The Jacksonville Jaguars need to be wary of Reese’s draft track record.
Jerry Reese’s two Super Bowl rings may be shiny, but his candidacy comes with a few red flags. While it’s true he won two Super Bowls, he did so on the strength of playmakers quarterback Eli Manning, defensive end Osi Umenyiora, whom the previous administration acquired.
Reese’s first draft class with the team certainly played a factor in getting to the Super Bowl in 2007, but other than Ahmad Bradshaw none of them had a long-term impact with the team. Moreover, his draft record is questionable, and had a hard time replenishing the roster throughout the Player Selection Meeting. His hits were few and far between and other than safety Landon Collins in 2016, none of the players he drafted earned All-Pro honors.
While Reese may have many skills that could benefit the Jaguars, drafting playmakers on a consistent basis isn’t one of them, and that should be a cause for concern. They fired David Caldwell due to his inability to acquire talent and put together a formidable roster and hiring someone with the same flaw wouldn’t make much sense.
The Jaguars will have plenty of resources to turn things around in Jacksonville. However, they have to make sure they hire the right person to oversee how those assets are used. There’s no point in having almost a dozen draft picks if they aren’t going to use them correctly. While they can’t just scratch Reese’s name from their general manager search, they can’t ignore his failure to acquire talent.