The 2021 NFL Draft is finished, teams have made substantial additions to their rosters, and the stage is mostly set for 2021 training camp battles. The 2021 NFL Draft gave NFL fans back probably the greatest sense of normalcy in over a year with a huge group of people gathered to boo Roger Goodell, cheer on their team’s picks, and actively take part in the Draft from the fan perspective.
It was quite a welcomed sight to see, and the 2021 NFL Draft overall was one of the most fun we’ve had in some time.
One of the best parts of the NFL Draft process is reacting to selections and while as evaluators and analysts we set ourselves up to be put on blast by Old Takes Exposed, you can’t help but wonder why teams made certain picks, especially early on in the draft.
Although it’s my personal brand to look with a positive lens at every single pick, there were some second-round picks that just didn’t make a ton of sense.
Let’s take a look at four of them.
On day three of the 2021 NFL Draft, I would have loved Walker Little as a selection pretty much anywhere.
On day two, and especially in the top-50 picks?
This selection by the Jacksonville Jaguars is as bizarre as it gets, for a variety of reasons.
Once upon a time (meaning leading up to the 2019 season), Walker Little was considered to possibly be the next great tackle prospect coming from the college ranks. A shoulder injury in 2018 caused Little to miss Stanford’s bowl game, and he was injured in the 2019 season-opener (knee) forcing him to miss most of the year and rehab.
In 2020, Little opted out of the season, so really the only tape we have on him is from 2018.
It will have been two years since Little has taken the field, three years since he has taken the field for more than one game.
The Jaguars took a huge risk here with Little and as the 45th overall pick, he’ll undoubtedly be expected to start sooner rather than later.