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Mock draft 1.0: A first – too-early – guess

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JACKSONVILLE – This is a guess, only a guess.

That's true of any mock draft, and particularly true when projecting what the Jaguars might do with the No. 1 overall selection in the 2022 NFL Draft.

So, consider this (way-too-early) first 2022 mock draft a semi-educated guess at one option when the Jaguars are on the clock on April 28. And remember: Nearly three months from the draft, there's nothing close to consensus for the No. 1 selection.

That will give the coming months a different feel than last offseason, when the pre-draft consensus was that the Jaguars would do what they indeed did with the No. 1 overall selection – which was to draft quarterback Trevor Lawrence.

This year's pre-draft analysis is more varied, with most analysts believing the selection likely to be either an offensive or defensive lineman. With no quarterback considered likely to be worthy of the No. 1 selection, few analysts believe the Jaguars will trade the selection.

So, who could the Jaguars select?

At this early stage, most speculation centers around offensive tackle Evan Neal of Alabama, and edge defenders Aidan Hutchinson of Michigan and Kayvon Thibodeaux of Oregon. North Carolina State offensive tackle Ikem Ekwonu and Mississippi State offensive tackle Charles Cross also have been projected to the Jaguars at No. 1.

For the sake of this mock, we'll go offensive tackle with the idea of adding an elite player to an offensive line that could undergo moderate-to-significant change this offseason. So, we'll go with Neal from Alabama at No. 1 overall.

Neal (6-feet-7, 350 pounds), who played at Okeechobee (Fla.) High School before transferring to IMG Academy, was a consensus All-America and first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection this past season. He started 13 games at left guard as a freshman in 2019, 12 games at right tackle in 2020 and 15 games at left tackle as a junior this past season.

With the No. 33 overall selection overall, the first selection of Round 2, we circled back to wide receiver and selected for the Jaguars John Metchie III – also of Alabama.

Metchie (6-0, 195) caught 96 passes for 1,142 yards and eight touchdowns this past season. He had 155 career receptions in three collegiate seasons for 2,081 yards and 14 touchdowns.

And, as always, remember:

This is guess, only a guess.

Here's a look at the first 2022 mock draft:

  • Jacksonville Jaguars (3-14) | Evan Neal, OT, Alabama
  • Detroit Lions (3-13-1) | Kayvon Thibodeaux, Edge, Oregon
  • Houston Texans (4-13) | Aidan Hutchinson, Edge, Michigan
  • New York Jets (4-13) | Ikem Ekwonu, OT, N.C. State
  • New York Giants (4-13) | Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State
  • Carolina Panthers (5-12) | Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU
  • New York Giants (via 6-11 CHI) | David Ojabo, Edge, Michigan
  • Atlanta Falcons (7-10) | Garret Wilson, WR, Ohio State
  • Denver Broncos (7-10) | Kenny Pickett, QB, Pittsburgh
  • New York Jets (via 7-10 SEA) | Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
  • Washington Football Team (7-10) | Matt Corral, QB, Mississippi
  • Minnesota Vikings (8-9) | George Karlaftis, Edge, Purdue
  • Cleveland Browns (8-9) | Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame
  • Baltimore Ravens (8-9) | Trevor Penning, OT, Northern Iowa
  • Philadelphia Eagles (via 9-8 MIA) | Drake London, WR, Southern California
  • Philadelphia Eagles (via 9-8 IND) | Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah
  • Los Angeles Chargers (9-8) | Jermaine Johnson II, Edge, Florida State
  • New Orleans Saints (9-8) | Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas
  • Philadelphia Eagles (9-8) | Tyler Linderbaum, C, Iowa
  • Pittsburgh Steelers (9-7-1) | Travon Walker, DL, Georgia
  • New England Patriots (10-7) | Jordan Davis, DT, Georgia
  • Las Vegas Raiders (10-7) | Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn State
  • Arizona Cardinals (11-6) | Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington
  • Dallas Cowboys (12-5) | Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State
  • Buffalo Bills (11-6) | Roger McCreary, CB, Auburn
  • Tennessee Titans (12-5) | David Bell, WR, Purdue
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers (13-4) | Kyler Gordon, CB, Washington
  • Green Bay Packers (13-4) | Devonte Wyatt, DT, Georgia
  • Miami Dolphins (via 10-7 SF) | Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia
  • Kansas City Chiefs (12-5) | Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama
  • Cincinnati Bengals (10-7) | Bernhard Raimann, OT, Central Michigan
  • Detroit Lions (via 12-5 LA Rams) | Malik Willis, QB, Liberty
  • Jacksonville Jaguars (3-14) | John Metchie III, WR, Alabama

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