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Deep crop of wide receivers perfect for Jaguars


Another deep crop of wide receivers would seem to fit the Jaguars' need for a late-rounds pass-catcher who might develop into that elusive third wide receiver.

Nine wide receivers have first-round potential, including Michigan's David Terrell, North Carolina State's Koren Robinson, Miami's Santana Moss and Reggie Wayne, Clemson's Rod Gardner, Oregon State's Chad Johnson, UCLA's Freddie Mitchell, Wisconsin's Chris Chambers and Kansas State's Quincy Morgan.

Another five wide receivers have first-day-of-the-draft potential, including Texas A&M's Robert Ferguson, Ohio State's Ken-Yon Rambo, Washington State's Milton Wynn, Eastern Kentucky's Alex Bannister and Troy State's Jon Carter.

Then there's a cast of productive major college pass-catchers, such as Florida State's Marvin Minnis and Pitt's Latef Grim, who could be diamond-in-the-rough selections in the late rounds, and even more prospects who could be hits as undrafted free agents.

Terrell is a rare combination of size (6-3, 213) and speed (4.4). He figures to be a top-five pick.

Robinson also has prototype size (6-1, 200) and speed (4.4), but he may have lowered his stock in workouts that were less than impressive, and that immediately gave rise to the rap that he is not a dedicated athlete.

Moss is a superb play-maker, as a pass-catcher and as a kick-returner. His draft stock is hindered only by his lack of size (5-9, 185), but he helped himself by running a sub-4.4 40 at the Miami pro scouting day.

Wayne, 6-0, 193, doesn't have Moss-like speed, but has all of the natural talent scouts seek in a wide receiver. He is not a kick-returner, however, which might lower his draft stock.

Gardner, 6-2, 217, doesn't have burner speed, but he's a bulky receiver over the middle who has the athletic ability to make the circus catch.

Johnson came into prominence with his elite performance in the Fiesta Bowl against Notre Dame. Then, he further raised his stock with an impressive Senior Bowl. At 6-1, 190, Johnson is not especially fast.

Mitchell, 5-11, 187, has the speed to get deep and can do something with the ball after he catches it. The only rap on him is that he will drop passes.

Want speed? Then you want Chambers, who has been clocked at 4.31 in the 40. He's also posted a 45-inch vertical jump. He's said to be raw and will need development.

Morgan is a size-speed combination who needs to focus more on his technical skills. He doesn't have the best hands.

The same can be said of Ferguson, whose size, speed and athletic ability overshadow his production. Like Chambers and Morgan, Ferguson has great upside for teams with patience.

Jacksonville has nine picks in this draft and, though the Jaguars are expected to focus on offensive and defensive linemen, they are likely to dip into the wide receiver pool at least once. The Jaguars have four picks in the seventh round.

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