Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Could Use Cavalier Approach Today

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Could Use Cavalier Approach Today

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Byline: Gene Frenette, The Times-Union

Most of the scenarios involving the Jaguars' No. 21 pick in today's NFL Draft point to them taking a cornerback, offensive tackle or wide receiver. But part of me wonders if they'll pull another first-round surprise and choose Virginia tight end Heath Miller.

Except for Sports Illustrated's Paul Zimmerman, there's been little hype about the Jaguars selecting a tight end, but if names like Jammal Brown, Carlos Rogers, Mark Clayton and Khalif Barnes are off the board, then Miller has to at least enter the team's thought process. With Kyle Brady being 33 and George Wrighster coming off back surgery, the tight end spot should merit first-day draft attention if the value is there when it's time to pick.

Miller, projected as a late first-round choice in most mock drafts, is recovering from hernia surgery, so that may scare teams off. But if the Jaguars truly want an attacking-style offense loaded with options, a versatile tight end is a necessity for quarterback Byron Leftwich. Some might prefer Arkansas' Matt Jones, a converted quarterback, but he's more of a luxury pick at No. 21 than Miller. . . .

Another must on the Jaguars' draft shopping list is a legitimate kick returner. One intriguing name as a second-round pick (if he's still there at No. 52) might be Hampton wide receiver Jerome Mathis, who ran the 40 in 4.32 at the NFL combine. He also led Division I-AA last season with a per-catch average of 29.47 yards. . . . It's hard to fathom that draft godfather Mel Kiper Jr. has Florida running back Ciatrick Fason not being taken until the bottom of the fourth round. If Fason isn't off the board by the second round or early third, it'll be a surprise. . . . Not sure if the color is white or black, but there's definitely some kind of smoke coming out of George Steinbrenner's ears. …

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