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2018 NFL Draft rumors: Jaguars send assistant director of personnel to Texas Tech pro day

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NCAA Football: Texas Tech at Oklahoma Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars sent assistant director of personnel Andy Dengler to Texas Tech’s pro day on Saturday, according to Tony Pauline of DraftAnalyst.com. The Detroit Lions, Tennessee Titans, Cincinnati Bengals and Carolina Panthers all sent their quarterbacks coaches.

Texas Tech’s pro day featured had 10 draft prospects with three presumably on the Jaguars’ radar — wide receivers Keke Coutee and Dylan Cantrell and quarterback Nic Shimonek.

WR Keke Coutee

Coutee is a small (5’11” and 185 pounds) but very fast receiver out of Lubbock. He clocked a 4.43 in his 40-yard draft time and was an Honorable Mention on the 2017 All-Big 12 team as a kick returner and a punt returner. Although returner may be where Coutee finds his niche in the NFL, he had a monster junior season — finishing the year with 93 catches for 1429 yards and 10 touchdowns as well as a 17.0 yards-per-catch average.

He’s projected as a Day 3 pick, somewhere in the fifth or sixth rounds.

WR Dylan Cantrell

Cantrell was another Honorable Mention on the 2017 All-Big 12 team, making the list as a wide receiver. He’s bigger than Coutee (6’3” and 226 pounds) but he’s also significantly slower, finishing with a 4.59 in his 40-yard dash drills. He was less productive than Coutee, with only 816 yards on 71 catches, but he’s a big red zone target, grabbing five of his seven touchdowns in 2017 within 20 yards of the end zone. In the last two years, 12 of his 15 touchdowns have come in the red zone.

He’s also projected as a Day 3 pick, somewhere around the sixth round.

QB Nic Shimonek

Shimonek is a late-round prospect who can develop into a serviceable prospect. According to Pauline, he took advantage of his pro day.

“[He] had a solid day, showing arm strength and decent accuracy. He ended the workout with a pair of 75-yard passes that were delivered with speed. The feeling leaving the workout was that Shimonek has a real chance to develop into a backup at the next level. He ended the workout with a pair of 75-yard passes that were delivered with speed. The feeling leaving the workout was that Shimonek has a real chance to develop into a backup at the next level.”

He was reportedly only invited to the 2018 NFL Combine as an extra passer to make sure all the receivers got their fair share of reps, but caught the eye of a few NFL scouts who took the time to give him an extra look this past weekend.