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The Jacksonville Jaguars Top 10 All-Time Draft Picks

The Jacksonville Jaguars came into the NFL in 1995, and have been an up and down organization despite being one of the teams in the league to not have made it to the Super Bowl in 25 years in the NFL.

The team in that time has had some very good (and also very bad) draft choices, and with the draft coming up this week, let’s take a look at some of the very best choices in terms of the draft in Jaguars history.

10. James Stewart RB 1995

Stewart was a solid back in the Jags system early on, and in his time with the team ran for 48 touchdowns and over 5000 yards.

9. Tony Brackens DE 1996

Brackens was a solid defensive end for the franchise, and with the 33rd overall pick he was a steal. In his time with the Jags he put up 55 sacks, not back for a second-round pick that many felt wouldn’t make it at the end spot.

8. Marcus Stroud DT 2001

Stroud was the teams first-round pick in 2001 and in his nine seasons with the team put up 29.5 sacks in 146 games. He at times had moments where he would take over games from the tackle spot, earning a spot on this list.

7. Zach Miller TE 2009

Miller was a 6th round pick in the 2009 draft, and played in 66 games for the Jaguars in his time with the franchise. He pulled in 15 scores and put up 1631 yards in his time with the Jaguars.

6. Daryl Smith LB 2004

Smith played for 12 seasons with the Jaguars all the way from 2004 to 2016, and he pulled in 12 interceptions and had 30.5 sacks in his time with the franchise.

5. Byron Leftwich 2003

Leftwich was a solid QB for the nine seasons he spent with the Jags, throwing for 58 touchdowns in 60 career games. He showed toughness never afraid to take off with the football as well.

4. Allen Robinson 2014

This wide out was a solid pick for the Jags and lasted five seasons with Jacksonville. During that time he caught 33 touchdowns and 4749 yards worth of passes.

3. Maurice Jones-Drew 2006

For eight seasons Jones-Drew was a bowling ball, and in his rookie year had 941 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns. In his career he put up 5,386 yards from scrimmage and 34 total touchdowns.

2. Fred Taylor 1998

The best offensive player in the teams history, Taylor surpassed 1,000 rushing yards seven times in 11 years in Jacksonville and his 11,271 rushing yards is over 3,000 more than anyone else in franchise history.

1. Tony Boselli 1995

It’s not often the first pick in the history of the team is also the best, but Boselli is in that position. The Jaguars went offensive line first, and it paid off as he spent six dominant seasons with the team. The tackle was selected to three-straight first-team All-Pro teams.

Jaguars Yannick Ngakoue Goes on the Offensive After the Team on Twitter

Yannick Ngakoue’s frustration that the Jacksonville Jaguars have yet to trade him bubbled over on Monday afternoon and he went on a short social media rant in which he called the team owner’s son a clown and urged the team to “this this s— done,” Michael DiRocco of ESPN reports.

The exchange between Ngakoue and Tony Khan, the son of owner Shad Khan and the team’s senior vice president of football administration and technology, began with Ngakoue’s tweet that said only: #FREEYANN. Moments later, Ngakoue told Tony Khan to stop hiding and after Khan responded Ngakoue followed up with a claim that Tony Khan told him the Jaguars’ game against the Los Angeles Chargers on Dec. 8 was going to be his last in a Jaguars uniform.

Ngakoue also said Tony Khan wasn’t returning calls from his agent and ended the tweet with the clown emoji.

Ngakoue’s battle with the Jaguars began last July when then-executive VP of football operations Tom Coughlin abruptly broke off negotiations with Ngakoue and his agent Ari Nissim. The Jaguars reportedly offered Ngakoue a deal that would pay him $19 million annually but Ngakoue turned it down and he played last season — after an 11-day training camp holdout — for $2.025 million, a considerable bargain for a player who had racked up 29.5 sacks in three seasons.

The Jaguars applied the non-exclusive franchise tag to Ngakoue on March 13 and he would earn $17.8 million in 2020. Ngakoue has yet to sign the tender, however, and has been urging the team on social team to trade him for the past several months.

Monday was the most pointed and aggressive he has been.

A league source said the Jaguars are seeking at least a first-round pick for Ngakoue and that while teams have called to talk about Ngakoue, no one has submitted an offer for him. His behavior on social media likely isn’t helping his chances.

Jaguars Dump Former Second-Round Pick WR Marqise Lee

The Jaguars decided they had had enough of former second-round pick wide receiver Marqise Lee, dumping the 2014 draft pick on Monday.

Lee was the second-most tenured player on the Jaguars behind defensive tackle Abry Jones, who signed with the Jaguars as collegiate free agent following the 2013 NFL Draft.

Lee, who played 59 games with 30 starts with the Jaguars, missed the entire 2018 season while rehabilitating a serious knee injury sustained in the preseason that year. He caught 174 passes for 2,184 yards and eight touchdowns in five seasons.

Lee played six games this past season, starting one, while catching three passes for 18 yards. He missed the last 10 games after being placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.

Jaguars Decline Options on LB Jake Ryan and DT Marcell Dareus

The Jaguars have declined the 2020 option on linebacker Jake Ryan and are expected to decline the option on defensive tackle Marcell Dareus according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

Both moves are absolutely necessary for a Jags team with the worst salary cap situation in the NFL. The Ryan decision is an easy one as he has played only two regular season games since undergoing surgery for a torn ACL in 2018.

The free agent signing in March 2019 was inexplicable to begin with, as Ryan had missed the entire 2018 season while rehabbing but was nonetheless given a two-year, $8 million contract which included a $500,000 signing bonus. The move saves the Jags $6 million in cap space.

The option on the 29-year-old Dareus would have guaranteed him almost $20 million in 2020 and was probably never going to be picked up even if the defensive tackle had had a stellar season in 2019.

Instead, injuries limited him to only six games and 0.5 sacks. The No.3-overall pick in the 2011 draft by the Buffalo Bills out of the University of Alabama, Dareus will find garner a lot of interest on the free agent market but likely will not be offered any deals that would pay him $20 million a year.

The Jags are likely not done pruning their roster, as they can release cornerback A.J. Bouye and save another $11 million against the cap. Unfortunately for the fans in Jacksonville, the same “braintrust” that earned the team a deep descent into salary cap hell with virtually no success to show for it is still in charge of decision-making for at least the 2020 season.

Jaguars Hire Ex-Giants Coach Ben McAdoo as Team’s QB Coach

Former Giants head coach Ben McAdoo, fired after going 13-15 over two seasons with Big Blue — will join the Jaguars as a quarterbacks coach the New York Post reports.

McAdoo, 42, was hard-pressed to find work for the past two seasons but found some traction after this past season, having interviewed for a spot on the Browns’ and Panthers’ staffs and being in the running for the Jags’ offensive coordinator gig. The job went to ex-Redskins head coach Jay Gruden instead.

A history coaching Aaron Rodgers and Eli Manning should give McAdoo some credibility as he works with upstart Gardner Minshew, the rookie QB who garnered plenty of attention with his heroics after stepping in for Nick Foles last season.

Jaguars Owner Khan Wants Both Campbell and Ngakoue Back in 2020

Jaguars’ owner Shad Khan discussed the futures of defensive ends Calais Campbell and Yannick Ngakoue, John Oehser of Jaguars.com reports.

“Both of those players – Yannick and Calais – I had chats with them after the season,” Khan said during a conversation with jaguars.com’s Ashlyn Sullivan. “I would love for them to be back and I’m very hopeful they’ll be back.”

Campbell and Ngakoue are both key offseason Jaguars storylines. Because they are at different stages of their careers, different dynamics surround the players.

Campbell, who has made the Pro Bowl in all three seasons since signing with the Jaguars as an unrestricted free agent in the 2017 offseason, has a year remaining on his contract. He is entering his 13th NFL season, with a $17.5 million salary-cap figure for 2020.

The Jaguars can either pay Campbell his $15 million base salary in 2020, try to renegotiate an extension with a lower-cap figure or release Campbell for cap reasons. He also is the unquestioned team leader, and Khan acknowledged his importance off the field and in the community.

“I think he’s a fabulous guy and I think his contributions … everybody understands, knows, respects,” Khan said of Campbell, who this past Saturday became the first Jaguars player to receive the prestigious Walter Payton Man of the Year – an award that acknowledged volunteer work, work in the community and on-field performance.

Ngakoue’s situation is as complex. The fourth-year defensive end is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent at the March 18 start of the NFL League Year. Ngakoue turned down the Jaguars’ offer for a contract extension last offseason and held out through the first part of training camp.

The Jaguars are unlikely to allow Ngakoue to become a free agent. If the sides can’t agree to a long-term contract, the Jaguars have the option of applying the franchise tag – a move that restricts a player’s ability to sign elsewhere. Ngakoue would then have the option of signing the tag and playing in 2020 on what essentially is a one-year contract or not signing the tag and not playing.

“We very much want him to be [back], and I’ve talked to him,” Khan said. “Absolutely it’s our desire that he be back.”

Jaguars to Play Two Home Games in London in 2020

In a move that seems to indicate more and more an eventual move to London, the Jaguars and the NFL announced today that Jacksonville will play a pair of games in London in 2020.

The move means that the Jags become the first team in NFL history to play two home games in a single regular season outside of the United States.

No word on what teams the Jaguars will host in London, though the team indicated it will not be the Pittsburgh Steelers nor the Chicago Bears.

Could WR Marqise Lee Be on the Chopping Block for the Jaguars This Offseason?

Numberfire.com has out a list of one player for each AFC team they think might be on the chopping block this offseason.

For the Jags the site has picked WR Marqise Lee as the player that could find himself released. Here’s what they have to say about Lee getting cut.

Jacksonville Jaguars – WR Marqise Lee

Dead Cap Hit $3.5M, Cap Saving $5.25M

Wide receiver Marqise Lee signed a four-year contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars prior to the 2018 season. Since the ink dried on this pact, he has played just six games, reeling in three receptions for 18 yards.

What the Jaguars offense will look like in 2020 is still up in the air, as Jacksonville hired Jay Gruden to run their offense. Unless Lee were to absolutely tear up the competition this preseason, he is a player the team could easily look to move on from.

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