Jaguars LT Cam Robinson should feel disrespected by ESPN's NFL roster ranking

• ESPN argues that offensive tackle is the Jaguars' biggest weakness ahead of the 2024 NFL season.
Sep 19, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars offensive tackle Cam Robinson (74) against the Denver Broncos at TIAA Bank Field.
Sep 19, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars offensive tackle Cam Robinson (74) against the Denver Broncos at TIAA Bank Field. / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Left tackle Cam Robinson was seen as a potential trade candidate in the offseason but the Jacksonville Jaguars seemingly want to keep him in 2024. This is not surprising when you take into account that he's been one of their best players the past few years. On top of that, he's become a leader on the offensive line. That said, Mike Clay of ESPN isn't high on Robinson and believes he's among the Jags' biggest weaknesses ahead of the regular season.

ESPN ranked every NFL roster and placed Jacksonville at No. 15. They also discussed each team's biggest strength, weakness, and X-Factor heading into the regular season. For the Jags, Clay chose their offensive tackles as their biggest weakness, pointing out that Robinson ranked last in the league in run-block win rate while Anton Harrison had the third-worst pass-block win rate.

"Offensive tackle. Same as last year, the offensive line is a concern, and that's especially the case at tackle. LT Cam Robinson's struggles have continued, and he sits dead last among tackles in run block win rate over the past two seasons. RT Anton Harrison (2023 first-round pick) is a candidate for a step forward in his second season, though he had his fair share of struggles as a rookie (third-worst OT in pass block win rate)."

For the sake of fairness, Clay points out that Harrison is in a position to make a leap, and there's a reason to think he will. He struggled to make the transition to right tackle early in the 2023 season but progressively improved. In the last nine games, he surrendered just one sack and 14 total pressures. It's fair to assume that he's going to be able to build off of that with one year of experience under his belt.

On the other hand, the Jags seem to be comfortable with Robinson starting at left tackle in 2024. Last year, he served a suspension for violations to the league's performance-enhancing drug policy that voided the guarantees on his contract. If the front office had wanted, they could've released him or traded him in the offseason to free up $17 million in cap space. However, it looks like they want to keep him around.

If either Robinson or Harrison miss time next season, Walker Little could fill for them. The 2021 second-round pick has been the swing tackle the past two seasons. He started five games (including two in the playoffs) to end the 2022 season. Last year, he filled in for Robinson and gave up just one sack while he served his suspension.

It's also worth mentioning that the Jaguars used a fourth-round pick on Mizzou offensive tackle Javon Foster, so they should be in good shape even if they suffer injuries on the edges.

Cornerback may be a bigger weakness than offensive tackle for the Jaguars

All things considered, ESPN got it right by giving the Jacksonville Jaguars the 15th spot in their ranking. That said, it was a bit surprising to see them name offensive tackle as their biggest weakness. Sure, Cam Robinson isn't a Pro Bowl-caliber player and Anton Harrison needs to keep improving. On the other hand, both are capable enough to hold their own in 2024. In fact, you could make the case that cornerback is a bigger need than offensive tackle.

The Jags released Darious Williams, arguably their best corner in 2023, in the offseason. To replace him, they signed Ronald Darby, who's given up just one touchdown the past two seasons but has also missed 13 games in that span. Moreover, Tyson Campbell is coming off an injury-marred campaign.

Rookie Jarrian Jones could make a strong push for a starting job at some point in 2024. The former Florida State Seminole shined during offseason activities but there's also a chance he'll experience ups and downs while he acclimates to the NFL.

Campbell could ultimately bounce back, and maybe Darby will stay healthy. It's also possible that Jones will make an impact in 2024. If that's the case, the Jaguars will be in great shape at cornerback. However, the group will need to prove itself to put doubts to rest.

The truth is that the Jacksonville Jaguars have a well-rounded roster. While it isn't perfect, they have enough talent to make a run for the AFC South next season. Their odds will most certainly go up if their cornerback group and their offensive tackles perform well.

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