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2019 Jaguars NFL Draft Profile: Marquise “Hollywood” Brown

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Dec 1, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Marquise Brown (5) runs during the game against the Texas Longhorns in the Big 12 Championship game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Jaguars wide receivers have been a disappointment so far this season. Keelan Cole and D.J. Chark have been non-factors, while Dede Westbrook and Donte Moncrief just look average. Although these woes can be partially attributed to the struggling Blake Bortles, there is still plenty of room for improvement in the Jaguars wide receiver room. Luckily for the Jaguars, the 2019 NFL Draft holds plenty of talent at wide receiver, including speedster Marquise “Hollywood” Brown out of Oklahoma.

Cousin of NFL All-Pro receiver Antonio Brown, Brown has shined for two seasons at OU after a year of JUCO football at College of the Canyons in Southern California, despite being born, raised, and playing high school ball in Hollywood, Florida – the origin of his nickname. While in JUCO, where there are no scholarships for athletes, Brown spent his time outside of school and football working at Six Flags Magic Mountain to pay for school.

Brown has amassed 2,359 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns over two seasons at Oklahoma, thanks to his blazing speed and exceptional agility.

Many pundits will argue that Brown is not an NFL talent, citing his reliance on his speed to create separation or his small frame (5″9, 170lbs). But after an incredible regular-season finale against West Virginia, “Hollywood” deserves consideration as an early-round NFL prospect.

Strengths:

Brown’s most obvious asset is his speed, unofficially clocking a 4.33 40-yard dash. In the clip below, Hollywood beats the defense by several steps, slows down a bit to track down an under-thrown pass, and still out-runs his defenders for the touchdown.

You’ll see this quite a bit from Hollywood. Nothing fancy in terms of route-running, simply running by the defender in front of him. Here he lines up in the slot against Iowa state and does it again.

But speed isn’t the only aspect of his game. Brown may not be the most polished route runner in the class, but he’s much more advanced than he’s given credit for. Here he uses a simple stutter move to get the safety to bite, then separates in the endzone for the easy touchdown.

Brown is undersized for NFL standards, so he uses creativity to avoid unfavorable matchups at the line. In the clip below, West Virginia is playing man coverage close to the line. Brown uses a slight hesitation move after the release and breezes by the defender with minimal contact. Once he gets open, he does an excellent job of tracking down the ball for the big gain.

Another impressive quality from Hollywood is his agility and balance. He is elusive and can change his direction on a dime. He can also keep his balance through errant tackling attempts by defenders, despite his small stature. He shows both in the following clip, breaking two tackles and juking out a defender.

One of the most impressive plays I saw from Hollywood this season was against Texas in the BIG 12 Championship against Texas. In this play, Brown lines up against one of the most physical and intimidating corners in college football: Kris Boyd. Brown uses some very nifty footwork to spin Boyd around, and bursts out of the breakpoint to create considerable separation.

Here Brown sells Boyd on an inside slant, then makes a gorgeous crisp cut to push vertical towards the endzone. This play should’ve been an easy touchdown, but Boyd senses himself getting beat and drags Brown down by the facemask.

Weaknesses: 

As previously mentioned, Brown doesn’t have ideal size (5″9 170 on a good day). This puts him at a disadvantage in contested ball situations and physical press coverage situations.

Fit with the Jaguars:

Overall, I think Hollywood is special – a deadly combination of quickness, agility, route-running and speed. But does he fit with the Jaguars? No. Not with the current anemic state of the Jaguars offense.

The good news?

The Jaguars are due for an offensive makeover.  If the Jaguars opt to upgrade at quarterback in the first round (see: Haskins, Grier), the offense will get an immediate boost. Coupled with a decent new offensive coordinator, Hollywood would be an ideal 2nd round target. If utilized correctly, Hollywood Brown could realistically be the Jaguars version of Tyreek Hill – a premier deep threat and versatile gadget player.

Demetrius Harvey is the lead editor for the Locked on Jaguars website covering breaking news, breakdowns, and more. You can follow him at @Demetrius82 on twitter.

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Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith apparently fined by team

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Dec 2, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars outside linebacker Telvin Smith (50) reacts during the first quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars have apparently fined LB Telvin Smith for missing three days of mandatory minicamp. This amount, according to Telvin Smith on Instagram, was for a total of $88,650. Telvin Smith decided to leave the game of football for a year last month and has not shown up to any team activities since the season ended in January.

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Smith stated in his Instagram post “Oh y’all  thght [sic] it was a game!!! You say you wanna sit & get ya life right. . . they say nah […] you pay me!!!” also stating “It’s still love!!”

The Jaguars have every right to fine Smith under the current CBA signed in 2011 regarding mandatory participation in team activities. Smith has not yet informed the Jaguars officially of his intentions for the 2019 season, thus he is still considered a part of the team and on the 90-man roster.

It is not yet known whether or not the team has opted to fine DE Yannick Ngakoue who was also missing from mandatory minicamp last week as he resolves his contract with the team.

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REPORT: Jaguars sign WR Tre McBride and DT Kalani Vakameilao

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The Jacksonville Jaguars announced today the signings of WR Tre McBride and Rookie DT Kalani Vakameilalo. Both players had a tryout during yesterday’s minicamp practice. They have waived LB Nick DeLuca and LS Christian Kuntz to make room.

McBride has played for the Tennesee Titans, Chicago Bears, and the New York Jets during his time in the NFL. In 2017 he hauled in eight receptions for 144 yards. His lone touchdown came in 2015 with the Tennesee Titans. The Jaguars currently have 12 WRs on the roster including McBride. They will enter training camp for a battle for possibly five or six spots. Currently, it would be a surprise if McBride makes the team.

Vakameilao went undrafted out of Oregon State where he posted 75 tackles, including 13.5 tackles for loss.

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Jaguars finalize draft class with signing of LB Quincy Williams

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have officially wrapped up their 2019 NFL Draft class with the signing of third-round pick Quincy Williams the team has announced today. Williams played college football at Murray State as a linebacker and safety and will be playing LB with the Jaguars.

Following the departure of WLB Telvin Smith, the Jaguars needed to find a replacement, and they hope Williams can eventually develop into that role. During OTAs and mandatory minicamp, Williams has taken some first-team reps at LB along with LB Ramik Wilson. The WLB battle will be one to watch during training camp later this summer.

Williams spoke briefly following the signing of his contract stating, “I’ve been dreaming on this and waiting on this moment my whole life,” Williams said. “I’m just here to answer the question of, ‘Who is Quincy Williams?’”

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