The Jacksonville Jaguars must address many needs, including left tackle.
The Jacksonville Jaguars will likely take Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the first overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. However, it’s uncertain what direction they want to take with their second first-round selection, the one they received from the Los Angeles Rams in 2019 in exchange for cornerback Jalen Ramsey in 2019. Although they will have their fair share of options, the consensus is that they will choose a left tackle.
Brent Sobleski of Bleacher Report recently answered draft questions for every NFL team and believes drafting a left tackle to protect Lawrence would be a good starting point of the ‘Jags’. Sobleski points out that this will be a deep left tackle class and there are some enticing prospects they could target with their second first-round pick, which is currently projected to be the 21st overall, or even in the second round.
Among some of the left tackle prospects Sobleski goes on to mention are Sam Cosmi of Texas, Liam Eichenberg of Notre Dame, and Alijah Vera-Tucker of USC. All of them are fine players with their own weaknesses and strengths and it will be up to the Jaguars’ next general manager to decide which one could be the best fit for the team.
Why it makes sense for the Jacksonville Jaguars to draft a left tackle.
Left tackle Cam Robinson is set to become a free agent after the 2020 season. While the ‘Jags’ could bring him back, he will likely demand premium compensation for his services. After all, left tackles, even average ones, are in high demand in the NFL and teams aren’t afraid to spend big to land one.
This Jacksonville team could let Robinson test the market and use a draft selection to upgrade their left tackle position. Moreover, the money they would invest in him could be used to reinforce other position groups, probably their defensive line or the secondary.
Drafting a left tackle makes late in the first round or early in the second makes sense for Jacksonville. Nevertheless, they have to make sure they select the right one, or else they will need to draft yet another tackle in the future.