JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- NFL Nation reporters took a look back at the 2004 NFL draft today. Just looking at the list of players selected in the first round shows how impressive the talent that year turned out to be.
Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Philip Rivers, Larry Fitzgerald, Sean Taylor, Vince Wilfork and Steven Jackson are some of the players taken in the first round that went on to have fantastic careers.
But the first round had its share of busts, too, and there was no bigger bust in the top 10 than receiver Reggie Williams, whom the Jaguars took with the ninth pick.
Williams missed only one game in his five-year career with the Jaguars, but he never became an elite receiver. In fact, he was pretty average, never catching more than 52 passes in a season. His best season was 2007, when he caught 38 passes for 629 yards and a 10 touchdowns. The 10 TD catches are still a single-season team record (Marcedes Lewis also had 10 in 2010).
Williams became a free agent after the 2008 season, but did not sign with a team and spent the 2009 season out of football. He signed a contract with Seattle in April 2010, but was waived two months later. He also played for Sacramento in the United Football League in 2011 and spent a few months with the CFL's Toronto Argonauts in 2013.
Though Williams turned out to be a bust, the Jaguars did have some success in the later rounds of the 2004 draft with linebacker Daryl Smith (second), fullback Greg Jones (second), kicker Josh Scobee (fifth) and defensive end Bobby McCray (seventh).