By: David Levin (davidlevin71)
About eight months ago, the Jaguars were ever so excited about its draft and the speed it added to the roster with Ace Sanders and Denard Robinson. Not only had youth been served - but speed, agility and hope.
Eight months later, Sanders is firmly entrenched as a key cog in the Jaguars offense. Robinson is still trying to find his way.
By all accounts, the Jaguars hit it big in the draft with its secondary, its big offensive tackle in Luke Joeckel (even if he is hurt) and Sanders - who can light up a scoreboard when given a chance. Robinson for his troubles, fumbled today on the 1-yard line on Sunday, which could have been the trying score in a 27-20 loss to the Bills, where another rookie, EJ Manuel helped Buffalo to a fifth win of the season. The loss formally ended any hope of the Jaguars being a playoff team (somehow, they were mathematically alive as of Sunday morning).
I have to wonder if this is a draft pick we all will be talking about in five seasons when we could have had receiver Kenny Stills, running backs, Zac Stacy and Joseph Randall and Mike Gillislee? We still jump all around about the fact we took Bryan Anger in the third round instead of Russell Wilson, but right now - it seems Anger was a better decision.
In other columns and conversations, I have said drafts are made by the picks in rounds four, five and six. I think I told a guy named Frank Frangie that 20 years ago. He said he agreed with me. This is one fifth round pick the Jaguars have to wait on.
Watching Robinson in OTAs, training camp, and the preseason, there was a real belief that this former Michigan quarterback and cult hero of sorts would be a real find for this team - practicing in the Wildcat and showing speed this team need on the outside. But we are still waiting. And with the Jaguars, you have to wonder how long this franchise can wait for their weakest draft pick to come through.
Seems to me we as fans are waiting as well. And I wonder which side will flinch first in deciding whether this former football great was a find or a bust.
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