Not much has changed since the 2015 NFL Draft, at least concerning the rosters of most NFL teams. Still, analysts have seen fit to release updated power rankings to spread more hot takes for our consumption.
Elliot Harrison over at NFL.com usually puts together a fairly thorough set of rankings. He always tries to throw every team a bone and say something positive, but he’s realistic.
Apparently whatever the Jaguars have done in the offseason hasn’t impressed him, as he moved the Jaguars down 2 spots to 29:
"It’s still frustrating that third overall pick Dante Fowler Jr. is out for the season, but perhaps the injury will help propel the young pass rusher’s career. LaVar Arrington told me the other day that playing with an injury can cause a player — especially, in theory, a younger player — to focus more on the job at hand, whether that’s play diagnosis, formations or wasting no steps. Here’s betting that Fowler, who has a great attitude, will be a player. Can the same be said about Blake Bortles? By all accounts, the second-year pro has looked fantastic in camp. Perhaps more importantly, the quarterback has a cadre of young receivers to develop — and develop with. Continue to love the Jared Odrick signing, too."
The only teams ranked lower than the Jaguars are the Cleveland Browns, Tennessee Titans, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
I get it, no one wants to go out on a limb and predict bigger and better things for the Jaguars. They only have 9 wins to their name over the last 3 years, but this is a COMPLETELY different team.
At the end of the day, this team isn’t going to start getting credit until they actually win games. Most of the onus of that this year falls on second year quarterback Blake Bortles. If Bortles can make the same kind of jump in real games that he’s made in practice, the Jaguars won’t be placed in the bottom quarter of these rankings much longer.
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