JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Now that the euphoria over the success the Jacksonville Jaguars had in the draft has waned, it's back to reality: The Jaguars still have to prove they're not one of the NFL's worst teams.
They've made some progress in ESPN's post-draft Power Rankings, moving up six spots to No. 23. They're ahead of eight teams, including five that had better records than the Jaguars (5-11) in 2015. One of the three remaining teams is AFC South foe Tennessee (3-13).
The Jaguars were ranked 27th at the end of the 2015 regular season and dropped two spots in the post-Super Bowl power rankings. They remained 29th in the post-free agency power rankings even though they signed one of the most sought-after defensive free agents in defensive tackle Malik Jackson and free safety Tashaun Gipson. The Jaguars also added running back Chris Ivory and offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum.
NFL draft analysts raved about the Jaguars' draft, especially their first two picks. After selecting cornerback Jalen Ramsey in the first round, the Jaguars were able to trade up two spots in the second and selected linebacker Myles Jack, who was one of the top defensive players in the draft but slipped because of concerns about his surgically-repaired right knee.
In addition, the Jaguars are getting 2015 first-round pick Dante Fowler Jr. back. The defensive end missed his rookie season with a torn left ACL.