Eagles Focus Mock Draft: Pick 5 Jacksonville Jaguars

Jacksonville Jaguars- LB Myles Jack (UCLA)

Jacksonville has been busy this offseason upgrading their defense with Malik Jackson from Denver and safety Tashaun Gipson coming over from the Browns.  The Jags upgraded their pass rushing with Jackson coupled with last year’s first round pick, Dante Fowler, returning from an ACL injury suffered in OTA’s last spring.  Gipson will certainly help the Jags lackluster secondary with his ball hawking and playmaking ability.  That leaves the linebackers to address for Gus Bradley’s defense entering its fourth season believe it or not.  The current starters are Telvin Smith, Paul Posluzny, and Dan Skuta not exactly a frightening group.  Enter one of the most versatile players in the 2016 draft class linebacker Myles Jack from UCLA.  Jack was recently cleared after he suffered an ACL injury in 2015 cutting his season short.  Jack also played running back for the Bruins and scouts rave about his ability to track down the ball carrier from any spot on the field.  Like I mentioned he has the versatility to play 4-3 linebacker while also being used as a sub package end rusher at times as well.  The Jags linebacker corps lack playmaking ability as a unit and Jack would provide a much needed boost to that area of the defense.  Obviously Jack will need to further develop his frame into an NFL linebacker while also improving the mental portion of his game rather than relying all on athleticism.  Most scouts echo the sentiment Jack is best fit as the WILL position where he can use his speed and cover ability as well.  Jacksonville may be cautious in regards to Jack’s knee based on the injury sustained by Fowler in 2015.  However, the 24th ranked defense in the league in 2015 needs playmakers and Jack fits the bill.

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