Jacksonville Jaguars need to get more production from 2021 draft class

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Urban Meyer, head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field (Imagn Images photo pool) /

The Jacksonville Jaguars are currently 0-2 despite the fact that they underwent several changes. There are several reasons for their slow start in 2021. One of them is the lack of impact their rookie class has had.

Free agency gives NFL teams the opportunity to acquire talent, and round out their roster. However, the draft is their principal means to replenish their roster. This year, the Jaguars made nine selections, but none of them has been particularly impressive. In fact, some of them haven’t even played yet despite the fact that they are healthy.

Offensive tackle Walker Little and defensive tackle Jay Tufele have been inactive in the last two games, so what does head coach Urban Meyer has to say about them? He told the local media Monday that both are coming along nicely, and they’re making progress.

That’s fine and dandy but that’s not what you expect from your draft class. This wouldn’t be an issue if the Jags were winning it would be one thing but they’re 0-2. The fact that the team doesn’t think either rookie can currently help is worrisome. To add insult to injury, the team announced that Little has been placed on the COVID-19/Reseve list.

Ok, Tufele and Little are only two members of the Jaguars’ draft class, but what about their other picks? Keep in mind that running back Travis Etienne is out for the year with a Lisfranc injury and wide receiver Jalen Camp was released before the start of the season. How about their mid and late-round
picks? Here’s a look at how they’re all fare thus far.