With their first 4th round pick and the 114th pick overall, the Jaguars have selected Mount Union WR Cecil Shorts III. With the impending departure of Mike Sims-Walker, the Jaguars wide receivers crop is relatively thin and it’s not too surprising to see Gene Smith address the position. However, it is relatively surprising that they have ignored drafting players to help upgrade a defense that ranked 28th in the NFL in yards allowed.
Shorts is a 6’0, 193 pound receiver that was originally recruited to Mount Union as a quarterback before making the transition to receiver. He was a tremendously speedy and productive player at Mount Union, but with 4.5 speed it’s questionable whether or not his speed will translate well to the NFL level.
Josh Buchanan, a small school expert, ranked Shorts as the 18th best small school player and the 4th best receiver behind Edmond Gates, Stephen Burton and Andre Holmes, the latter two whom have not yet been selected. Buchanan projected Shorts to be drafted in the 6th or 7th rounds.
I think Shorts can have an impact in the NFL. I’m not sure he will have the same level of impact that Garcon has had because Garcon is a bit faster and more explosive but Shorts is certainly just as productive, a refined route runner, and versatile. I see Shorts having a solid career though and could eventually become a nice third or fourth receiver within a couple years. – Josh Buchanan