Ken Hornack breaks down each of the Jacksonville Jaguars' picks from the 2015 NFL draft.
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Dante Fowler Jr., DE/OLB, Florida, first round (No. 3 overall)
His combination of size, strength and speed convinced the Jaguars to take him over several well-qualified prospects, including some at other positions. While they were already deep along the defensive line, their top edge rusher last season was 33-year-old Chris Clemons, who recorded three of his eight sacks in the first half of a loss at Indianapolis. Fowler will not be strictly a third-down rush specialist and could even play some defensive tackle.
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T.J. Yeldon, RB, Alabama, second round (No. 36 overall)
From the school that recently produced Mark Ingram, Trent Richardson and Eddie Lacy comes a back who will push Denard Robinson and Toby Gerhart for playing time. Caldwell said the Jaguars plan to use Robinson more as a kick returner next season, a sign that Yeldon won't be a situational back. While he's something of a straight-up runner who had fumble problems as a freshman and sophomore, the 226-pound Yeldon tends to make people miss and doesn't absorb a lot of contact.
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A.J. Cann, G, South Carolina, third round (No. 67 overall)
A four-year starter at left guard for Steve Spurrier with the Gamecocks, Cann is powerful, strong and versatile enough that he could play either guard spot or center if necessary. The Jaguars weren't deep along the offensive line a year ago even after drafting guard Brandon Linder and center Luke Bowanko, both of whom turned into starters. Cann expected to go earlier than here and could therefore come into camp feeling he has something to prove. He's a high character individual who went on a 10-day trip to Israel last summer with a South Carolina teammate.
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James Sample, S, Louisville, fourth round (No. 104 overall)
With the range of a free safety and the strength of a strong safety, he could be a nice addition to a defensive backfield that recorded only three interceptions in 2014 but added safety Sergio Brown and cornerback Davon House in free agency. Sample picked off four passes in 13 starts for Louisville, which was where he transferred after a limited two-year career at Washington, and had a season-high 15 tackles against Florida State. He's the seventh defensive back to be drafted by the Jaguars since Caldwell was hired.
A year after drafting Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson, along with finding a diamond in the rough in Allen Hurns, the Jaguars continue to go young at wide receiver. Greene was Jameis Winston's favorite target last season, setting a Seminole record with 99 receptions for 1,385 yards and seven touchdowns. He also returned two punts for scores as a sophomore, meaning his arrival could further cloud the future of 2013 fourth-round pick Ace Sanders.
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Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State, sixth round (No. 180 overall)
Bennett was expected to go earlier than he did, with his drop in the draft likely due to a groin injury which limited his postseason workouts. Smart and instinctive with quick hands, he provided an interior pass rush for the Buckeyes team that won the national championship. His skills are similar to those of Sen'Derrick Marks, who had a breakout season in 2014 for the Jaguars but is coming off major knee surgery. Both of his parents graduated from West Point, and not surprisingly, he's regarded as highly disciplined and intelligent.
In contrast to all of their previous picks, Sterling comes from an FCS program without any national reputation. He caught 212 passes for 2,619 yards and 12 touchdowns in four years for the Hawks, a member of the Big South conference which went 6-5 overall last fall. At 6 foot 3 and 239 pounds, he is physically gifted and could develop into a tight end similar to Julius Thomas, who didn't come into the NFL with much fanfare himself.
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Ben Koyack, TE, Notre Dame, seventh round (No. 229 overall)
More of a run blocker than a receiver at Notre Dame, Koyack had only two catches for more than 25 yards in his college career. He has size (6-5 and 255 pounds) and athleticism necessary to compete at a position that has become an increased area of emphasis for the Jaguars, who have joined the ranks of teams going without a fullback on offense. This pick was acquired from the New York Jets in a trade earlier in the day.