4 Jaguars rookies that could push veterans in 2021

Urban Meyer, head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field (Imagn Images photo pool)
Urban Meyer, head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field (Imagn Images photo pool) /
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Walker Little will start at left tackle for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2021.

You may be wondering why Trevor Lawrence didn’t show up on this list, but he won’t have to compete for playing time. So far, the former Tiger has been as good as advertised and won’t get into a training camp competition. He will be the Jaguars’ starting quarterback on Day 1 barring injuries. On the other hand, second-round pick Walker Little will have to work his way up the depth chart.

Jacksonville slapped Cam Robinson with the franchise tag earlier this year. The team’s brass expects the Alabama product to show he is the long-term answer at left tackle. Nevertheless, he’s struggled throughout his four-year career. That’s why drafting Little was arguably the Jags’ smartest decision this offseason.

Robinson has never earned a Pro Football Focus above 63.4 and has allowed 85 pressures and 13 sacks over the last two seasons. While there’s a chance he has a breakout season in 2021, Walker has a higher ceiling. The former Cardinal hasn’t played in more than two years but he looks in great shape. Urban Meyer spoke highly of him not too long ago and it feels like the Jags aren’t having doubts about using a second-round pick on him.

Then, there’s right tackle Jawaan Taylor. If Robinson plays well but Taylor doesn’t, Walker could take his place in the lineup. The veterans must be looking over their shoulders if they don’t want to lose their starting jobs.

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