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20 years ago today the Carolina Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars had an expansion draft

expansionIt has been 20 years since the Carolina Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars entered the league.  In 1995 the expansion draft between the Panthers and Jaguars really was a big hit. 

The Jaguars grabbed QB Steve Beuerlein from Arizona with the first overall pick and the Panthers took cornerback Rod Smith from the Patriots with their first selection.

Jacksonville would select 31 players, 21 of whom would play at least one season in Jacksonville and a handful whom would hang around another year or two. Beuerlein, the headliner of the expansion draft, would ironically leave for Carolina in free agency in 1996 after it became clear that Mark Brunell was the future of the Jacksonville franchise.

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