No. 3 weakest position group on the Jaguars roster – Right tackle
Prior to the draft, the Jaguars secured Cam Robinson’s services on a long-term deal, paving the way for them to draft defensive lineman Travon Walker. So, what about the right tackle position? Rather than taking one of the many prized prospects from this year’s draft class, Jacksonville is rolling into the 2022 season with Jawaan Taylor.
The decision to not only pass on Evan Neal and the entire group of tackle prospects was somewhat puzzling. Taylor hasn’t proven to be a consistently good option though he started all 17 regular-season games in 2021. Per Pro Football Focus, Taylor earned a 72.1 pass-blocking grade which is solid, but his grade drops in run blocking, earning a 42.8 grade.
Essentially, the Jaguars’ brass is counting on Taylor to take his game to another level this season; that’s quite a gamble in what will be a pivotal year for quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Listed behind Taylor is Badara Traore, who only saw one snap on special teams in 2021. However, Walker Little can also man the right tackle position if need be and will probably compete for the starting job in 2022.
Taylor practiced at both spots since being drafted in the second round last season. A lack of depth makes the right tackle a weakness going into 2022. If an injury should befall Robinson, that means Little would step in, leaving Traore as Taylor’s sole backup. Much like tight end and defensive tackle, fans can expect the Jaguars to take a long look at right tackle prospects in 2023.