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 fourth round, and the first round will appear on Tuesday, April 15 -- appropriate since that is 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 Jaguars 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 ...
This was another easy choice: Quarterback David Garrard, the 108th overall player selected in 2002. After sharing time with Byron Leftwich, Garrard became the Jaguars’ starter in 2007 and went on to become the second-leading passer in franchise history (16,003 yards). He holds team records for career completion percentage (61.6), consecutive passes without an interception (209), and consecutive completions (17). He also ranks second in touchdown passes (89), attempts (2,281) and completions (1,406).
Garrard’s crowning moment came in an AFC Wildcard game at Pittsburgh. Garrard atoned for an interception that led to a Steelers touchdown late in the fourth quarter by scrambling for a 32-yard gain on fourth-and-2 that led to Josh Scobee's 25-yard field goal that gave the Jaguars a 31-29 victory.
Garrard’s career in Jacksonville came to a bizarre end when he was cut just days before the 2011 season began after attending a season kickoff banquet.
DT Seth Payne (1997) played 10 seasons in the NFL and recorded 8.5 sacks in his five seasons with the Jaguars.
WR Mike Thomas (2009) caught 171 passes for 1,768 yards and six touchdowns in 52 games for the Jaguars before being traded to Detroit midway through the 2012 season.
WR Cecil Shorts (2011) has caught 123 passes for 1,786 yards and 11 touchdowns in three seasons with the Jaguars. Injuries have kept him from playing a full season.
TE George Wrighster (2003) caught 94 passes for 850 yards and nine touchdowns in six seasons with the Jaguars.
TE/WR Ernest Wilford (2004) played in the NFL for seven seasons (six with Jacksonville, one with Miami) and caught 156 passes for 2,145 yards and 15 touchdowns.
General manager Shack Harris took end Brian Smith with the 113th overall pick in 2007 even though Smith suffered a broken hip during his senior season at Missouri. Smith spent his rookie season in the PUP list and was waived in June of 2008.
DT Kevin Landolt (1999) played in one game as a rookie before being waived.
OT Joey Chustz (2000) never played in a game and was cut less than a year after being drafted.
TE Chris Luzar (2002) caught four passes for 35 yards in 23 games with the Jaguars.