How did the Jaguars 2014 NFL Draft turn out? Our own Jess Overby looks at the draft class and how it panned out.
With the 2019 NFL draft coming up on April 25th, we’re taking a look back at their last five draft and where their picks are now. Here are the Jaguars picks, how they were used, and where they are now. First up – the 2014 draft.
Round 1, Pick 3: Blake Bortles, QB, University of Central Florida – Blake Bortles got his first start in game four of his rookie year and performed about the same as almost every other rookie QB.
In 2015 he started every game and set seven franchise quarterback records, but the Jaguars inconsistency on offense and inability to stop teams on defense led to another losing season. After five years with the team, and one year after signing an extension, the Jaguars decided to sign free agent quarterback Nick Foles and released Bortles a couple of days later.
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Bortles wasn’t a free agent long, as the L.A. Rams signed him to a one-year deal shortly after he was released.
Round 2, Pick 39: Marqise Lee, WR, University of Southern California – Marqise Lee played in 13 games in 2014, starting 8, played in 10 games in 2015, starting 1, played all 16 games in 2016, starting 6, and played in 14 games in 2017, starting them all. He was injured prior to the 2018 season and spent the entire years on the injured reserve list. It is anticipated he will be one of the Jaguars starting wide receivers this year.
Round 2, Pick 61: Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State – After playing in 10 games his rookie season, starting 8, he started all 16 games the next two seasons. In 2015, he had 80 catches for 1400 yards. In 2017 Allen Robinson was injured in the Jaguars first game, on his first reception, and missed the remainder of the season. He signed with the Chicago Bears after the 2017 season when the Jaguars decided not to re-sign him.
Round 3, Pick 93 overall: Brandon Linder, OL, University of Miami – After playing and starting 15 games at right guard in 2014, he missed 12 games in 2015 due to injury. In 2016, Brandon Linder was moved to center where he played and started 14 games that year and 13 games in 2017. He played and started 9 games last year before getting injured and missing the last 7 games.
Round 4, Pick 114 overall: Aaron Colvin, DB, Oklahoma – For most of his career with the Jaguars, he was a backup cornerback, although he did start 15 games at CB in 2015. Aaron Colvin was signed by Houston after the 2017 season.
Round 5, Pick 144 overall: Telvin Smith, LB, Florida State – After his rookie season, where he played in all 16 games, starting 9, he has started every game he’s played in, earning All Star status in 2017. Telvin Smith must player better in 2019.
Round 5, Pick 159 overall: Chris Smith, DE, Arkansas – After being used sparingly for three season with the Jaguars, Chris Smith played one year in Cincinnati and last year in Cleveland.
Round 6, Pick 205 overall: Luke Bowanko, C, Virginia – After starting 14 of the 16 games he played in his rookie season, he played little his next two years. Luke Bowanko played for Baltimore in 2017 and Washington last year.
Round 7, Pick 222 overall: Storm Johnson, RB, University of Central Florida – He only played in six NFL games, was released by Jacksonville before the 2015 season and spent time on the practices squads for Tampa Bay and Miami. Storm Johnson also played for two Canadian Football League teams and one Alliance of American Football team.
The 2014 draft was very good for Dave Caldwell, the Jaguars General Manager. He hit on his first six picks, as each player had significant time as starters for the team.