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Mel Kiper gives Jaguars highest draft grade in NFL

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There are two teams that earned an A grade from Mel Kiper and the Jaguars are one of them.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars had a hell of a draft this weekend, landing two top-five talents in the first two rounds in Jalen Ramsey and Myles Jack. Both are elite athletes who could change the face of a defense on their own. Just think of them together and you're pregnant.

How did the rest of the draft pan out for the Jaguars? Seven selections and six were on defense. The only guy on offense was a quarterback project in Brandon Allen. The rest are guys who could figure into the Jaguars' long-term plans and get significant snaps this season.

Round Pick Overall Name Position College
1 5 5 Jalen Ramsey DB Florida State
2 5 36 Myles Jack LB UCLA
3 6 69 Yannick Ngakoue DE Maryland
4 5 103 Sheldon Day DT Notre Dame
6 6 181 Tyrone Holmes DE Montana
6 26 201 Brandon Allen QB Arkansas
7 5 226 Jonathan Woodard DE Central Arkansas

And Mel Kiper, Jr. loved it, giving the Jaguars his highest grade of 2016 and pointing to the strengths of nearly every individual the Jaguars picked.

Jacksonville Jaguars: A

Top needs: DE, RB, CB, C

Regardless of what the future holds for Myles Jack in terms of health, if he's anything close to 100 percent for years to come, the Jags will have one of the biggest steals of recent draft history. They got Jalen Ramsey at No. 5 after Dallas took Ezekiel Elliott, and then saw Jack fall all the way into the second round, where they moved up to grab him. That's two top-5 types in a single draft class. Stay healthy, Myles.

Yannick Ngakoue provides pass-rush insurance, and Sheldon Day could have gone much earlier as a disruptive interior player with a great motor. He'll deepen the rotation. Tyrone Holmes is an unknown, but the value is just fine here. Defense, defense, defense ... and hey, they need it. The defense was a trainwreck last year, frankly. I like the addition of Brandon Allen in the sixth round. He was dropped from some boards because of small hands, but he was the best QB in the SEC last year and is a great fit here as a backup. Ultimately, you love the talent Jacksonville added and the value, but they've drafted well recently and just haven't shown the growth on the field. Is this the class that turns the tide?

General manager Dave Caldwell hit a home run. Never mind the fact he landed two top-five talents in Jalen Ramsey and Myles Jack. Yannick Ngakoue is the pass rushing specialist we've needed for years, Sheldon Day is a tremendous find in the fourth round, Tyrone Holmes played FCS competition but absolutely dominated and measured out with the best edge players in the country, and Jonathan Woodard is your third pass rusher who will provide a ton of good competition in training camp.

How do you not love what the Jaguars did in the draft?