The Jacksonville Jaguars currently hold the first overall selection in the 2022 NFL Draft. While there’s a slim chance they will take Georgia defensive lineman Trevon Walker or Alabama offensive tackle Evan Neal, it seems like Michigan Aidan Hutchinson is the favorite to be the pick.
In the end, what’s really important is that the Jags choose a franchise building block that will elevate those around him, something they haven’t done often in the last ten years. Other than Trevor Lawrence and cornerback Jalen Ramsey, Jacksonville doesn’t have a good track record of identifying talent in the first round of the draft and this becomes rather infuriating when you take into account that they’ve only picked outside the top ten since 2008.
Keep in mind that Lawrence was pegged as a generational talent, so it was going to be hard for Jaguars general Trent Baalke to mess things up. This year though, he will get a chance to showcase his evaluating chops and prove the organization made the right call when they decided to keep him, much to the chagrin of both fans and the media.
Don’t forget about the Jaguars biggest foes in the AFC South.
Having said that, the Jaguars also need to keep an eye on what their AFC South foes do on draft night. After all, Jacksonville isn’t the only team in the division that is trying to get better, and just like them, the Tennesse Titans, the Indianapolis Colts, and the Tennesse Titans have made upgrades this offseason.
If any of their AFC South rivals end up with a good draft haul, it could spell trouble for the Jaguars. Here are the worst-case scenarios for Jacksonville’s division foes with their first selection in the draft.