Jacksonville Jaguars: Arguments for and against trading for Orlando Brown
The Jacksonville Jaguars must consider the cost of getting Orlando Brown.
The Jaguars already earmarked the first overall pick in 2021’s draft for Trevor Lawrence, but they could use their second first-round pick, the one they acquired when they traded cornerback Jalen Ramsey in 2019, or their first second-round selection, the 33rd overall, on a left tackle prospect such as Sam Cosmi, Liam Eichenberg, and Alex Leatherwood.
This year’s left tackle class is going to be deep and some prospects with a first-round grade will probably slide into the second round. The risk of taking a player in the selection meeting is that there’s no guarantee he will be able to make the transition from college to the pros.
Meanwhile, Orlando Brown would command draft picks and a salary but he’s shown he can get it done at the NFL level. Nevertheless, drafting a left tackle prospect wouldn’t require the Jaguars to devote a significant amount of cap space to the position and could pour that money on a different position group.
On the other hand, the Jaguars are projected to have around $77 million in cap space and could sign a Trent Williams or Alejandro Villanueva without having to give up draft picks. The downside is that both of them are over 32 and neither of them will provide a long-term solution at the left tackle position.
Brown may not be as good as Williams right now, but he’s in his prime and could solidify Jacksonville’s left tackle spot for the foreseeable future. Regardless of what the Jaguars decide to do, they have options, and all of them have pros and cons. It will be up to them to decide which course of action they want to take, but trading for Brown should definitely be on the table.