Hindsight and the NFL Draft should go hand and hand. After a year or two, teams, fans and the media wonder what would happen, had the team picked so and so.
Oh, if they only had to do it all again.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are no different. They have had a few hits, but many more misses in the first round of the draft.
From 2000-2013 there have been plenty of heartaches and plenty of headaches with the decisions made by the team’s three general managers.
He is a look at all the first round picks in order of worst to best.
2000 – R. Jay Soward, Wide Receiver, USC
The worst first round pick the team has ever made. The Jaguars were hoping for speed and agility. What they got was a basket case who could not come to practice on his own and had issues with substance abuse.
2008 – Derrick Harvey, Defensive End, Florida
Second worst first round pick, ever. Never lived up to the hype and he and Quentin Groves cost the team their future. This pick could have been Joe Flacco.
2011 – Blaine Gabbert, Quarterback, Missouri
Can he be the third worst draft pick? Came into the league raw as a true junior. Was expected to sit a season and learn and then showed he could not take over the franchise when David Garrard was hurt. Since then, Jacksonville has gotten nothing on their 4-year, $12 million investment.
2004 – Reggie Williams, Wide Receiver, Washington
He had his moments. He also liked the sweets stinky. Williams was drafted mainly because the other receivers on the board were going fast and Del Rio and company panicked that they would not have a solid receiver in the offense.
2005 – Matt Jones, Wide Receiver, Arkansas
A former quarterback who became an infamous workout warrior at the Combine and was converted to receiver by the Jaguars to bolster their receiving corps. Jones had a few flashes of brilliance, but he also could not keep himself clean and was tied to drug charges and the law.
2007 – Reggie Nelson, Defensive Back, Florida
A hitter, not tackler. He had a few moments and highlight reel plays, but the bottom line was Nelson could not read coverages and had a hard time understanding the Jaguars' defensive scheme. He was traded to Cincinnati where he has thrived.
2003 – Byron Leftwich, Quarterback, Marshall
He had the “potential” to be a great quarterback. Mismanagement and a poor delivery sent him packing. The fact he clashed with then new head coach Jack Del Rio did not win him any favors with management or the team, either.
2010 – Tyson Alualu, Defensive Tackle, California
Average player who may be cut this season. Will forever be linked to the idea that the team could have had Tim Tebow instead of Alualu. Has shown better play on the end, but will never be a star in this league or with this franchise.
2012 – Justin Blackmon, Wide Receiver, Oklahoma State
Jury is still out. When he is on the field, there are few who can play at his level of talent. When he is on the bench or suspended, he is of no use to this team. The Jaguars must decide if the trouble is worth it and whether he still a “luxury” to this franchise.
2006 – Marcedes Lewis, Tight End, UCLA
He panned out to be a solid tight end. A former Pro Bowl performer, Lewis has the size and speed to be a solid end zone threat and third-down option. He is also considered one of the better blocking tight ends in the NFL today.
2009 – Eugene Monroe, Tackle, Virginia
He was solid but not spectacular in the four seasons he was in Jacksonville. Monroe got better each season with the team. You knew his days were numbered when the team draft Luke Joeckel. He now plays for the Baltimore Ravens.
2013 – Luke Joeckel, Tackle, Texas A&M
The Jury is still out on him. Had a good start to his rookie career, then broke his ankle early in the season. This will be a huge year for him in his development.
2001 - Marcus Stroud, Defensive Tackle, Georgia
One of the best players to ever wear a Jaguars jersey. Stroud was a dominant defensive tackle who was constantly double-teamed. That still did not stop him and John Henderson from becoming the most dominant set of tackles in the NFL in the last 1990s.
2002 – John Henderson, Defensive Tackle, Tennessee
See Stroud. There wasn’t much “Big John” could not do on the defensive line. The product from Tennessee was once thought to be a malcontent before he was drafted.