Jaguars free agency: 3 dream targets for Jacksonville in 2022

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Jaguars free agency target No. 1: Offensive tackle Taylor Moton

The Jaguars applied the franchise tag on left tackle Cam Robinson even though he’s been inconsistent throughout his four-year career. They trust him to turn the corner in 2021 but if he doesn’t, rookie Walker Little could take his place in the starting lineup.

Right tackle Jawaan Taylor could also play better. Last season, the Florida product allowed 58 total pressures and eight sacks. Also, he posted a Pro Football Focus overall grade of 56.5. The coaching staff also expects the 2019 second-round pick to make a leap this upcoming season but what if he doesn’t?

Next year, the Jaguars could target Carolina Panthers offensive tackle Taylor Moton, who just like Robinson, signed a one-year franchise tender earlier this year. The 2017 second-round pick posted an 81.6 PFF overall grade last year, and ranked 13th best among offensive tackles.

The Panthers still want to sign Moton to a multi-year extension before July 15, but if they can’t reach an agreement, the Western Michigan product will play under the tag in 2021 and will hit the open market next offseason. Moton would be an immediate upgrade for the Jaguars at right tackle. If he becomes a free agent next offseason, he will likely command a premium contract.

However, Jacksonville shouldn’t hesitate to pursue him if Jawaan Taylor struggles, which is a possibility. The Jags didn’t make any meaningful changes to the offensive line this offseason because they think the unit will play better in 2021. Whether they do or not, Moton would give them a significant boost.