Jaguars potential 2022 draft picks to watch: Michigan vs. Georgia

Michigan fans celebrates a play against Iowa. (Imagn Images photo pool).
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Jaguars, Aidan Hutchinson. (Photo by Detroit Free Press) /

No. 2 Draft prospect the Jaguars must watch – Aidan Hutchinson, DE.

Michigan have a formidable defensive end duo in Aidan Hutchinson and David Ojabo. The two logged a combined 25 sacks in 2021 and both are poised to be first-round picks. However, Hutchison is the better of the two. As a senior, he posted 58 total tackles, 15.5 tackles for a loss, 14 sacks and two forced fumbles.

Kyle Crabbs of The Draft Network notes that Hutchinson has the length, power, fundamentals, effort and speed to thrive in the NFL effort. He adds that he could excel in any defensive system and thinks that he’s a “plug and play” player.

Opinions are split whether Hutchinson is a better prospect than Kayvon Thibodeaux but the two of them are likely going to be drafted in the top 5 next year. Both are worthy prospects but the latter had a somewhat down 2021 season while battling injuries. The Jaguars could definitely use Hutchinson in their defense. The Michigan standout and Josh Allen could form a dominant pass rush duo.

The Jags need as many playmakers as they can get their hands on and Hutchinson would be a good choice with the top pick. However, the Jags have sevearal needs (some bigger than defensive end) and many plugs to hole next offseason. It’s uncertain what they will do with left tackle Cam Robinson. If they re-sign him, that could pave the way for them to take Hutchinson. In the same manner, if they let him walk away in free agency, Evan Neal becomes a relalistic possibility at number one.