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

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Defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux #5 of the Oregon Ducks. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images) /

The Jaguars can also keep the first overall pick in the 2022 draft.

It’s true that the Jaguars need to fill several roster holes but it’s not often that you have a chance to select a prospect of Thibodeaux’s or Hutchinson’s caliber. Optimally, you want to take the best player available, and drafting for need tends to make you choose a prospect higher than you should. Again, pass rusher isn’t at the top of the Jaguars’ need in 2022 but if can choose the best player available, you should.

Also, the Jaguars are set to have a little bit over $71 million in cap space in 2022, according to Spotrac. They can use it to sign a left tackle like Terron Armstead and/or wide receiver like Chris Godwin. This would in turn give them the chance to draft Thibodeaux or Hutchinson. Keep in mind that drafting a pass rusher first overall isn’t unheard of and it may be the best course of action come next April.

Back in 2017, the Cleveland Browns drafted Myles Garrett first overall and it turned out pretty well for them, as the Texas A&M product has become one of the best pass rushers in the league. Back in 2006, the Houston Texans took defensive end Mario Williams over running back Reggie Bush and quarterback Vince Young. It turned out to be the right decision.

The Jaguars are going to have options when it comes to the first overall pick and most of them should make them better than they currently are. As long as they get a playmaker (or a few) them, it may not matter how they use it.

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