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99 days until kickoff: Joel Smeenge vs. Marcus Stroud vs. Sen’Derrick Marks

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Jeff Hostetler Raiders

It’s 99 days until the 2017 NFL season kicks off and you know what that means — countdowns, countdowns, countdowns!

We tried this a couple of years ago but we didn’t start on time. This year, we’re doing things right! (You’re welcome.)

With just 99 days until kickoff, let’s debate which No. 99 you’d rather have on your team: Joel Smeenge, Marcus Stroud or Sen’Derrick Marks?

Joel Smeenge (1995-2000)

Underutilized with the New Orleans Saints, Joel Smeenge was part of the inaugural free agency class for the Jaguars. He went back and forth between the starter and a rotational pass rusher, but still finished with 34 sacks and 151 tackles in 84 games.

Marcus Stroud (2001-2007)

As a fan favorite, and one of the most underrated players in Jaguars history, Marcus Stroud played during the dark days of the early 2000's. Paired with John Henderson along the interior line, the two collapsed pockets with ease and gave the Jaguars an interior pass rush that was one of the best in the league. Stroud helped the Jaguars put together one of the best run defenses in the league during his seven seasons with the team and was a Pro Bowl player in 2003, 2004, and 2005, racking up 22 sacks and 256 tackles in his 100 career games with the Jaguars. He also played every game in each of his first five years with the team.

Sen'Derrick Marks (2013-2016)

Sen’Derrick Marks was in the very first Jaguars free agency class under general manager Dave Caldwell and he was signed on a one-year prove it contract. Originally the Jaguars signed him to be a run stuffing defensive lineman, but quickly realized how good he was penetrating in the backfield and putting pressure on the quarterback. Marks quickly earned a starting role and was one of the Jaguars best players in 2013. Before the end of the season in 2013, Marks was handed a four-year, $22 million deal, paying off his "prove it" deal. Marks followed up his initial season picking up 8.5 sacks from the defensive tackle spot in 2014, including hitting a bonus with a sack against the Tennessee Titans. Shortly after he was released, he said he’ll be a Jaguars fan for life.

Poll

Who would you rather have on your team?

This poll is closed

  • 4%
    Joel Smeenge
    (24 votes)
  • 87%
    Marcus Stroud
    (439 votes)
  • 7%
    Sen’Derrick Marks
    (36 votes)
499 votes total Vote Now