1. The Jaguars second-year players must take a leap in 2022
Trevor Lawrence leads the Jaguars’ 2021 draft class but he isn’t their only sophomore poised to improve significantly this upcoming season. Most analysts around the league think Lawrence will make strides under head coach Doug Pederson, and it’s hard to disagree with the assessment.
After all, Lawrence didn’t get adequate coaching from Urban Meyer and Pederson is known for his work with other quarterbacks such as Carson Wentz and Nick Foles. Then again, the Jaguars also need other second-year players to step up in 2022. For starters, running back Travis Etienne (25th overall, first round) must stay healthy and become the dual-threat the Jags envisioned when they drafted him.
Cornerback Tyson Campbell (33rd pick, second round) became a key cog in Jacksonville’s defense last year and can’t afford to take a step back in 2022. Offensive tackle Walker Little (45th pick, second round) must seize the right tackle job and become the starter. Last but not least, safety Andre Cisco (65th overall) needs to become a full-time contributor in the Jags’ secondary and help them create a few turnovers.
Of course, the Jaguars won’t solely depend on their 2021 draft class to qualify for the postseason. Veterans such as outside linebacker Josh Allen, left tackle Cam Robinson, safety Rayshawn Jenkins and cornerback Shaquill Griffin must lead the way. But if Trevor Lawrence and other sophomore players shine in 2022, Jacksonville’s chances of clinching a playoff spot will increase considerably.