The Jacksonville Jaguars had just finished the 1999 season with the best record in the AFC, and was one game short of a Super Bowl. This was a young team with a ton of talent. When it was their time to pick in the 2000 draft, they felt they had the luxury of taking the "best player available" with the 29th pick in the draft.
That player ended up being R. Jay Soward, an underachieving WR for the USC Trojans with amazing skills. Jags must have thought that a strong influence like Tom Coughlin could straighten the young man out. He had a four TD game his freshman year, but caught only 32 over his four year college career. During a game his senior year wherein he was running off of the field to go to the bathroom, he stopped to send obscene gestures to the opposing teams fans. He was almost trampled by the horse used as USC's mascot. This is a player that was known to smoke marijuana every day!
The team learned quickly that, when he was so consistently late for practices and meetings that it warranted sending a limo pick him up, Soward was not going to change. After one year with underwhelming performances but large amounts of locker room distractions, the league informed the Jags that Soward would be suspended for drug use. Another suspension was handed down before the first was concluded and eventually Soward was out of the league.
A rehabilitated Soward attempted a comeback in the Canadian football league in 2004. He returned with a semi-successful career. It, of course, was punctuated with a playoff game in which he scored an early touchdown. He then performed a celebration that was termed so "excessive, insulting, & unnecessary," that it inspired the opposing team to take the game over.
R. Jay Soward, a No. 1 draft pick in the 2000 NFL college draft, is now a television repairman. I hear he dreams of resurrecting his football career one day. As a Jacksonville Jaguar fan, I hope he never sees a football field ever again unless the players are wearing flags on their side.
I blame him for ending the Jaguars playoff run and that he should serve as a constant example to the Jags. Never overlook a player's faults just because of his talents! I can only pray that someone in the Jaguars organization remembers this.
Draft No. 4, Peter Warrick (74)
He's very fast, and has questionable hands; he's over-reach pick. For a No. 1 WR, he was a good punt returner.
Draft No. 8, Plaxico Burress (87)
He has amazing talent and undeniable game breaking ability, but he's crazier than a shit house rat. Most importantly, he has no respect for the game, his team, his teammates, and himself! In my opinion, he is bad for the game and I hope that he is suspended soon. I hated giving him as high of a score as I had to.
Draft No. 10, Travis Taylor (75)
Look at Peter Warrick's notes. The same goes here. He has the same career, only gets a higher score than Warrick because he wasn't as bad of a reach.
Draft No. 21, Sylvester Morris (incomplete)
He's impossible to grade. He got injured early, and it forced his retirement. When healthy, he seemed very dynamic.
Draft No. 29, R. Jay Soward (-1000)
I never want to write about this scumbat ever again. First round bust!
Other notables : (early 2nd) Dennis Northcutt (80)
(mid 2nd) Jerry Porter (72)
(mid 3rd) Lavernanues Coles (87)*
(late 3rd) Darrell Jackson (81)*