The 2016 NFL Draft is a little more than a month away and the Jacksonville Jaguars are looking to fill a few needs and upgrade their defense. Whose stock is up and whose is down in these final few weeks?
After having one of the best combine displays of all defensive end prospects and an extremely impressive pro day, Lawson's arrow continues to go up. Add this on top of his breakout 2015 season and it is clear why you will continue to hear people mock his name higher and higher in mock drafts.
The idea of Shaq Lawson has been toyed with recently at No. 5 overall in the event that Jalen Ramsey, Myles Jack, and Joey Bosa are all gone, and it is not a ridiculous thought. The reality of this draft is that the first tier of defenders has only a few prospects and that the second tier is unimpressive. Lawson is as close to a first tier defender as you are going to find after Ramsey, Jack, and Bosa. (I don't count Buckner when talking about the Jaguars because he would make zero sense.)
Lawson's pass rushing partner from Clemson is also coming off a breakout year, mainly dominating in the final two games of Clemson's terrific 2015 season where he had four sacks and 8.5 tackles for a loss.
There is some talk out there that some teams may like Dodd more than Lawson. That is a big stretch and some will over-correct on Dodd because of it. While Dodd is not on the same tier as Lawson, he is still a really talented player and should hear his name called in the first 50 picks, if not sooner.
Our friends at The Falcoholic had a post that the Falcons see University of Georgia Defender Leonard Floyd as a linebacker prospect and not an edge rusher. If more teams start to see Floyd in this way, his stock will rise and it will be deserved in every sense of the word.
Floyd is simply too small to rush the passer on every down or set the edge as a strong side linebacker. The NFL has tried the skinny pass rusher experiment over and over and it keeps failing because these guys are at too much of a physical disadvantage against offensive tackles.
And Georgia seems to have caught onto this in 2015, because they let Floyd play a ton of linebacker. If NFL teams will follow their lead, Floyd could be a great NFL player. He has the speed and length to be a good run and chase linebacker, he knows how to work through blockers because of his time on the edge, and he has the skill set to be utilized as a blitzer all over the formation... like Anthony Barr and Jamie Collins.
I am a huge fan of Dak Prescott the person and Dak Prescott the football player. But getting a DUI in the month before the NFL Draft is just horrendous decision-making.
I am about to link to a post from WalterFootball.com and for that, I am sorry.
But this post is worth paying attention to because it is the first time a media site has actually reported things that people have been saying all year about Bosa since he was suspended for Ohio State's opening game in 2015.
Bosa has never gotten in serious trouble outside of his suspension, but there is still the vibe that surrounds him that maybe he needs to have his image be dug into more than most have seemed to thought. As the draft approaches, expect to hear more and more about Bosa's off-field questions.
Bosa's been working on image rehab all year since that suspension https://t.co/P5JUff6yfK— Justin Higdon (@afc2nfc) March 15, 2016
There really is a March Madness bracket made in honor of hanxing it. I have no idea where this brand is going or how it got here, but it is here.