The Jacksonville Jaguars have lost seventh-round defensive end Jonathan Woodard for the season to an Achilles injury during Phase 2 on-field workouts. Woodard had successful Achilles tendon repair surgery.
Hits keep coming: Now Jaguars' 7th-round pick, DE Jonathan Woodard, has suffered season-ending injury, tearing his Achilles, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 23, 2016
In all honesty, Woodard going on injured reserve is a good scenario for both the player and the Jaguars. Woodard wasn't likely going to make the 53-man roster, but if the team tried to put him on the practice squad he could have been good enough to get signed by another team. With the move to injured reserve, the Jaguars get a year to "stash" him away and a full offseason to evaluate him.
Woodard earned the 2014 Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Year award after leading the league in tackles for a loss and sacks. He came into the 2015 season second on the career sack list at Central Arkansas with 25 over his college career, trailing Mike Coffman by five. He finished with 30.5 sacks in his career, beating the record by 5.5 sacks.
He wasn't a well-known player coming into the 2016 NFL Draft, but Woodard was expected to compete for a spot in a rotational pass rushing role. Woodard is the second player injured during Phase 2 on-field workouts, with first-round pick Jalen Ramsey injured a little over a week ago.