The 2016 NFL Draft is scheduled for April 28-30 from the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago. The Jaguars have the 5th overall pick. They also have the 38th, 69th, 103rd, 146th, 181st, 201st, 226th picks in the draft.
The Jacksonville Jaguar draft will be more about defense, as it is the main weakness of the team. Last year only 3 of 8 players selected by the Jaguars were defensive players (Dante Fowler, James Sample, and Michael Bennett). This year the need is greater and I expect the team to select at least 6 defensive players.
The Jaguars addressed the defensive back position in the free agent market with the signing of Tashaun Gipson and Prince Amukamar. The defensive tackle addressed with the signing of Malik Jackson, and the return of Sen’Derrick Marks. The DE position improves with the return of Dante Fowler Jr. With the signing of Jackson and the healthy return of Marks and Fowler the line will be fine. I hope I don’t have to eat my words at the end of the season. Therefore, the most pressing need is at linebacker. Other than Paul Posluszny and Telvin Smith who else does the team have? Does Dan Skuta put fear in opposing team’s offense? Not at all.
One last thing I would like to mention. After many, many rewrites, changes to picks, then putting those picks back in, just to change them again (LOL), I finally completed who I feel the team will pick. It is not an easy task to do, and I do not envy Caldwell, Bradley and the Scouting department.
No matter who the Jags pick, the selection will have an immediate impact on the team.
So with that being said……Drum rolls please….
Jacksonville Jaguars 1st Pick: OLB Myles Jack (6’1”/230), UCLA
Like I said above, the team only has two decent starters in Paul Posluszny and Telvin Smith. Then there is Skuta who wasn’t a starter until he came to Jacksonville. Armbrister makes an adequate backup to Posluszny. Does Jordan Tripp, Hayes Pullard, Jopolo Bartu or Sean Porter strike fear in the hearts of the opposing team’s offense? I didn’t think so. Add Myles Jack, as an OLB, to the mix and you have a player who can play every down. He can tackle, he can hit, and he can run all over the field and cover anyone. Put Telvin Smith (the fastest LB in the NFL) at one OLB spot and Jack at the other and you have two players who can over the field. Put in all those factors and that is the reason Myles will be taken with this pick.
Oh by the way, did I mention he can play running back too? Just saying.
Jacksonville Jaguars 2nd Pick (38th overall): DT A’Shawn Robinson (6’4”/307), Alabama
The team has defensive ends. The problem is defensive tackle. Tyson Alualu has 15 sacks in 96 games while Roy Miller has 5 sacks in 44 games with Jacksonville. How about selecting a DT tackle who can clog the middle of the line of scrimmage and put pressure on the quarterback? If the Bengals have not taken him, that man is A’Shawn Robinson. A’Shawn can stuff the run, tackle and can put pressure on the quarterback and will command the offensive line to double team him. Is this the end of the Tyson Alualu era? It could be.
Jacksonville Jaguars 3rd Pick (69th overall): ILB Scooby Wright (6’0”/239), Arizona
Again the weakest link on defense will be addressed. This time the heir to Paul Posluszny will be selected in Scooby Wright. He won every defensive player award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Lombardi Award and the Chuck Bednarik Award so what is not to like about him? He’s quick, can tackle (something this team can use) and can get to the quarterback. Can cover in passing situations and is very good against the run.
Yep his dad must have been a big Scooby-doo fan.
Jacksonville Jaguars 4th Pick (103rd overall): C Jack Allen (6’2”/300), Michigan State
The team is considering moving Brandon Linder from the guard position to center. It would be wise to select a center. This is an area the team needs. So with this pick Jacksonville will select Jack Allen. Allen can block and he has a mean streak. With the selection of Allen the Jaguars now have the flexibility, like letting Linder start at center and the Jaguars can ease Allen into the role, or if Allen has a good camp he will start. Either way Allen will wrestle his way into a starting job by week 5.
Allen was a wrestler in high school.
This is the first time in over 7 years the team will actually select draft picks that might not stick with the team. This is where the Jaguars will look for “diamonds in the rough” in areas they need more depth in.
Jacksonville Jaguars 5th Pick (146th overall): ILB Travis Feeney (6’4”/230), Washington
Yep, another linebacker. Feeney has a chance to make the team replacing Jopolo Bartu, Sean Porter, Jordan Tripp or Hayes Pullard. Travis will fit in a 4-3 defense and can move well side-to-side. He will not embarrass himself on running plays and is adequate on passing plays.
Jacksonville Jaguars 6th Pick (181st overall): S T.J. Green (6’2/210), Clemson
A “raw” player with only one year of experience at his position he could develop on the practice squad, with one day becoming a contributor with the team. Green has the potential to be a starter. He has the speed to cover, but with concerns of tackling in the open field.
Jacksonville Jaguars 6th Pick (201st overall): T Brandon Shell (6’5”/324), South Carolina
If the Jaguars take Shell it will be to fill a spot during training camp. Brandon might be no more than a taxi squad player. But he has the size and the weight to play in the NFL. What is lacking is technique.
He is the great nephew of Hall of Famer player Art Shell.
Jacksonville Jaguars 7th Pick (226th overall): RB Kelvin Taylor (5’10″/207), Florida
What a fitting way to end the draft with the selection of Fred Taylor’s son, Kelvin. Kelvin can run fast, and he has 23 TD’s with the Gators. If Kelvin is half as good as Fred was we will get a decent RB.
So there you have it, my 2016 Jacksonville Jaguar draft, 5 defensive players and 3 offensive players. It fortifies the linebacker core, it adds to the defensive tackle position, gives us a center on the offensive line. Two of the four picks will be starters (Jack and Clark) while Robinson and Wright will play key roles on the team and eventually be starters.