The Jaguars have officially signed every player in their 2016 draft class. Today, the Jaguars announced that they have formally inked third-round defensive end Yannick Ngakoue.
Prior to the draft, the Maryland linebacker was very popular on the workout scene and managed to boost his stock from a fourth- or fifth-round prospect to a third-round draft choice. While Ngakoue has a ways to go when it comes to defending against the run, he is regarded as a strong pass rusher and should serve as a solid rotational piece in 2016. As the Jaguars’ page on Roster Resource shows, Ngakoue figures to be a preferred backup behind Dante Fowler Jr. and Jared Odrick. The Jaguars also have Ryan Davis, Jonathan Woodard, Chris Smith, and Quanterus Smith on the DE depth chart.
The Jaguars’ top pick this year was Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey. Ramsey was highly coveted by rival teams heading into this year’s draft, but the Jaguars had a clear path to grab him once the Chargers selected Joey Bosa and the Cowboys plucked Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott. Unfortunately, Ramsey had to undergo surgery on his right knee, but he is expected to be back in time for training camp and should not miss any regular season time if all goes well.
Here’s the complete rundown of Jacksonville’s 2016 draft class:
- 1-5: Jalen Ramsey, DB (Florida State)
- 2-36: Myles Jack, LB (UCLA)
- 3-69: Yannick Ngakoue, DE/OLB (Maryland)
- 4-103: Sheldon Day, DT (Notre Dame)
- 6-181: Tyrone Holmes, DE (Montana)
- 6-201: Brandon Allen, QB (Arkansas)
- 7-226: Jonathan Woodard, DE (Central Arkansas)
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