No. 5 Jaguar player in a worse roster spot – Walker Little, OT.
Through a good chunk of the offseason and the last month of the 2021 season, the Jags were linked to Alabama offensive tackle Evan Neal and at some point of the pre-draft process, North Carolina’s Ikem Ekwonu seemed like a realistic possibility at No. 1 in the selection meeting. However, Jacksonville showed they were committed to left tackle Cam Robinson, applying the franchise tag on him first and later giving him a three-year deal worth $54 million.
Robinson is now firmly entrenched as the unquestionable starter at left tackle. On the other hand, it doesn’t look like the team’s brass is ready to give up on Jawaan Taylor as the starting right tackle. Having said that, he might need to fend off sophomore Walker Little in training camp.
Taylor has struggled with penalties and has regressed after a promising rookie year but it’s not a given that Little will start at right tackle, which is a shame when you consider how good he looked towards the end of the 2021 season. A second-round pick in last year’s draft, the former Stanford Cardinal gave up two sacks and five total pressures in his NFL debut. However, he allowed just one total pressure in his following two starts.
The Jaguars’ brass sees Robinson as a mainstay of their offensive line. Otherwise, they wouldn’t have given him a long-term deal. The downside of bringing back the 2017 second-round pick is that Walker is currently stuck behind him and won’t get to start unless he beats Taylor in the upcoming months.