JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Day 3 of free agency was busier than the first, with the Jacksonville Jaguars adding defensive end Chris Clemons, defensive lineman Ziggy Hood, and re-signing outside linebacker Jason Babin. Clemons and Hood received four-year deals, and Babin signed a three-year deal.
Here are some initial thoughts from Day 3:
It will be interesting to see what kind of production the Jaguars get from Hood, who really wasn't much of a factor as a defensive end in Pittsburgh. The Jaguars are going to use him as a three-technique defensive tackle, which is where he played at Missouri and recorded 14.5 sacks in four seasons. The Jaguars want him to help provide interior pass rush, which is something they got from Sen'Derrick Marks last season. It wouldn't be surprising to see him, Dekoda Watson, Clemons and Babin on the field on some third downs.
Clemons gives the Jaguars something they haven't had in a while: a speed rusher. Though he turns 33 in October, Clemons still appears to be playing at a high level. His 4.5 sacks last were a significant drop-off from the 11.5 he had in 2012, but he was returning from a torn ACL suffered in the 2012 playoffs. He said Thursday that it wasn't until the playoff game against New Orleans this past season that he finally felt he was back to the player he was in 2012. He, Babin and Andre Branch should split reps.
Now that the Jaguars have re-worked their defensive front and added pass-rushers in Clemons and Watson, does their plan for the draft change? If GM David Caldwell was thinking of taking Jadeveon Clowney or Khalil Mack, does he now consider Sammy Watkins, one of the quarterbacks, or even one of the offensive tackles? I don't think so -- at this point, anyway. There are still pro days and workouts ahead -- Teddy Bridgewater throws Monday -- and the Jaguars will continue to evaluate players until they come up with their final draft rankings. One thing to consider, though: The draft isn't deep in pass-rushers, but it is on the offensive side, especially at receiver.