JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A moment of silence, please, for the Jacksonville Jaguars 2013 draft.
Barring a highly unlikely re-signing of Denard Robinson in the next few weeks, there won’t be a single player left on the roster from that draft. The two best players from that class -- offensive tackle Luke Joeckel and safety Johnathan Cyprien -- recently signed free-agent contracts elsewhere.
They’re not big losses, but they continue a trend that has been the main reason the franchise hasn’t made the playoffs or had a winning record since 2007: The Jaguars aren’t drafting and developing good players. They have signed just two draft picks to a second contract since the 2007 draft: offensive lineman Uche Nwaneri and defensive end Tyson Alualu.
As a result, they've had to rely on signing free agents, which means overpaying. They gave out $69.5 million in guaranteed money to seven free agents signed before Thursday, which brings the total amount of guaranteed money the team has spent on free agents from 2015-17 to $220.58 million.
The 2013 draft was Dave Caldwell’s first as general manager, and while that entire draft is generally regarded as one of the worst in the last 20 years, three quarters of the league have at least one player from their classes under contract for the 2017 season.
The Jaguars are one of eight teams that does not. Buffalo, Cleveland, Denver, Indianapolis, Oakland, Seattle and Tennessee are the others, though there remains the possibility that the Titans could re-sign seventh-round pick Daimion Stafford.
Caldwell said he would have liked to re-sign Joeckel and Cyprien, but other teams were willing to pay them more than the Jaguars. Joeckel got $8 million from Seattle on a one-year deal, and Cyprien got a four-year, $25 million contract with $9 million guaranteed from Tennessee.
"I think it is what it is," Caldwell said of his 2013 class. "Those two guys that just signed are good football players. I’ve explained over the past, Luke Joeckel had a very big market in free agency and we were trying like heck to keep him. Unfortunately, the [knee] injury played a part into how much we can do with Luke. If it wasn’t for the injury and the unfortunate situation, we probably would’ve kept him.
“Cyp [Cyprien] had a big market as well. I think those two guys played well. It didn’t work out with them in the long run, but we got four good years out of them."
Here’s a look at the Jaguars’ Class of 2013 and where those players are today:
OT Luke Joeckel (first round; No. 2 overall): Started 39 games (three at left guard) and missed 25 games because of injuries, including missing the final 11 last season after tearing the ACL, PCL and meniscus in his left knee. ... Moved to left guard last season after the Jaguars signed free-agent tackle Kelvin Beachum. ... Signed with Seattle last week.
S Johnathan Cyprien (second round; No. 33): Started 60 games and racked up 442 tackles, including a career-high 126 last season. ... Made few big plays. Picked off just two passes, forced four fumbles and recovered two fumbles. ... Signed with Tennessee last week.
CB Dwayne Gratz (third round; No. 64): He started 25 games in three-plus seasons with the Jaguars, picking off three passes, forcing two fumbles and breaking up 13 passes. ... Was released after four games in 2016 when Aaron Colvin returned from a four-game PED suspension. ... Signed with the L.A. Rams and played in three games before being released in November. ... Signed with Philadelphia in December.
WR/PR Ace Sanders (fourth round; No. 101): He had little success as a punt returner (averaged 6.4 yards on 57 returns) and caught 57 passes for 539 yards and a touchdown in two seasons. ... Was suspended for the first four games of the 2014 season for failing a drug test. ... Failed another test and was suspended for the first 10 games of the 2015 season and the team released him before training camp began.
RB Denard Robinson (fifth round; No. 135): Lined up at quarterback, receiver and running back in his four seasons with the Jaguars. Caught 47 passes for 310 yards and rushed for 1,058 yards and five touchdowns, including a team-high 582 yards in 2014. Went 0 for 2 as a passer. ... Became a key part of the Jaguars’ special teams in 2015. ... Currently a free agent.
S Josh Evans (sixth round; No. 169): Started 36 games in three seasons with the Jaguars and forced one fumble and broke up five passes. ... Released during final cuts before 2016 season began. ... Signed with Washington and played in two games.
CB Jeremy Harris (seventh round; No. 208): He missed his rookie season with a back injury and played in only six games in 2014. ... He was released in September 2015 and signed with Washington but played in only one game with the Redskins.
CB Demetrius McCray (seventh round; No. 210): Started 16 games in three seasons with the Jaguars, including 12 in 2015, and broke up six passes and recovered one fumble. Waived on Aug. 29, 2016. ... Signed a reserve/futures contract with Seattle on Jan. 19.