Kendall Newson may have reminded the Jaguars a little bit of Keenan McCardell; nice size, hands and statistics, but a little on the slow side.
The Jaguars made Newson, 6-2, 186, the first of three seventh-round picks today, based on the Middle Tennessee State wide receiver's consistent production and the Jaguars' need for a receiver to replace the consistent production McCardell provided for six seasons.
"A tough guy who will go in and block; one of the bigger and more productive players left on the board," coach Tom Coughlin said of Newson, who has caught 69, 74 and 65 passes over the last three seasons. Only a rather lackluster 40 time (4.65 range) made Newson a final-round pick.
Newson will join the competition on the Jaguars roster at wide receiver, where he and veteran newcomers Patrick Johnson and Bobby Shaw will attempt to complement star pass-catcher Jimmy Smith.