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Top 25 Jacksonville Jaguars Of All-Time

The 2011 season is over, and it’s time for the young Jaguars to already start looking ahead to 2012. Today, we take a little look back, and would love to hear from Jaguar Nation on this one – our complete list of the Top 25 Jacksonville Jaguars of All-Time.

Feel free to dispute, agree, or leave your own suggestions with comments at the end of the piece. With that said, here we go with our list!

25. Natrone Means RB – The bruising running back led the Jags on a run back in 2006 that took them to the AFC Title game. In 1997 he ran for 823 yards with 9 touchdowns. Not a long Jags career, but deserves to be on the list.

24. Tom McManus LB – The linebacker signed with the Jags as an undrafted free agent in 1995 out of Boston College. He played 5 years in the NFL, all for the Jaguars, putting up 118 career tackles in a solid five-year career.

23. David Garrard QB – The QB who took the spot away from Byron Leftwich, and had one really solid season, the 07 campaign when he led the team to an 11–5 record and threw for 18 TDs and 2,509 yds despite missing 3 games with a sprained ankle. He also tied an NFL record by throwing only 3 interceptions, which gave him a quarterback rating of 102.2.

22. Kyle Brady TE – The Penn State TE came to the Jags from the Jets in 1999, and had some nice seasons, including putting up 42 touchdowns in his 8 seasons with the Jags with a 64 catch season in 2000.

21. Brad Meester Center – The longest playing Jag, he came to the team in the second round of the 2000 NFL Draft. He played college football at Northern Iowa, and has been a staple on the O-line for the past 11 seasons, playing in 173 games.

20. Darryl Smith LB – The 8-year linebacker has been a staple for the defense, putting up 21.5 sacks and 9 forced fumbles in his career. He had an 84 tackle season with 1.5 sacks and 2 fumbles recovered with a pick in 2009.

19. Josh Scobee K – Drafted by the Jaguars in the 2004 NFL draft in the 5th round, he’s had some big kicks in his six season NFL career. He’s made 18 of 29 kicks in the 50+ range in his career, and has missed just three extra points. He’s more than been worth the pick spent on him.

18. Marcedes Lewis TE – He had a rough 2011 season, but Lewis has been solid, putting up a 58 catch season with 700 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2010. He’s only 28, and the former first round pick is likely to move up this list before his career comes to a close.

17. Leon Searcy OL – He joined the team from the Steelers, and was a rock on the OL for the five seasons he was with the team. He started every game minus the one season he was hurt, and helped open holes and protect the QB with the best of him when he was with the Cats.

16. Kevin Hardy OLB – The LB played six years with the Jags, and put up 28.5 sacks and had some huge games while with the club. He had a 10.5 sack season in 1999, and showed his force playing 9 seasons in the NFL.

15. Donovin Darius S – The 36-year-old left the Jags after 9 seasons, but he was a leader and a solid force every step of the way. He put up a six pick season in 2001, and had 14 picks in his nine season career with the Jags.

14. Tony Brackens DE – A second-round pick of the Jags in 1996, Brackens was a force on the D-line for the Jags from 96 to 2004, and put up a solid career with 55 sacks and 5 picks.

13. Rashean Mathis CB – Mathis goes down as the best CB the team has ever had, picking off 30 passes and forcing six fumbles in the 8 seasons with the Jags. He also could move up the list by the time it’s over.

12. John Henderson DT – Forget he had a great pre-game ritual, Henderson was one of the studs on the Jags D-line for the 8 years with the club. He was a two-time Pro Bowl pick, and was an All-Pro in 2006. Henderson also put up 29 sacks.

11. Marcus Stroud DE – Stroud could take games over, and in his six seasons put up 28.5 sacks with 397 tackles. He was selected 13th in the 2001 NFL Draft by the Jaguars. The 2001 NFL Draft is considered by many experts to be the finest draft for defensive tackles in draft history.

10. Keenan McCardell WR – One of the most underrated WR’s the league ever saw, during his first season with the Jags he made 85 catches for 1,129 yards and three touchdowns, and earned himself a trip to his first ever Pro Bowl. He played five years with the Jags, and was productive in every one, recording 499 receptions for 6,393 yards and 30 touchdowns.

9. James Stewart RB – “Little Man” played from 1995 to 1999 with the Jags, and currently holds the franchise record for the most points in a single game (30). He also holds the Jaguars franchise record for the most touchdowns in a game with 5 rushing touchdowns.

8. Jeff Lageman DE – He was a grizzled vet when he inked with the team, and played a key role, helping the Jaguars make the 1996 playoffs and upset the Bills and the Broncos on the road before losing to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game. He put up a good career with 47 sacks.

7. Mike Peterson LB – Peterson played with the Jags from 2003 to 2008, and in that time led the defense and came up with some big games and big plays at key times. He left on a sour note after he and coach Jack del Rio had a verbal altercation during a team meeting, but was a very good player for a number of years for the Jags.

6. Mike Hollis K – The kicker spent most of his nine-year professional career playing for the Jaguars, kicking for the team from 1995–2001 and setting several team records. He holds the team record for total points, as well as Field Goals and FG attempts. Another underrated player in his time.

5. Mark Brunell QB – The most beloved QB the team has ever had, playing from 1995 to 2003 for the Jags. He was selected to the Pro Bowl three times with the Jags, in 1997, 1998, and 2000 and awarded the Pro Bowl MVP in the 1997 game. He left the team holding all the clubs passing records, leading the team to the AFC Title Game twice.

4. Maurice Jones-Drew RB – He will eventually go down as the best back in team history. Led the NFL in rushing in 2011, and has been named to the Pro Bowl three times. This year he also broke the Jaguars franchise records for both rushing yards in a season and also yards from scrimmage. Will be very good as long as he can stay healthy.

3. Jimmy Smith WR – The best WR in club history, Smith was the Jags 1995 2nd round pick, playing with the team from 95 to 2005. 862 catches, 69 touchdowns, and a ton of club records. Could see a bust in the Hall of Fame – at least should get considered for one.

2. Tony Boselli OL – The first pick of the franchise, second overall back in 1995, Boselli was worth the pick all the way till he left the team in 2001. As a sign of his success in Jacksonville he was the first player inducted into the Pride of the Jaguars, the teams’ Hall of Fame, and signed a symbolic one-day contract allowing him to retire officially as a Jaguar.

1 Fred Taylor RB – The best back in team history, Taylor was with the team from 1998 to 2008. He ends his career with 11,695 yards, 66 touchdowns, and a 4.6 yards per carry average. He’s going to get some Hall of Fame votes, and while he was released by the Jags, he will forever be the best Cat there’s been to this point.

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One Response to “Top 25 Jacksonville Jaguars Of All-Time”

  1. Chris says:

    Seems to be a few errors here (and I’m just listing the ones off the top of my head)… and I’m not even referring to the positioning of players (really? Tom McManus in the top 25? Paul Posluszny had more tackles this past year than McManus did his entire career)

    Jimmy Smith was not drafted by the Jaguars in the 2nd round in 1995. He was a 2nd round pick (you got that part right), but he was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 1992. He was signed as a street free-agent in 1995 after playing for the Cowboys (he actually has a 1993 Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl ring even though he was on IR).

    Kyle Brady only had 25 total career touchdowns, so not sure how he had 42 touchdowns with the Jaguars. He actually had 13 touchdowns in his 8 years with the Jags.

    Ok, I lied… I have to comment on positioning. Mike Peterson and Kevin Hardy ahead of Daryl Smith? Are you kidding me?

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