After going 1-15 in 2020, it’s clear the Jacksonville Jaguars need to revamp their roster, but what position should they improve first in free agency? Left tackle should be high on their to-do list in the offseason.
The quarterback is the Jaguars’ biggest need this offseason, but there’s a 99% chance they’ll take care of it with the first overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, which they’ll likely use to take. Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence. However, it is unclear what positions they will occupy in free agency.
Bleacher Report’s Maurice Moton thinks left tackle is Jaguars’ greatest need for free agency and suggest they sign Trent Williams if he hits the open market or target Alejandro Villanueva or Russell Okung as placeholders until the draft.
Williams is one of the best left tackles in the NFL while Villanueva has been one of the most consistent since joining the Pittsburgh Steelers’ starting lineup, so it makes sense to pursue one or the another in free agency.
Will the Jacksonville Jaguars sign a left tackle on the open market?
Cam Robinson is expected to become a free agent and it’s unclear if the “Jags” are interested in bringing him back. Although the 2017 second-round pick has been inconsistent throughout his four-year career, young left tackles are a hot commodity in the NFL and even middleweights offer premium pay.
That said, if the Jaguars really want to invest in the left tackle position, they should let Robinson walk away and sign Williams to take his place. It really depends on how much they want to spend. If they’re not interested in adding a left tackle in free agency, they could always take one early in the draft, as they hold the 25th and 33rd overall picks.
Another alternative is to trade for Baltimore Ravens right tackle Orlando Brown Jr., who wants to play left tackle. However, this Jacksonville team should part ways with draft picks and likely give Brown a new contract if they’re interested in acquiring him. On the bright side, they have the means to trade for the Oklahoma product, so it would be up to them to pull the trigger.
Even though left tackle isn’t the Jaguars’ biggest need this offseason, they still need to meet it. If they want, they can sign one in free agency, but they can also draft or even trade for one. They have options and they have to decide which one will benefit the team the most.