No. 2 loser from the Jaguars offseason so far – Walker Little, OT.
With Cam Robinson firmly entrenched at left tackle and Jawaan Taylor most likely staying at right tackle, Walker Little may need to ride the bench in 2022. The former Staford Cardinal was somewhat of a surprise pick at No. 45 in last year’s draft. In fact, the Jags called Penn State tight end Pat Freiermuth they were going to take him before ultimately choosing Little.
Trevor Lawrence notwithstanding, most of the Jaguars’ 2022 rookie class didn’t get much playing time early in the season and Little was no different. He started three games only because Robinson was out but showed potential in the last two, which makes his lack of snaps even more puzzling. It would be one thing if he was rusty after not playing in a football game since 2019 but that wasn’t the case. The Texas native allowed two sacks (both of them in Week 6) and just six total pressures on 139 pass-blocking snaps.
Based on how Little performed last year, he deserves to start but he might have a tough time finding a spot in the Jags’ offensive line. A change to guard seems unrealistic and unless he competes with Taylor for the right tackle job he might have to wait for a chance.
It was a limited sample but Little showed he can play. It would be in the Jaguars’ best interest to give him an extended look and see if he can be part of the team’s long-term future but it may be hard to do due to the surplus of options on the roster.