Between the 2000 and 2008 NFL Drafts their has been a total of 91 DEs drafted in 5th,6th and 7th rounds. Of them 26 were drafted in the 5th round, 27 in the 6th and 38 in the 7th. Here is a list of those players that have had standout careers:
Aaron Kampman - #156 5th Round 2002 NFL Draft
Brett Kiesel - #242 7th Round 2002 NFL Draft
Robert Mathis - #138 5th Round 2003 NFL Draft
Trent Cole - #146 5th Round 2005 NFL Draft
Also, here are a couple of players Jaguar familiar should recognize:
Bobby McCray - #249 7th round 2004 NFL Draft
Jeremy Mincey - #191 6th Round 2006 NFL Draft (orginally drafted by New England)
James Wyche - #213 7th Round 2006 NFL Draft
What this says to me is that finding pash rushers that can be successful in the NFL late in the draft is a rarity. I will do further research on the other DEs that were drafted in the later rounds to see if there is a commonality between their careers, but as it stands, they all seem to be just other guys. As I wish Hart and Lane turn out to be fantastic players, the statistical chance of that happening is very little. But I believe they both will be with the Jaguars for a long time. What do you think?
*I wish I could have put separate polls for both of them, because it's unlikely their careers will have the same outcome.