Two Jacksonville Jaguars young stars make All-Under 25 team
A massive part of what makes the Jacksonville Jaguars a dangerous team are young players who are just starting to hit their stride.
In just a matter of a few years, the Jacksonville Jaguars have stacked the cupboard with a depth chart as good as any in the NFL, including many star-caliber players in the early years of their careers.
While it cannot be dismissed the incredible job the Jaguars front office has done in free agency to bring in talent, the organization’s work in the NFL draft of late has been as impressive at it gets as well. With that, the team has a group of some of the best young guns that the NFL has to offer.
NFL.com writer Elliot Harrison put together his best version of an all-under 25 team in the league, and two Jaguars make the list. Both are defensive guys, and one is as obvious as it can get.
Jalen Ramsey has completed only his second season in the pros, and has already placed himself among the best at the position overall, and makes a strong case as the top dog. Ramsey would make the list of best in the NFL even without the under 25 limitation, as evident with being named a 2017 first-team All-Pro.
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The second entry on the team is Myles Jack. Jack has adjusted quickly to his linebacker role, progressively making more impact plays as last season grew longer (again, Myles Jack wasn’t down). Now with his role growing in the middle of the defense, Jack will have more opportunities to show out on an elite Jacksonville defense.
The Jaguars could have easily had more on the list, and one omission in particular is an absolute travesty. Leonard Fournette being a selection wouldn’t drawn much ire at all after a successful rookie campaign. But the one clear miss is Yannick Ngakoue.
In 2017, the 2016 third-round pick had 13 sacks, including seven forced fumbles. There were games were Ngakoue was simply unblockable flying around the edge. Leaving the pass rusher off the list seems like a severe oversight. Elliot Harrison instead decided to give the nod to Joey Bosa, who finished with 12.5 sacks and two less forced fumbles than Ngakoue, and Myles Garrett, who missed five games in his debut year last season.