JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Beefing up the pass rush was the Jacksonville Jaguars’ top priority in the offseason. Defensive tackle Malik Jackson was the major signing and the team drafted Maryland defensive end Yannick Ngakoue in the third round on Friday night. The latest addition is Notre Dame defensive tackle Sheldon Day, whom the Jaguars took in the fourth round on Saturday.
My take: Day plays 3-technique defensive tackle, which is the same spot that Sen'Derrick Marks and Michael Bennett play. Marks remains the starter but the Jaguars want to ease his workload now that he’s coming off a torn ACL and torn triceps. Day right now is a situational player who will be used mainly as a pass-rusher. He did play defensive end early in his career at Notre Dame and he did spend some time outside during Senior Bowl practices.
Defense, defense, defense, defense: For the fourth time in team history the Jaguars’ first four picks were defensive players. The Jaguars did it in 1997 (DT Renaldo Wynn, S Mike Logan, LB James Hamilton and DT Seth Payne), 2008 (DE Derrick Harvey, DE Quenton Groves, LB Thomas Williams, DB Trae Williams) and 2010 (DT Tyson Alualu, DT D’Anthony Smith, DE Larry Hart, DE Austin Lane). The Jaguars have never taken defensive players with their first five picks.