So I was browsing through some news on yahoo, and noticed some featured articles by yahoo contributors. Two in particular by the same guy looking back at the 08/09 drafts and what teams could have done differently and such, I'd assume his 2010 one will be out soon..
Now I know I've been harping on this team's receiving core big time.. but contrary to most's beliefs, I actually disagree with buddy's opinion that we should have taken Mike Wallace at #8 in 09.. looking back at the 2008 draft.. looking back now with a "Knowing now, if only you knew back then" type attitude.. he was right in the sense that we should have got a lot more value of out that pick.. but as for 2009.. It's hard to really complain about the Jags pick I think.. people have mentioned that here before too.. anyways here's the articles on the Jags picks. I think my big question here is.. How differently would this team look right now, had we gotten different picks? What if he had gotten a Jerod Mayo, Ryan Clady or even a Mike Jenkins like the guy suggests? how much does a bad first round draft pick cost a team, and for how long?
The 2008 NFL Re-Draft: How it would have gone had we known what we know now
By Dan Segers, yahoo contributor
8.) Jacksonville Jaguars:
With the 8th pick in the 2008 draft, the Jags selected Derrick Harvey(notes), defensive end from Florida. Harvey has been another disappointing defensive draft pick from this class, as he has amassed only 84 total tackles and 8 sacks in his three year career. Those numbers are far from those that should be expected from a top ten draft pick. If a defensive playmaker is what the Jaguars wanted, then they should have gone with Mike Jenkins(notes), cornerback from South Florida or Chris Long, who was not worthy of a number 2 pick, nor would he even be a first rounder in most drafts, but in this shallow pool, he may be the best choice. In the 2010-2011 season, Long had 9 sacks, so he may simply be a late bloomer. Jenkins, on the other hand, was selected to the Pro-Bowl in his second season, but has not had another good season in his career. Therefore, I would probably choose Long, as he seems to have the most upside.
The 2009 NFL Re-Draft: How it would have gone had we known what we know now
8.) Jacksonville Jaguars:
For the second year in a row, the Jaguars received the 8th overall pick in the draft. And for the second year in a row, the Jaguars made a poor choice. With this pick, the Jags chose offensive tackle, Eugene Monroe(notes). What the Jaguars really needed was a go-to wide receiver for starting quarterback David Garrard(notes). The Jaguars' best receiver is Marcedes Lewis(notes), who happens to be their tight end. If the Jaguars would have selected speedster, Mike Wallace(notes), Garrard would have been able to air it out whenever he wanted, knowing that Wallace would be able to run it down. The Jaguars' leading receiver had 800 yards in 2011, over 400 fewer yards than Wallace had. If the Jaguars would have chosen him with this selection, their offense would have been set for many years.