No. 3 player the Jaguars could have taken at 9th overall – Tristan Wirfs
The 2020 draft produced several quality left tackles and out of the bunch, Tristan Wirfs was the best one. The New York Giants took Andrew Thomas at number four so he wouldn’t have been an option. However, Wirf was drafted just four picks after C.J. Henderson. In fact, the New York Jets and the Cleveland Browns also passed on the Iowa product. Although Mekhi Becton and Jedrick Willis Jr. were good selections, Wirf is better than both of them.
You could argue the Jaguars passed on Wirfs because they already had Cam Robinson and Jawaan Taylor was in entering his second year but this was one of David Caldwell’s worst misses. Hindsight is 20/20 but Wirf could have given the Jags’ offensive line a significant move. They could have moved Taylor inside or even have him compete with Robinson. It sounds a bit farfetched but don’t you want your best players to take the field?
Let’s say Wirf became the Jags’ starting left tackle. They might not have applied the franchise tag on Robinson this past offseason and could have selected another player instead of Walker Little and addressed another position with the 45th overall pick.
On the other hand, Wirf could have also solidified the right tackle spot. Regardless of the position, he could have improved the Jaguars’ offensive line. Wirf must be certainly pleased he went to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After all, how many NFL players can say they earned a Super Bowl ring in their first season?