Dec 16, 2012; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon (14) celebrates a touchdown catch over Miami Dolphins defensive back R.J. Stanford (not pictured) but it was called back on a penalty in the second quarter at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Gene's Draft Picks


With the recent signing of Denard Robinson, David Caldwell is ushering a new era in the Jaguars’ franchise with a completely overhauled roster. Gene Smith did his best Matt Millen impression over the past 4 years, but he did leave behind a few pieces Caldwell can build with. Left tackle Eugene Monroe, wide receiver Cecil Shorts III, wide receiver Justin Blackmon, and (sigh) punter Bryan Anger are all talented young players who could develop into top-10 players at their position.

 

Dec 2, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars punter Bryan Anger (19) punts against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Jaguars 34-18. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

The Weapon.

While all of Gene Smith’s first round picks have managed to stay on the roster, the same can’t be said for players in almost every other round. Gene Smith drafted 26 players from 2009 to 2012. As of July 10th there are only 12 players Gene Smith drafted left on the roster.

On the Roster

Round/Year

Not on Roster

Round/Year

Eugene Monroe

1/2009

Eben Britton

2/2009

Tyson Alualu

1/2010

Terrance Knighton

3/2009

D’Anthony Smith

3/2010

Derek Cox

3/2009

Blaine Gabbert

1/2011

Mike Thomas

4/2009

Will Rackley

3/2011

Jarett Dillard

5/2009

Cecil Shorts III

4/2011

Zach Miller

6/2009

Chris Prosinski

4/2011

Rashad Jennings

7/2009

Justin Blackmon

1/2012

Tiquan Underwood

7/2009

Andre Branch

2/2012

Larry Hart

5/2010

Bryan Anger

3/2012

Austen Lane

5/2010

Brandon Marshall

5/2012

Deji Karim

6/2010

Mike Harris

6/2012

Scotty McGee

6/2010

Rod Isaac

5/2011

Jeris Pendelton

7/2012 

Only three players remain from Gene’s first two drafts and D’Anthony Smith is likely to be released before the regular season. The other two candidates for the dreaded chopping block after training camp are Chris Prosinski and Brandon Marshall.

While most of the players no longer on the team were drafted in the later rounds, GMs need to occasionally hit on a late round pick. You can’t go TWO drafts in a row with only one above average player (Monroe) and one average player (Alualu) to show for it.

It will take Caldwell a few years to reload this roster and it’s easy to see why. It’s early but it seems Caldwell found at least two gems (Luke Joeckel and Johnathan Cyprien) in his first draft. If he can maintain that pace he’ll already be miles ahead of his predecessor.

 

- Daniel Lago

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