It's time to grade the Jaguars on their 2006 draft.
For grading criteria, if the player made it to the Pro Bowl, he gets an A. If he has started at least 24 games, 1.5 seasons, he gets a B. C's are still on the team. D's are still in the NFL. F's are no longer in the NFL. Plus and minuses are subjective.
Round One, Pick 28: Mercedes Lewis, TE, UCLA
Although he has developed into Tony Gonzalez like everyone thought he would, he is a decent TE. He has started 35 of 47 career games collecting 91 catches for 1,006 yards with five TDs. Grade: B
Round Two, Pick 60: Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, UCLA
MOJO has started four career games, but played most of them. He will start this year. Rushing for 2,533 yards on 530 carries, with 34 TDs is exactly what you want from a RB. He's not a pro bowler yet, but I'm going to grade him as one. Grade A.
Round Three, Pick 80: Clint Ingram, OLB, Okahoma
Clint has played in 43 games and starting 34 of those games. He has made 142 tackles, and 4.5 sacks. He also has two interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown. Grade B+.
Round Five, Pick 160: Brent Hawkins, LB, Illinois State
He played two seasons for the Jaguars. During those two seasons he played in 20 games making 23 takles, and 5.5 sacks. He was released on Sept. 2 of last year and is no longer in the NFL. Grade F.
Round Seven, Pick 213: James Wyche, DE, Syracuse
He is still on the Jaguars roster, although he has never been in a game for them, and has spent the last two years on the injured reserve. He had a groin injury in 2007, and a knee injury in 2008. Being part of the team can be considered a mild success, but if he's healthy he may not make it out of camp. Grade C.
Round 7, Pick 236: Dee Webb, CB, Florida
He played in 11 games his rookie year making 17 tackles and an interception. He was cut during the 2007 preseason. He made was on the Philadelphia Soul in 2008 (Arena League). Grade: F
So we will add up all of the grade points, just like you would in college, grade x credits. Lets pretend that the first round is a seven credit class, the second round is six and so forth. The Jaguars have 23 credits, with 63.5 grade points.
That gives them a GPA of 2.76.
The Jaguars draft was OK, netting a star and two role players. If this was your draft consistently, you'd be an 8-8 team or signing lots of free agents, as there isn't much depth here.
I am grading all 32 NFL teams n their 2006 drafts. Check back for more updates.
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