Last week, we surveyed the Big Cat Country team and asked, "Who should the Jaguars pick?" There were a number of answers including Joey Bosa, Jalen Ramsey, Myles Jack, and even Shaq Lawson.
But now it's time to lay aside our personal opinions and answer, "Who will the Jaguars pick?"
As the NFL Draft gets closer, I get more confident that the Jaguars will select UCLA linebacker Myles Jack. He's a fit, he's a playmaker, he's a great athlete, and he fills a massive need on a defense that couldn't get off the field on third downs. I'm not going to concern myself with his knee, that's up to the team's medical staff.
It's Myles Jack. Sure, knee injuries are scary. Jack's knee has been a topic among fans, local beats, and national media for the past few weeks. Still, there's one thing I have zero doubt about -- Dave Caldwell has a better perspective on Jack's situation than we do. If Jack has cleared his medicals, he's the pick at 5. If not, it's Bosa or Ramsey.
I think it's Jalen Ramsey if he ends up being there, but I ultimately don't think that happens. If Ramsey is gone, I think the Jaguars surprise a little and take Joey Bosa. I just don't think that they are going to be OK with Jack's medicals to take him this high. Leonard Floyd is a big sleeper to be the pick, too.
I think it's Jalen Ramsey. The Dallas Cowboys (who hold the No. 4 overall pick) will decide this, however. I think Jerry Jones wants Ezekiel Elliott, but I think he'll lose out to his coaching staff who will be pounding the table for Joey Bosa. They don't currently have a pass rushing defensive end for the first four games of 2016 and Bosa would represent an equally good pick in terms of need and value. It'll be an easy fight for Jones to concede and that will leave Ramsey as the logical pick for the team, who I believe is the top player on the Jaguars' draft board after Myles Jack's injury news.
I believe the Jaguars will select Myles Jack if the team decides to hold onto the fifth overall pick. While I think the phones will be off the hook in the Jaguars War Room with other teams calling and looking to make a trade with Jacksonville, Jack is a very unique prospect who fits the Jaguars scheme perfectly.
Jack can play all over the field, and I don't mean that lightly -- Jack can play OTTO linebacker, middle linebacker, weak side linebacker, strong safety, and even running back. I think that Jack's injuries are behind him and that all of the recent reports that say otherwise are purely smokescreens. Jack is a versatile linebacker who could be plugged in at OTTO linebacker this season and either keep that role in the future or eventually replace Paul Posluszny at middle linebacker.
With the first four picks looking to be QB-QB-Tunsil/Ramsey-Ramsey/Bosa, Myles Jack should be around at the fifth pick, and I think Jacksonville will pull the trigger.