Today the Jaguars announced that 2009 6th round pick Zach Miller, 2010 5th round pick Austen Lane and 2011 5th round pick Rod Issac would all miss the remainder of the 2011 season and would be placed on the injured reserve list. On injured reserve they join, 2009 7th round pick Rashad Jennings and 2010 3rd round pick D'Anthony Smith.
It is certainly possible that these injuries are purely coincidental and simply a case of bad luck for the organization, but after a certain amount of time the question bears asking: Are the Jaguars drafting injury prone players?
In the time since Gene Smith was named general manager of the Jaguars, the team has had three drafts and has drafted 20 players. Three of those players are no longer with the team: DE Larry Hart, WR Tiquan Underwood and DB/PR Scotty McGee.
Of the 17 other players, Rod Issac, D'Anthony Smith, Austen Lane, Eben Britton, Jarett Dillard, Zach Miller and Rashad Jennings have all spent time on the injured reserve list.
Eugene Monroe is currently suffering from a shoulder injury, Derek Cox is suffering from a groin injury shortly after recovering from a chest injury, and Tyson Alualu is suffering from a nagging knee injury.
While it certainly could be misfortune for the team, after a while it starts to look like a trend. Certainly a very concerning trend.