Jaguars: ‘Stealing’ one player from every AFC South foe in 2021

HC Urban Meyer and GM Trent Baalke of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Imagn Images photo pool)
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Laremy Tunsil would fortify the Jacksonville Jaguars’ offensive line.

If this conversation had happened before the start of the 2020 season, quarterback Deshaun Watson would have probably been the choice. The Clemson standout has been one of the top signal-callers in the NFL since the Houston Texans drafted him 12th overall in 2017’s drafted.

The Texans finished 4-12 last year but Watson went 382-of-544 for 4,823 yards with 33 passing touchdowns and just seven interceptions even though he lost his top receiver in DeAndre Hopkins and the running game is non-existent. Alas, he’s now facing several lawsuits that allege sexual misconduct. Furthermore, the Jags added another former Tiger, Trevor Lawrence, so they are set at quarterback.

EDGE defender J.J. Watt is no longer with the team either. Even though the All-Pro landed isn’t the dominant player he was in his prime, he still has plenty of gas in the tank. This leaves Laremy Tunsil as the best alternative. The two-time Pro Bowler has been one of the most productive left tackles over the last few years. Although he has missed four games, over the last two seasons, he has allowed six sacks and 55 pressures in that span. The Jaguars would certainly love to have that kind of production from incumbent Cam Robinson.

Back in 2016, Tunsil slid in the draft because a video of him wearing a gasmask surfaced on the internet. The Mississippi product didn’t let that incident define his career and has gone on to become one of the most efficient left tackles in the NFL.