Shorts should help Jaguars' pass game

April, 30, 2011
4/30/11
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To hear analyst Trent Dilfer discuss Cecil Shorts, the Jaguars got a fourth-round receiver quarterback Blaine Gabbert will come to love throwing to.

Dilfer raved about the pick, punctuating video with talk of how Shorts naturally catches the ball away from his body, maximizing his chances to pull in passes.

Shorts is out of Mount Union, which is where the Colts found Pierre Garcon. GM Gene Smith likes to dig at small schools and likes team captains. Shorts was a captain twice.

Scouts Inc. says he’s above average with separation skills, ball skills and competitiveness/toughness. But it rates him as only average in big play ability, which is what the Jaguars need the most:
"Occasionally will get over the top of coverage vertically. Has enough speed to exploit a crease after the catch. Drops his weight and can change directions quickly after the catch, which he frequently uses to make the first defender miss. However, He lacks explosive burst after the catch and he doesn't show much elusiveness in space. He's more of a smooth glider. His top-end speed is only average and he's not tall enough to win many jump ball battles."

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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