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2016 NFL Draft Grade: Jacksonville Jaguars

Jags 2016 Draft Class5th overall:


Jags 2016 Draft Class

5th overall: Jalen Ramsey, CB, Florida State

36th overall: Myles Jack, OLB, UCLA

69th overall: Yannick Ngakoue, DE, Maryland

103rd overall: Sheldon Day, DT, Notre Dame

181st overall: Tyrone Holmes, OLB, Montana

201st overall: Brandon Allen, QB, Arkansas

226th overall: Jonathan Woodard, DE, Central Arkansas

Jacksonville doesn’t have a rich playoff history, but that could all change if their team lives up to their potential. On paper their team just got loaded with defensive talent in the form of blue chip candidates Jalen Ramsey and Myles Jack, both of whom were considered for the number one pick at one time, and, if that wasn’t enough, former first round pick Dante Fowler will effectively begin his rookie season after missing all of 2015 due to a mini camp injury. The Jaguars have been patient with Gus Bradley and steadily built up using the draft – it’s refreshing to see a team grow instead of expect immediate success and take on too many free agents. GM David Caldwell deserves credit for having the conviction to wait in 5th spot and pick their man Jalen Ramsey despite the rumours of other teams trading up for his services. His natural ability and size should see him slide straight into a starting corner back role and in future he could become a true shut down corner mimicking players such as Darrell Revis of the Jets and Patrick Peterson of the Cardinals. A great player to have when you consider the AFC South is now stocked with young talented Quarterbacks. Myles Jack fell to the Jags because of major health concerns. It is possible that he will need micro fracture surgery within the next 5 years which could result in him missing a season but Jacksonville were confident that his talent was worth the gamble, especially when you consider how far medical advancements have come on in the last 10 years. Jack has a really high ceiling and has been compared to big names such as Patrick Willis. It will be really interesting to see how far the Jags can take this young man, he has the potential to be the heart of their defence for many years to come if healthy. Yannick Ngakoue, Sheldon Day and Jonathan Woodard bring some healthy competition to an improving defensive line. This has been a big focus for the Jags this off season with the big free agent signing of Malik Jackson. Steady growth and calculated risks mean the Jags could get over the hump this year in a spectacular fashion, its now down to the coaching staff to get the most out of such a young talent pool of rookies and improve the lower end defence they operated in 2015.

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