Sep 26, 2015; Tempe, AZ, USA; Detailed view of a Southern California Trojans helmet against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Number 5. Rob Johnson
No list of great Jaguar quarterbacks is complete without Rob Garland Johnson. No, I did not make that up, Garland is his actual middle name.
Drafted in the 4th round of the 1995 NFL Draft, the Jaguars took Johnson with the hope that either he or the recently acquired Mark Brunell would develop into a franchise quarterback. Brunell took the reigns in ’95 and never looked back, but Johnson and his glorious head of hair would get a shot to play in 1997.
With Brunell out for their opening game of the ’97 season, Johnson started his first game under center. He took full advantage, throwing for 294 yards and 2 touchdowns, completing 20 of his 24 passes, and he tacked on 31 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown to boot. It was an impressive performance that put Johnson on the radar of both fans and general managers around the league.
So that’s it? Johnson made it on the list thanks to one great performance?
Actually, Rob made it to number 5 more for how much he helped Jacksonville after he left. (I can use whatever criteria I want for this list so… yeah).
The Buffalo Bills were so enamored with Johnson after his spectacular game that they traded a first round pick and a fourth round pick to acquire the USC product. Not a bad haul.
Oh yeah, that first round pick ended up being Fred Taylor, a hall of fame-caliber running back.
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