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Jaguars land badly needed playmakers with WRs Lee, Robinson in Round 2

Eric Edholm
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On Friday, the Jacksonville Jaguars were the beneficiaries of a draft tumble.

They had to be tickled to see USC's Marqise Lee — a player who would have been in the top 10 a year ago had he been allowed to enter the 2013 draft — fall into their laps.

They had to be stunned to find, near the end of the round, that Allen Robinson was still on the board. The Jaguars used some of those extra picks to move up and grab Robinson, who is the glider to Lee's shiftiness.

Now that's a daily double.

Receiver was a huge need, maybe the biggest left on the grocery list after quarterback (Blake Bortles) was crossed off. Justin Blackmon might not be in the picture for 2014, and Cecil Shorts — their top returning wideout — is a nice player but hardly a game-changer.

This is all for the future. A knee injury might have explained why Lee fell in this draft, along with a disappointing 2013 season in which his production fell dramatically also because of QB play and lost confidence.

If the Jaguars can get Lee healthy and in a good head space, they might have a Jeremy Maclin-like player who can weave through a defense with ease and make any quarterback look better. And Robinson should start alongside him for years.

Impressive work by the Jaguars, who are going to be scary in 2015 and more competitive this season than many are expecting. 

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Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter!

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