No. 2 Jaguars biggest loser in free agency – Walker Little, OT.
On one hand, it doesn’t look like the Jaguars will be taking offensive tackle Evan Neal with the first overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft after applying the franchise tag on left tackle Cam Robinson and signing Brandon Scherff, who could line up at left guard. However, there doesn’t seem to be in plan in place for second-year offensive tackle Walker Little.
A second-round selection in last year’s draft, Little spent most of his rookie campaign on the bench and only stepped on the football field when Robinson wasn’t good to go. Even when right tackle Jawaan Taylor struggled, the coaching staff refused to give Little playing time. However, once he joined the starting lineup he showed promise, giving up no sacks and allowing just one total pressure on 71 pass-blocking starts in two starts.
You would think that the new regime wants to see what they have in Little, who was an early-round pick due to the potential he showed for the Stanford Cardinals before he suffered an ACL injury in 2019. But it doesn’t currently look like that will be the case. Robinson — who may sign a long-term extension — is firmly entrenched at left tackle, so maybe the sophomore will compete with Taylor for the starting right tackle job but he’s not a lock to be in the starting lineup.
Walker isn’t lacking talent and deserves a chance to show what he can do but barring serious injury, he may end up having a backup role in 2022.