Jags Get Their Man With Leftwich

The Baltimore Ravens' loss was Jacksonville's gain. Marshall quarterback Byron Leftwich was chosen by the Jaguars with the 8th pick of the NFL Draft here today, after a botched Minnesota-Baltimore trade went sour and left the Vikings without a pick for the #7 spot...

Leftwich made history as being the highest-picked player from Marshall, going to Jacksonville with the eighth pick. Despite a shin/leg injury in 2002, Leftwich passed for 4,268 yards, 30 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. In 2001, Leftwich compiled 4,132 yards, 38 touchdowns and only seven interceptions for the Thundering Herd.

With the clock moving in the NFL Draft on Saturday, the Minnesota Vikings were discussing trades with three teams (Ravens, Patriots, and Jaguars). The Vikings allegedly agreed with Baltimore's proposal, which would have enabled them to pop up and select Leftwich.


Byron Leftwich was chosen with the number 8 pick in the NFL Draft, by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

But for whatever reason, Minnesota didn't make their intentions clear during the 15-minute NFL time limit, and the 6-5 former Marshall quarterback was quickly snapped up by Jacksonville.

Leftwich will join Jacksonville starting QB Mark Brunell, as well as backup David Garrard (whom Leftwich played against in the 2001 GMAC Bowl when Garrard was at East Carolina).

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