The Jacksonville Jaguars showed flashes of being a better team last season, but “better” still meant that the team finished with the fifth-worst record in the NFL. With the No. 5 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, Jacksonville needs to address one of several huge holes on their roster, and their No. 1 target should be Joey Bosa.
Bosa, a defensive end from the Ohio State Buckeyes, ran a 4.86 40, 6.89 three cone drill and a 4.21 30-yard shuttle at the combine. The numbers pulled many a J.J. Watt comparison from the national media, but Bosa is his own player with his own skill set. His collegiate numbers are good, but not spectacular, meaning that he should be a solid player who slots into the Jaguars’ defense immediately and consistently gives the team what it needs game-in and game-out.
Many, including myself, believe that Jalen Ramsey is a better pick than Bosa, but it is important for the Jaguars to look at the AFC South as a whole when drafting this season. The Tennessee Titans have found their – hopefully – franchise quarterback in Marcus Mariota, and the Indianapolis Colts clearly have their guy in Andrew Luck. Winning the AFC South is going to come down to getting to the quarterback, which Bosa excels at doing.
Jacksonville may have been the laughingstock of the NFL for the past few seasons, but this team is beginning to look more and more like a legitimate playoff team; Bosa could be the piece that gets them there.