Fowler, the Jacksonville Jaguars’ new pass rusher out of the University of Florida, was drafted third overall just eight days before tearing his ACL in an off season practice. ESPN’s Adam Schefter confirmed the extent of the injury. Fowler is done for the season.
Running back Ki-Jana Carter, the first pick of the 1995 draft by the Cincinnati Bengals, tore his ACL on his third carry of his first preseason game. At least he made it to the preseason. According to ESPN, via Elias Sports Bureau, Carter was the last top-three pick to not play the season after he was drafted because of injury. Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Aaron Taylor tore his ACL in his third practice of rookie mini camp after he was the 16th pick of the 1994 draft. He missed his rookie season.
Let’s just say what happened to Fowler is incredibly rare for an elite draft pick.
It’s a horrible break for a Jaguars franchise that could use some luck. The Jaguars have had four straight double-digit loss seasons, went 3-13 last year and now will go through this season without the player they picked third overall to boost the pass rush.