The Jacksonville Jaguars are on the verge of draft season, and there are a lot of intriguing possibilities as to who we should pick. Some want Johnathan Allen. Some want Myles Garrett. Some people even want Leonard Fournette. There will be much debate amongst the supposed "experts" as to the needs of the Jaguars. Many will be completely off.
In the end, no one knows the vision for this roster and what the Jaguars are thinking behind closed doors.
Needless to say, I'm here to diagnose and discuss a common fear amongst Jaguars fans. Let me preface this by saying that I'm not the biggest fan of Dante Fowler. I think we need to draft another pass rusher opposite Yannick Ngakoue so that Fowler can thrive standing up or in a situational role, which I think suits him best. Sure, that initial assessment could change. If Fowler puts in the work this offseason, there's no reason to think that he can be an adequate edge rusher.
However, it would be naive of Dave to operate this way. Since defensive end is such an impactful position and can greatly affect the outcome of the game, it would behoove the Jaguars to draft a pass rusher this year.
Of course, the counterargument that a lot of fans have is: Dante is essentially a rookie. He needs time to develop and should be given another season before we give up on him. The problem with this argument is that just because you draft a defensive end this year doesn't mean that you're "giving up" on Dante. You can never have enough pass rushers, because it's the most premium position on the field
It's okay to double dip. It's okay to select a defensive end in the first round this year even though we already did that in 2015.
Many fans don't understand that -- they argue that we should select another position this year. Remember, it's okay to double dip. The Cowboys did that, selecting Tyrone Smith, Travis Frederick, and Zack Martin in the first round over a four-year span. The Texans did that, selecting J.J Watt, Whitney Mercilus, and Jadeveon Clowney in the first round over a four-year span.
Even the Jaguars have done this. How many of us complained when we selected Jalen Ramsey, even though we already had Davon House (who just set the franchise mark for pass breakups in a season) and Prince Amukamara? None. How many of us complained when we picked up Malik Jackson, even though we already had Sen'Derrick Marks, Abry Jones, Michael Bennett, Tyson Alualu, and Jared Odrick? None.
The point is, when you have the means to acquire a blue chip talent, then you must always do so, no matter your current depth chart and no matter what your supposed "needs" are. This is why people should not shy away from selecting another pass rusher this April.
Don't over-complicate this selection. We have a need at pass rusher, with or without Dante. I firmly believe the Jaguars should acquire a young pass rusher with their first round selection, regardless of how they feel about Dante.