JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have selected Florida defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. with the third overall pick in the NFL draft.
The Jaguars entered the draft looking to upgrade their pass rush, especially with veteran end Chris Clemons turning 34 years old later this year.
Fowler had 14½ sacks in three seasons at nearby Florida, proving to be one of the most disruptive edge rushers in the Southeastern Conference.
Fowler said earlier this month he would be shocked if he didn’t go third overall to Jacksonville. The St. Petersburg native had a good visit with coach Gus Bradley and general manager Dave Caldwell, and could fit nicely in the team’s 4-3 hybrid scheme.
There were some concerns about Fowler, though, including whether the 6-foot-3, 265-pounder would be too big to be a hybrid end-linebacker.
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