4 key moves Jaguars GM Trent Baalke still needs to make this offseason

• The Jaguars still need to make a handful of moves if they want to return to the playoffs in 2024.

Jacksonville Jaguars offensive tackle Cam Robinson (74) runs onto the field before an NFL football
Jacksonville Jaguars offensive tackle Cam Robinson (74) runs onto the field before an NFL football / Corey Perrine/Florida Times-Union / USA
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2. The Jaguars must sort out the left tackle position

Several mock drafts predict the Jags will take an offensive tackle at No. 17 in the draft. While you should always look for the best player available, it wouldn't make sense to draft an offensive tackle in the first round when you take into account that Walker Little, Cam Robinson, and Anton Harrison are in the mix.

Robinson was seen as a potential cap casualty ahead of free agency because the Jaguars could (and still can) get around $17 million in space if they release him or trade him. However, the team's brass says they expect him to be on the roster in 2024.

If that's the route Jacksonville takes, they're then set at offensive tackle. Robinson will line up at left tackle, Harrison will stay on the right side and Little will serve as the swing tackle. If that's the case, the Jaguars must turn their attention to other positions in the draft, but they should also start planning for the future.

Both Little and Robinson will become free agents in 2025. The Jaguars could re-sign either one right now and save money. An alternative would be to move Harrison to left tackle, his natural position, in 2025. But if the front office plans to bring neither, they should then consider trading one of them to get one or two extra picks in the draft. Then again, they should only pull the trigger if they get a good offer. If they don't, they're better off keeping both.

Maybe the Jaguars will change their mind and move on from Robinson. Perhaps they won't, but they should enter training camp with the position sorted out, so they don't have to worry about it for the remainder of the year.