Jaguars draft: 3 boom-or-bust first-round prospects

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The Jacksonville Jaguars need to find a pass-rusher.

What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of ways to measure a defensive end’s performance in the NFL? You might’ve thought of forced fumbles or tackles for loss and even pressures, but what about sacks?

While sacks aren’t the only way to quantify the impact a defensive lineman has on the field, it is an important one. Think about it, good quarterbacks can still complete passes even if they are pressured but a sack stops the play and makes opposing the offense lose yards in the process.

Now, Jayson Oweh is a very athletic defensive end prospect, running a 4.36 40-yard dash and posting a 39.5-inch vertical jump and a broad jump of 11 feet, 2 inches at Penn State’s Pro Day. However, he racked up a paltry seven sacks and none in 2020 over his three-year collegiate career.

Oweh is explosive off the line of scrimmage and has outstanding length. On the other hand, he has average instincts and may be too light for the NFL. The talent is there, but the Jaguars have likely to take into account his lack of sacks in college. Could they turn the Penn State standout into a productive sack artist in Jacksonville?

While this Jacksonville team already has a pair of pass-rusher in K’Lavon Chaisson and Josh Allen, they could add another one with the 25th overall pick.