Jaguars poised to have top pick in 2022 NFL Draft, should they trade it?

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General Manager Trent Baalke of the Jacksonville Jaguars ​at TIAA Bank Field. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) /

Beating the Houston Texans in Week 15 would have been a great way for the Jacksonville Jaguars to start off the post-Urban Meyer era. However, many issues still remain even after firing the head coach as showcased by the 20-10 final score. Nobody likes to lose a game, especially one against a division rival. On the bright side, the loss got them one step closer to the first overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. With three weeks left in the season, the Jags are a good bet to clinch the top pick as both the Detroit Lions and the Texans currently have a better record

The Jaguars aren’t in need of a quarterback after selecting Trevor Lawrence this year. Thus, they could use the top pick on either Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson or Oregon’s Kayvon Thibodeaux. Either player could turn their front seven into a dominant unit. On the other hand, the Jaguars have bigger needs than edge rusher. They could upgrade the left tackle spot or choose a wide receiver. In fact, wide receiver might be the team’s most pressing need ahead and you could make the case they should either take Garrett Wilson of Ohio State or Jameson Williams of Alabama.

Then again, it’s rare for teams to choose a wideout with the top pick. The last time it happened, the New York Jets took  Keyshawn Johnson back in 1996 and before that, the New England Patriots took Irving Fryer in the 1984 selection meeting. If the Jaguars really want to trade a widout with their 2022 first-round pick, why not trade down and acquire a package of picks?

Trading the first overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft comes with pros and cons. Here’s a look at both options.