Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jags Catch Up on Day 2 Doering Heads List of Receivers

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jags Catch Up on Day 2 Doering Heads List of Receivers

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The wait went on and on, and disappointment grew, but then,

Chris Doering had been there before.

"I was saying, `Here we go again,' " Doering said.

Doering, a University of Florida wide receiver who spent his

college career overlooked and overachieving, was selected in

Round Six of the NFL Draft yesterday by the Jacksonville

Jaguars, who spent the second day of the draft trying to fill

their most obvious team need.

That need, after a first day focused on defense, was wide

receiver, and the Jaguars selected four in the final four

rounds: Reggie Barlow of Alabama State (15th selection, fourth

round), Doering (18th, sixth), Clarence Jones of Tennessee State

(18th, seventh) and Greg Spann of Jackson State (19th, seventh).

The Jaguars also selected offensive tackle Jimmy Herndon of

Houston (14th, fifth) and John Fisher (3rd, sixth), a safety

from Missouri Western.

"I feel very strongly about the solid picks we made at the

beginning of the draft," Jaguars coach Tom Coughlin said. "After

that, we answered need. As far as how these guys [the receivers]

will fit in, talk to me about that as camp progresses."

The regret of the draft, Coughlin said, was an inability to

select a quality speed wide receiver in Saturday's early rounds,

and also, he said, the failure to draft a cornerback.

"That's just the way the draft went," Coughlin said. "There's

only so many opportunities you have. What I feel really good

about, of course, is we moved into the area of need."

That made a difficult day for Doering -- the Southeastern

Conference's all-time single-season and career touchdown

receptions leader -- a happy one despite its familiarity.

"I started to get worried as the day went on and as the

receivers kept going in front of me," Doering said. …

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