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Dante Fowler | Defensive Lineman

Team: Florida Gators
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 277

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Twenty seven percent of the 2015 NFL Draft played high school football in Georgia or Florida, according to Jamie Newberg.
The two states combine for 69 of the 256 draft picks. To take it one step further, Florida, Georgia, Texas and California can claim almost half of the draft pool (28 percent). Georgia is a bit of a new face, as Newberg points out Florida, California and Texas have been the high school to NFL factories for years. May 19 - 11:28 AM
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ESPN's Mel Kiper questioned the Jaguars' decision to take Florida DE Dante Fowler with the No. 3 overall, but Jacksonville a solid "B+" draft grade.

The analyst would have taken both Leonard Williams and Amari Cooper over Fowler. Kiper also questioned the selection of T.J. Yeldon high in Round 2, but reported that Jacksonville didn't have a good option to move down. He liked what Jacksonville did after that, however, grabbing a probable Day 1 starting G in A.J. Cann and another prospect who will compete for immediate playing time in S James Sample. Jacksonville had a stellar Day 3, stopping the tumbles of WR Rashad Greene and DT Michael Bennett.
May 4 - 9:29 PM

Jaguars selected Florida DE Dante Fowler with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Fowler (6'3/261) started 25 college games, amassing 34 TFLs, 14.5 sacks and five forced fumbles in just three seasons at Florida. He was named first-team All SEC by the conference's coaches in 2014. Long armed (33 3/4"), relentless, violent and exceptionally young for an incoming rookie, Fowler won't turn 21 until training camp. The one concern on Fowler was his relatively pedestrian Combine, running 4.60 with a 32 1/2-inch vertical and disappointing 9-foot-4 broad jump. Based purely on tape study, NFL Films' Greg Cosell has likened Fowler's upside to that of Chiefs franchise player Justin Houston. He'll slot in immediately as the "Leo" rusher for a Jacksonville pass rush that was surprisingly effective in 2014.
Apr 30 - 8:31 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline has heard that the Jets "will work the phones hard to move down," if Florida edge rusher Dante Fowler "does not fall to the sixth pick."

"During a television appearance on SNY this past Sunday, I floated the idea of New Orleans as a trading partner as I was told weeks ago the Saints have broached the idea of moving up for Vic Beasley. I’ve honestly not heard anything concrete about a trade between the two teams but have further confirmed the Saints desire for Beasley," Pauline wrote. The Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan made it clear recently that they've created multiple contingency plans, and have let teams below them know they're willing to move down from their current spot.
Apr 30 - 4:11 PM

Florida's Dante Fowler will not be the Jaguars' pick at No. 3, according to Mark Long.

It was in response to a Pete Prisco tweet which stated Leonard Williams is a likely selection, which we agree with. Fowler has been commonly mocked to the Jaguars' as the team's new Leo, but his testing athleticism does not fit the profile of the position. Williams would fill the void Sen'Derrick Marks might leave due to injury and being on the final year of his contract.
Apr 30 - 10:33 AM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Florida edge rusher Dante Fowler "will be the first defensive prospect drafted" on Thursday night.

With Winston and Mariota likely to be chosen in the first two picks, the Jaguars will most likely be looking for the best defensive option. Brugler notes that Fowler "could be the pick because of his fit in the defense." The Jaguars are in desperate need of a young pass rusher, and the Florida prospect could be a plug-and-play as Jacksonville's "Leo" in their defense.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 29 - 4:08 PM

ESPN NFL Insider Jon Gruden said "I do not dislike anything about" Florida edge rusher Dante Fowler.

"In this draft I just don't see anyone who has the playing style of Fowler," Gruden said. "I love people who physically intimidate you, and Fowler brings a presence to the field." Perhaps for this reason, Fowler was recently compared by a scout to Robert Quinn, who also converts speed to power. "He has the football savvy and football aptitude to move around the defense," Gruden said. "Sometimes it looks like a freelancing freak show, but it'll be worth the price of admission. I see his passion for the game, while with some of these others I do not feel the same."
Apr 28 - 8:50 PM

Florida edge rusher Dante Fowler has "Robert Quinn like ability," according to one scout.

Wow. "He has the ability to accelerate his feet as he works his hands. Those guys are rare. He'll have to be taught to play the run," the scout said. This evaluator loves him some Fowler and so do many others. It should be pointed out Fowler tested like an average athlete (which is not bad), but compensates with active hand use to create separation.
Apr 28 - 11:16 AM

An anonymous NFL scout told the New Jersey Star-Ledger that Florida edge rusher Dante Fowler "offenses did all they could to take him out of the game, doubling him, chipping him and he still made plays."

"I think he's a linebacker, but some teams will put his hand down," another scout said. "He's a good player. He has a great first step to the ball." No scouts speaking to the NJSL had a bad word to say about Fowler. One said: "He's very, very talented. He could play linebacker, but I have no problem with him as a right end. He can stop the run. And he just kills tight ends." Another added: "Pretty good pass rusher with a lot of moves. He uses his hands too. He knows what he's doing out there."
Source: NJ.com
Apr 26 - 9:17 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang calls Florida edge rusher Dante Fowler "one of the year's safest prospects, regardless of position."

"Though the 2015 class is strong at the position, Fowler's versatility, burst, bend, use of hands, instincts and passion make him one of the year's safest prospects, regardless of position," Rang wrote. The Florida prospect is one of the most versatile edge rushers in the draft and has the ability to play play up or down. Fowler has potential to be off the board in the top 5 picks of the draft.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 24 - 3:42 PM

Football Outsiders' SackSEER projects Florida edge rusher Dante Fowler as a potential bust.

That projection is based on poor collegiate sack production (Fowler had 11.5 across three seasons) and ho-hum combine showings in the vertical jump, broad-jump and 3-cone drills. "Jermaine Cunningham and Shea McClellin projected similarly entering past drafts," wrote ESPN's Mike Sando. Mel Kiper ranks Fowler as the No. 5 player in the class.
Apr 21 - 10:04 PM

Florida edge rusher Dante Fowler is "the most well-rounded edge defender in this class, with more bulk and strength than some of the others, to go with good explosiveness," writes ESPN's Todd McShay.

The analyst ranks Fowler as the No. 7 player in the class. "I think Fowler is scheme-versatile," McShay wrote. "We have him listed as a 4-3 DE, but he fits just as naturally as an outside linebacker in a base 3-4 scheme. Most NFL teams are multiple with their fronts these days, which is why Fowler's versatility is so appealing." Fowler has met with a wide range of teams including the Buccaneers, Titans, Jaguars, Redskins, Jets, Falcons and Bears.
Apr 18 - 6:06 PM

The Washington Redskins report that Florida edge rusher Dante Fowler was in for an official visit on Wednesday.

With the departure of Brian Orakpo in free agency, the Redskins could look to the Florida edge rusher, to fill a position of need. Fowler has gained heavy interest from teams drafting in the top-10. The top-5 prospect has already visited with the Buccaneers, Titans, Jaguars, Redskins, Jets, Falcons and the Bears.
Apr 15 - 3:08 PM

Florida edge rusher Dante Fowler will visit the Jets on Monday and Tuesday, according to Manish Mehta.

Fowler is absolutely in play for the Jets at No. 6. The Florida product plays the game with hand use to create space. He maximizes his athleticism, but Fowler is only an average athlete. Still, he has enough of a first step to make things happen off the snap and has experience in a variety of alignments.
Apr 13 - 1:02 PM

All three CBS analysts not projecting a trade at No. 3 mock Florida edge rusher Dante Fowler Jr. to the Jaguars.

Colleague Frank Cooney agrees, writing that Fowler provides the draft's best fit for Jacksonville. "Fowler starred in nearby Gainesville despite switching between defensive tackle, defensive end and linebacker and seems to be just scratching the surface of his potential," he wrote. "The Jaguars' defense showed some teeth last season -- quietly tying for sixth in the NFL with 45 sacks. Fowler could be the moveable chess piece [HC Gus] Bradley needs for Jacksonville to finally contend in the AFC South." With quarterbacks now expected to go 1-2, Jacksonville should have their choice of Southern California's Leonard Williams or Fowler. For the record, Fowler said he would be "stunned" if the Jaguars don't take him No. 3.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 8 - 9:18 PM