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Will the Jacksonville Jaguars 2016 Draft Class Reach its Potential?

How much better off would Myles Jack have been if he had a healthy 2016 season at UCLA? Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars 2016 draft class has great potential and has the ability to get the team back into the playoff conversation. The Jaguars first three selections of Jalen Ramsey, Myles Jack and Yannick Ngakoue have the potential to all turn into quality starters in this league and push the Jaguars defense to the next level.

Ramsey and Jack have the talent of top five players in this draft. Ramsey was selected at the proper value while the Jaguars got a steal in the second round by selecting Jack with the 36th overall selection. There is concern with Jack’s knee, but Jaguars general manager David Caldwell does not believe this will be an issue anytime soon. “He had a great workout for us and you’d never know there was anything wrong with him,” Caldwell said. “As far as we’re concerned there’s not right now. There’s no plan for surgeries. There’s no plan for any additional treatment. I think we’re good to go.”’

With Ngakoue, the Jaguars have a player who dominated the Big Ten offensive lineman and set the University of Maryland sack record with 13.5 sacks. Jaguars defensive coordinator Todd Walsh quietly flew to the Maryland campus and had a private workout with the pass rusher and came away extremely impressed. He had a great workout,” Wash said. “We’re very excited about him as an edge rusher. He’s got to continue to work versus the run but where we’re built and how things are going right now we see him as a situational pass-rusher.”

With Blake Bortles and Allen Robinson leading the offense and the defense returning 2015 first round draft pick Dante Fowler from injury, the Jaguars have tremendous talent to go along with this draft class. Head coach Gus Bradley is entering a season clearly on the hot seat, but with great young talent on both sides of ball, there are no excuses to not be able to compete for a playoff spot.

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