Jaguars will determine brand of football with No. 1 pick

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union]
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Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Trent Baalke at the 2022 NFL Combine. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports /

The Jaguars can’t afford to swing for the home run.

The Jaguars have a front office that includes general manager Trent Baalke. This deserves attention because Baalke doesn’t have a particularly strong track record in the draft and has a strong resentment from a large amount of Jaguar fans.

Jacksonville could be Baalke’s last chance at being a general and he enters the 2022 NFL Draft under pressure to deliver. That’s why he could go out swinging and select a player that he feels will be a star in the NFL. However, he needs to take the safest possible prospect.

Jags fans have seen what it is like to have a player drafted that has a high ceiling. As a fellow Jaguars fan, it can be heartbreaking that players don’t come close to the billing of being a high draft pick. Thus, it’s hard to picture risking one’s career on something so unpredictable.

Jacksonville unfortunately has had many opportunities to draft in the top ten. It allows the media to scrutinize the past picks. Certainly, it’s time for Jacksonville to start winning more games. Thus allowing other teams to take on the burden of selecting in the top ten. Wouldn’t it be great to constantly see the Jags pick in the 20s?

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