2015 NFL Draft: Jaguars Select DT Michael Bennett


Michael Bennett, defensive tackle out of Ohio State, will be joining the Jacksonville Jaguars, being selected 180th overall at the start of the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

General manager Dave Caldwell blew the top off the fifth round with the selection of Florida State receiver Rashad Greene, securing an excellent grade late into the 2015 NFL Draft. They follow Greene up with Ohio State.

The pick, announced from London (where the Jaguars play one game each season), is a solid addition to the Jaguars, providing even greater defensive line depth for the Jaguars. With an already strong defensive line rotation, Bennett is an excellent addition. He could have been gone in the second or third round but drops down to the sixth for the Jaguars to snap him up.

For the second round in a row, the Jaguars have managed to find excellent value. Bennett has some pass rushing ability and will be surrounded by talent that can help him capitalize on his potential.

In a division that features Andrew Luck now Marcus Mariota, the Jaguars are stocking up on talented pass rushers who can get after them and disrupt the quarterback’s game. It is important that the Jaguars can force opposing offenses off the field so that the Blake Bortles led offense can get out there and make some plays. Michael Bennett will be a part of that rotation and help the Jaguars get back to scoring points.

Bennett had 18 sacks with the Buckeyes to go along with 31.5 tackles for a loss over four years. He also forced seven fumbles. This is a play making defensive tackle who can thrive with the Jaguars and the other supporting cast along the defensive line. It’s a solid selection and shows Caldwell going after the best player available once again.

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