Jacksonville Jaguars general manager David Caldwell promised an ‘influx of pass rushers’ this offseason, and one of those guys ended up being third round pick Yannick Ngakoue.
The Jacksonville Jaguars were one of the worst defensive teams in the NFL in 2015 and a lion’s share of the blame fell on the atrocious pass rush, specifically from the LEO spot. The Jaguars were left helpless after first round pick Dante Fowler Jr. went down with a torn ACL in rookie minicamp, with Andre Branch and Chris Clemons playing significant time. Unsurprisingly, both veterans failed to provide consistent pressure and neither one is on the team anymore.
The Jaguars focused on defense in the draft, adding 6 players on that side of the ball, with 3 of those guys specializing as edge rushers.
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for each team, Pro Football Focus predictably praised the Jaguars for selecting Myles Jack. On the flip side, they thought the Jaguars took a one-dimensional player in Yannick Ngakoue.
"Jacksonville JaguarsBest: Myles Jack, LB, UCLA (Rd. 2, No. 36)If Jack can stay healthy, the Jaguars got the steal of the draft. He was the No. 5 player on our board and a potential superstar defender in the pros. His coverage grade was No. 1 among college linebackers in 2014.Worst: Yannick Ngakoue, DE, Maryland (Rd. 3, No. 69)Ngakoue was the 21st highest graded edge rusher in the nation last year, but he completely sold out to do it, finishing with the 19th-worst run defense grade among edge defenders last year."
PFF pushed themselves in a corner with this article – I don’t think the Jaguars really had a “bad” draft pick. Yes, Ngakoue is not a good run defender but that’s not at all where the Jaguars are hoping to get value from him. He’s a terrific pass rusher on the edge and will make an immediate impact as a situational rusher on the side of the line opposite Fowler or perhaps next to him.
If Ngakoue is the “worst” pick the Jaguars made, then they had a damn good draft.