Jaguars roster: Ranking offensive tackles following the 2021 NFL Draft

Jacksonville Jaguars offensive tackle Cam Robinson #74 (Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports)
Jacksonville Jaguars offensive tackle Cam Robinson #74 (Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports) /

There were many positions the Jacksonville Jaguars needed to address this offseason. One of them was left tackle. The organization could have traded for someone like Orlando Brown Jr. or Trent Williams. Instead, the Jags chose to apply the franchise tag on incumbent Cam Robinson.

The new regime wants to give the Alabama product one more chance to show he can be their franchise left tackle. In case Robinson can’t break out in 2021, Jacksonville drafted Walker Little. The Texas native is almost two years removed from an ACL tear and was at one point, a top collegiate prospect.

On the other side of the Jaguars’ offensive line, Jawaan Taylor is set to start at right tackle in 2021. Entering Year 3, the former Gator needs to get back on track after an underwhelming 2020 season. What about the other offensive tackles in Jacksonville’s roster? Do the Jags have enough depth ahead of the regular season or do they need to add someone else before in the Summer?

Here’s a ranking of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ offensive tackles.

7. Garrett McGhin – An undrafted free agent in 2019, Garrett McGhin spent time with the Buffalo Bills and the Carolina Panthers before joining the Jaguars last year. The East Carolina product appeared in two games for the Panthers in his rookie campaign but hasn’t taken a snap in the regulars season over his two-year career. It’s highly unlikely that he will make the team.

6. Austen Pleasants – Here’s another undrafted free agent. Austen Pleasants signed with the Jaguars once 2020’s selection meeting ended. He played both right and left tackle in college and is a candidate for the practice squad in 2021.

5. Derwin Gray – A seventh-round selection in 2020’s draft, Derwin Gray spent most of his rookie campaign with the Pittsburgh Steelers but was waived towards the end of the year. He was then claimed by the Jags and re-signed this offseason. He could compete with Will Richardson for a roster spot.

4. Will Richardson – The Jags used a fourth-round pick in 2018’s draft to take Will Richardson. The North Carolina State product missed his rookie year but saw significant playing time in 2019. That year, he started two games and appeared in 40 percent of the team’s total snaps on offense. Last season, his playing time went down, as both Jaguars starting tackles were healthy. He was the team’s primary backup offensive tackle but that may no longer be the case in 2021.

3. Walker Little – The Stanford product was one of the best offensive tackles at the college level in 2018. Alas, he suffering an ACL injury the following year. Making it more difficult to evaluate him was the fact he opted out of the 2020 season. Either way, this Jacksonville team felt comfortable enough with what they saw on take that they spent a second-round selection on him.

2. Jawaan Taylor – A second-round selection in 2019, Jawaan Taylor has been a started every possible game since Day 1 and hasn’t missed a snap on offense over his two-year career. He had a solid rookie campaign but took a step back last season. He needs to prove he’s the long-term answer at the position.

1. Cam Robinson – The 2017 second-round selection has one year to show he’s the Jaguars franchise left tackle. While head coach Urban Meyer said the team wants to give Cam Robinson a multi-year deal, it’s unlikely that they will do it before the 2021 season. He’s been inconsistent throughout his career but the team’s brass hopes he gets it together. If he does, the Jags won’t mind giving him a big raise.

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