Do the Jaguars draft too many small school players?

Al Messerschmidt

Many fans complain that Jaguars general manager Gene Smith drafts too many "small school" players, but does he really?

It's highly unlikely Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Gene Smith is retained after the 2012 NFL season. Through four years under his watch, the Jaguars have gotten progressively worse and look to be headed to the worst record in franchise history.

One of the many complaints during Gene Smith's tenure has been that he drafts too many "small school" players, and not enough players from the SEC or BCS conferences. The problem with that complaint is that it's the laziest complaint to make and doesn't really hold much water.

During Gene Smith's four year tenure as Jaguars general manager, he's drafted 15 non-BCS players.

During Tom Coughlin's final four years with the Jaguars, he drafed 13 non-BCS players and 29 non-BCS players overall during his total tenure with the Jaguars.

Over the past four years the Green Bay Packers have drafted 11 non-BCS players.

Over the past four years the Baltimore Ravens have drafted 11 non-BCS players.

Over the past four years the San Francisco 49ers have drafted 12 non-BCS players.

The issues with Gene Smith isn't that he pulls from the small school well too often, it's that he simply just doesn't draft good football players. Two of his better draft picks are from Mount Union (DIII) and William & Mary.

When the Jaguars hire their new general manager, don't complain about where the players come from. Just worry about if they're good football players or not. That's what matters.

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