No. 2 draft prospect the Jaguars must keep an eye on: Broderick Jones, OT
Either Walker Little or Jawaan Taylor will start at right tackle for the Jaguars in 2022 but if neither one proves to be the answer, the team’s brass could go offensive tackle in next year’s draft. In fact, Joe Marino of The Draft Network previously linked them to Ohio State’s Paris Johnson in a too-early 2023 mock draft.
Johnson is certainly a fine player, one with first-round potential, but he isn’t the only prospect the Jags should monitor in the 2022 college season. Georgia’s Broderick Jones showed flashes last year, when he was asked to fill in for Jamaree Salyer, who suffered a foot injury that forced him to miss several games.
With Salyer going to the Los Angeles Chargers in this year’s draft, Jones will play left tackle full-time for the Bulldogs. Although he’s only appeared in 463 offensive snaps throughout his college career, he’s shown he can play at a high level, posting a Pro Football Focus overall grade of 82.0.
The only caveat of drafting Jones and Johnson for that matter is that neither one has experience at right tackle, which is where they would potentially line up if they land in Jacksonville. Robinson is firmly entrenched at left tackle, so the reasonable approach would be to move Jones to the right side of the offensive line.
Then again, that’s precisely what they will do with Little in 2022, so it wouldn’t be particularly surprising if they did the same with Jones or any other left-tackle prospect.