NFL Draft Grades, Jaguars 2015: Dante Fowler Jr.
Way too early NFL Draft Grades for the Jaguars. The Jacksonville Jaguars selected Dante Fowler Jr. with the third overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Because this is the NFL and we can’t wait to do NFL Draft grades we’re going to jump in early with the editor grades from Daniel Lago and myself here at B&T. It’s an exciting time to see the next foundation piece that GM Dave Caldwell brings in to build a better, meaner Jaguars team.
I understand the pick, but I don’t love it. I don’t agree that Fowler is the best pure pass rusher in this year’s class, but if Caldwell and company have him graded as such then it makes all the sense in the world. He fills a need and he seems to have the attitude head coach Gus Bradley wants on this team. Also, go gators!
Dante Fowler Jr. is a premier edge rusher and he instantly bolsters the Jaguars’ pass rush. He’s ready to come in and work immediately, providing the Jaguars with a threat on the outside on each and every down. They had some decent sack numbers last season but they weren’t able to create a lot of pressure. Fowler will come in and solve that problem immediately. That said, there was a lot the Jaguars could do with this pick and while Fowler does marry talent and value well, with Leonard Williams on the board and possible trade opportunities, I’ve got to give the Jaguars a B+ for now. I believe in Fowler and I believe in Caldwell and I’m excited to see what Gus Bradley can make of Fowler, there’s just a lot they could do at this point in the draft.
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