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Underwood provides deep speed


The Jaguars used their final pick of the 2009 draft to dip once more into a deep and talented crop of wide receivers, selecting Rutgers' Tiquan Underwood with the 253rd overall pick of the draft.

Underwood brings legit 4.3 speed to the Jaguars roster, which acquired two other wide receivers earlier on Sunday. Arizona's Mike Thomas was selected in the fourth round and Jarett Dillard of Rice was picked in round five.

All of a sudden, a weakness has a chance to become a strength.

"We felt that if David (Garrard) were provided more time and a running game, he could be more effective throwing the ball and whoever we lined up at wide receiver would be more efficient," coach Jack Del Rio said.

The Jaguars, of course, gave Garrard pass-protection help by selecting tackles Eugene Monroe and Eben Britton in rounds one and two. The selection of three wide receivers will also aid Garrard's cause.

Underwood caught 65 passes for 1,100 yards as a junior and, heading into his senior season, was poised to be an early draft pick. The emergence of first-round pick Kenny Britt as Rutgers' go-to receiver, however, caused Underwood's numbers and his draft stock to decline. Underwood sagged to 40 catches for 494 yards last fall.

"He's a fast receiver, a guy we were talking about much earlier in the day. He'll be fighting for an opportunity to make the team," Del Rio said.

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