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Terrance Knighton was a solid pick in '09.
The 2009 class featured a clutch of players now plying their trade in other cities.
1. Eugene Monroe, OT: B
2. Eben Britton, OT: D
3. Terrance Knighton, DT: B
3. Derek Cox, CB: C
4. Mike Thomas, WR: C
5. Jarett Dillard, WR: F
6. Zach Miller, TE: E
7. Rashad Jennings, RB: C
7. Tiquan Underwood, WR: C
As the eighth overall pick in 2009, Eugene Monroe quickly became a serviceable left tackle in Jacksonville. He was an accomplished starter until the team traded him to the Baltimore Ravens early last season.
Eben Britton was quickly shifted inside to guard, but he never became a regular starter. He was shipped to the Chicago Bears in 2013.
Terrance Knighton was a solid pick in the third round. The mammoth defensive tackle was a great fit for then-head coach Jack Del Rio's 2-gap 4-3 scheme.
Knighton had trouble controlling his weight during four seasons in Jacksonville. But he still played some strong football in 2010 and 2011, when he helped the Jags rank sixth in total defense.
He wisely reunited with Del Rio for the Denver Broncos last season.
Derek Cox was a steady starter as a rookie. He became consistently opportunistic in Jacksonville, registering four interceptions in a season three times.
But injuries slowed the third-rounder, who missed 17 games in his final three seasons, before signing with the San Diego Chargers. Cox joined the Minnesota Vikings this offseason.
Mike Thomas was a solid, possession receiver in 2010, catching 66 passes for 820 yards. But that is as good as things got in Jacksonville for the current Houston Texan.
Jarett Dillard has been in and out of football since he was drafted. Zach Miller never made the grade as a receiving threat at tight end, and he was a pretty mediocre returner.
Despite gathering dust on the bench while Maurice Jones-Drew was running riot, Rashad Jennings has since managed to carve out a niche as a useful change of pace back.
But like most of this class, other teams have benefited from Jennings' ability. He rushed for 733 yards with the Oakland Raiders last season, and he translated that production into a move to the New York Giants.
Nobody is ever going to confuse Tiquan Underwood for Jerry Rice, but the seventh-rounder has found his calling as a capable special-teamer and occasional deep threat since leaving Jacksonville in 2011.
The 2009 class is one defined by the exploits of its members away from Jacksonville. Monroe and Knighton start for serious AFC contenders.
Meanwhile, Cox and Jennings are useful rotational players who should each be productive in their latest stops.
This class yielded some solid pros, but was of little benefit to the Jaguars.
Overall Grade: C-