How the Jaguars contributed to five worst draft classes of last 25 years

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- NFL.com’s Jim Reineking did a couple interesting pieces in which he ranked the five best and worst draft classes of the past 25 years.

It wasn’t a ranking of the best and worst drafts by a single team, but rather a look at the entire draft class. He used elite talent, Pro Bowlers, All-Pros, and impact on the game to compile the rankings.

I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the Jacksonville Jaguars' contribution to the five worst draft classes. I looked at their contribution to the five best on Tuesday.

The five worst


What NFL.com said: Indianapolis blew the first two picks -- taking Steve Emtman and Quentin Coryatt -- and it was a brutal quarterback class that year. The headliners were David Klingler and Tommy Maddox. ... There wasn't a single MVP, offensive or defensive player of the year, or future Hall of Famer was taken in this draft.

The Jaguars' contribution: None. The team’s first draft came in 1995.


What NFL.com said: The 2013 draft is on the path to becoming one of the worst in NFL history, though there is still time for some of the players to improve. ... The top two picks (Eric Fisher and Luke Joeckel) have made no impact and the third overall pick (Dion Jordan) is suspended for the 2015 season. ... The QB class was headlined by EJ Manuel.

The Jaguars' contribution: OT Luke Joeckel, S Johnathan Cyprien, CB Dwayne Gratz, WR/PR Ace Sanders, WR Denard Robinson, S Josh Evans, CB Jeremy Harris, CB Demetrius McCray.

Comment: The Jaguars have gotten more production out of the middle and bottom part of the draft than the top. Joeckel missed 11 games as a rookie with a broken ankle and struggled last season. Cyprien hasn’t taken the next step and has one interception and nine pass breakups in 30 games. Robinson has transitioned nicely to running back and led the team in rushing in 2014. McCray has emerged as one of the team’s top corners.


What NFL.com said: Matthew Stafford, Clay Matthews, Brian Orakpo and Alex Mack highlight the first round. ... One of the best players that came out that year went undrafted (Arian Foster).

The Jaguars' contribution: OT Eugene Monroe, OT Eben Britton, DT Terrance Knighton, CB Derek Cox, WR Mike Thomas, WR Jarett Dillard, TE Zach Miller, RB Rashad Jennings, WR Tiquan Underwood.

Comment: This was a pretty good draft for the Jaguars. Three players are still playing well, but the problem is they’re doing it for other teams. Monroe was traded to Baltimore, Knighton had success in Denver and is now in Washington, and Jennings has rushed for 1,372 yards and 10 touchdowns the past two seasons with Oakland and the New York Giants.


What NFL.com said: Two of the five quarterbacks taken in the first round went on to have solid careers: Daunte Culpepper and Donovan McNabb, who took Philadelphia to four consecutive NFC Championship games. ... Tim Couch, Akili Smith and Cade McNown were busts. ... Don’t forget New Orleans coach Mike Ditka's decision to trade his entire stable of picks for the chance to grab Ricky Williams.

The Jaguars’ contribution: CB Fernando Bryant, DT Larry Smith, G Anthony Cesario, DT Kevin Landolt, CB Jason Craft, DT Emarlos Leroy, CB Dee Moronkola, DE Chris White.

Comment: Not much impact. Bryant and Craft played in the NFL until 2008 but neither was anything more than a solid player. Craft had 14 interceptions, but Bryant had just seven in those 10 seasons. Smith had 52 tackles in 51 games with the Jaguars.


What NFL.com said: Houston took David Carr with the No. 1 overall pick and Detroit took Joey Harrington with the No. 3 pick. In between Carolina took Julius Peppers. ... The top 10 was full of busts. In addition to the QBs, Mike Williams, Ryan Sims and Levi Jones also did little in the NFL careers.

The Jaguars’ contribution: DT John Henderson, OT Mike Pearson, LB Akin Ayodele, QB David Garrard, TE Chris Luzar, DT Clenton Ballard, WR Kendall Newsome, CB Steve Smith, K Hayden Epstein.

Comment: The Jaguars hit on two of their first four picks, but that’s it from this class. Henderson is one of the best players in franchise history. He’s third in sacks (29.0), sixth in tackles, and his 6.5 sacks in 2002 was the second-most by a rookie in team history. Garrard is second in team history in passing yards (16,003), attempts, completions, and touchdown passes. He also quarterbacked the team to its last playoff victory, which came in 2007.