20. Jacksonville Jaguars – A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa
It’s difficult to ignore the other layers of the defense here and go with another front line addition when the team already has Josh Allen, but the chance to replace Calais Campbell so easily is impossible to pass up here with A.J. Epenesa, a true pillar of a prospect.
For the last three years, the enormous Campbell has provided Jacksonville with one of the best edge-setters in the league. For some reason, they decided to trade the perennial Pro Bowler for a bag of beans (read: low-round pick) this offseason, leaving behind a major gap that would make an already weak linebacking corps responsible for so much more.
Instead of that nightmare scenario, Epenesa’s presence not only provides immediate dividends in the run game but as a disruptor as well. At Iowa, Epenesa finished his career with over 30 tackles for loss, 22 sacks, and 8 forced fumbles. That sort of experience allows the Jags to rely on a dependable floor in Epenesa while enjoying any bonus disruption. It wouldn’t surprise anyone to see Epenesa hit double-digit sacks across from Allen. (Matt Conner)
Other Players Considered: Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma, Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama