2014 will be the seventh consecutive season that the Jacksonville Jaguars have held a top ten draft selection. Not that many of their draft choices have worked out.
In 2008, the Jaguars chose defensive end Derrick Harvey eighth overall. He played with the Jaguars until 2010. He then had stints with the Denver Broncos and Cincinnati Bengals before exiting the NFL. Harvey only had eight career sacks.
In 2009, the Jaguars selected eighth overall once again. This time they selected offensive tackle Eugene Monroe from Virginia. Monroe played with the Jaguars until he was traded to Baltimore in the middle of 2013 for a 2014 fourth and fifth round draft choice. He has started 73 games in his career.
In 2010 the Jaguars drafted Tyson Alualu out of California with the tenth overall pick. I was very surprised because I didn’t think he would even be a first round pick. In four NFL seasons Alualu has just 11 sacks and one career forced fumble.
In 2011, Blaine Gabbert was drafted tenth overall. The quarterback from Missouri could be done if Jacksonville drafts a quarterback with the third overall pick. If they don’t draft one, Gabbert will most likely receive another chance. In his three year career he has 4,357 passing yards, 22 touchdowns and 24 interceptions. He has completed only 53.3 percent of his passes and has a career quarterback rating of 66.4.
Justin Blackmon was selected fifth overall in 2012 out of Oklahoma State. The wide receiver has been suspended multiple times in his young career and is looking to take his career in the right direction. Even though he has missed big chunks of his first two years, he has still accumulated 93 receptions for 1,280 yards and six touchdowns.
In 2013 the Jaguars drafted Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel with the second overall pick. After starting five games, Joeckel missed the rest of the season with an injury.
It is imperative that the Jaguars make a good draft choice in the 2014 NFL Draft.
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