The Jaguars have a few areas on their roster that could use an upgrade in talent. Offensive guard, tight end, and wide receiver come to mind. While the Jaguars could address their need for playmakers at wide receiver early on in the draft, they may see fit to add to the offensive line or tight end position prior to adding a receiver.
I wouldn't blame them one bit.
There are a number of impressive receivers that will be available in the mid to late rounds. Here we'll take a look at three of them that I think the Jaguars should keep their eye on throughout the draft.
1. Anthony Miller, Memphis - If he were a couple inches taller, Miller would likely be a first round pick. A former walk on, Miller carries a massive chip on his shoulder and it shows in his play. He's only 5'11'' and 190 lbs. but he can make every play on the field. He routinely catches passes that look sure to fall incomplete. He plays with a toughness that is rare for someone of his stature. He might be quicker than fast, but his speed isn't an issue. I'm going to go ahead and say it: I think Anthony Miller has the potential to develop into an Antonio Brown type player. The similarities between the two prospects coming out of college are uncanny. They both have superlative hands, excellent body control, and a knack for tracking down deep balls. Both players fight through contact and make plays after they catch the ball. If you take away their numbers and the jerseys they're wearing it would be easy to get the two confused. I do think Brown has better straight line speed than Miller, but I think Miller is going to develop into a go to receiver for which ever team pulls the trigger on him. His skill set on the field combined with his fire make him a very appealing prospect. I would start watching this guy in the second round and if I was making the decisions might even nab him up in the second before someone else does.
2. Michael Gallup, Colorado State - Gallup's nickname is "Big Smooth" for a reason. He runs routes like a pro and could be ready to make an impact in the NFL sooner rather than later. At 6'1'' and just over 200 lbs. Gallup has the size NFL scouts are looking for. He could be the Robin to Allen Robinson's (Hey, Jaguars, why haven't you signed him yet) Batman. While A-Rob provides big play ability and is excellent at 50/50 balls, Gallup has the ability to separate from defenders with his crisp routes and excellent burst. This is a guy the Jaguars could target in rounds 2-4 and would likely find a role in the Jaguars offense before the start of the regular season.
3. DJ Moore, Maryland - Moore doesn't possess the ideal height and length of an outside receiver in the NFL, but he is likely to develop into an excellent slot player. At 215 lbs. he's tough to bring down after he catches the ball and packs a punch. He has return ability as well. Moore shows excellent initial burst and can quickly blow by defenders. He's quick in small areas and would add an element that the Jaguars receiving unit is currently lacking. A willing blocker as well. Moore could be a target for the Jaguars on day two of the draft.
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