The Jaguars Last Five NFL Drafts – 2015
By Jesse Overby
How did the Jaguars 2015 NFL Draft turn out? Our own Jess Overby looks at the draft class and how it panned out.
With the 2019 NFL draft coming up on April 25th, we’re taking a look back at their last five draft and where their picks are now. Here are the Jaguars picks, how they were used, and where they are now. First up – the 2015 Draft.
Round 1, Pick 3: Dante Fowler, Jr, DE, Florida – Dante Fowler was injured in his first practice with the team and missed the entire 2015 season. The Jaguars moved him to outside linebacker. He showed flashes of possibly being a top outside linebacker in the league, but inconsistency and instances with fellow teammates led to his being traded to the L.A. Rams in October of the 2018 season. He was re-signed by the Rams and is on their active roster.
Round 2, Pick 36: T.J. Yeldon, RB, Alabama – T.J. Yeldon played in and started 12 games in 2015, and played in 15 games in 2016, starting 13. After a change in coaching and management, and with the Jaguars drafting Leonard Fournette in 2017, his playing time was dramatically reduced. He played in 10 games in 2017, starting none, and played in 12 games in 2017, starting 4. He was signed to a two-year contract by the Buffalo Bills on April 22, 2019.
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Round 3, Pick 67: A.J. Cann, OG, South Carolina – He played in 14 games at right guard during his rookie season, start 13. In 2016, A.J. Cann became the full time right guard, starting all 16 games at the position for the Jaguars. He maintained his starting job at right guard in 2017 and 2018, starting 15 games both seasons, missing one each season, both due to a triceps injury. On March 13, 2019, he signed a three-year contract extension with the Jaguars
Round 4, Pick 104: James Sample, S, Louisville – James Sample played in four games for the Jaguars, starting two, before he sustained a should injury which effectively ended his career. After another shoulder injury he was released by the Jaguars on August 17, 2017. He signed with the Washington Redskins on January 1, 2018 to a reserve/future contract, but was released on April 30th. He has not played in the NFL since.
Round 5, Pick 139: Rashad Greene, WR, Florida State – Rashad Greene caught two touchdown passes his rookie season, and ran a punt back 73 yards for a touchdown. He played in eight games during the 2016 season, but was placed on injured reserve after sustaining an Achilles injury, which extended through the entire 2017 season. He was used sparingly during the 2018 season and released shortly after the Jaguars season ended. He is not currently on a NFL roster.
Round 6, Pick 180: Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State – He played in 13 games his rookie season, but sustained injuries during prior to both the 2016 and 2017 seasons, spending both years on injured reserve. Michael Bennett was released by Jacksonville on September 11, 2018. After being signed and later waived by Atlanta in October 2018, he signed a reserve/future contract with the Falcons January 10, 2019.
Round 7, Pick 107: Neal Sterling, WR, Monmouth – He was waived by the team on September 4, 2015 and was signed to the practice squad. Neal Sterling was promoted to the active roster on October 20, 2015. In 2016, Sterling converted to the tight end position. He played in 10 games with one start during the 2016 season.
On September 3, 2017, Sterling was waived by the Jaguars. He was signed three days later by the NY Jets, but was released a month later on October 6th. The next day he was signed to the KC Chiefs practice squad. The Jets signed him off the Chiefs practice but was placed on injured reserve November 10th. He resigned with the Jets on March 25, 2019.
Round 7, Pick 229: Ben Koyack, TE, Notre Dame – He was signed to a reserve/future contract on January 4, 2016. Ben Koyack made the active roster, where he played as a backup during the next two seasons. He was waived/injured on September 1, 2018, and then release on September 8. He was re-signed by the Jaguars on November 12, 2018, and is currently on their active roster.
The 2015 draft was a mixed bag for the Jaguars, with half of their picks spending significant time on injured reserve and seeing very little playing time.