PFF draft board: Jacksonville Jaguars

Analyst Josh Liskiewitz takes a pick-by-pick look at the 2016 draft prospects that best fit the Jaguars' needs.

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PFF draft board: Jacksonville Jaguars


PFF is putting together team-specific draft boards for all 32 teams using our draft rankings and evaluation of how each player fits in specific schemes.

Included are three ideal targets for each team with their first-, second-, and third-round picks, along with a team-specific draft board [scroll down to bottom of article] that includes every player in PFF’s draft rankings.

Here are the ideal Day 1 and 2 selections for the Jaguars:

Round 1 (fifth overall)

Joey Bosa, ED, Ohio State

Regardless of the expectations on Dante Fowler, Jr. coming off his ACL tear, the Jaguars still need to prioritize upgrading their pass-rush. Bosa has the tools to be a top-end performer versus both the run and pass, and despite being at the top of both the PFF and Jacksonville boards, could still be available at No. 5 on draft day because of QB demand and scheme fits.

Jalen Ramsey, CB, Florida State

While edge help is the Jaguars’ top priority, CB is a close second. Davon House was Jacksonville’s top-ranked CB in coverage last season (42nd in the league), and free-agent acquisition Prince Amukamara never ranked better than 31st in coverage while with the Giants. Ramsey is an elite, scheme-independent defensive back prospect who is No. 2 on Jacksonville’s board, and would be a major Day-1 upgrade for the Jaguars.

Myles Jack, LB, UCLA

Last week, I explained why I believe Jack to be a perfect fit for the Jaguars. While he is No. 3 on Jacksonville’s board and No. 6 on our overall draft board, where Jack will be selected is a bit of an unknown, due largely to medical concerns. If the Jaguars pass on Jack with Bosa and Ramsey unavailable, he could be in for a bit of a “fall” on draft weekend.

Round 2 (38th overall)

Emmanuel Ogbah, ED, Oklahoma State

Ogbah continues the edge theme in Jacksonville; in college, he rushed both as a defensive end and from a two-point stance, and also brings significant potential when rushing from the interior. He displays an excellent combination of first-step quickness and power when rushing on the edge, but could still be available at this point in Roun 2 (despite being 19th on Jacksonville’s board) due to his inconsistent run play.

Austin Johnson, DI, Penn State

Johnson is effective at shedding blockers at the line of scrimmage, which makes him a better fit in Jacksonville than other destinations with schemes that would require him to eat double-teams on a consistent basis. He is 39th overall on the PFF draft board, but at 27 on Jacksonville’s, he essentially has late-first-round value for the Jaguars.

Carl Nassib, DE, Penn State

Nassib would not be a sexy pick at this stage, as he is not the premier athlete generally associated with being an edge player. That being said, he was a highly-skilled pass-rusher in college capable of winning battles with superior hand usage and technique, and offers late-first-round value to the Jaguars.

Round 3 (69th overall)

De’Vante Harris, CB, Texas A&M

Harris is outstanding at breaking and closing on plays in front, making him perfect for Jacksonville’s cover-3 heavy scheme, which will not ask him to play up at the line of scrimmage and consistently expose his slight frame against bigger targets. While his desire to gamble can at times lead to disaster, it will also result in big plays for the defense, and his ranking of 46 on our Jaguars’ draft board makes him a tremendous value at 69.

Xavien Howard, CB, Baylor

Howard is a good example of a player we overall aren’t as high on (80th on the PFF draft board) but would make sense significantly earlier for certain teams like Jacksonville (52nd in their prospect rankings). However, it’s worth noting that while the Jaguars would love to see the big, athletic CB on the board in Round 3, some are projecting Howard to be selected as high as late Round 1.

Christian Westerman, G, Arizona State

With Brandon Linder moving inside to center, Mackenzy Bernadeau is slated to start at one of Jacksonville’s guard spots, despite an up-and-down career to date that saw him play less than 200 snaps in Dallas as a backup the past two seasons. Westerman has the athletic traits to excel in Jacksonville’s zone concepts, and is 53rd on their draft board (as opposed to 84th overall on the PFF board).

PlayerPositionSchoolPFF Draft BoardJacksonville Jaguars Draft Board
Joey BosaEDGEOhio State11
Jalen RamseyCBFlorida State32
Myles JackLBUCLA63
Laremy TunsilOTOle Miss54
Jared GoffQBCal45
DeForest BucknerDIOregon26
Shaq LawsonEDGEClemson117
Sheldon RankinsDILouisville88
Cody WhitehairGKansas State179
William Jackson IIICBHouston1510
Ezekiel ElliottRBOhio State711
Chris JonesDIMississippi State1212
Jaylon SmithLBNotre Dame2513
Corey ColemanWRBaylor914
Josh DoctsonWRTCU1015
Jack ConklinOTMichigan State1316
Ronnie StanleyOTNotre Dame1617
Leonard FloydEDGEGeorgia1918
Emmanuel OgbahEDGEOklahoma State3719
Carson WentzQBNorth Dakota State1420
Reggie RaglandLBAlabama2620
Jonathan BullardDIFlorida2720
Sterling ShepardWROklahoma2323
Hunter HenryTEArkansas3324
Jarran ReedDIAlabama2025
Andrew BillingsDIBaylor2226
Austin JohnsonDIPenn State3927
Robert NkemdicheDIOle Miss4428
Kalan ReedCBSouthern Miss5429
Ryan KellyCAlabama4230
Leonte CarrooWRRutgers3531
Vernon ButlerDILouisiana Tech3232
Su'a CravensLBUSC4832
Nick MartinCNotre Dame4534
Carl NassibEDGEPenn State6834
Rashard HigginsWRColorado State4036
Sheldon DayDINotre Dame3437
Michael Thomas (OSU)WROhio State2438
Joshua GarnettGStanford5039
Kevin ByardSMiddle Tennessee State7340
Jason SpriggsOTIndiana4641
Darron LeeLBOhio State8141
De'Vante HarrisCBTexas A&M6941
Hassan RidgewayDITexas5744
Jeremy CashSDuke5345
Laquon TreadwellWROle Miss2846
Joe ThuneyOTNC State5147
Karl JosephSWest Virginia3048
Maliek CollinsDINebraska6149
Adolphus WashingtonDIOhio State4350
Taylor DeckerOTOhio State5251
Xavien HowardCBBaylor8052
Christian WestermanGArizona State8553
Kyler FackrellEDGEUtah State6554
Isaac SeumaloGOregon State6354
Will FullerWRNotre Dame6056
Nick VanHooseCBNorthwestern8857
Nick KwiatkowskiLBWest Virginia7658
Michael Thomas (SM)WRSouthern Miss3859
Paxton LynchQBMemphis5560
Joe SchobertEDGEWisconsin7461
Jerell AdamsTESouth Carolina5962
Cyrus JonesCBAlabama7763
Darius LathamDIIndiana8464
Joshua PerryLBOhio State8664
Paul PerkinsRBUCLA4966
Vernon HargreavesCBFlorida1867
Mackenzie AlexanderCBClemson2168
A'Shawn RobinsonDIAlabama4169
Connor CookQBMichigan State7570
Willie HenryDIMichigan9971
Shilique CalhounEDGEMichigan State2972
Keyarris GarrettWRTulsa6473
Daniel BravermanWRWestern Michigan6273
Shon ColemanOTAuburn9175
Kevin PetersonCBOklahoma State9475
Javon HargraveDISouth Carolina State7975
Cre'Von LeBlancCBFlorida Atlantic9375
Bronson KaufusiEDGEBYU6679
Kevin DoddEDGEClemson7079
Ronald BlairEDGEAppalachian State10279
Malcolm MitchellWRGeorgia6782
Kentrell BrothersLBMissouri10882
Eli AppleCBOhio State3184
Noah SpenceEDGEEastern Kentucky3685
Spencer DrangoGBaylor10785
Kenneth DixonRBLouisiana Tech4787
Dean LowryDINorthwestern9788
Joe DahlOTWashington State11289
Jordan HowardRBIndiana5690
Alex CollinsRBArkansas8791
Le'Raven ClarkOTTexas Tech11992
Matt SkuraCDuke12893
Will AnthonyEDGENavy13293
Steven DanielsLBBoston College10195
Brandon DoughtyQBWestern Kentucky10996
Pharoh CooperWRSouth Carolina9697
Devin LucienWRArizona State9297
Braxton MillerWROhio State9897
Matt IoannidisDITemple124100
Thomas DuarteTEUCLA89101
Scooby Wright IIILBArizona71102
Austin HooperTEStanford125103
Tyler BoydWRPittsburgh82104
Kenny ClarkDIUCLA58105
Tavon YoungCBTemple115106
Kamalei CorreaEDGEBoise State78107
Sebastian TretolaGArkansas126107
Anthony ZettelDIPenn State114109
Vonn BellSOhio State90110
Jake McGeeTEFlorida123111
Germain IfediOTTexas A&M182112
Austin BlytheCIowa203113
Demarcus AyersWRHouston150114
Jordan PaytonWRUCLA118115
Darrell GreeneGSan Diego State157116
David MorganTEUTSA153117
Aaron BurbridgeWRMichigan State138118
Nelson SpruceWRColorado145119
Devon CajusteTEStanford174120
Darian ThompsonSBoise State83121
Tajae SharpeWRUmass180122
Jakeem GrantWRTexas Tech173122
Kyle MurphyOTStanford72124
Jayron KearseSClemson120125
Jack AllenCMichigan State122125
Cardale JonesQBOhio State222127
Henry Krieger-CobleTEIowa230127
Cody KesslerQBUSC106127
Will RedmondCBMississippi State116130
Terrell ChestnutCBWest Virginia129131
Will ParksSArizona100132
Devontae BookerRBUtah103133
C.J. ProsiseRBNotre Dame105133
B.J. GoodsonLBClemson146135
Max TuerkCUSC113136
D.J. ReaderDIClemson162137
Brandon AllenQBArkansas104137
Taveze CalhounCBMississippi State147137
Jatavis BrownLBAkron131140
Joe HaegOTNorth Dakota State117141
Tyrone HolmesEDGEMontana130142
Matt JohnsonQBBowling Green110143
Vernon Adams, JRQBOregon111143
Derrick HenryRBAlabama95145
Charles TapperEDGEOklahoma136146
Demarcus RobinsonWRFlorida140147
Daniel LascoRBCal141147
Keanu NealSFlorida176149
Kendall FullerCBVirginia Tech139150
Jihad WardDIIllinois159151
Tyler MatakevichLBTemple185152
Perez FordLBNorthern Illinois188152
Byron MarshallWROregon121154
Eric MurrayCBMinnesota154155
Tyler GrayLBBoise State160156
Miles KillebrewSSouther Utah187157
Eddie YarbroughEDGEWyoming192157
Trevone BoykinQBTCU142159
Dadi Lhomme NicholasEDGEVirginia Tech161160
Aaron WallaceEDGEUCLA166160
Justin SimmonsSBoston College163160
Graham GlasgowGMichigan158160
Eric StrikerEDGEOklahoma165160
Ryker MathewsGBYU164160
D.J. WhiteCBGeorgia Tech155166
Nile Lawrence-StampleDIFlorida State148167
Jacoby BrissettQBNC State151167
Kevin HoganQBStanford143167
Jeff DriskelQBLouisiana Tech149167
Nick VigilLBUtah State205167
Kenyan DrakeRBAlabama135172
Jonathan WilliamsRBArkansas137172
Jordan JenkinsEDGEGeorgia127174
Landon TurnerGNorth Carolina133174
Caleb AzubikeEDGEVanderbilt209174
Trevon ColeyDIFlorida Atlantic186177
KeiVarae RussellCBNotre Dame171178
Corey TindalCBMarshall172178
Terrell LathanDITCU167180
Cory JohnsonDIKentucky156180
Yannick NgakoueEDGEMaryland134182
Bryson AlbrightEDGEMiami (OH)195183
Travis FeeneyEDGEWashington196183
Joey HuntCTCU189183
Rees OdhiamboGBoise State190183
Connor WujciakDIBoston College204187
Kyle RoseDIWest Virginia168188
Sterling BaileyDIGeorgia170188
Delvon SimmonsDIUSC175188
Brennan ScarlettDIStanford178188
Adam GotsisDIGeorgia Tech177188
Nila KasitatiGOklahoma152193
Alex LewisOTNebraska183194
Blake MartinezLBStanford198195
D.J. PettwayEDGEAlabama211196
Clayton FejedelemSIllinois201196
Tanner McEvoySWisconsin206196
Curt MaggittEDGETennessee207196
Ted KarrasGIllinois213196
Connor McGovernGMissouri202196
Jhurell PressleyRBNew Mexico179202
Kolby ListenbeeWRTCU181202
Rashard RobinsonCBLSU200204
Donte DeayonCBBoise State199204
Alex McCalisterEDGEFlorida169206
Tyler RobertsLBTroy215207
Cody CoreWROle Miss184208
Kenny LawlerWRCal193208
DeAndre WashingtonRBTexas Tech194208
Tyler ErvinRBSan Jose State197208
Quniton JeffersonDIMaryland210212
Ian SeauEDGENevada219213
Matt JudonEDGEGrand Valley State220213
T.J. GreenSClemson217213
Brandon ShellOTSouth Carolina191216
Teddy RubenWRTroy212217
Dak PrescottQBMississippi State221218
Deion JonesLBLSU250219
Praise Martin-OguikeEDGETemple208220
Mike RoseEDGENC State223221
Boston StiversonGKansas State237221
Jarell BroxtonGBaylor238221
Vadal AlexanderGLSU243221
Victor OchiEDGEStony Brook244221
Cory LittletonEDGEWashington246221
Mike HiltonSOle Miss233221
Jesse ChapmanCAppalachian State241221
Jake BrendelCUCLA245221
Jimmy BeanEDGEOklahoma State248221
John TheusOTGeorgia231231
Jerald HawkinsOTLSU232231
Justin MurrayOTCincinnati249231
Prince Charles IworahCBWestern Kentucky225231
Jalen MillsCBLSU247231
Jenson StoshakWRFlorida Atlantic214236
Jordan WilliamsWRBall State218236
D.J. FosterWRArizona State216236
Vincent ValentineDINebraska234239
Martavius FosterDIColorado State240239
Nick ArbuckleQBGeorgia State242239
Artie BurnsCBMiami144242
Roger LewisWRBowling Green224243
Mitch MathewsWRBYU226243
Charone PeakeWRClemson229243
Josh FergusonRBIllinois235243
Chris MooreWRCincinnati236243
Trevor DavisWRCal239243
Alex EricksonWRWisconsin227243
Wendell SmallwoodRBWest Virginia228243

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Josh joined PFF as an analyst in 2015. During the season, his primary focus is college football (mainly the Big Ten). He is also heavily involved in PFF's NFL draft coverage. Prior to joining the team, he worked for six years with GM Jr. Scouting, an independent draft scouting service.

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