Jaguars In The Draft: Dante Fowler Jr.

NFL Draft

The NFL Draft is a little less than two months away. You’ve heard the speculation surrounding the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and what they will do with the first pick this year, but there’s another Florida team that’s making their selection in the top three.

The Jacksonville Jaguars have the 3rd overall pick in the 2015 draft. What do mock drafts suggest they’ll do with that pick? The name that seems to be the favorite among draft analysts is outside linebacker Dante Fowler Jr.

Fowler is former Florida Gator who has the size and speed to compete in the NFL. Fowler started for the Gators in 2013 and he was recognized as the SEC Defensive Player of the Week. He struggled a bit against the run, but his versatility is one of his biggest strengths.

Aside from solid skills on the field, he has the personality and good character that any NFL team wants. Is Fowler strong enough to handle defensive end duties on an NFL squad? It seems so. The Jags are taking notes.

Jacksonville needs a strong pass-rusher and in the latest NFL Mock Draft by Mel Kiper Jr. of ESPN, he predicts Fowler being picked up by the Jags. Head coach Gus Bradley and defensive coordinator Bob Babich would certainly find a spot for the 6-foot-3, 261-pound defensive powerhouse. The other positive is Fowler’s ability to play in multiple positions.

There are a few other possibilities for the Jags. There’s Missouri linebacker Shane Ray, USC defensive end Leonard Williams, and Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory.

For the Jags in 2015, it’s all about the pass-rush. But before they can get to the draft, the Jags are making moves in free agency. Tight end Julius Thomas signed with the team Tuesday. He agreed to a deal that will pay him $9 million a year. The signing of Thomas proves that the Jags are looking to make significant offensive improvements this season.

Thomas fills a gap that the Jags desperately needed to fill.