The Jacksonville Jaguars expect Walker Little to become a key cog in the offensive line. The former Cardinal has the physical tools to thrive in the NFL, will he do it?
Yeah, offensive lineman Walke Little is not so little. Standing 6 feet-7 and weighing 313 pounds, the Stanford product is a massive addition to the Jacksonville Jaguars roster. Looking back, this was probably a steal in the second round as many questioned his NFL-level capability, due to an injury he sustained in 2019.
Little hasn’t played very much after that due to opting out of the 2020 season for obvious reasons. He certainly turned some heads in his 2018 rookie season, as the starting left tackle for the Cardinals as an outstanding run-blocker.
As some doubt Little’s ability to make an impact in the NFL, his game film certainly tells a different story. Towering above most players on the field, Little is also a physical freak, but don’t take anybody’s word for it. Watch for yourself.
Jacksonville Jaguars fans should be thrilled about Little’s potential.
Little ran a 5.30 second 40-yard-dash at Stanford’s Pro Day. That’s a whole lot of “nope” for a would-be run-stopping defender. With a wingspan of over 81 inches and a 9-feet long jump, his physicality is going to be hard to match.
If the Texas native can stay healthy, there is a really good chance to see a lot of number 72 Black and Teal jerseys in the Jacksonville stands for years to come. As the gatekeeper to the offensive backfield, another Jaguars franchise cornerstone comes to mind, one that has been nominated for the NFL Hall of Fame every year for the past five years.
Which former Jacksonville Jaguars player does Walker Little bring to mind?
Many Jaguars fans consider Tony Boselli to be the best player to ever wear the Black and Teal. The USC product became a starter in his rookie season and is considered by many to be the best left tackle in the league in the late 1990s.
Known for his combination of size, mobility, strength, and an overall NASTY demeanor, Boselli’s five-time nomination to the Pro Football Hall of Fame is no surprise. The real surprise is his lack of induction into the HOF, which many Jags fans are bothered by. Would you like to know more? See the video below.
Was Boselli the best? Yes. Did he protect the quarterback’s blindside? No, Mark Brunell was a left-handed thrower. This meant that the left tackle position, which Boselli played, was not the QB’s blindside. Jaguars fans believe that this is the reason for Boselli’s lack of HOF induction, along with his short six-year career.
None of that changes the fact that Boselli often beat some of the NFL’s best defensive ends at the time, many of them already enshrined the HOF already. With number 71 on the field, the Jaguars were never out of the game.
Boselli was 6-foot-7 inches tall, 325 pounds. He ran a 5.23 second 40-yard-dash at his NFL Combine. He is an icon in Jacksonville. He’ll probably be the first Jaguar inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Walker Little stands a chance to fill these shoes. The future of the Jaguars and rookie Trevor Lawrence depends on it. With his contract out of the way, he’s ready to make an impact. The success of the Jacksonville franchise depends on it. Will Little stay healthy? Jags fans sure hope so.