Jaguars Top 10 Draft Picks: Uche Nwaneri

JACKSONVILLE FL - SEPTEMBER 12: Uche Nwaneri #77 of the Jacksonville Jaguars celebrates a victory over the Denver Broncos following the NFL season opener game at EverBank Field on September 12 2010 in Jacksonville Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

A lot of ranking how valuable drafts picks are is the return they give you. In the 2007 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars struck gold with a 5th round pick when they selected offensive lineman Uche Nwaneri out of Purdue with the 149th overall selection. In Nwaneri's rookie season he was active for only 9 games starting just one. In the 2008 season, he was thrown into the fire after the first week of the season.

Then starting offensive guard Vince Manuwai tore his ACL in the Jacksonville Jaguars first game of the season. This injury thrust second year interior lineman Uche Nwaneri into the starting line up for 15 games. Nwaneri struggled early on, as a young player would be expected to, but once he got a feel for the NFL game you could see his play continue upward. In 15 games in the 2008 season, Nwaneri allowed only 4.5 sacks on an offensive line that allowed over 40. After the 2008 season, the Jaguars had Nwaneri and veteran offensive guard Maurice Williams battle for the right guard position with Nwaneri ultimately winning the job.

After winning the job in 2009, Nwaneri started 13 games and was credited with only allowing 0.5 sacks on the season. Not only did Nwaneri do a great job in pass protection, but he started to show signs of a mauling guard who can get to the next level, and would play with the nastiness his counterpart Vince Manuwai was known for. Not only did Nwaneri only allow 0.5 sacks on the 2009 season, but he was also not flagged for a penalty the entire season.

During the 2010 training camp and pre-season, Nwaneri once again was showing more and more signs of improvement and the Jacksonville Jaguars awarded him with a new contract to the tune of 5-years and about $24 million before the start of the season. Not only did Nwaneri surpass his draft position on the field of play, but he's also been very interactive in the community and with fans. He regularly interacts with fans on Twitter and even on the Jaguars official website message boards. Nwaneri has hosted multiple "Gaming 4 The Cause" events, in which current Jaguars players compete against fans in various multi-player games for charity.

The Jacksonville Jaguars got much more than they imagined out of a 5th round pick.

Are You Smarter Than The Experts?
Correctly predict the first 32 picks of the 2011 NFL Draft and you’ll win $10,000,000!
BEST ROUND EVER IN PRIMETIME
Enter at
facebook.com/BudLight
Here We Go

Enjoy Responsibly ©2011 Anheuser-Busch, Inc., Bud Light® Beer, St. Louis, MO. ©2011 NFL Properties LLC. All NFL-related trademarks are trademarks of the National Football League. No Purchase Necessary. Contest open to U.S. residents (except CA) 21+. Contest begins 12AM CDT on 4/1 and ends 5:59:59PM CDT on 4/28. See Official Rules for complete details. Void where prohibited.

Latest News

In This Article

Teams
Players
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Big Cat Country

You must be a member of Big Cat Country to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Big Cat Country. You should read them.

Join Big Cat Country

You must be a member of Big Cat Country to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Big Cat Country. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker