Far too often in 2017 the Jaguars offense struggled to maintain drives. One way to fix that? Add more receiving talent to the roster. Allen Robinson and Marqise Lee are set to be free agents and their future with the team is cloudy at best with just days left for the Jaguars to use their franchise tag.
Luckily for the Jaguars there are a number of impressive wide receivers and tight ends in this year's class, many of which were on display Saturday at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Let's take a look at three standout players from Saturday's on-field work that the Jaguars could target in the draft.
1. DJ Chark WR, LSU - Chark was the biggest surprise at the combine Saturday. The 6'3'' receiver posted a 4.34 40 yard dash - the fastest of any player on Saturday - and also posted a 40" vertical. At 6'3'' tall with a 40" vert he can really elevate. He also put up an impressive 16 reps in the bench press. Chark's tape suggested he had explosiveness, but I didn't expect him to be the fastest player at the combine so far. His hands were inconsistent throughout his time at LSU, but his athleticism is off the charts. He's regularly wide open on tape and could be a nice fit for the Jaguars play action offense. In theory he could catch a pass over 12 feet in the air and then have enough speed to run past the entire defense. That's going to be intriguing for NFL scouts and should certainly catch the eye of the Jaguars. At this point the Jags would have to take him with their first pick or have a trade down/up scenario to land him. I would be shocked if he's still on the board after the mid 40's.
2. Courtland Sutton WR, SMU - The ultra smooth 6'3'' receiver from Southern Methodist is likely to get drafted in the first round, but if he makes it to #29 the Jaguars should strongly consider taking him. At 218 lbs. Sutton is a physical specimen. He ran faster than expected in the 40 posting a 4.55. For a guy with his size to run that fast and look so smooth doing so was really impressive. Adding Sutton would give the Jaguars a potential number one guy that has the ability to make every play on the field. He's going to catch a lot of passes for a lot of yards and a lot of touchdowns in the NFL. The Jaguars will need to decide if he's worth it at 29, if he makes it there.
Hayden Hurst TE, South Carolina - Hayden Hurst had himself an impressive day. On tape he shows the ability and potential to be a complete combo tight end at the next level. Nothing he did on Saturday would suggest otherwise. In the 40 he ran a sub 4.7 - at 250 lbs. that is really moving. In the broad jump he hit 10 feet, showing his explosiveness. In the receiving gauntlet, a drill that shows a player's natural ability to catch the ball, Hurst was fantastic. The Jaguars may have to use their first pick if they'd like to acquire Hurst in the upcoming draft.
Would you like to see the Jaguars add any of these players in April? Let us know in the comments below.
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