The Jacksonville Jaguars have a decision to make with that number one overall selection. Beyond that, how could the rest of the 2022 NFL Draft go for them?
The 2022 NFL Draft can’t get here any sooner, for us the fans, the prospects, and the Jacksonville Jaguars. The speculation about the number one has come full circle. Once they secured the top pick, the favorites were edge rushers. Aidan Hutchinson and Kayvon Thibodeaux were at the top of mocks.
Then, there was the realization that the Jaguars should probably protect Trevor Lawrence, and that’s when guys like Evan Neal and Ikem Ekwonu entered that conversation. In free agency, the Jaguars tagged Cam Robinson and signed Brandon Scherff. They also have Walker Little and Jawaan Taylor (even though he’s struggled). Then, it shifted back to edge rusher, and with the Thibodeaux concerns around the league, Hutchinson took the commanding lead as the favorite.
Then, the Travon Walker rise began. It started before the combine, and then the testing numbers were top notch for a 6’5″, 272-pound prospect.
Jacksonville Jaguars 7-Round Mock Draft
As it currently sits, the Jacksonville Jaguars (reportedly) have four players in consideration for that number one pick. Hutchinson and Walker are the two obvious one. Head coach Doug Pederson has to be a fan of Ekwonu. So who is the other one? Well, if you remember, there was a photo of the Jaguars having Jaylen Waddle ridiculously high on their draft board. If that interested in Waddle’s speed was real, the other name has to be Jameson Williams.
Williams isn’t likely the pick, but in a crazy draft, the Jaguars might decide to make a drastic move up if they want him. So, who is it at one? Let’s look at that and more in this final Jaguars mock draft.
Round 1, 1st Overall: Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE, Michigan
The pick for the Jacksonville Jaguars is Aidan Hutchinson here. After a bunch of deliberating, they opt for one of the safer player in the 2022 NFL Draft. Hutchinson was a technician at the college level, with an array of moves to counter at contact, along with sufficient get-off and change of direction skills. All this culminated in fantastic 2021 production and leading the Michigan Wolverines to their first playoff appearance.
Is the arm length concerning? Sure, it does make things more difficult against tackles at the next level who are technicians themselves with the length to boot. Still, though, pairing him with Josh Allen sounds fantastic for a franchise that hopefully moves in the right direction.