Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

T-U 2

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

T-U 2

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SOMETIMES TEAMS KNOW MORE THAN YOU THINK

In the event the Jaguars don't end up getting Tim Tebow, I want to give people a reason to be optimistic that the Jags could still end up making a decision that benefits the franchise.

Here are a few examples of fans and teams not seeing eye-to-eye on who to draft, but it worked out anyway:

- INDIANA PACERS: Fans wanted to see their team select Indiana Hoosiers star Steve Alford in the first round in 1987. Instead the Pacers, amid boos, selected UCLA's Reggie Miller. Alford played in the NBA for four years. Miller played 18 years in the pros, all with the Pacers, accumulating 25,279 points and 4,141 assists, and was a five-time NBA All-Star.

- PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: Before the 1999 draft, fans and radio stations in Philly seemed united in a desire to see the Eagles pass on QB Donovan McNabb and draft RB Ricky Williams as their top pick, according to nfl.fanhouse.com. The Eagles took McNabb anyway, and while Williams has definitely had some highlights in his up-and-down NFL career, McNabb has the Eagles to five NFC championship games and a Super Bowl.

- HOUSTON TEXANS: The Texans stunned their fans in the 2006 draft, when they went with DE Mario Williams over RB Reggie Bush and QB Vince Young as the No. 1 overall pick. Bush and Young have done some impressive things, but they haven't been as consistent as Williams, who has 202 tackles and 391/2 sacks, including breaking the team's single-season sack record with 14 in 2007.

- N.Y. ISLANDERS: Fans were livid when the Islanders traded away their No. 1 pick in 2008 and the chance to get sought-after Nikita Filatov. The lslanders ended up with Josh Bailey as their first choice. So far this season, Bailey has 14 goals and 18 assists. Filatov has two goals and zero assists this year in the NHL, and Columbus transferred him to CSKA Moscow of the KHL for the remainder of the season. …

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