Jags host USC CB Mekhi Blackmon, Virginia WR Dontayvion Wicks for visits on Tuesday
The Jacksonville Jaguars had a pair of visits on Monday from 2023 draft prospects Kendre Miller and Clark Phillips, and decided to follow it up with two more visits on Tuesday. Those two visits were from Southern California cornerback Mekhi Blackmon and Virginia receiver Dontayvion Wicks, according to KPRC2's Aaron Wilson and NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, respectively.
Blackmon, 24, spent the 2022 season with the Trojans and the four before that with Colorado. While with the Trojans he played in 14 games last season and was able to accumulate 66 total tackles, 15 pass breakups, and three picks. Additionally, he was able to earn First Team All-Pac-12 honors and earned a Pro Football Focus grade of 90.6 during his final collegiate season.
Blackmon showed off his athleticism at the 2023 NFL Scouting Combine, registering a 4.47 40-yard dash time, 36-inch vertical, and a 10-foot-5-inch broad jump figure. And while he can afford to add more to his frame at 178 pounds, he has good height and great explosiveness to be a solid defensive back for a team.
Wicks, 21, will enter the draft after spending four seasons with the Cavaliers. However, he only played in three of those seasons as he suffered a Lisfranc injury that kept him off the field in 2021. Of those three seasons, 2021 was his strongest as he was able to accumulate 57 catches for 1,203 yards, and nine touchdowns.
Wicks, who had 40 catches for 430 yards and two touchdowns, wasn't able to follow up his strong 2021 season with the campaign he was hoping for as he battled a bone bruise that cause him to miss two games. The Cavaliers' season was also cut short by two games due to a tragic shooting where three of his teammates were killed.
At 6-foot-1, 200 pounds, Wicks is a player who offers explosive playmaking ability despite running a 4.62 40-yard dash. Almost half of the catches from his strongest season (2021) were for 20 yards or more. However, his biggest issue seems to be drops according to many scouting reports, which is a result of his concentration.
Wicks earned PFF grades of 59.0 (2022) and 78.8 (2021) during his last seasons with Virginia. As for his draft grades, they are a bit sporadic but it seems he could end up being a Day 3 selection or an undrafted free agent.