This list is the top five teams that did the worst job drafting from 1999-2008, allowing three years for their players to develop, so while I’m judging the team’s output from 1999-2010 (some 1999 and 2000 rookies played those seasons), I’m mostly focusing on the seasons 2001-2010.
#5: The Jacksonville Jaguars. It’s no wonder the Colts have had such dominance in the AFC South. My #6 team is actually the Titans and there is the other South rival is yet to come on this list. You have to look at the totality of these things.
The Jags have one playoff win with contributions from this decade’s picks and that came on questionable terms (a holding non-call that sprung open David Garrard for the first down to run out the clock). That’s more than the Titans and Texans have combined for since the end of the 2003 postseason. What is staggering is that – at least with Houston – there is a nucleus of talent. The Titans have some decent defensive players and a pretty good running back in Chris Johnson but their constant rebuilding mode and their lack of quality quarterback play is why they haven’t won a playoff game since the 2003 season.
The Jags have been one of the most consistent teams in the draft – consistent with where they pick the players from (Washington, Florida, and UCLA combined to account for 7 of their last 18 1st and 2nd rounders) and consistent with adding contributors and flameouts but never establishing any semblance of a core to go on even one deep playoff run.
You could argue that – other than Maurice Jones-Drew and some offensive linemen, the Jags haven’t had a draft pick get close to being good value since Rashean Mathis in 2003.
Worst draft: Six-way tie. Well, close enough that they all demand attention; 2005 “wins” with 1999, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008 with a dishonorable mention to the 2006 draft. If Marcedes Lewis hadn’t emerged as a decent tight end finally, then 2006’s only good pick would have been Maurice Jones-Drew.
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