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Jaguars First Round Picks - NFL Draft

1995 to 2000


Part one of this list contains draft picks from a much-better era in Jaguars football. From 1995 to 2000, the Jaguars, for the most part, drafted very well and were able to field a competitive product. Here's a look at the team's draft picks from Tony Boselli to R. Jay Soward.

1. Tony Boselli, LT (1995 - 2nd Overall)

Tony Boselli, a heralded left tackle from USC, was the Jaguars' first-ever draft pick. Boselli was draft number two overall behind the Bengals' Ki-Jana Carter.

Boselli would go on to have a fabulous career for the Jaguars. He was a member of the NFL's "All-Decade Team" and the first player added to the Jaguars' Ring of Honor.

Boselli remains active with the Jaguars organization. If not for his early retirement in 2001 due to an injury, he would likely be a strong Hall of Fame candidate.

2. James Stewart, RB (1995 - 19th Overall)

Stewart, a tailback from Tennessee, was the Jaguars second-ever draft selection, and also the team's second first-round pick in the 1995 NFL Draft.

Stewart enjoyed a solid but not spectacular NFL career. He was a member of the Jaguars until after the 1999 NFL season, when he signed with the Detroit Lions as a free agent.

Stewart still holds the Jaguars' single-game touchdown record for his performance against the Philadelphia Eagles in 1997, when he scored 5 touchdowns.

3. Kevin Hardy, LB (1996 - Second Overall)

Kevin Hardy played college ball at the University of Illinois. He made an immeidate impact for the Jaguars, stepping into a starting role in his rookie season. Hardy had a solid NFL career, earning a spot on the AFC's Pro Bowl roster in 1999.

Hardy became a free agent following the 2001 NFL season. He played for the Dallas Cowboys and Cincinati Bengals before retiring in 2004.

4. Renaldo Wynn, DT (1997- 21st Overall)

Renaldo Wynn (Notre Dame) enjoyed a solid career with the Jaguars, racking up 13.5 sacks in five seasons, but was allowed to leave the Jaguars via free agency following the 2001 NFL season. He joined the Washington Redskins, and eventually played for the Saints and Giants before ending his pro football career with the UFL's Omaha Nighthawks.

5. Fred Taylor, RB (1998 - 9th Overall)

Fred Taylor, a popular figure in Northeast Florida already (University of Florida), was not then-Jaguars' coach Tom Coughlin's first choice for a running back. The coach tried to trade up in the draft to select Curtis Enis, but "settled" for Taylor after he was unable to strike a deal.

Enis is widely considered a bust, and Freddy T went on to have what some believe to be a Hall of Fame career with the Jaguars.

Taylor retired in 2011 with 11,695 rushing yards. He was inducted into the Jaguars' Ring of Honor in 2012.

6. Donovin Darius, Safety (1998 - 25th Overall)

Darius, a hard-hitting safety from Syracuse, enjoyed a fine career with the Jaguars, playing for the club until his release in 2006.

DD, as he's often referred to by Jaguars' fans, is an active member of the Jacksonville community, running a training organization called "Next Level Training."

7. Fernando Bryant, CB (1999 - 26th Overall)

Fernando Bryant was a solid cover corner for the Jaguars, although he never really lived up to his first-round expectations. Bryant played for the Jags for five seasons before signing with the Detroit Lions as a free agent.

8. R. Jay Soward, WR (2000 - 29th Overall)

R. Jay Soward is widely regarded as the Jaguars' first-ever draft bust. Soward played one season for the Jags, catching only 14 passes and one touchdown. He was released by the club after trips through the NFL's Substance Abuse program.

Soward would be the first of several Jags' wide-receivers considered draft busts.

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