Jaguars: 5 players whose stock has plummeted in recent weeks

Urban Meyer, head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Imagn Images photo pool)
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Offensive lineman #72, Walker Little of the Jacksonville Jaguars [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union] /

Jaguars player whose stock has plummeted No. 2 – OT Walker Little

Instead of selecting a left tackle in the first round of the 2021 draft, the Jags waited until the second round to take offensive tackle Walker Little with the 45th overall pick. The former Stanford Cardinal was one of the top collegiate prospects back in 2018. However, he suffered an ACL tear in 2019 that ended his junior season prematurely and opted out of the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Had he managed to stay healthy, he might have been a top draft pick last year.

Heading into rookie minicamp, it was uncertain what kind of shape Little would be in after not playing in almost two years. It didn’t take long for head coach Urban Meyer and offensive line coach George Warhop to praise the Texans native tough.

Meyer said Little was in optimal shape and was 20 percent body fat. Meanwhile, Warhop told the local media the rookie offensive tackle was as or more prepared than any first or second-round selection he’s ever coached.

Back in training camp, it looked like Little could compete for the starting left tackle job. But he struggled in the preseason and was inactive in the first two games of the regular season.

Little was placed on the COVID-19/Reserve list after the Jaguars’ Week 2 matchup against the Denver Broncos. He’s been cleared to return but he might not be active, let alone play, any time soon. Incumbent Cam Robinson hasn’t been great but he hasn’t been bad either. Barring injury, he will keep the starting job for the remainder of the season.