Brandon Clark wrote a good article that identified some issues with the Jaguars' first round draft selections since 2009. One of the points he made was that the Jags have had no Pro-Bowlers selected, with only one playing at or near that level -- Eugene Monroe.
So I thought, "What better way to see how the Jags compare with the rest of the league in that regard, than to compare them to the rest of the league in that regard."
So, here goes.
There have been 96 first round selections in '09, '10 and '11. Of those, 19 have been Pro Bowl selections, just a shade under 20 percent.Three teams (Cin, Det, GB) have had two players selected. That means 16 of the NFL's 32 teams have not selected a first-round Pro Bowler in the last three years. Are the Jags unique in that regard? Hardly.
So then I went back and re-read Brandon's article and saw it referred only to Top 10 choices. Let's look at that.
30 picks, eight Pro Bowlers. 22 percent. One out five. By averages alone, Gene gets two more years to draft a Top 10 Pro Bowler. But it gets even more interesting. All eight of those Pro Bowlers were selected before the Jags were even on the board.
Complain all you like about the Jags' performance on the field and Gene's responsibility for the product. But Top 10 Pro Bowl picks does not appear to be too good an indicator of that.