acquire Receiver

The Jacksonville Jaguars will finally be getting a receiver with true deep speed. But this time, it won't be via the NFL draft. They'll have to get it from another team.

Scout.com has confirmed the Minnesota Vikings will be trading former first-round pick Troy Williamson to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Friday. The selection is believed to be a second day selection in this year's draft. It should be noted this year's second day of the draft will feature rounds 3-7 instead of rounds 4-7 from previous years. The team gave David Canter, Williamson's agent, the right to seek a trade.

A league source first told Scout.com at the NFL combine a few days ago that Williamson had veto rights in any deal meaning he could ultimately decide which team he wanted to play for. The trade will be announced on Friday which is the official start of free agency and league year.

The former University of South Carolina wide receiver had been a major disappointment for Minnesota since being selected as the seventh pick overall in the first round of the 2005 draft. But Williamson will get another chance to prove his worth. Jacksonville runs a deep vertical stretch passing game which is a good match for his deep speed.

Williamson will also get a chance to start for Jacksonville and he'll be reunited with his former head coach, Mike Tice, who was involved in drafting the young wide out. Williamson also should get a chance to compete for the kickoff return job next season.

Interestingly, Jacksonville already has two other underachieving former first-round receivers in Matt Jones and Reggie Williams but neither player possesses Williamson's speed.


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