The Jacksonville Jaguars could use an upgrade at left tackle this offseason, and they could sign a top-tier free agent or take a prospect early in the draft. However, they should also add depth at the position in 2021’s draft. Is Marshall offensive tackle Josh Ball worth a Day 3 selection?
After spending the 2018 season at Butler Community College, Ball transferred to Marshall the following year. Although he only started one game in 2019, he saw playing time as a rotational offensive tackle. His role would increase significantly in 2020, playing 439 total snaps on offense and starting eight games.
At 6’8″, Marshall has the height and frame to play left tackle at the NFL level. Although he would need to add strength, he has quick feet and solid body control, which could help him in the transition from college to the pros.
On the other hand, the Jaguars, and every team that is interested in using a draft pick on Ball, need to take into account the fact he was suspended in 2018 following allegations of dating violence involving an ex-girlfriend while at Florida State.
Josh Ball would give the Jacksonville Jaguars depth at offensive tackle.
Last season, Will Richardson Jr. was the Jaguars’ primary backup offensive tackle but didn’t see much playing time as both Cam Robinson and Jawaan Taylor appeared in all 16 games. Although the North Carolina State product will probably be the primary backup once again, the team’s brass should consider using a late-round selection on a developmental prospect.
Tony Pauline of Pro Football Network has Ball ranked as a third-round pick, but due to the depth of this year’s offensive tackle class and the 2018 suspension, he could slide all the way to the sixth or seventh. If Ball were available there, would the Jaguars pull the trigger?
Jacksonville must definitely take into account the allegations surrounding Ball’s suspension at Florida State, but if he passes the screening interview, the Jaguars should consider using a Day 3 pick on him.