Former Jacksonville Jaguars player Richard Collier, who was paralyzed from the waist down in a 2008 shooting, is pretty busy these days.

He's not only working out and spending time with his foundation, The Spirit Strong, he's got his hands full with twin sons born April 10.

"Sometimes I just hold them and look at them and I'm just amazed," Collier told the Florida Times-Union's Vito Stellino. "I think God for everything. I've been blessed. It's almost six years since I got hurt and I couldn't even imagine the life I have right now. I didn't think it could get any better, but it keeps getting better."

Here are some additional pieces of Jaguars-related content from around the Web in our Reading the Coverage feature:

The T-U's Ryan O'Halloran writes that the Jaguars released linebacker Russell Allen after he failed a physical.

The T-U's Hays Carlyon writes that Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly has words of praise for Jaguars coach Gus Bradley.

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks broke down four potential draft-day trades, including one in which the Jaguars trade back into the first round to select Derek Carr.

Receiver Tandon Doss was arrested in Indianapolis for disorderly conduct but he will not face charges.

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis police have arrested Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Tandon Doss on a disorderly conduct charge, but he will not be prosecuted.

A police report says the 24-year-old Doss was "out of control" and arrested during a disturbance with another man Wednesday afternoon. The report provided no additional details on the incident. Police spokesman Sgt. Kendale Adams said he also had no details.

Adams said the Marion County Prosecutor's Office declined to file charges.

A Jaguars spokesman said they are aware of the incident but have no comment at this time.

A telephone message seeking comment was left with Doss' agent, Jared Fox.

Doss was a fourth-round draft pick out of Indiana by the Baltimore Ravens in 2011. Jacksonville signed him as a free agent last month.

Doss attended Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis.

ESPN.com Jaguars reporter Michael DiRocco contributed to this report.


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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Starting outside linebacker Russell Allen was among four players the Jacksonville Jaguars released on Thursday afternoon.

The team also cut receiver Jabin Sambrano, defensive end Will Pericak, and defensive end D'Aundre Reed.

The 27-year-old Allen started 29 games over the past two seasons and 44 games in his five seasons with the Jaguars. He has missed just two games in those five seasons and made 331 tackles and had two sacks, one interception, and three fumble recoveries.

Allen made the team in 2009 as an undrafted rookie out of San Diego State. In addition to playing linebacker he has been a key special teams performer (42 tackles).

Allen became expendable when the Jaguars signed free-agent linebacker Dekoda Watson, whom head coach Gus Bradley said will play strongside linebacker on first and second down and the leo position (hybrid end/linebacker) on third down. Allen's release saves the Jaguars $2.5 million on the salary cap.

Reed played in six games for Minnesota in 2012 and joined the Jaguars' practice squad last December. Sambrano and Pericak have each been with several teams and have yet to appear in an NFL game.


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The Jacksonville Jaguars have the third overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft and most people assume the team is going to take either a pass-rusher or a quarterback, which are clearly the team’s two biggest needs after winning just six games combined the past two seasons.

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr.’s fourth 2014 NFL mock draftInsider is out on ESPN Insider today and his choice is a departure from what he predicted the Jaguars would do in his first three mock drafts.


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NFL Nation: 4 Downs -- AFC South

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There was only a brief respite for the AFC South, when the Indianapolis Colts' death grip on the division released.

In its 12 seasons of existence, the Colts have won this division eight times and missed the playoffs only once. The Titans won the AFC South in 2002 and again in 2008 -- both years the Colts made it into the postseason as a wild-card team. Their only playoff-less season came in 2011, with Peyton Manning sidelined, when they earned the Andrew Luck pick in the 2012 draft.

With Luck, the playoffs returned to Indianapolis.

Now it’s up to the rest of the division to determine whether the Colts’ domination will return.

The AFC South has offered wild-card teams in six different seasons -- two in 2007 (the Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars). Most recently, the Colts were a wild-card team in 2012 when the Houston Texans won their second consecutive division title. They didn’t come close to having one last season. The Colts were the only team with a winning record.

Tennessee finished 7-9, the Texans (2-14) and Jaguars (4-12) wound up with top-five picks in this year’s draft, and the Titans and Texans are starting fresh with new head coaches as a result of what transpired.

Can the balance of power shift? Or are we still a few years away from some semblance of parity in the division? NFL Nation’s AFC South reporters Michael DiRocco, Paul Kuharsky, Mike Wells and Tania Ganguli offer their thoughts.

First Down

Will the Indianapolis Colts make the playoffs in 2014?



Michael DiRocco: I like what the Colts did in free agency in signing linebacker D'Qwell Jackson and defensive end Arthur Jones, moves that should help improve a defense that got embarrassed in the playoffs. Adding receiver Hakeem Nicks may turn out to be one of the better moves within the division because it gives Andrew Luck an experienced, big-play receiver (provided he stays healthy). Indy is the best team in the division, but I think it could widen the gap with a good draft, especially if it adds help up front. A dominant defense is something Peyton Manning never had there, but it seems as if the Colts are trying to get one for Luck.

Tania Ganguli: During the NFL owners meetings, I asked Colts general manager Ryan Grigson if he knew how lucky he was to preside over a team with the first pick in the draft the year Andrew Luck came out. He said he did. They all did. And they've been reaping the benefits ever since. It hasn't been an easy offseason for the organization with the off-the-field troubles of owner Jim Irsay, but I don't see that impacting what happens on the field. This is still a franchise built with the right pieces around Luck to hang onto the division another year.

Paul Kuharsky: The Colts were a playoff team the past two seasons and they will be a playoff team in 2014, as well. The primary reason is the same: Andrew Luck. He's a quarterback with a knack for making big plays at big moments, and he and his team have great faith they can pull games out late. The offensive line will be better with Donald Thomas back healthy. Other key guys who will return from injury will give them a great boost on offense -- Reggie Wayne, Dwayne Allen and Vick Ballard. I think they will miss safety Antoine Bethea, who was often the glue of the secondary, and they need help on the back end of the defense. But they have a way of functionally patching holes, finding fill-ins and surviving just fine. As long as Luck is healthy, they're the leader of the pack.

Mike Wells: The Colts can go ahead and start making "Back-to-Back AFC South Champion" T-shirts. Partially because they'll be that much better than the rest of the division and partially because they aren't thinking about just winning the division. The Colts want to take another step in the AFC. They reached the divisional round of the playoffs last season, so ideally they'd like to at least get to the AFC Championship Game this coming season. Depending on health and how the offensive line blocks, the Colts could have one of the best offenses in the league next season. So winning the division is the least of the Colts' worries.


Second Down


Will the Tennessee Titans make the playoffs in 2014?



DiRocco: I really liked the hiring of coach Ken Whisenhunt. He should be a huge help to quarterback Jake Locker, who is likely facing his last chance in Tennessee. Whisenhunt likes his quarterbacks to stay in the pocket and get rid of the ball quickly, so that may be a bit of a challenge for Locker. To me, the Titans' playoff chances hinge on the impact that Whisenhunt has on Locker. The defense is good enough and the offense, even without Chris Johnson, has some playmakers, especially with the addition of Dexter McCluster. Locker has to improve significantly. If he does, they're a legitimate wild-card contender.

Ganguli: Even though Tennessee finished 7-9 last season, second in the division, I see this team as the least likely of the three non-Colts to make the playoffs. The identity of this team changed significantly when it released running back Chris Johnson. The Titans lost a very talented cornerback in Alterraun Verner to free agency. And, most importantly, quarterback Jake Locker's development is still a bit of a question mark, as is whether he'll be able to stay healthy -- a feat he has not accomplished since entering the NFL. He deserves another year, but I'm not sure what that will mean for the Titans.

Kuharsky: The Titans' biggest upgrade comes with Ken Whisenhunt and a new coaching staff. Mike Munchak proved to be in over his head as the team's head coach. I don't think the Titans are super-talented. But I think the offense will be much better with Whisenhunt designing the offense and calling the plays. The big question is clearly at quarterback, where Jake Locker has to show he can learn the system, stay healthy and be productive. Defensively, coordinator Ray Horton brings a new scheme and a far more aggressive mindset. If some guys who faded under Jerry Gray can rebound, it's a unit that could surprise. I think the Titans will improve, but I don't know that they will be a playoff team.

Wells: The Titans need to figure out if Jake Locker is the answer at quarterback for them first. The first step is for him remain healthy. Then they have to find a replacement for Chris Johnson at running back. New coach Ken Whisenhunt led Arizona to the Super Bowl in 2008, but the Titans aren't ready to close the gap between them and the Colts. Tennessee will be a better overall team but it may not show in the record. Houston may end up having a better record than the Titans next season.


Third Down


Will the Jacksonville Jaguars make the playoffs in 2014?



DiRocco: The talent level on the roster is still the worst in the division, although GM David Caldwell has made significant improvements with his first two free-agency classes and his first draft. The team still lacks a franchise quarterback and there aren't a lot of playmakers on offense, either. That will be addressed in the draft, but relying on too many rookies never ends well. The defensive line got an upgrade via free agency but the Jaguars need to improve their speed on defense, especially at linebacker. They should be able to challenge a .500 record in 2014 but they're another season away from competing for a playoff spot.

Ganguli: The vibe around this team is exceedingly positive for one that's now selected in the top 10 every season since 2008. This regime, now in its second offseason, is building in the right way, but the Jaguars still don't have a quarterback. Will they find him in this year's draft? Or will they expect Chad Henne to be enough while the rest of the roster improves? The answer could dictate whether the Jaguars can be another AFC South threat for a wild-card berth.

Kuharsky: The Jaguars have had a nice offseason and continue to make steady progress under the fine leadership of general manager Dave Caldwell and coach Gus Bradley. The free-agent haul upgraded the lines on both sides of the ball and I expect them to get a blue-chip non-quarterback at No. 3 in the draft and perhaps a guy who will take over for quarterback Chad Henne down the line. With the longtime face of the franchise, Maurice Jones-Drew, now with the Raiders, Jacksonville's national identity is as anonymous as ever. It could be a team that proves how such things can be overrated. I don't think the Jaguars will be a playoff team yet, but I think they are closer than most people think. And if they are a surprise team in 2014, I won't be that surprised.

Wells: There's no way I can say "yes" when I had to Google to see which quarterbacks the Jaguars still have on the roster. It's also going to take some time getting used to not seeing Maurice Jones-Drew taking handoffs in the backfield for them. I do like how the Jaguars rolled the dice and made a run at Cleveland center Alex Mack. You can't fault them for being aggressive. The Colts, who have questions at center, had no interest in taking that approach with Mack. The Jaguars need to find a quarterback before they think about making the playoffs.


Fourth Down


Will the Houston Texans make the playoffs in 2014?



DiRocco: Things went bad quickly for the Texans, but the answer isn't as simple as plugging in a new quarterback. Houston had ranked in the top 10 in the NFL in rushing from 2010 to 2012 but dropped to 20th last season. Injuries played a big role in that but the decline in the offensive line's play was startling. There is still a lot of talent on defense -- J.J. Watt, Kareem Jackson, Brian Cushing, for example -- but the Texans are too unsettled on offense to be a playoff team. To win in the AFC, you have to keep up with the high-scoring offenses in New England and Denver and the Texans don't have the firepower to do that even when the defense is healthy and playing well.

Ganguli: That there's no quarterback as NFL-ready as Andrew Luck was back in 2012 doesn't mean there isn't a player who can help turn the direction of a franchise. It won't have to be a complete about-face for the Houston Texans if they recover next season. They'll get better just by virtue of adding some mental toughness to a roster that still has talent and by adding more talent with the first pick in this year's draft. Things will improve, but the Texans are probably still a year away from a return to the playoffs, given the strength of the Colts. That last-place schedule could open the door for a wild-card berth.

Kuharsky: In Bill O'Brien, the Texans have a somewhat mysterious new head coach. He did good work in New England with the Patriots, but it was very much in the background. He moved Penn State further down the rebuilding track than anyone could have fairly expected. His new team completely forgot how to win in 2013. The dive from 12-4 division winner in 2012 to 2-14 and No. 1 in the draft happened very swiftly. I don't think a reverse turnaround is going to unfold in 2014. I expect the Texans to play with more purpose, and they have some top-flight talent. But the quarterback question and the time the new staff needs to fill out the roster is going to mean it's a rebuilding year that is unlikely to result in a postseason game.

Wells: The Texans fooled me last season. I picked them to win the division and face Denver in the AFC Championship Game. Houston won its first two games then lost its final 14 games of the season. Receiver Andre Johnson and running back Arian Foster are still around on offense and the defense is led by J.J. Watt, but can new coach Bill O'Brien make the transition from being a college head coach to an NFL head coach? The Texans may end up using the No. 1 overall pick on a quarterback. They'll win more than two games next season, but they won't win enough of them to make the playoffs.

Former Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray made quite an impression on Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley at the Senior Bowl by actively participating in meetings despite not being able to play in the game because of a knee injury.

That impression was reinforced at Murray's pro day, writes Marc Weiszer of the Athens (Ga.) Banner-Herald.

Bradley, the only NFL head coach in attendance, liked what he saw from Murray, who was throwing in public for the first time since tearing the ACL in his left knee in a Nov. 23 game against Kentucky.

"We have, as much as you can, a good feel for his personality, his competitiveness," Bradley said. "That’s off the charts. Then to see how fast he came back and how he’s doing it and the drills that he did, very impressive. ... The big thing was to see how he’s progressed through that injury and how he’s come back. If nothing else, it shows how competitive he is. To come back from an injury like that, I think it just reassured us of what we thought we already knew."

Here are some additional pieces of Jaguars-related content from around the Web in our Reading the Coverage feature:

It's a pretty deep group of receivers in the draft, but teams are going to have to decide which kind they want, writes Hays Carlyon of the Florida Times-Union.

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks did a 2012 re-draft. His pick for the Jaguars instead of receiver Justin Blackmon? Quarterback Robert Griffin III.

CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco's latest mock draft still has the Jaguars taking defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.

Here's some reader feedback on my picks for the Jaguars' best and worst draft picks in each round.

Feedback on best & worst draft picks

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Last week and this week I gave you my thoughts on the best and worst draft picks in Jacksonville Jaguars history. Now it’s your turn.

Before we get to reader comments, here’s a quick rundown:

Round 1: Tony Boselli (best) and R. Jay Soward (worst).

Round 2: Maurice Jones-Drew (best) and Quentin Groves (worst).

Round 3: Aaron Beasley (best) and Anthony Cesario (worst).

Round 4: David Garrard (best) and Brian Smith (worst).

Round 5: Josh Scobee (best) and David Leaverton (worst).

Round 6: Deji Karim (best) and Chad Owens (worst).

Round 7: Bobby McCray (best) and Tiquan Underwood (worst).

And here is the reader feedback:

John Shirey on the Jaguars’ seventh-round picks:

“I'd say Rob Meir was our best seventh-round pick in team history. When evaluating the success of later round picks, I think longevity needs to be taken into consideration. Meir was a good, underrated player for quite a few years. He played behind pro bowl tackle, John Henderson and Marcus Stroud, for the majority of his career, and could have started on most teams. McCray was a good player, but 2006 was his only great season and he bolted in free agency. He really benefited from playing on a very good defense with playmakers all around him.”

Collin Guiliani on the Jaguars’ sixth-round picks:

“I think the three season rule should change to meet one of the requirements: three seasons or still an active player on the Jaguars. That being said, Mike Harris was the best sixth-round pick in franchise history, though it's not saying much. The only positive thing I remember about Deji Karim was his kickoff return against Oakland in 2010 to set the Jaguars up on that game winning drive. In 2011, when he got his chance as the second halfback after Jennings went down, he looked terrible, despite the fact that he was running behind an offensive line that gave MJD the rushing title that year. Mike Harris has been a solid nickel cornerback for the Jags, and he's done more than Karim has done. Still, the fact that this is a legitimate discussion shows how bad the Jags have been at drafting (although in a few years, Josh Evans might have a legitimate case for being the best sixth-round pick).”

William Matthew Davis on the Jaguars’ fourth-round picks:

“You could make the argument that Rob Johnson was our best 4th round pick. We traded him to Buffalo for a 1st round and 4th round pick in the 1998 draft and picked Fred Taylor.”

John David Horne on the Jaguars’ second-round picks:

“Great list Mike. I agree completely on Tony. It's very tough among the bad picks. Reggie Nelson and Matt Jones were also busts. Blaine because of trading the extra pick was the worst in my view.”

Casey Davis on the Jaguars’ first-round picks:

“I love the article!! I think Gabbert may be the biggest bust because he literally took down the franchise to parade rest. Heck I even wonder if Wayne didn’t sell the team cause of this kid. Definitely got the GM and HC fired.”

NFL Nation Buzz: Jacksonville Jaguars

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Jacksonville Jaguars reporter Michael DiRocco discusses how missing out on Alex Mack will affect the team's draft as it is now in need of a center.
NFL.com's Bucky Brooks posted his mock draft 5.0 on Tuesday and his predictions on who the Jaguars will take in the first two rounds are intriguing.

There's no surprise at No. 3. Brooks has the Jaguars taking quarterback Johnny Manziel. Other analysts have predicted that the Jaguars would draft him, too.

But Brooks has the Jaguars taking running back Tre Mason in the second round, 39th overall. That's the first time those two have been linked in any of the two-round mock drafts. Most mocks have the Jaguars going defense in the first round and quarterback in the second.

In explaining the Mason pick, Brooks writes: "The loss of MJD [Maurice Jones-Drew] makes it imperative to add a young RB despite the presence of Toby Gerhart. Mason is an ideal complement as a change of pace runner."

Here are some additional pieces of Jaguars-related content from around the Web in our Reading the Coverage feature:

The Florida Times-Union's Hays Carlyon writes that the Jaguars are expected to take a quarterback, defensive end, outside linebacker, wide receiver or defensive tackle with their first-round pick in the upcoming draft. Carlyon went back and looked at the top picks from the 2008-12 drafts and determined which of those positions was easiest to project in terms of NFL success.

Coach Gus Bradley told SiriusXM's Mad Dog Sports Radio that the team has one or two visits remaining with draft prospects, as well as hitting on several other topics.

The Jaguars rank 30th in the NFL in average salary, according to an ESPN The Magazine/Sportsintelligence survey.
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 first round.

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 welcome (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 1: Best pick

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Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY SportsTony Boselli made five pro Bowls during his seven-season NFL career.
The first pick the Jaguars ever made still remains their best.

Tom Coughlin selected offensive tackle Tony Boselli with the No. 2 overall pick in the 1995 draft and Boselli became one of the cornerstones of the franchise's surprising early success. He went on to make five Pro Bowls and was voted to the All-Pro team three times in his seven-year career with the Jaguars.

Boselli started 12 games as a rookie and all 16 in his second season. By his third season, he was regarded as one of the best tackles in the game. That soon changed into him being regarded as the best tackle in the game. Unfortunately, a shoulder injury cut short a career that could have ended with Boselli being the first Jaguars player inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Honorable mention

RB Fred Taylor (1998) holds Jaguars career records in rushing yards (11,271) and attempts (2,428) and single-game records in yards (234) and attempts (37). He is currently 15th on the NFL's all-time rushing list.

LB Kevin Hardy (1996) ranks fourth on the Jaguars' all-time sack list (28.5) and fourth in team history with 789 tackles. He had 10.5 sacks and was voted to the All-Pro team and the Pro Bowl in 1999.

DT John Henderson (2002) is third on the Jaguars' all-time sack list (29), which is a significant achievement for a defensive tackle. He also ranks fifth in team history in tackles (563) and is a two-time Pro Bowler.

Round 1: Worst pick

The Jaguars took receiver R. Jay Soward with the 29th overall pick in 2000. It turned out to be the biggest bust in team history.

Soward eventually admitted that he battled alcohol issues throughout his career and smoked marijuana regularly while he was at USC. That's why his NFL career ended with just 14 receptions for 154 yards and a touchdown, three carries for 28 yards, and 18 punt and kickoff returns.

Soward struggled just getting to practices and meetings on time. Coughlin sent limos to pick Soward up to make sure he made it on time. He was suspended multiple times for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Honorable mention

DE Derrick Harvey (2008) never came close to living up to the hype of being the eighth overall pick. He was an elite pass-rusher at Florida but managed just eight sacks in his three seasons with the Jaguars.

QB Blaine Gabbert (2011) was 5-22 as a starter and threw 22 touchdown passes and 24 interceptions in 28 career games. The No. 10 overall pick also couldn't stay healthy. He missed games because of injuries to his shoulder, forearm (the final six games of the 2012 season), thumb, hamstring, and a cut on his hand. He failed to finish six of his last 10 starts (including preseason) because of those injuries.

WR Justin Blackmon (2012) has already violated the league's substance abuse policy three times in his first two seasons and is currently suspended indefinitely.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars paid their players an average salary of $1,576,899 in 2013, a number that ranks 30th in the NFL and 175th among professional sports teams in the world, according to an ESPN The Magazine/Sportsintelligence Global Salary Survey.

The Jaguars' total payroll of $83,575,663 ranked 71st overall globally, though.

The Minnesota Vikings’ average player salary of $2,315,053 in 2013 was tops in the NFL and ranked 115th globally, one spot ahead of the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.

The two NFL teams that ranked below the Jaguars in average per-player salary are the Oakland Raiders (182nd, $1,178,657) and the Arizona Cardinals (187th, $1,123,249).

The salary totals do not include endorsements, performance bonuses, appearance fees or any other source of extra income.

Topping the list was Manchester City of the English Premier League. Its players earned an average of $8,109,912 in the 2012-13 season.
Peter King writes in his weekly Monday Morning Quarterback column that the Jaguars are among four teams that are strongly considering passing on a quarterback in the first round -- and maybe even in the second, too -- of the upcoming draft.

The draft is full of too many other good players who are more of a sure thing than quarterbacks that the Jaguars, Houston, Cleveland and Oakland are going to address other needs first, King writes.

King writes that the Jaguars really like Jimmy Garoppolo and they would be able to get him with the 39th overall pick.

Here are some additional pieces of Jaguars-related content from around the Web in our Reading the Coverage feature:

The Florida Times-Union's Ryan O'Halloran analyzes five possible first-round draft trade scenarios.

WJXT TV-4 sports director Sam Kouvaris and Cole Pepper discuss whether the Jaguars' national perception is changing in their latest podcast.

Here is my take on the best and worst Round 2 draft picks in Jaguars history.

Jags being patient in rebuild

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars and Cleveland Browns may have both wanted Alex Mack, but they're taking different approaches when it comes to rebuilding.

ESPN Insider Field Yates examined both teams' approach and came to the conclusion that the Jaguars and Browns are "potentially close to playoff contention if they can continue to make the right moves." Yates also broke down how each team handled free agency and writes what he believes their philosophy should be during the draft.

Here are his thoughts on what he thinks the Jaguars should do with the No. 3 overall pick:

"The elements of time and patience are important here, as it enables the Jags to pass on a quarterback with the No. 3 pick if they aren't sold on one, and instead add a blue-chip player at another position to help boost their overall talent level for when they do find their franchise QB. If somehow [Jadeveon] Clowney drops to No. 3, the Jags should take him, and if he doesn't, either [Khalil] Mack or [Sammy] Watkins would be a great consolation prize."

Yates and I are on the same page on that issue. The Jaguars appear to be going about their rebuild the way Seattle did: Build up the entire roster and find a quarterback when the value makes sense. GM David Caldwell and coach Gus Bradley won't force a QB pick in the first round if they don't believe he's a potential franchise player.

Clowney, Mack and Watkins would all fit a need but also fit into the Jaguars' goal of taking the best available player.
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. Monday is the second 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 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 …

Round 2

Jones-Drew
Best pick

Maurice Jones-Drew showed up in Jacksonville after the Jaguars took him with the 60th overall pick in 2006 with a chip on his shoulder and used that to become one of the greatest players in franchise history.

He is second on the team’s all-time rushing list (8,071 yards), powered by a three-year stretch in which he ran for 4,321 yards. That included a franchise-record and NFL-leading 1,606 yards in 2011. Jones-Drew also holds Jaguars' records for rushing touchdowns (68) and total touchdowns (81).

Jones-Drew supplemented his play on the field with a huge smile and an enjoyment for the game that spilled over into his touchdown celebrations -- some of which drew criticism from opponents. But he also felt slighted at not being a first-round selection and he wore No. 32 as a reminder that every team passed on him before the Jaguars finally selected him with the 28th pick in the second round.

Honorable mention

DE Tony Brackens (1996) is the Jaguars’ all-time sack leader (55) and also holds the top two single-season sack performances: 12 in 1999 and 11 in 2001. He recorded at least one sack in eight consecutive games during the 2001 season. No other player in team history has done that in more than four games in a row.

C Brad Meester (2000) finished his career last December as the longest-tenured Jaguar (14 seasons) and holds franchise records for games played (209). games started (209). He had separate streaks in which he started 92 and 90 consecutive games, the two longest such streaks in team history.

Mathis
CB Rashean Mathis (2003) holds team records for interceptions (30), interceptions in a season (eight), and interceptions returned for a touchdown (three).

LB Daryl Smith (2004) is the Jaguars’ all-time tackles leader (1,089).

Worst pick

The Jaguars tried to beef up their pass rush in 2008 by selecting Derrick Harvey in the first round and Quentin Groves in the second. Groves recorded 2.5 sacks as a rookie, but then went four more years before getting another. Groves played two seasons in Jacksonville, two in Oakland, one in Arizona and last season in Cleveland. He has 8.5 sacks and 111 tackles in his six seasons, including 2.5 sacks and 30 tackles in his two seasons in Jacksonville.

Honorable mention

C Michael Cheever (1996) was on pace to be one of the league’s better offensive linemen after he made the All-Rookie team after the Jaguars took him with the 60th overall pick, but a back injury ended his career. Cheever had surgery to repair two bulging discs in his lower back in December 1997 and never played again.

CB Cordell Taylor (1998) played mainly on special teams as a rookie. He was cut and appeared in two games for Seattle in 1999.

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