The Jacksonville Jaguars spent lavishly this year in free agency as they look to get out of the doldrums of the NFL. They will be picking first overall for the second consecutive season, which speaks volumes about just how much of a disaster Urban Meyer’s short-lived era was for Jacksonville.
With that now behind them, they will be moving on with Super Bowl-winning head coach, Doug Pederson, leading the way. Pederson was a great hire in terms of helping Trevor Lawrence, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, develop and realize his immense potential.
Jacksonville focused on upgrading the roster around him this offseason. The offensive line was upgraded with the signing of Brandon Scherff combined with Cam Robinson being franchise tagged. A ton of money was spent on skill position players as well.
With D.J. Chark leaving in free agency to sign with the Detroit Lions, the Jaguars wasted no time replacing him. Christian Kirk signed a four-year, $72 million deal while Zay Jones signed a three-year, $24 million deal.
With Marvin Jones Jr. still under contract, the Jaguars have a solid group of pass catchers for Lawrence to get the ball to. However, over at WalterFootball.com, they do not believe Jacksonville is done adding wide receivers to the roster.
In their latest mock draft, they have the Jaguars kicking off the second round by picking wide receiver Jahan Dotson out of Penn State. The first thing people see is his stature, as he is only 5’11”, which is a red flag for some. But, he didn’t let that stop him from producing big numbers with the Nittany Lions.
Dotson caught 91 passes last season for 1,182 yards and 12 touchdowns. He had only two drops all season, as he can produce at all three levels of the field with his speed and excellent athleticism. Versatility is also provided, as Dotson can line up in the slot or on the perimeter despite his size.
Overcoming physical press coverage could be an issue at times as his size is certainly a disadvantage in some situations. But, given his football acumen and athleticism, he will be able to produce some steady numbers.
The athleticism and quick feet that he possesses also make him a weapon on special teams. He was a very good punt returner in college, providing another positive checkmark to his resume for NFL teams to evaluate.