The recent piece on Tony Brackens and the "Pride of the Jaguars" as well as the ongoing "Top 100" and "Top 10" lists put on by NFL Network, got me thinking about what the hierarchy of players past and present for the Jaguars would look like. So, I put together my list of what I feel is the "Top 25 Jaguars of All-Time".
I felt twenty five was a solid number given the relatively short amount of time the franchise has been in existence. Any more and the list gets watered down sort to speak, any less and too many deserving players get left out.
I'll be revealing one player every day, in descending order, until we reach the top Jaguar on this list. I'm sure we all have a general idea of how the Top 5 might shake out, but I have full confidence that mostly everyone's opinions will differ on placement. With that in mind, I'll provide a poll for each player, and let you have your voice heard on whether you feel the ranking was too high, too low, or spot on. As always, your comments for each player are always welcome.
Let the list begin with our first installment...
# 25. Aaron Beasley, CB, 1996-2001
The Jaguars drafted Beasley out of West Virginia in the 1996 Draft, with the hopes he would become the shut down cover corner they sorely lacked in their young second-year defense. Beasley became a full-time starter halfway through his rookie campaign, after sitting behind such veterans as Vinnie Clark, Mickey Washington, and Dave Thomas, and remained in that role until the team released him following the 2001 season. He started at corner during the team's miracle playoff run in '96, and recorded an interception in the AFC Championship game at New England. In 1999, during the team's second run to the AFC title game, Beasley had his best season as a pro, recording six interceptions, two which he returned for touchdowns, as well as a sack. His six interception mark was the most of any Jaguars defender, until it was broken by Rashean Mathis in 2006. He was perhaps most well known by fans for declaring before the '99 Divisional playoff game against the Miami Dolphins, that he had a dream he would get two interceptions in the game. On the first offensive play from scrimmage for Miami, Beasley fulfilled half his prophecy, picking off a Dan Marino pass. He'd later get the second one as well. Beasley also served as one half of the team promoted, "Killer B's" corner duo, alongside Fernando Bryant. He finished his Jaguars career as the franchise leader in interceptions, with fifteen, before he was surpassed by Mathis in that category as well. Beasley went on to play two seasons with the New York Jets in 2002-03, before finishing his career as an Atlanta Falcons player in 2004. He was inducted to West Virginia University's Sports Hall of Fame in 2009, and currently owns and operates an energy drink company in Maryland.