Biggest draft steals in Jaguars history

Dec 22, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars center Brad Meester (63) lines up during
Dec 22, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars center Brad Meester (63) lines up during / Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Fred Taylor, Running Back - Round 1, 1998

Can Fredy Taylor be considered a steal even though he was a top-10 draft pick? You bet. For starters, he was the best running back to come out of the 1998 class. Do you remember Curtis Ennis? Probably not, unless you're a diehard Chicago Bears fan. Either way, Ennis was selected four picks before Taylor but his career wasn't nearly as successful.

But even when you leave Ennis out of the equation, the Jaguars could've chosen Robert Edwards or John Avery, running backs who were also drafted in the first round. Instead, they ended up making the right choice, as Taylor went on to become a fixture of their offense for more than a decade.

It's true that the former only earned one Pro Bowl designation throughout his career but he was routinely one of the best running backs in the league, even if he doesn't get the recognition he deserves. Things are beginning to change though.

Taylor's been getting consideration to get inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. His candidacy has come up short several times but he reached the finalist stage in 2023. He didn't make the final cut but it may be a matter of time before he gets in. For the time being, he gets a place on this illustrious list.

1. David Garrard, Quarterback - Round 4, 2002

When the Jaguars moved on from Mark Brunell, they thought they had found a worthy successor in Byron Leftwich, a first-round pick in 2003. However, that wasn't the case. Leftwich simply didn't have what it takes to be a franchise quarterback. To Jack Del Rio's credit, he realized it and benched him in favor of David Garrard in 2007.

The Jaguars quickly improved with Garrard at the helm. The year he became the starter, he led the Jags to the playoffs and beat the Pittsburgh Steelers twice at Heinz Field (now Acrisure Stadium) the same season. While Garrard ultimately wasn't the long-term answer at quarterback, he provided solid play from 2007-2011. Moreover, Garrard was responsible for one of the most exciting plays.

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