Top 5 worst first-round draft picks of the Jacksonville Jaguars in the last 20 years
By Beau Adams
No. 2 top worst 1st-round pick in Jacksonville Jaguars since 2000: Blane Gabbert
We are now getting into sure-thing Hall-of-Fame misses at positions the Jaguars needed and passed on to draft another epic dud. This time the Jaguars overdrafted a quarterback who was on no one's top ten list.
In 2011 the Jags shocked the NFL and used the No. 10 overall pick to draft Missouri quarterback Blane Gabbert. Gabbert led the Jaguars for three seasons, starting 27 games with a record of 5-22. He is single-handedly responsible for the next three years' top 10 picks. Gabbert's AV with the Jaguars is an atrocious eight.
Gabbert has spent the rest of his career as a traveling backup, starting games for San Francisco, the Tennessee Titans, the Arizona Cardinals, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and more recently, the Kansas City Chiefs. One game in Gabbert's rookie year, he was sacked twice by the man the Jaguars passed up on to draft him.
The following pick in the 2011 draft, AFC South rival Houston Texans take the decades most feared defensive lineman, Wisconsin Badger Justin James Watt. The Milkman terrorized the Jacksonville Jaguars for a decade, destroying Jags quarterbacks twice a year as a division rival.
Watt haunted the Jaguars for not drafting him. In 17 games vs. the Jags, Watt had 56 solo tackles, 15 assists, 17 sacks, and four fumble recoveries. He is a sure-fire first-ballot Hall-of-Famer bound for Canton, Ohio. He probably already has his bust made and ready to go.
Watt retired in 2022 after ten seasons with 562 tackles, 111 sacks, two interceptions, three receiving touchdowns, and a Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award. He finished his career with an AV of 131.
Gene Smith is now on the board with a gigantic botched draft, scorning a -123 in one pick. You think that would be the biggest blunder of Gene Smith's stint as the Jaguars' general manager, but no, he's done worse.