The Jacksonville Jaguars could still draft an offensive tackle in 2021.
The Jaguars will have four picks in the first two rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft. Now that Cam Robinson is locked up for another year, left tackle won’t be a priority but that doesn’t mean Jacksonville won’t take an offensive tackle early in the selection meeting.
While the first overall pick is most likely earmarked for Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, the Jags will still have the 25th, 33rd, and 45th selections. They could use two of those on some of the roster holes they have and use another on a left tackle.
This is going to be a deep offensive tackle class, so there will be a few prospects with a first-round grade that will slide to the second. Oregon’s Pennei Sewell is a lock to be drafted in the top 10, possibly top 5, and Rashawn Slater may be the second best left tackle in the draft but after those two, it may come down to a matter of preference.
If a left tackle prospect such as Samuel Cosmi or Alex Leatherwood is available in the second round, should the Jaguars’ brass pass up the chance to take them? They already have Robinson for at least another year but why not take one with upside and groom him for the future? They would have solid depth in case Robinson missed time and a plan for the future in case he leaves.
By placing the franchise tag on Robinson, the Jaguars have checked one item off their offseason list. There will be time to evaluate how good the move was but they can now turn their atention to upgrading the rest of the roster.