Jacksonville Jaguars draft: 3 best options in round 3

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The Jacksonville Jaguars need to start planning for the future.

The Jaguars brought their starting offensive line back in 2021. They placed the franchise tag on left tackle Cam Robinson, restructured guard Andrew Norwell’s contract and re-signed Tyler Shatley, their primary interior offensive line backup.

If the team’s brass refrained from making major changes to the unit in free agency, it’s because the offensive line can perform better than they did in 2020, when they allowed 44 sacks. They also retained offensive line coach George, so it’s clear they like the current group and don’t think major changes are needed.

On the other hand, they should start planning for beyond this season, as Norwell, Shatley and fellow guard A.J. Cann are set to become free agents in 2022. While there will most likely be a run of offensive tackles in the first round, the Jags could find a solid guard in the third round. Jackson Carman played left tackle at Clemson but may be better suited to play guard in the NFL.

Carman needs to work on his fundamentals and may be a better run blockler than a pass protector at this point of his development, but he has the physical tools to thrive in the NFL. Also, he moves well even though over 330 pounds. The Clemson product may not be to be ready to be a starter right out of the game, but could turn into a solid player down the road.