Jaguars address key needs on offense in early 3-round mock draft

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Jaguars 2st-round pick – Guard Ed Ingram, LSU

Even if the Jaguars used a first-round pick in someone like Evan Neal or Ikem Ekwonu, they still need to add more than one offensive lineman next year. Left guard Andrew Norwell, left tackle Cam Robinson, right guard A.J. Cann and an interior offensive lineman are set to become free agents next offseason. Bringing all of them back is unrealistic, and the 2022 draft is going to feature plenty of quality prospects.

Drafting a left tackle may not be a big priority with Walker Little in the wing. The team’s brass may want to give him a shot to prove what he can do before adding someone else to the mix. On the other hand, it would make sense to add a guard early in the draft. Ed Ingram of LSU would be an enticing option.

Oliver Hodgkinson of Pro Football Focus notes that Ingram lacks top athleticism but has a pretty sound technique. Also, he has the size and strength to thrive in the NFL but an arrest early in his tenure at LSU (the chargers were later dismissed) may prompt a few teams to pass on him. Still, he hasn’t gotten in trouble recently and might be one of the best players available when the Jags are on the clock in Round 2.

The Jags could sign someone like Austin Blythe in free agency and select Ingram in the draft. Add Ben Bartch to the mix, who has started in Cann’s place since Week 4, and Jacksonville’s interior offensive line could look very different next year.