The odds of an offensive tackle going No. 1 in the 2022 draft are slim.
Once the Jags applied the franchise tag on Cam Robinson, the odds of taking an offensive tackle — Alabama’s Evan Neal or North Carolina State’s Ikem Ekwonu — with the No. 1 pick in the 2022 draft decreased considerably. And now that he’s gotten a multi-year deal, they’re probably close to zero.
After all, it would have made sense to take Neal or Ekwonu and plug either one at left guard in 2022 and slide them to left tackle next year only if the Jags moved on from Robinson next year but that won’t be the case. The other alternative was to take an offensive tackle and play him at right tackle but the Jags already have Jawaan Taylor. If anything, he might need to compete with sophomore Walker Little for the starting job but it would be puzzling to add another player in the draft, especially with the top pick.
With Robinson firmly entrenched at left tackle, it doesn’t make sense to draft a “left guard” at No. 1. Moreover, Jags players are telling Sarah Walsh of NFL Media that they want the Jags to draft a pass rusher, and all things considered, that’s the best course of action.
As important as getting Trevor Lawrence weapons is, the organization can’t neglect the defense if they don’t want to put their quarterback in a position in which he needs to score more than 30 points to win a football game.
At this point, it would be shocking to see the Jags draft an offensive lineman. They already have one that will protect Lawrence’s blindside for the next three years. They now need to decide which pass rusher they will take at No. 1. Aidan Hutchinson or Travon Walker?