The 2014 NFL Scouting Combine will begin on Wednesday, but the fun stuff won't get started until the weekend when the players begin running through drills. On Sunday, the quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers will take the field at Lucas Oil Stadium, which is particularly worth keeping an eye on for Jaguars fans, as the Jaguars can use upgrades at all three positions.
In fact, tackle is likely the only offensive position that the Jaguars aren't likely to look to add starting talent at during the 2014 offseason if given the opportunity.
Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt - The future of Justin Blackmon is in doubt, to say the least. Without him, the Jaguars still have some talent at wide receiver with Cecil Shorts III, Ace Sanders and Mike Brown, but the thing that those three players have in common is a lack of height.
Ultimately the goal for the team will be to find wide receivers that get open and make plays, but it certainly wouldn't hurt if they found a player with height as well. Matthews is a 6'3, 209 receiver with average speed, who will have the chance to show he's worth an early selection in the 2014 NFL Draft. Like, say, the Jaguars' selection in the second round, maybe.
Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State - Maurice Jones-Drew seems as good as gone, and that leaves a huge hole in the Jaguars backfield. There's intriguing talent at the position with Denard Robinson, but a bigger back to complement him would be a plus.
Hyde is huge at 6'0, 235 pounds and presumably has the strength to be an every down running back, but the question is whether or not he has the speed to exploit gaps in the NFL. Projected to finish with a 40-yard dash at about 4.6 seconds, the bar is low and Hyde has the opportunity to impress in a class of running backs that is relatively even at this point.
Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina - Ebron is pretty even with Texas Tech's Jace Amaro in the battle to be the first tight end off the board, but they definitely aren't the same prospect. While Amaro is the more polished, consistent player, the Combine is Ebron's place to shine, as he'll have a chance to show off the ridiculous athleticism that might make him a first-round pick.
With Marcedes Lewis turning 30 before the beginning of the 2014 season and a lack of production on his part anyway, the Jaguars could definitely use a large receiving target like Ebron and he could definitely be the pick if he's on the board at pick 39.
Senior Bowl week may have sent Richburg to the top of the center rankings and he has the chance to solidify that position with a strong showing at the Combine. Hooray fat guys doing athletic things!
Neither are very big at all and neither will go very early in the Draft because of it, but the athleticism both are expected to show at the Combine will likely leave scouts drooling.