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No. 87: Who wore it best? The thunder in "thunder and lightning"

The Jaguars' thunder in the late 1990's and early 2000's obviously made the list for No. 87. But just how good was Keenan McCardell's NFL career?

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In two decades, the Jacksonville Jaguars have had some great players come through this franchise.

In the spirit of counting things down (and biding our time) until the regular season starts on September 13th, we're taking a jersey-by-jersey look at who wore each of the 99 numbers available best for the Jaguars.

Who wore it best: Keenan McCardell (1996-2001)

He played 17 years in the NFL, six of which were with the Jaguars. He was the perfect complement to Jimmy Smith in the late 1990's, fearlessly catching passes over the middle and earning the "thunder" half of the "thunder and lightning" nickname with Smith. He and Smith caught more passes for more yards between 1996 and 2001 then any other duo at any other time in the NFL. He rarely dropped passes, rarely fumbled, was fast, strong, an excellent route-runner, and besides Smith, no Jaguars receiver has ever come close to matching his talent on the field. His 11,373 yards is currently best for 29th all-time.

Who wears it now: Neal Sterling (2015-Present)

A seventh-round draft pick, Sterling was picked out of Monmouth during the 2015 NFL Draft. He's a small-school prospect, but has a good chance of making the team. His combination of size (6'3", 240 pounds) and speed (4.58 40-yard dash) make him an excellent candidate for a hybrid tight end-wide receiver, or even an H-back in Greg Olson's new offense. And don't worry, Sterling... McCardell was a late-round prospect too.