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Jaguars draft best & worst: Round 7

4/7/2014

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The upcoming NFL draft will be the 20th in Jacksonville Jaguars history, not counting the expansion draft.

To commemorate that milestone, I'm looking back at each draft and giving you the best and worst selections in each round. Today is the seventh round and the first round will appear on Tuesday, April 15 -- appropriate since that's the day taxes are due and first rounders make the most money.

These rankings are based on what the player did with the Jaguars. If they failed to produce with the team but had success somewhere else -- whether they left as free agents, were cut and caught on somewhere else, or traded -- that's a negative.

I'm expecting some disagreement, which is fine. Your feedback is welcomed (click the email link at the bottom), and I'm going to post some of the best comments (read: those without profanity) on April 16.

Here we go …

Round 7

Best pick

The Jaguars took a chance on defensive end Bobby McCray in 2004 and the former Florida standout responded with 22 sacks in four seasons, a total which still ranks eighth on the Jaguars' all-time career sack list. McCray's 10 sacks in 2006 is still the third-highest single-season total in franchise history.

McCray's biggest contribution came in his next-to-last game with the Jaguars, when he sacked Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and forced a fumble that teammate Derek Landri recovered to seal the Jaguars' 31-29 upset of the Steelers in an AFC Wild Card playoff game following the 2007 season.

McCray signed a five-year, $20 million contract with New Orleans in March 2008 and played two seasons with the Saints, where he had 7.5 sacks (six in '08). He played in one game with Philadelphia in 2010.

Honorable mention

DE Rob Meier (2000) has 21.5 career sacks in nine seasons with the Jaguars. He played in all but six games in that span.

LB Danny Clark (2000) made 668 tackles in 12 seasons, including the first four with the Jaguars. He missed just three games with the Jaguars and totaled 164 tackles, two sacks, and one interception in that span. He also played for Oakland, Houston, New Orleans and the New York Giants.

S Marlon McCree (2001) started 27 games in his first two seasons with the Jaguars, recording 90 tackles and picking off seven passes before getting waived during his third season. He finished his seven-year career with 16 interceptions and 448 tackles.

RB Rashad Jennings (2009) still ranks eighth in team history with 944 yards, which he compiled from 2009-12 (he spent 2011 on IR with a knee injury). He signed with Oakland as a free agent in 2013 and rushed for a career-high 733 yards and six touchdowns. He recently signed with the Giants.

Worst pick

It's really not fair to label any seventh-round selection as the worst pick in that round because seventh-round picks aren't supposed to make the team anyway. The majority of the players the Jaguars selected didn't, so I'm kind of changing the criteria a little bit and choosing from the players who played at least two seasons in the NFL. And by play I mean actually got on the field and didn't just hold a roster spot.

Basically I'm choosing from players who did little while with the Jaguars but had more success elsewhere. That's probably not fair, but otherwise I'd just be listing the guys who were drafted and then cut.

With that in mind, the Jaguars' worst seventh-round pick is receiver Tiquan Underwood, whom the team took with the 253rd selection in 2009. The Jaguars have been starved for receiver help since Jimmy Smith retired following the 2005 season, but have been unable to find much consistency each year. In fact, only three times in the past eight seasons have wide receivers finished first and second in receiving.

Underwood had every chance to get on the field but played in just 13 games in his first two seasons and was cut just before the beginning of the 2011 season. He caught eight passes for 111 yards in his time in Jacksonville.

Underwood spent 2011 with New England and the past two seasons with Tampa Bay and caught 55 passes for 895 yards and six touchdowns. He caught 24 passes for 440 yards and four touchdowns last season. The four scores would have tied for the Jaguars' team lead with Marcedes Lewis.

Underwood recently signed a free-agent contract with Carolina.

Honorable mention

WR Alvis Whitted (1998) played nine seasons and caught 74 passes. He had just four catches in his four seasons with the Jaguars and spent the next five with Oakland.