2021 NFL Draft: Grading Jacksonville Jaguars’ nine draft picks

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814. . Cornerback. Bulldogs . Tyson Campbell. 33. player

The Jacksonville Jaguars made some interesting picks in the second round.

After free agency, the Jaguars’ brass said it felt good about their cornerback room. However, general manager Trent Baalke said after the draft ended that you can never have enough corners and he’s right. Even though the team used a first-round selection C.J. Henderson in 2020 and signed Shaquill Griffin this offseason, they need to add as much talent as they can to a secondary that was among the worst in the league last year.

Both Urban Meyer and Baalke have described the Georgia product as versatile and said he would play in nickel and dime packages in 2021. On the other hand, Trevon Moehrig and Jevon Holland were still on the board when the Jags drafted Campell and safety was a more pressing need than cornerback.

Grade: B-

Offensive tackle. Cardinal . Walker Little. 45. player. 871.

The Jaguars slapped left tackle Cam Robinson with the franchise tag this offseason and all their starting offensive linemen from 2020 are back. Nevertheless, the team needed to add competition to the unit and that’s what it did when they used the 45th overall pick on Little, who had an outstanding sophomore campaign for the Cardinals in 2018 but hasn’t played a snap in nearly two years.

Meyer said the team expects the Stanford product to be the backup left tackle and become a starter at one point. The head coach also conceded that he has work to do on the field and in the weight room, as he hasn’t played in a while. Dillon Radunz and Samuel Cosmi may have as much upside as Little, have stayed healthy, and were still available at 45, so it’s fair to wonder why Jacksonville didn’t take a flyer on either one.

Grade: C-