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|First Overall Pick
|Aidan Hutchinson, DE, Michigan
|Ikem Ekwonu, OT, NC State
|Evan Neal, OT, Alabama
|Kayvon Thibodeaux, DE, Oregon
|Malik Willis, QB, Liberty
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The NFL offseason is underway with the 2022 NFL Draft scheduled for the last weekend of April from the 28th through the 30th at Allegiant Stadium in Paradise, Nevada where there will be plenty of winter heat both in terms of desert weather and young football talent, the best the NCAA has to offer.
For the second draft in a row now, the hapless Jacksonville Jaguars have earned the first overall pick, and chances are they are going to use this year’s selection to better protect last year’s number one selection, with QB Trevor Lawrence is dire need of a more effective front line.
Also turning heads in this draft class are the edge rusher, the quarterback hunters like Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson and Oregon’s Kayvon Thibodeaux, both instant upgrades for most defensive lines who should be able to contribute starting on day one.
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This season, there is a talented crop of potential NFL rookies, from offensive lineman and EDGE rushers to quarterbacks and receivers, plenty of first-round worthy playmakers to choose from, all of who are predicted to be early contributors to whichever football franchise chooses them.
It is important to remember that the first overall draft pick might not be the most talented player in this draft class since that young man might not suit the needs of the team with the first overall pick, the Jacksonville Jaguars, who are looking to improve their offensive line.
Given that the Jacksonville Jaguars have the first pick, and they will be looking to protect him with an improved offensive line, expect them to select a tackle, with the best two at that position being Alabama’s Evan Neal and NC State’s Ikem Ekwonu.
Ikem Ekwonu (+450) We like this underdog since his size (6’ 4”, 320 pounds) and his successful college career make him an instant starter.
The Philadelphia Eagles have three first-round picks in 2022, the most of any other team, though that first pick doesn’t come until selection number fifteen, as well as pick sixteen and nineteen, a good number of key players but none in the critical top five or top ten.
Next on this list are the New York Giants, the New York Jets, and the Detroit Lions who have two first-round picks apiece, a key score for each of these NFL franchises who could use a large talent upgrade to help them out of their respective divisional basements.
Don’t forget, there could also be plenty of mid-draft trades taking place right up until the draft is actually happening, and those shifts in order can affect which players are selected and when, so keep an eye on how those trade-ups unfold.
After finishing their 2021 NFL season with an overall record of 3-14 and in last place of the AFC South, the Jacksonville Jaguars have earned the first overall selection for the second draft in a row.
The Jaguars had an underwhelming 2021 campaign that featured a rookie sensation, QB Trevor Lawrence, underdelivering and a first-time head coach, Urban Meyer, getting fired in the middle of the season, and now veteran HC Doug Pederson will fill that critical role.
Expect the Jaguars to do what they can to protect Lawrence during his second NFL season after the front line allowed him to be sacked 32 times in 2021, too often for a young player to build confidence in the pocket, something that could make or break his future career as a pro.
Whichever NFL team has the worst overall record at the end of the season is given the first overall pick in the next draft, and with the first overall pick, that ‘lucky’ team has a shot at getting the best player available on their team.
Remember though, that pick must fill a critical need, so that will affect which player at which position goes first overall.
In early 2021, the Jacksonville Jaguars had the first overall pick in the NFL Draft and used it to select Clemson superstar quarterback Trevor Lawrence, a young playmaking winner with a rocket arm, excellent size, and a sophisticated football IQ who was projected to fundamentally change a team’s future.
He did not do that, unfortunately, and the Jaguars only won three times during his rookie season, but despite that the Jacksonville front office is counting on him to be the franchise answer under center.
Thankfully for Lawrence and Jaguar fans, the new head coach Doug Pederson is known for being able to develop young talent, so that could change the direction and fortunes of this young football franchise if they are able to successfully build up the roster around Trevor.
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|2022 NFL Draft Information
|2022 NFL Draft
|Allegiant Stadium in Paradise, Nevada
|Thursday, April 28 Round 1 8 p.m. ET
Friday, April 29 Rounds 2-3 7 p.m. ET
Saturday, April 30 Rounds 4-7 Noon ET
|How to watch
|ESPN, ABC, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes
Mike Lukas is a retired standup comedian turned freelance writer now living in Dallas, Texas, originally from Cleveland, Ohio. His love for the game of football and all things Cleveland Browns turned Mike into a pro blogger years ago. Now Mike enjoys writing about all thirty-two NFL teams, hoping to help football gamblers gain a slight edge in their pursuit of the perfect wager. Email: [email protected]More info on Mike Lukas
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