Round 2 – WR Dexter Jackson, Appalachian St.
It was apparent to anyone who watched our team last season that we needed some more playmakers on defense. After watching how the draft unfolded, in the second round particularly with the WR’s, it was also apparent to me that this was Jon Gruden’s man. With the depth of our team, and the real need to minimize our picks in this draft, we could have easily moved up one spot to take Malcom Kelly, or 3 spots to take Desean Jackson. Instead we sat still, moved our pick to the Jags, and moved back a few spots and took DJax. This guy is freaking fast and ran a 4.27 at the combine. He averaged an ungodly 22.9 ypc last season and had 9 TD’s on only 30 catches, showing his true explosiveness. This is another guy who should immediately compete with Talib, Buchanon and Ike Hilliard in the return game. He had his biggest games against the best competition (Michigan, East-West Shrine Game). While it may take him some time to assimilate the NFL game on offense, he should still be an occasional downfield factor this season.
Jon Gruden – Special teams really makes him a valuable guy for us…He’ll give us some depth at the receiver position while he’s progressing and he’ll also give us a real kick, I think, in the return game.