Latest CBS Sports mock draft shows a bit of a surprise for the Jaguars

For the last couple of weeks, the argument has actually been which of the 2 leading edge rushes must be the very first total choice in the 2022 NFL draft. On the one hand, there’s previous No. 1 total hire Kayvon Thibodeaux, who was extremely efficient in college at Oregon however didn’t constantly have the production and fought injuries as a junior. On the other, there’s Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson, a senior who had a breakout project in 2021.

However both have their issues. Thibodeaux’s is the abovementioned absence of production and health issues, while Hutchinson’s current video game versus Georgia has actually raised concerns for some. It’s as an outcome of this that CBS Sports’ Ryan Wilson has the Jaguars taking neither with the No. 1 choice in his newest mock, rather going with Alabama offensive take on Evan Neal.

We’ll be sincere, this is a total, straight-out overreaction to the semifinal video game; Aidan Hutchinson looked human and due to the fact that the Jaguars can’t discover a win they’re stuck here, with the leading total choice. And rather of taking the very best gamer — and Hutchinson stays the very best gamer for us — we have them rather filling a big requirement along the offending line. Look, if groups can grab quarterbacks, they can reach of other positions of requirement, too, particularly if it indicates securing the franchise QB who looked skittish for much of his novice project. And to restate: We wouldn’t take Neal very first total however because we do a mock draft each week, we’re blending it in this variation.

It’s a fascinating concept, and it’s definitely one the Jaguars must a minimum of think about. If there are issues about Hutchinson and Thibodeaux, the group might get what is quite near to a safe bet at take on in Neal, who would offer the Jags a lot more flexibility in choosing how it wishes to approach the offending line in totally free firm this offseason.

Nevertheless, one issue with Neal is that he might be a much better fit at best take on for the Jags, who have the choice to make 2021 second-round choice Walker Little their beginning left take on in 2022. Jacksonville might utilize an upgrade at best take on as Jawaan Taylor hasn’t played well this season, however it might be tough to validate taking a right take on at choice No. 1 based upon worth.

It’s not a considered that the Jaguars will be the one making this choice, either. They have actually secured a top-two choice, and a loss on Sunday to Indianapolis would clinch the very first choice. However with a win and a Detroit loss to Green Bay, this would be the Lions’ problem, rather.

The Jags have the chance to include a franchise-changing gamer with this choice, and they need to do their due diligence and make the best choice.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.