Most Jaguars fans, I think, have a pretty good opinion of Daryl Smith: productive on the field, seemingly humble, good instincts, appears to be a well-respected teammate. A good player, but one who may not be quite as good as we want him to be. We think he passes the eye test, but it's in a rather unspectacular fashion. He goes from inside linebacker to outside back to inside, or was it the other way around?
His name rarely comes up in conversations about the league's best linebackers. Here's a link to an article that may help Jags fans refine their opinion about Daryl.
Jump below for some additional articles about Jaguars players.
I apologize if someone's already posted or referenced the following articles. ProFootballFocus does a great job of taking hometown prejudice out of rating players. I don't always like what they write (they steadily dropped Alualu among the rookies as the season progressed). But I generally find their information, well, informative.
Marcedes Lewis: We know he best blocking tight end in football who's not an offensive tackle. We know he had some hands-problems his first couple years. Now we know he drops somewhere between 6.12% and 10.20% of passes thrown his way. http://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2011/05/25/drop-percentage-tight-ends/
Mike Thomas: You can get good wide receivers in the later rounds. Four drops on the year. http://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2011/05/23/drop-percentage/
Rashean Mathis: Boy does he suck. He sucks so bad that he's thrown at at a higher percentage and gives up a higher percentage of completions than Asomugha, Smith, Samuel and Revis. Mayhaps we're a bit harsh on Rashean for some reason. http://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2011/05/20/cornerbacks-cover-snaps-count/ It would appear the Jags might need an upgrade with some of the other DBs, though. Interesting to note: yes, Derek Cox gets thrown at a lot, but his name is not among those with high completion percentage against.