The Jacksonville Jaguars need help on defense. They need some help with their pass rush, most notably around the edge, but we'll take it where we can get it. We need to grab a linebacker too. And another defensive back wouldn't be a bad idea.
What they don't need is another interior defensive lineman, no matter how gifted. That's why Pro Football Focus and their latest mock draft where the Jaguars select Sheldon Rankins with the No. 5 overall pick makes zero sense. Zero. None.
It's not even a disagreement of someone wanting to fill a smaller need over what could be perceived as a bigger need. We signed Malik Jackson to eleventy billion dollars this month and while Sen'Derrick Marks is likely on his way out over the next few seasons, he's still Sen'Derrick Marks.
Here's Sam Monson's reasoning for why the pick makes sense.
"The Jags find themselves in an interesting spot if the board falls like this, and while most may go elsewhere, the team could do a lot worse than loading up on that D-line and adding a scheme-diverse player like Sheldon Rankins. He was PFF’s second-highest graded defensive tackle in 2014, and even this season had a series of monstrous performances before a quiet run and bowl game. Rankins is a monster in the run game and can provide more than enough push in the pocket to be a complementary piece to new signing Malik Jackson, revamping Jacksonville’s interior in one offseason."
I literally cannot.
Rankins is a very good player. He will be disruptive. He's a first-round talent. Here's a piece about him by Charles McDonald over at The Falcoholic. He's very, very good.
But when you're loaded on interior defensive lineman, you don't take an interior defensive lineman in an all-or-nothing season for head coach Gus Bradley.
The Jaguars need to be short-sighted in 2016. They need to pull out all the stops to win now and buy some time to continue developing this team. After three years of the current regime, they managed just five wins in a God awful AFC South. Rankins is a bad pick for the Jaguars and it's about as far-sighted as you can get with the No. 5 overall pick.