It's good to be back on our dive into the history of the Jaguars! I hope everyone had a great holiday full of family, friends, and fun. While we were grilling our protein of choice and (perhaps) enjoying a few beverages, the Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes were behind the scenes pulling off the richest contract in the history of not only the NFL, but professional sports as a whole. The Chiefs are about to run the AFC for the next decade... Not ideal.
Anyway, on to the Big Cats from Duval! As we continue to go through the greatest players in team history at every position, we find ourselves looking at the offensive tackles. The Jags had two absolute legends line up at both tackle spots early on in franchise history, and one is undoubtedly deserving of the hall of fame. The other is arguably the best free-agent signing in team history. So here we go!
These are the three greatest offensive tackles in Jaguars' history!
1. Not only is Tony Boselli the best offensive tackle to ever line up for the Jaguars, but he is arguably the greatest player in team history. Boselli was the first-ever draft pick by the franchise, selected 2nd overall out of USC. Due to injuries, Boselli was limited to a seven-year career, the last of which only saw him take the field for three starts. While in the league, he set a new standard for power tackles. Standing at 6'7", there was nobody tougher to bend the edge or move off the ball. Boselli was widely regarded as the greatest tackle over the span of his career, so it's a tough pill to swallow when he doesn't get the recognition he deserves due to longevity. He has been on the Hall of Fame's preliminary list every year since 2009 and has been a semifinalist for the last five times. It's about time Big Bo gets in!
2. Still a staple in local Jaguars' media, Leon Searcy comes in at #2 on our
list. Drafted 11th overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1992 NFL draft, Searcy quickly became a vital piece on a great offensive line. The Steelers made an appearance in Super Bowl 30 in a loss to Dallas. The following offseason, the Jaguars made Searcy the highest-paid lineman in the NFL. Consistent play made him great, and he only missed one game in his time with Jacksonville. Searcy and Boselli were the cornerstones for an offensive line that took Jacksonville to its peak in 1999. The team finished 14-2 and made another AFC championship appearance. The 1999 season also saw Searcy claim the only Pro Bowl nod of his career.
3. Mo Williams was the next formidable tackle in the post Boselli-Searcy era. He was drafted in the second round of the 2001 draft by the Jaguars. He played his college ball at the University of Michigan. Williams only took the field for the Jaguars during his career. He was reliable, starting all 16 games for the Jaguars for four straight seasons from 2003-2006. The offensive unit thrived in the running game, rushing for almost 2,000 yards in 2005. Williams was waived after the 2009 season.
It's no secret the Jags have had a very up and down history when it comes to lineman. Boselli's early exit left a massive hole for the team to fill. They got it together a few years later, and we will see that with the best interior lineman list (coming soon!). Since Boselli, however, the Jaguars have yet to find a foundational guy at the tackle position. Luke Joeckel was just what his name indicated, a joke, and the Jags have failed with free-agent signings such as Kelvin Beachum, and Jeremy Parnell. Things are looking up, and with a young tandem in Robinson and Taylor, I hope the Jaguars offensive line can return to glory.
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