The Jacksonville Jaguars need to prioritize the left tackle position this offseason but they also need to add depth to their interior offensive line. Although it may not make much sense to use an early-round selection on a prospect in the 2021 NFL Draft, they could use a Day 3 pick on an offensive lineman and Buffalo offensive tackle Kayode Awosika should be available at that point of the selection meeting.
A two-star recruit out of high school, Awosika played right tackle for three seasons before switching to the left side in 2020. Although he had a reserve role as a redshirt freshman in 2017, he started 14 games the following campaign, 11 in 2019, and seven last season. He was a team captain in his last two years at Buffalo and was named First-Team All-MAC and FWAA Second-Team All-American.
Awosika excels in the running game but needs to work on his fundamentals to improve as a pass blocker. Even though he played offensive tackle at the collegiate level, he may be a better fit at guard in the pros. The Minnesota native has the potential to develop into a solid interior lineman in the NFL.
Why should the Jacksonville Jaguars target Kayode Awosika?
The Jaguars’ interior offensive line is set with center Brandon Linder and guards Andrew Norwell and A.J. Cann. However, Jacksonville could move on from Norwell if they want to free up cap space. Also, backup Tyler Shatley is scheduled to hit the open market and it’s uncertain if he will be back in 2021.
Even if both Norwell and Shatley stay put, the team’s brass needs to keep replenish their offensive line. They drafted Ben Bartch last year but could still bring in a few players to compete for a roster spot. The ‘Jags’ have two seventh-round selections this year and could use one on a developmental offensive line prospect. If they want to target an offensive tackle, they could target Marshall’s Josh Ball, but if they want a guard, Awosika should be available on Day 3.
The Jaguars have bigger pressing needs than offensive line depth this offseason. Nevertheless, they can’t neglect it and should invest a few late-round picks in it; Awosika should be a solid seventh-round addition.