Jaguars Take DL/OLB Done Fowler Jr. With Third Pick of NFL Draft

2015 NFL Scouting Combine

The Jags went big on their defensive line on Thursday with the third overall pick, taking Done Fowler Jr., a guy who lines up at defensive end, but can really play a number of positions.

As Jon Gruden said – ‘he’s a long armed freak show.’

Let’s hope. Here’s a scouting report on Fowler.

Coming out of St. Petersburg, Florida, Fowler joined the Gators as a top recruit for Will Muschamp. Fowler was expected to star in the same role in Muschamp’s defense that had previously produced the likes of Brian Orakpo and Sergio Kindle. Fowler lived up the billing as he turned into a dynamite player for the Gators.

Fowler was a First-Team All-SEC Freshman-Team selection in 2012 even though he was a backup. Fowler recorded 47 tackles with 10.5 tackles for a loss and 3.5 sacks that year. Fowler won a starting job as a sophomore and flashed the ability to be special. He racked up 50 tackles with 10.5 tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks, one pass batted and three forced fumbles for 2013. Fowler played well against good competition, but his first year as a full-time player displayed some bouts of inconsistency.

Fowler took his game to another level in 2014 as he totaled 60 tackles with 8.5 sacks, 15 tackles for a loss, one pass broken up and a forced fumble. The junior killed East Carolina’s offensive tackles in bowl season as he recorded three sacks and put quarterback Shane Carden into the turf roughly. Fowler had four tackles with a sack against Florida State to close out the regular season. He also made big impacts against Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and LSU. Fowler fought through some double-teams in 2014 and showed a consistent motor.

At the Combine, Fowler was excellent. He ran very well with a 4.61-second time in the 40-yard dash. Fowler also had one of the fastest times in the first 10 yards of any front seven defender at 1.59 seconds. In the field drills, he displayed quick feet and athleticism.

Fowler looks like he has the potential to become a double-digit sack-artist in the NFL. He is very fast and athletic off the edge. Fowler beats tackles around the corner with his speed and will dart back to the inside or use a spin move. He also is tough. Fowler has some shock to his hands and uses them to shed blocks and bull rush effectively on occasion. Fowler is a versatile edge rusher who can rush standing up, putting his hand in the ground, or moving over the interior linemen. Florida moved him all over the front seven, and he was tough for offensive linemen to block.

Fowler is physical with blockers while being an occasionally violent hitter. Routinely, he would put quarterbacks and running backs into the turf hard while showing the ability to make some momentum-changing plays.

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