We’ve reached this year’s team that has the overall number one draft pick and it’s a consensus that the selection will be Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence. The word on Lawrence is that he is a “can’t miss.” Jaguars fans will hope this rings true because Jacksonville has had one of the worst track records for first-round picks since coming into the league in 1995. Those picks that went south really began after 2003 because before that they did find very good athletes with their first pick. James Stewart and Tony Boselli came first with their inaugural draft of 1995. Kevin Hardy came to Florida a year later. Donovin Darius and Fred Taylor were drafted together in 1998. Byron Leftwich was thought to be the franchise quarterback when picked first in 2003. But then the failures began with the likes of R. Jay Soward (2000), Reggie Wiliams (2004), Matt Jones (2005), Derrick Harvey (2008), Eugene Monore (2009), Justin Blackmon (2012), Luke Joeckel (2013), and Taven Bryan (2018).
The Jaguars were a stone’s throw away from the Super Bowl just a few short years ago but in 2020 they won their season opener and then lost every game after that to win the Trevor Lawrence sweepstakes. Best #1 ever in Jag-town? My pick would be either Fred Taylor who many believe belongs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame or Tony Boselli equally worthy of a Canton bust. I’d say it should be Taylor.
Honorable Mentions: Fernando Bryant (1999), Marcus Stroud (2001), John Henderson (2002), Reggie Nelson (2007), Jalen Ramsey (2016), Blake Bortles (2014)