Jacksonville Jaguars Go Defense In Latest Mock Draft


As it usually is in draft season, mock drafts all over the web have run the gamut as far as possible selections for the Jacksonville Jaguars at number 3 overall in the 2015 NFL Draft. The initial consensus pick was USC defensive lineman Leonard Williams, with the occasional sprinkling of Nebraska edge rusher Randy Gregory. After draftniks apparently took the time to watch a little extra tape, defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. from Florida became the hot selection for the Jaguars.

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Then people got bored and decided to slot in a receiver – either Amari Cooper from Alabama or Kevin White from West Virginia depending on your preference.

We still have well over a month to go until the draft, but with the prospect visits in full swing, we should start seeing the top of the draft settle in pretty soon. That’s what appears to be happening in Luke Dahlgren’s latest mock draft over at FanSided.

"3. DANTE FOWLER, JR. DE/LB, Florida"

"At this stage, the Jaguars have plenty of options here. If Allen Hurns is the teams number one receiver, then perhaps Alabama’s Amari Cooper or West Virginia’s Kevin White could land at three. If Leonard Williams slips, then the Jaguars could get him here.But the Jags go with the home state prospect. Nebraska’s Randy Gregory has more potential as an athletic pass rusher, and he can be a high impact player for any defense. But Fowler is the more wellrounded player, and can give the Jaguars pass rush a similar boost without loosing anything in the running game."

I understand the selection, but it leaves me lukewarm. I would rather see what head coach Gus Bradley can do with an absolute athletic freak like Randy Gregory or Vic Beasley. Fowler seems like a solid pick, but a lot of the hype surrounding him is the hope that he’ll be a much better pro than he was a college player.

With a mere month or so to go, we’ll know soon enough what the Jaguars will do with the third pick in the draft.

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