Former Florida defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. was slated to make an immediate impact in 2015 after being selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the No. 3 overall pick in the NFL draft. However, he tore his ACL in minicamp, and never made his rookie debut.
Just over a year removed from the injury, Fowler hopes to burst on the scene in 2016, and it looks like he is off to a good start.
Dante Fowler Jr. looking big, strong and most importantly fast.
— Drew Copley (@DrewASJax) June 15, 2016
Of course, there is a big difference between evading pads and avoiding opposing offensive linemen, but Fowler appears to have maintained the explosiveness that made him dangerous during his career with the Gators. He was a pass-rushing threat at Florida, picking up 14.5 sacks and 33 tackles for loss in three seasons.
If Fowler can produce at a high level, it will be a welcomed addition to a Jaguars’ defense that is projected to make significant improvements in the upcoming season.