5 bold predictions for the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2022 NFL Draft
2. The Jaguars will trade the 33rd overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
General manager Trent Baalke had previously said that the Jaguars were open to trading the No. 1 pick but as of Friday nobody had called them directly. This isn’t a new development though. Back in early April, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media had reported Jacksonville’s phone wasn’t ringing and hadn’t gotten any serious offers about potentially moving up in the draft.
On the other hand, Baalke told the media Friday that the 33rd pick is a coveted one, as teams have plenty of time to make a decision after the first round concludes. The general manager said that there are a couple of prospects they want to target with the selection but they would be open to trading it if they get a good enough proposal.
The Jags will enter the draft with 12 picks, so they aren’t really in need of any additional ones. Having said that, six of them are in the last two rounds and if they can get an extra one in the second or third round, their chances of getting an impact player would go up.
Trading the 33rd overall pick and moving down seems like a realistic possibility but another scenario is jumping back to the first round. The Jaguars have enough ammo to move up if there’s a prospect they like. They could target someone like Georgia linebacker Quay Walker and if the front office believes he will be gone by the start of Round 2, they could move back into the first round.