Jags Looking For Upgrades At Receiver

Jags Looking For Upgrades At Receiver

Despite the Jaguars finishing 29th in the NFL in dropped passes (fewest) they still feel the need to upgrade at the position. A little over a month ago, the team informed pronounced number one wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker that they would be going in a different direction. Find out some of the players that Jacksonville has shown interest in.

During the week of the East-West Shrine Game, the Jaguars and General Manager Gene Smith took a liking to Florida Atlantic wideout Lester Jean. The 6-foot-3, 215 pound wide receiver uses his big body well to shield off smaller defenders and has a similar body type to Terrell Owens. Jean didn't catch a pass in the game, but was happy to be there.

"I just want to go represent for the school," Jean told NFLDraftScout.com. "Florida Atlantic gave me the opportunity to play football when nobody else did."

The Jaguars worked Jean out privately at his Pro Day where he ran a 4.52 40-yard dash. Jean is expected to be a late-round draft pick.

Another player that the Jaguars showed interest in is University of Miami wideout Leonard Hankerson. The ultra-productive former Hurricane is the schools all-time leader in touchdown receptions and he showed himself very well at the Senior Bowl back in January.

"I'm just trying to go out here and play as well as I can and hopefully impress some people that will offer me a job," Hankerson said during Senior Bowl week.

If the Jaguars are going to make Hankerson their first-ever draft pick from "The U", they're likely going to have to pull the trigger in the first or early in the second round. Hankerson has had an excellent offseason of workouts, which included a five-catch, 100-yard performance in the Senior Bowl. The 6-foot-2, 209 pound receiver has cemented himself as a Top Five receiver in this draft.

Another Senior Bowler who the Jaguars have showed significant interest in is former ECU all-everything guy Dwayne Harris. At 5-foot-10, 203 pounds, Harris displays the ability to be a slot receiver on the next level as well as helping out on special teams as a punt return man. Harris led the C-USA last year in receptions per game (7.8) while earning C-USA offensive MVP honors from the coaches. Harris helped lead his East Carolina Pirates to a pair of Conference USA championships.

"I'll do whatever the coaches ask of me, I just want a chance to play at the next level," Harris said.

Harris is a bit of a "slash" or utility player as he has played some running back, quarterback, returned both kickoffs and punts, as well as being a standout wide receiver. Harris is likely to be a late-round pick.

Charlie Bernstein is the host of "The Conundrum" on the Aquarius 7 Broadcasting Network (national), and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering multiple teams in the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for FoxSports and has been featured on the NFL Network and Sirius NFL Radio. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. You can follow Charlie on Twitter @nflcharlie

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