The Jaguars’ left tackle improved as a pass blocker last season, protecting top overall pick and starting quarterback Trevor Lawrence’s blindside. Robinson has allowed 29 career sacks.
A former second-round pick, Robinson has started since his rookie season. He and the Jaguars allowed just 24 sacks that year. Robinson, 26, was sidelined for 14 games in 2018 with a torn ACL. He came back in 2019 and hadn’t missed any games prior to testing positive for COVID-19 last year and missing the last three games of the season.
What will the Jaguars do at No. 1 overall in the 2022 NFL Draft?
The Jaguars have the top overall pick of the draft again. They don’t necessarily need to use it now on an offensive tackle like Evan Neal or Ikem Ekwonu. Perhaps they turn their attention to the loaded EDGE class, with Aidan Hutchinson and Kayvon Thibodeaux at the top. Nevertheless, it’s not news that Jacksonville wanted Robinson back.
“I would love to have them all back, honestly,” Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson said at the NFL Scouting Combine when asked about Robinson. ”But we know this business is driven by the dollars and cents. We’ll make decisions that are best for the Jaguars.”
”I’m not going to be put any restrictions on the club one way or another,” Jaguars general manager Trent Baalke said. ”If it’s to our advantage to use it (franchise tag) if needed and we don’t need to use it, we won’t. There’s a lot of things that can happen between the tag (deadline), free agency, and the draft.”
And now it has happened with Robinson under contract for the second consecutive year. Whether they work out a long-term deal ultimately remains to be seen.