Jaguars need these 3 veterans to break out in 2021

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3. Jawaan Taylor, right tackle, Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Jaguars drafted Jawaan Taylor in the second round of 2019’s draft. At the time, it looked like a steal as the Florida product was one of the top tackle prospects in that year’s selection meeting. Chris Trapasso of CBS Sports even compared him to eight-time Pro Bowl selection Trent Williams.

So far, Taylor hasn’t bad but he hasn’t been great either. There are certainly positives when looking at his performance over the last two seasons. Hes’ been a starter since Day 1 and has started all games. Moreover, he hasn’t missed a single snap. As important as talent is, durability is one of the most important abilities in the NFL.

In 2019, Taylor posted a 63.7 Pro Football Focus grade and allowed 41 pressures. He was supposed to improve in 2020 but regressed instead. Last season he earned a PFF grade of 56.5 and gave up 58 pressures. It’s too early to give up on the right tackle. After all, the Jaguars struggled as a team in 2020 and there was no sense of direction. The organization shook things up this offseason. They brought in a new coaching staff but kept offensive line coach George Warhop.

Taylor’s familiarity with Warhop should help him get back on track in 2021. He has the physical tools to become a top 15 right tackle, he just needs to get it together. If he doesn’t, the Jags could start looking for his potential replacement. Jacksonville took Walker Little in the second round of this year’s selection meeting. If either Taylor or left tackle Cam Robinson struggles, the team could opt to bench them and play Little.