The Jacksonville Jaguars have started to improve the roster this offseason with a handful of key free agent signings, but this is still a team built through the draft according to general manager David Caldwell. The defense should get a big boost with 2015 first round pick Dante Fowler Jr. coming back from a torn ACL, but it’s still a virtual certainty the team will draft another defensive player with the 5th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.
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The moves the Jaguars have made in free agency make it seem more and more they are hoping stud UCLA linebacker Myles Jack makes it to the 5th overall pick. Jack just participated in UCLA’s pro day and
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"Jack was described as a “remarkable athlete,” and as one source at the workout said, “he looked like a defensive back doing linebacker drills,” referring to his speed, quickness and ease of movement. Jack showed no ill effects from his knee surgery as he easily moved in every direction."
The Jaguars need speed and athleticism in the worst way on defense and Jack seems like the perfect fit for this scheme and team. Former NFL personnel man and current NFL Network analyst Charley Casserly agrees, enough to declare Jack would be a Pro Bowl caliber linebacker if the Jaguars draft him.
"“I think he will go in the top 10, and I don’t think he gets past the Jacksonville Jaguars... This guy is a Pro Bowl outside linebacker in that system. He’s a run-and-chase guy. He can line up and cover outside; he’s really a versatile guy.”"
Jack has become a popular pick for the Jaguars in mock drafts and it makes a ton of sense – Jalen Ramsey appears to be moving up draft boards and will likely be gone by the time the Jaguars pick, and the team has already addressed the free safety position anyway with the signing of Tashaun Gipson. The Jaguars will likely think long and hard if they have to choose between Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa and Myles Jack, but Bosa’s lack of elite speed on the edge doesn’t exactly complement Fowler’s playing style. My suspicion is the Jaguars are hoping to take Jack at number 5 and then find an edge rusher in the second and third round.