Who’s Jacksonville Jaguars best ever 2nd-round draft pick?
By Jesse Overby
The Jacksonville Jaguars have selected 30 players in the second round of the NFL Draft in their history. That’s more than one per year for the Jags, who have had multiple second-round picks five times, most recently this year. Meanwhile, they have had zero second-round picks only twice. For this article, we’re going to limit our discussion to players who have or had at least three years of NFL experience. Laviska Shenault Jr. might turn out to be a great wide receiver, but he’s barely entering his second season in the league, so he didn’t make the cut.
If we take away the two picks from this year and one each from 2019 and 2020, we get 26 picks to work with. Of that number, only two players selected by the Jaguars in Round 2 didn’t play at least three years. That brings us down to 24.
The Jaguars have drafted very well in the second round. Every player drafted since 2014 is still playing in the league, and their 2013 pick, Jonathan Cyprien, played his eighth season last year for the San Francisco 49ers. Their 2012 pick, Andre Branch, played seven years.
But who was the best to ever be selected by the Jaguars in Round 2?
What criteria should we use? Longevity? All-Pro/Pro Bowl selections? Player stats? How they ranked against other players? Well, it depends on how you define “Best”.
For this article let’s use longevity as our base and give bonus points for selection to the Pro Bowl and on the All-Pro team. But, since those selections are subjective, we’ll give points for how many games they played, and more for starts. That’s a lot of math. Does anyone know calculus?
Longevity. Brad Meester played 14 years in the NFL — all for Jacksonville. He is the only Jaguar to start his first 92 games with the team, and his streak only ended due to a torn biceps injury. He played his entire career with the Jags, starting all 209 games he played in. Has there been a better second-round pick than him in Jacksonville? Let’s find out!