By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Jacksonville Jaguars have used the third overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft to select Dante Fowler Jr. He previously played college football with the Florida Gators.
Fowler Jr. is the first defensive player off of the board. He’s being compared by many draft experts as the next Justin Houston, who plays for the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Jaguars had three of their top-five players in defensive stats last season come from linebackers. Telvin Smith was second on the team, while J.T. Thomas was fourth and Paul Posluszny was fifth.
Smith appeared in 16 games, including nine starts. He had 72 tackles, 2.0 sacks, one interception, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, and four pass deflections.
Thomas appeared in 16 games, including ten starts. He had 51 tackles, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and five pass deflections.
Posluszny made seven starts in seven games. He made 47 tackles, while having one fumble recovery and one pass deflection.
Fowler Jr., who was known as “Chucky” while at Florida, had 60 tackles, 15 tackles for a loss, 8.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and one pass deflection through 12 games during his junior season as a defensive end.
As a sophomore, he had 50 tackles in 2013 in 12 games as a defensive end. He also had 3.5 sacks, 10 tackles for a loss, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and one pass deflection.
During his freshman, Fowler Jr. was a linebacker, where he had 30 tackles and 8.0 tackles for a loss. He also had 2.5 sacks.
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