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
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
Not on Roster
Cecil Shorts III
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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