The Jacksonville Jaguars are in a prime position to fix any number of positions with the first pick of the NFL draft’s second round.
Keep in mind that whichever direction Jacksonville takes with the first overall pick will determine what they do in the second round. Luckily for the Jaguars, they’ll be able to double-dip with the 33rd pick. Considering how deep this draft class is at several positions, general manager Trent Baalke could walk away with immediate starters with their first two choices.
The fact that Baalke and head coach Doug Pederson have that 33rd selection means they’ll be able to pick up a first-round talent that fell off, likely due to other teams’ needs forcing them to go in other directions. With Cam Robinson on the receiving end of the franchise tag, the Jaguars could draft Aidan Hutchinson first overall. As a result, any of the following five positions could then be addressed.
Position No. 1 Jaguars can fix in the 2022 draft: Interior offensive line
The offensive line will need reinforcements and while Robinson returning is positive, there are still needs within the interior. Jacksonville is likely to lose Andre Norwell in free agency and Ben Bartch has yet to show he’s the long-term solution at right guard.
If Pederson wants to re-establish the run, beefing up the O-line with a new guard will certainly help. While Zion Johnson could certainly drop, the Jaguars could also land Kenyon Green, the latter being more likely. Green had a solid outing at the combine, totaling 20 reps in the bench press. He ran 5.24 in the 40-yard dash and had a broad jump of 102.
Green, a First Team All-SEC selection in 2021, will almost certainly be a starting guard from the start, and given the need, walking away with this much upside in the second round would be remarkable.