Gators > Bradley goes with Defense in choosing Fowler

| May 1, 2015


CHICAGO — The Jacksonville Jaguars new draft choice won’t have far to travel for his first NFL training camp.  The Jags went with defense in choosing Florida defensive standout Dante Fowler.  The Defensive End was chosen third overall in the first round of the NFL draft Thursday.  ESPN’s Mel Kipper shares how he sees Fowler helping Jacksonville next season.

What he brings: Fowler is the best all-around edge defender in this draft class. He doesn’t have the elite first-step quickness of Shane Ray or Vic Beasley, but he’s a smoother all-around athlete and has more power as a pass-rusher. He does a good job setting the edge against the run, has a good motor and is versatile enough to play either on the line or in space as a 3-4 outside linebacker.

How he fits: Fowler will be used as the LEO within head coach Gus Bradley and defensive coordinator Bob Babich’s hybrid system. He will be asked to play multiple roles both from a two- and three-point stance. Fowler has shown the versatility to fill this role both defending the run and adding a pass-rushing presence off the edge.

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