The 2022 NFL Draft is just a few hours away and it’s still uncertain who the Jacksonville Jaguars will take with the first overall pick. Kyle Brandt of NFL Media believes they should go for the solid choice and by that, he means Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson.
Brandt pointed out on Good Morning Football that the Jaguars have had the No. 1 pick in back-to-back years, have had four head coaches in the past seven years, and averaged 4.2 wins over the last decade, and that includes the 2017 season. So how does he believe they can right the ship? A strong solid double, of course.
"I don’t prefer the word safe. I prefer the word solid. We gotta get we got to get on the plane. We got to get home. We got to get our act together, do some laundry, pay some bills, get dressed, take a shower, the idea to be like, we’re gonna draft the best player in this. Draft somebody who you really like Aiden Hutchinson, the only slight against him seems to be that his ceiling is low, which I think is nonsense to begin with. I really do think it is BS, and I’ve talked about it. Some of his measurables compared to guys like Myles Garrett, and Khalil Mack among others."
Brandt goes on to say that he doesn’t know whether Hutchinson will be the next Reggie White but strongly believes that he’s “going to be rock solid”. This isn’t the first time the NFL Media personality pounds the table for Hutchinson. He’s previously gone over the criticism surrounding the former Wolverine and described it as nitpicking. Here’s the clip in case you want to watch it.
The Jaguars are leaning towards drafting Georgia’s Travon Walker at No. 1.
Jaguars owner Shad Khan reportedly likes Hutchinson more than Travon Walker but the latter seems to be general manager Trent Baalke’s preferred choice. Meanwhile, head coach Doug Pederson would like the team to take North Carolina offensive tackle Ikem Ekwonu at No. 1. As of this writing, it’s anyone’s guess who will be the pick but it looks like Jacksonville is leaning towards Walker.
As the general manager, Baalke’s voice may be the strongest in the Jaguars’ war room but Khan could flex his authority as the owner and could rule him out. On the other hand, it would be shocking to see the organization draft Ekwonu after giving Cam Robinson a three-year deal worth $54 million just one before the selection meeting.
All eyes are on the Jaguars. Regardless of whom they take, not everybody will like the pick, so they had better feel confident about their choice and the player that will help them get out of the NFL cellar.