Jacksonville Jaguars trade target No. 2 – OT Andre Dillard.
Offensive tackle Andre Dillard may be higher in other teams’ draft boards but he could be a solid addition in Jacksonville. The Jaguars aren’t currently in need of a left or right tackle, as Cam Robinson and Jawaan Taylor have held their own this year.
On the other hand, the Jags could use some depth on the offensive line. Head coach Urban Meyer told the media he’s pleased with rookie Walker Little’s progress but he’s yet to play an offensive snap in 2021. Will Richardson has lined up at guard but he’s better suited to play tackle.
The Jags’ have had their offensive-line depth in recent weeks. They have done a good job of replacing center Brandon Linder, right guard A.J. Cann, and even sophomore Ben Bartch after he exited Miamis’ game with a concussion.
It’s uncertain how many more injuries the Jaguars can withstand up front. That’s why they must err on the side of caution and trade for a lineman. Dillard, who has made four starts and has appeared in 67 percent of the Philadelphia Eagles’ offensive snaps in 2021 could be one of the best of the bunch.
After suffering a season-ending injury in his rookie campaign, Dillard struggled with the mental aspect of playing in the NFL. However, he’s made strides in Year 3, taking over the left tackle in Week 4. Jordan Mailata has played right tackle the last two weeks but will switch back to the left side with All-Pro Lane Johnson potentially coming back. This means that Dillard will return to the bench.
The Eagles may want to keep the 22nd overall pick in the 2019 draft as an insurance policy but they could also see what they can get for him before the trade deadline.