No. 4 Jaguars worst pick of the Trent Baalke era: Jordan Smith, Edge
Let's get this out of the way, the Jaguars come out of the 2021 draft with several building blocks. Trevor Lawrence notwithstanding, Baalke selected a handful of players that should go on to have productive NFL careers. Running back Travis Etienne, the team's second pick in the first round, made James Robinson expendable last year and the Jaguars added a pair of key cogs to their secondary in cornerback Tyson Campbell and safety Andre Cisco.
On top of that, Walker Little (45th overall pick) will have a chance to seize the left tackle job when he fills in for Cam Robinson, who's scheduled to serve a four-game suspension for violating the league's PED policy. But what about the rest of the Jacksonville 2021 class? Tight end Luke Farrell (fifth round) is a solid reserve but two of the last four picks are gone and edge rusher Jordan Smith could be next.
Smith was an intriguing pass-rush talent out of UAB. However, he had trouble adjusting to the pros and was a healthy scratch for most of his rookie campaign. Expected to make strides in Year 2, the former Blazer suffered an ACL injury last offseason and missed the year.
Now, Smith probably finds himself on the roster bubble and if he doesn't make a strong impression in training camp, he might not make the Jaguars' 53-man roster.
If the team's brass decides to move on from him, he'll leave Jacksonville with 21 snaps and one total tackle. The silver lining is that nothing is written on stone and he has a chance — albeit a small one — to remain with the Jaguars in 2023.