2015 NFL Draft: Dante Fowler Mocked to the New York Jets By Shaun King

By Alan Schechter

Do you guys remember Shaun King?  He was a quarterback with a lot of promise, drafted in the second round of the 1999 draft by the Tampa Bay Bucs.  He had a mediocre career, lasting a total of six seasons, five with the Bucs and one with the Cardinals.

What I didn’t realize was that King has made a second career for himself as an analyst, primarily for college football.  He also writes for Yahoo!, so when I saw that he had a mock draft out, I had to take a look.  I always like to hear what former players have to say.

And for the Jets, King went with an edge pass rusher.  He chose Dante Fowler Jr. from the University of Florida.  Here are his thoughts:

The Jets took care of their cornerback deficiencies quite well via free agency, adding Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie and Buster Skrine. Fowler gives new Jets head coach Todd Bowles an exciting piece to play with in his exotic blitz packages. Fowler’s ability to play multiple spots along the front seven makes him a three-down lineman which increases his value. Geno Smith is better than Marcus Mariota and he will get a chance to prove that with legitimate offensive weapons around him in 2015, so look for Fowler with this pick.

See the entire draft here.

I am 100% on board with this scenario. King gets it. Dante Fowler would be a great pick here. It’s not only the pick, it’s the reasoning for the pick. The secondary has been rebuilt. To run the blitz packages that Todd Bowles wants to run, a pass rusher off of the edge is essential. Dante Fowler would make a great fit.

My favorite pass rusher of the draft is Vic Beasley, but Dante Fowler would be 1A for me. Fowler has been a beast on the edge as well, with only good things to come.

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