The Jaguars set out in 2009 to right the wrongs of several drafts at the wide receiver position. Mike Thomas has been a success story, but Jarett Dillard has been consistently injured and Tiquan Underwood has been inconsistent, at best. With Mike Sims-Walker scheduled to hit free agency if the Jaguars choose not to resign him, the position is starting to again look like a position that the microscope should be on.
Finding a receiver that could contribute to the offense is something that Gene Smith could certainly be interested in. While an early draft pick is not something I would expect the Jaguars to use on a receiver, I wouldn’t be surprised for the Jaguars to use one of their middle or late round picks on one. Among the late round receiving prospects that the Jaguars have displayed interest in is East Carolina receiver Dwayne Harris.
Harris was extremely productive during his time at ECU accumulating 268 catches for 3,002 yards and 20 touchdowns receiving. He was an all-purpose threat that added 526 yards rushing and 6 touchdowns. He even added 2 passing touchdowns and 3 return touchdowns. He was so successful as a Pirate that he earned the award for Conference USA’s most valuable player.
At 5’10, 200 pounds, Harris is almost definitely going to be a slot receiver in the NFL. The combine will be important for Harris to show that he has the speed necessary to get separation at the NFL level.
The Jaguars spoke with Harris at the first day of Senior Bowl practice; however, Harris struggled by most accounts in practices and during the game. He showed less than adequate hands and struggled to get separation from the nation’s top collegiate cornerbacks at the game. Whether or not this deterred the Jaguars from Harris is unknown, but he will likely be a late round pick in April.