So the picks are in, the hoopla has subsided and I just ate. I think this is as good a time as ever to review the selections and share couple of thoughts about what they could mean throughout the season. Lets take a look at the areas the Jaguars struggled with in 2014 and their resulting draft picks in 2015.
Jaguars’ Areas of Concern from 2014 Season (statistics via ESPN):
– 30th in Sacks Allowed (C, OG, OT, RB)
– 31st in Yards per Game (Experience, Playmakers)
– 21st in Rushing Yards per Game (OG, C, RB)
– 24th in Rushing TDs (OG, C, RB)
– 29th in Receiving Yards per Game (WR, TE, Playmakers)
– T-30th in Interceptions (CB, S, DE)
– 25th in Turnover Margin (Experience, Playmakers)
Jacksonville Jaguars’ 2015 Draft Selections:
– Round 1, Pick 3 – Dante Fowler, Jr. (DE,Florida)
– Round 2, Pick 36 – T.J. Yeldon (RB, Alabama)
– Round 3, Pick 67 – A.J. Cann (OG, South Carolina)
– Round 4, Pick 104 – James Sample (S, Louisville)
– Round 5, Pick 139 – Rashad Greene (WR, Florida State)
– Round 6, Pick 180 – Michael Bennett (DT, Ohio State)
– Round 7, Pick 220 – Neal Sterling (WR, Monmouth)
– Round 7, Pick 229 – Ben Koyack (TE, Notre Dame)
Look the team’s needs heading into the draft and the personnel they drafted. Take into account that some needs were addressed in free agency before the draft, with signings such as Julius Thomas (TE), Jeremy Parnell (OT), Davon House (CB) and Stefan Wisniewski (C).
If you search “Jaguars 2015 draft” in Google the results will yield various articles saying that the Jaguars did outstanding in the draft, such as this article by SB Nation. But what I think about the situation is more important, right?
The Jaguars did what they needed to do in terms of addressing areas of the team that needed improvement, getting impact pieces and providing depth to challenge those already on the roster. Some are suggesting that the rebuilding effort is over, which I do not agree with. I am of the mindset that the rebuild will last for one more year, as this draft class gains essential experience throughout the season
But for what we know so far, I agree with the common opinion around the NFL in that the Jaguars had a fantastic draft.