Fourth-Round Pick Cecil Shorts III Looking to Be an Instant Highlight Film for the Jaguars

A few days ago I wrote a piece on the Jaguars and the draft picks they chose. Well today I’m going to go in a little deeper with one of the picks. Cecil Shorts III was selected in the fourth round out of Mount Union College. Cecil plays at the wide receiver position but is also going to be a kick and punt returner on the team. Cecil is also a former all American track sprinter.

Cecil won’t be content as just a kick returner though as he broke the receiving yards record at Mount Union with 4,705 in his career unseating former teammate and Indianapolis Colt Pierre Garcon. Cecil and the Purple Raiders played in four consecutive division three national championship games, winning it all in 2008. All four of those national championship games came against the University of Wisconsin Whitewater. In college Cecil had seen action at many different positions including QB, WR, KR, PR, and DB. Cecil has the natural talent to be a multifaceted tool for the Jaguars for years to come.

Cecil attended Mount Union College which is located in Alliance, Ohio. Cecil wasn’t heavily recruited by any of the big colleges in the state coming out of Collinwood High in Cleveland. Cecil played QB at Collinwood, so without the looks he was hoping to get on the big levels he attended a school that over the past 20 years has been the most dominate force in division three winning 10 national championships and having a record of 57-3 in Cecil’s 4 year tenure. During his freshman year Cecil made the switch from quarterback to wide receiver.

He played in 14 games that year accounting for 606 yards. His sophomore year saw him set the conference and division record for 23 receiving touchdowns while helping Mount Union to the national championship. A team captain his junior year Shorts had 100 receptions for 1736 yards and 19 TD’s. Cecil’s best game his junior year came against Heidelberg where he had 13 receptions for 297 yards including a 79 yard touchdown reception. Cecil’s final year of college saw him average 167 all-purpose yards per game. Cecil played in 12 games missing 3 due to injury.

Cecil played 5 different positions in the Stagg Bowl alone. He had eight 100 yard receiving games his senior year and finished his college career with 4,705 yards on 259 receptions an 18.1 yard per catch average. Cecil totaled 78 career touchdowns 63 receiving 12 rushing and three as a PR/KR.

Shorts III comes to Jacksonville with the heart of a competitor and the desire to succeed. Cecil will give the Jags 110% every time he sets foot on the football field and will always be a ball hawk. Production should never be an issue for Cecil as his quickness and hands are very dangerous weapons. Cecil’s rookie season should be a great one to remember for Jags fans everywhere and looks to make an impact for years to come.

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2 Responses to “Fourth-Round Pick Cecil Shorts III Looking to Be an Instant Highlight Film for the Jaguars”

  1. Kevin says:

    Cecil was a 4th round pick

  2. Steve says:

    I apologize cecil was a 4th rounder, had him confused with the third rounder rackley.

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