The best teams in the NFL have a nice mix of young players and veterans. After all, older players tend to get injured more often and take longer to recover while their younger counterparts are just getting started and learning what it takes to play at a high level. This should be encouraging for a Jacksonville Jaguars team that will enter the 2022 season with a well-rounded roster.
The Jags have spent the last two seasons replenishing the roster former general manager left devoid of talent, and there are several players under 25 that should be part of the organization’s long-term future. Here’s a ranking of the top six, just keep in mind that those that already turned 25 won’t make it. Neither will rookies, since they haven’t played a snap in the NFL. Without further ado, let’s take a look at Jacksonville’s young nucleus.
No. 6 best Jaguars player under 25 in 2022 – Jawaan Taylor, RT
This entry might not be popular at first. After all, right tackle Jawaan Taylor has struggled to keep his penalties under control and he will need to fend off sophomore Walker Little in training camp if he wants to keep his starting job. Already off to a bad start, right? But everything sounds bad if you spend all day shuffling words around, and while the former Florida Gator is far from an All-Pro, he’s got a few positive things going for him.
For starters, he hasn’t missed a game throughout his NFL career and in a sport where availability is the best ability, Taylor has managed to stay healthy. While he posted a subpar Pro Football Focus run-blocking grade of 42.8 last year, he earned a 72.1 mark in pass protection. Still, he needs to become a complete offensive tackle and he will have a chance to do so in 2022.
Taylor is running out of time to show the Jaguars made the right decision when they used a second-round pick on him in the 2019 draft. Pressure makes diamonds but also burst pipes. The team’s brass will have a better idea of where he falls into in the upcoming months.