The 2022 NFL Draft will be the culmination of months of preparation by all 32 teams. Just like every other club, the Jacksonville Jaguars have spent plenty of time grinding tape, putting their big board together, and meeting with prospects. They will have 12 selections at their disposal and if they can come out with a solid haul, they should be able to get on the right track sooner rather than later.
Now, keep in mind that the draft is an inexact science and it takes a certain amount of guesswork to have a successful haul. Inevitably, mistakes will be made but the better prepared the Jags are, the least likely they will be to make mistakes. Here are three they should avoid making.
1. The Jaguars must get the No. 1 pick in the 2022 NFL Draft right.
Making Trevor Lawrence the first overall pick in 2021 was a relatively easy decision for the Jaguars. After all, the former Clemson Tiger was the most talented quarterback prospect to enter the draft since Andrew Luck. With Lawrence in place, Jacksonville might not need to worry about the position for a long time.
Having said that, the Jags don’t have a good track record of drafting difference-makers in the first round. They have held a top 10 pick for the 14th time in the last 15 years and don’t have much to show for it. The only other impact players Jacksonville has drafted in recent years are outside linebacker Josh Allen (seventh overall, 2019) and cornerback Jalen Ramsey (fifth overall, 2016) and he’s no longer on the team, so it’s hard to label him a success.
The Jaguars have the top pick for the second year in a row and it looks like the decision will come down to either Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson or Georgia’s Travon Walker. Regardless of who the team’s brass selects, they need to make sure they’re getting a player that will make an impact for the next ten years.