The Jacksonville Jaguars are one of the top young up-and-coming teams in the National Football League.
With franchise quarterback Blake Bortles, young RB T.J. Yeldon and the solid receiver duo of Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns, Gus Bradley’s offense is looking pretty good. They made a move to help solidify the offensive line this off-season as well, signing former Pittsburgh Steelers OT Kelvin Beachum to a two-year contract.
The offense put up nearly 24 points per game and Bortles threw 35 touchdowns in 2015, and he continues to grow and mature as both a quarterback and a leader on and off the field.
Sadly, the same can’t exactly be said about the defense. At least not in 2015. But that could change this year.
In last night’s opening round of the 2016 NFL Draft, Jacksonville had a wonderful surprise when Florida State’s standout cornerback Jalen Ramsey fell to them at the No. 5 selection. Ramsey, who I would have expected to go No. 3 (Chargers) or No. 4 (Cowboys), could very well be the best defensive player in this draft class.
Couple the selection with last year’s first-round pick DE Dante Fowler Jr., who missed all of his rookie season due to an ACL tear in his knee, and we could see great strides from this defensive unit.
And with the 2016 draft class’ top inside linebacker, Myles Jack, still on the board heading into Day 2 (due to his torn meniscus which could keep him from playing a full rookie season)….the question is, should Jacksonville take the risk and snag him early in the second round?
A few of the “experts” seem to be saying they will, and I full-heartedly agree. Jacksonville and coach Bradley are clearly in rebuild mode and are a young team. Why wouldn’t you take him and turn him into a long-term project when you’re expecting to contend for a championship in the next couple of years? Seems like a match made in heaven, and of course this is a team that truly needs a defensive top-heavy draft.
Jack to Jacksonville.
It just sounds right.
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