Less than a week after going third overall in the 2015 NFL draft, and on the first day of rookie minicamp, Dante Fowler Jr. tore his ACL and will likely be out for the entirety of the 2015 season. John Oehser of Jaguars.com confirmed the news:
Fowler commented on the injury on Friday evening:
Fox Sports' Mike Garafolo provided a few more details on the injury:
Michael DiRocco of ESPN provided footage of the injury:
According to ESPN Stats & Info, Fowler is the first top-three selection to miss his rookie season to injury in two decades:
Both ESPN's Adam Schefter and Garafolo reported Fowler's injury shouldn't negatively impact his contract situation with Jacksonville:
Bleacher Report's Christopher Hansen noted that a lot has changed with regard to severe rookie injuries over the years:
Expectations were extremely high for the former Florida Gator for the upcoming season. He was regarded as one of the best pass-rushers in the draft. B/R's Matt Miller listed him No. 1 among rookie edge-rushers, ahead of Randy Gregory, and considered Fowler a potential All-Pro.
The Jaguars aren't a Super Bowl contender in 2015, but that still doesn't alleviate the sting of losing a first-round draft pick—especially a top-five selection—for an entire year to injury.
As long as Fowler can make a speedy recovery and be ready in time for 2016, this injury should only be an afterthought by the end of his career.