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5 Biggest Draft Blunders in Jacksonville Jaguars History

The 5 Biggest NFL Draft Blunders in Jacksonville Jaguars History

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Jacksonville was awarded an NFL franchise in 1995 after many years struggling to bring a team to the Sunshine State's largest city. Despite being an expansion team, the Jags made the playoffs four of their first five years in the league behind a dream-cast led by Tom Coughlin, Mark Brunell, Jimmy Smith and Fred Taylor. However, the Jags have only made the playoffs twice since 1999 and poor drafts have helped make the team NFL bottom-feeders.

5. Blaine Gabbert (2011, Round 1-Pick 10)

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5. Blaine Gabbert (2011, Round 1-Pick 10)

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Off the bat, Blaine Gabbert seems like the perfect choice for the worst pick ever by the Jaguars. Sure he was highly drafted, won five games in 27 starts and had more picks than touchdowns in three years in Jacksonville (22 touchdowns to 24 interceptions), but the Mizzou product had very poor assets to work with. Gabbert was traded to San Francisco this offseason to be Colin Kaepernick's backup.

Matt Jones (2005, Round 1-Pick 21)

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4. Matt Jones (2005, Round 1-Pick 21)

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Matt Jones was an all-SEC quarterback at Arkansas, but his 6-foot-6, 245-pound build and overall athleticism (Jones also played on the Razorbacks basketball team) made him a first-round prospect at wide receiver. For Jacksonville, he was too talented to pass up, and in return Jones gave them four seasons averaging just over 40 catches and several substance-related arrests before being cut prior to the 2009 season.

3. Reggie Williams (2004, Round 1-Pick 9)

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3. Reggie Williams (2004, Round 1-Pick 9)

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Like Matt Jones, Reggie WIlliams was a pass catching bust in Jacksonville. Unlike Jones, the All-American from Washington lasted five seasons with the Jaguars but only averaged 37.8 catches, 464.4 yards and 3.6 touchdowns per season. Since Jacksonville, Williams has attempted comebacks with the Seattle Seahawks, the UFL's Sacramento Mountain Lions and the CFL's Toronto Argonauts.

2. Derrick Harvey (2008, Round 1-Pick 8)

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2. Derrick Harvey (2008, Round 1-Pick 8)

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After holding out 38 days, Derrick Harvey entered 2008 training camp fresh off a five-year, .8 million contract. He lasted only three seasons in Jacksonville, garnering 70 total tackles and eight sacks before bouncing around for a few years with the Denver Broncos and Cincinnati Bengals.

1. R. Jay Soward (2000, Round 1-Pick 29)

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1. R. Jay Soward (2000, Round 1-Pick 29)

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R. Jay Soward was one of the least productive first-round draft picks in NFL history. The receiver out of USC played just one season in Jacksonville, playing in 13 games and catching 14 passes that totaled 108 yards. Soward later got suspended by the league for substance abuse problems (presumably alcohol) and has not filed for reinstatement, instead helping the Toronto Argonauts take home the 2004 Grey Cup four years after his last NFL game.