In the post Jimmy Smith era, Jacksonville's wide receivers have never been ranked as high in the league and have always been considered a weak spot. Since 2003 we have tried the Free Agency option (i.e. Jerry Porter, Northcutt), the draft option (i.e. Williams, Jones) and the trade option (i.e. Williamson). All of these attempts to bolster our receiving core have backfired. This offseason looks to take another toll on our receiving core because there is a good chance Porter and Williams will not be around for the 2009 season. If they leave we have Northcutt, Jones, Walker, and Williamson as our remaining receivers from the 2008 active roster. Jones has become a solid possesion reciever but with off-field problems and only one good season in his career, you never know. Northcutt is also a decent receiver and picked up his game near the end of the season with two 100 yard receiving games but he is suited best as a #2 or #3 option. Walker is filled with potential but he never seems to use any of it and the same can be said about Williamson who redefines the phrase "first round bust". This leaves our receivers in pretty bad shape for the 2009. Due to recent comments by Gene Smith and Wayne Weaver it looks like we are not going to pick any quality reciever up in free-agency, so the draft seems to be the only good option. Ever since we got burned by selecting Williams and Jones in the first round and them not panning out as we expected, the Jaguars have consistently drafted other positons on the first day of the draft and then picked up a few receivers on day two hoping that one of them will work out....none have. We have a lot of glaring needs to deal with in this years draft but in my personal opinion we need to draft a wide reciever by the end of the second round. I like priority #1 is a LT but after that we need a wide receiver or we risk having another season of dropped passes and Garrard having no one to throw too. Opinions?
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