The Jacksonville Jaguars signed three of their 2006 draft choices to contracts today. Second-round pick Maurice Jones-Drew, a running back and return specialist, signed along with linebacker Brent Hawkins (5th round) and James Wyche (7th round).
Jones-Drew, Hawkins and Wyche were three of the six players selected by the Jaguars in the 2006 NFL Draft in April. Cornerback Dee Webb, a seventh-round pick, signed on Monday. All 85 Jaguars are under contract except for two of this year's draft picks (TE Marcedes Lewis, 1st round; LB Clint Ingram, 3rd round).
Jones-Drew was the 60th overall pick in the draft and was the fourth-highest drafted running back by Jacksonville behind Fred Taylor and James Stewart, both first-round picks, and Greg Jones (2004, 55th overall).
Jones-Drew played three seasons at UCLA and left as one of the most productive all-purpose backs in the collegiate ranks. He rushed for 2,503 yards on 481 carries along with 26 touchdowns in three seasons. As a return specialist, Jones-Drew scored four touchdowns on punt returns and had two scores on kickoff returns. He holds the school record for career all-purpose yards with 4,288.
As a junior, Jones-Drew was selected All-Pac 10 first-team as he set a NCAA single-season record with a 28.5 yard average on 15 punt returns and ranked eighth in the nation with 120 points. He ranked 13th in the nation with a 155.26 all-purpose yards average.
Hawkins, the 160th overall selection in the fifth round was the first Illinois State player to be drafted by the Jaguars. Hawkins ranked second in the nation as a senior with 17 sacks and was runner-up for the Buck Buchanan Award, presented annually to the top defensive player in I-AA football.
Wyche was selected with the 213th overall pick in the seventh round. Wyche was a four-year starter at Syracuse and ranked second on the team with 4.5 sacks and 6.5 tackles for loss as a senior. He was named the Defensive Most Valuable Player at the 2006 East-West Shrine Game.
The Jaguars report to training camp at Alltel Stadium on Friday, July 28. The Jaguars will hold their first practice at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday, July 29 followed by an evening practice at 7:15 p.m. Training camp will be open to the public and media for viewing through August 11.