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Jags will win jump balls


The selection of Virginia Tech wide receiver Ernest Wilford would indicate a remodeling of the Jaguars' wide receiver corps. Wilford is the Jaguars' second pick in the fourth round, with a pick obtained from Baltimore in a trade that sent veteran wide receiver Kevin Johnson to the Ravens.

"I think (Johnson) was of the opinion we didn't need a wide receiver. It's a good fit in Baltimore. We drafted Reggie (Williams) with the thought of starting Reggie. Kevin saw himself as a starter," Del Rio said in explaining the reason for the trade.

Wilford was a big-time player at Virginia Tech. At 6-4, 220, Wilford developed a reputation in college for going high into the air and taking balls away from defenders. His draft stock fell significantly after running in the 4.7's.

"I don't recall us (last season) winning a jump ball, whether it was our defensive back going against other teams' wide receivers, or our wide receivers against other teams' defensive backs," said Del Rio, who described Wilford as a "big, physical wide receiver who is able to win jump balls and is a blocker. Coach (Frank) Beamer talked about him being one of the best character guys he's ever had (at Virginia Tech)."

It would seem the Jaguars are making a move toward taller, more physical receivers.

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