There’s not much clarity surrounding the Jacksonville Jaguars’ plans with the first overall pick in the 2022 NFL. Will they take the safe route and select Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson, or will they bet on Georgia’s Trevon Walker upside? Maybe they will throw a curveball and choose an offensive line.
The second round will have a similar amount of uncertainty but it will be a bit different because some prospects that should be drafted late in the first round might be available when the Jags are on the clock with the 33rd overall pick. In particular, these five players could give general manager Trent Baalke a tough decision if they fall to the second round.
No. 1 player the Jaguars hope falls to the 2nd round – Tyler Linderbaum.
While center isn’t the Jaguars’ top priority head of the draft, they can’t overlook the position either. They could target Cam Jensen in the second round or Memphis’ Dylan Parham with one of their two third-round selection but what if Tyler Linderbaum is still on the board at No. 33?
Linderbaum is the best center prospect in this year’s class and the highest-graded one in Pro Football Focus’ college era. The Former Iowa Hawkeye has a strong case to be a top 15 pick due to his athletic ability but concerns about his less-than-optimal frame and arm length could cause him to slide into the second round.
The Jaguars need to find a long-term answer at center after Brandon Linder retired this offseason. Linderbaum would be a prime candidate.