Jaguars take Monmouth WR Sterling with 1st pick in 7th round

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars have selected Monmouth receiver Neal Sterling with their first of two picks in the seventh round of the NFL draft.

The Jaguars took the 6-foot-3, 239-pound Sterling with the 220th overall choice.

Sterling caught 212 passes for 2,615 yards and 22 touchdowns in 43 games during his four-year college career.

The Jaguars believe Sterling could grow and develop into a down-the-field tight end, someone who could learn under Pro Bowler Julius Thomas.

Sterling is the first player Jacksonville has drafted from a small school this year, following Florida’s Dante Fowler Jr., Alabama’s T.J. Yeldon, South Carolina’s A.J. Cann, Louisville’s James Sample, Florida State’s Rashad Greene and Ohio State’s Michael Bennett.

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