Fifth-round draft pick Jarett Dillard
is trying to be like some notable late round picks that include Wes Welker
, Marques Colston
, Donald Driver
, T.J. Houshmandzadeh
, Lance Moore
, Kevin Walter
, and Derrick Mason
who have made an impact on their respective teams.
In Dillard's first taste of NFL action in Friday's minicamp, the former Rice
Owl dazzled onlookers as he effortlessly plucked the ball out of the air, time and time again. Dillard showed glimpses of what made him the NCAA's all-time touchdown receiving leader as he finished his legendary career finding the end zone 59 times.
JagNation asked OwlDigest.com publisher David Mooney what he thought of the talented rookie—
You've probably seen some of his numbers - 59 career touchdowns, 284 catches - so you know he's been very productive.
Dillard at Rice (Getty Images)
I think Jarett will be a great #3 receiver. He runs great routes and has amazing ball skills, and with a 42" vertical he spends a lot of time in the air. Plays much bigger than he actually is as a result. He's about 5-10 1/2. Has great hands, though they are not big. He runs right at 4.5. But he's a much better Receiver than a lot of guys who run 4.3, because he comes out of his breaks at 4.5 and also knows how to get open using lateral quickness.
Things that worked against him - he hasn't ever played special teams which #3 guys have to do in the NFL and at times he can get jammed by bigger corners.
He's a phenomenal kid. High character and extremely intelligent - he was ranked #1 in his class all through high school.
The Jaguars signing of wide receiver Torry Holt
a few weeks ago will take much of the pressure off the younger receivers, and thus allow guys like Jarett Dillard and Mike Thomas
to grow into their roles with the team. Dillard will have the advantage of being a fifth-round pick with low expectations, and if the offensive line and quarterback do their jobs, Dillard could be a legitimate contributor as a rookie.
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The Jaguars opted against drafting a wide receiver on the first day of the draft, and they may have still found a solid piece to their giant wide receiver puzzle.
Jacksonville may have found a solid piece to their giant wide receiver puzzle.