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Mock draft tracker 3.0: OT remains popular at No. 1

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JACKSONVILLE – The "experts" are leaning offensive line for the Jaguars.

That's the temperature in this week's jaguars.com 2022 mock draft tracker, anyway – with multiple analysts projecting the Jaguars will select an offensive tackle with the No. 1 overall selection in the 2022 NFL Draft.

This week's favorite, according to analysts:

Evan Neal, offensive tackle, Alabama.

"Protecting franchise quarterback Trevor Lawrence is the No. 1 priority for Jacksonville," NFL.com and Jaguars Media analyst Bucky Brooks wrote for NFL.com. "The Jaguars could pair Neal with 2021 second-rounder Walker Little to man the edges for years to come."

Four of seven analysts in this week's third edition of the jaguars.com '22 mock-draft tracker projected Neal at No. 1.

"Neal isn't a perfect blocking prospect, but he's massive and has outstanding athleticism," Chris Trapasso of CBS Sports wrote, with Luke Easterling of USA Today Draft Wire writing: "Their primary focus should be the development and success of Trevor Lawrence, and that means upgrading the offensive line with a tackle prospect who is absolutely worthy of this spot."

Keith Sanchez of The Draft Network projected the Jaguars selecting North Carolina State offensive tackle Ikem Ekwonu No. 1 overall.

"The early leader for this pick is Evan Neal, but I believe the Jaguars go in a different direction," Sanchez wrote, adding of Ekwonu: "The most exciting trait about him is his physicality. Ekwonu is a bully and will be a physically-imposing blocker and will protect Lawrence for many years to come."

Josh Edwards of CBS Sports projected Oregon edge defender Kayvon Thibodeaux to the Jaguars No. 1.

"Many are quick to assume Jacksonville will take one of the talented offensive linemen available, but there is still a case to be made for edge rusher," Edwards wrote.

Here's the third jaguars.com 2022 mock draft tracker:

  • Mocker, Affiliation (Date): Player, position, school
  • Keith Sanchez, The Draft Network (1/31): Ikem EkwFonu, OT, North Carolina State
  • Sam Monson, Pro Football Focus (1/31): Evan Neal, OT, Alabama
  • Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports (1/31): Aidan Hutchinson, DE, Michigan
  • Josh Edwards, CBS Sports (1/29): Kayvon Thibodeaux, Edge, Oregon
  • Chris Trapasso, CBS Sports (1/29): Evan Neal, OT, Alabama
  • Luke Easterling, USA Today Draft Wire (1/27): Evan Neal, OT, Alabama
  • Bucky Brooks, NFL.com (1/25): Evan Neal, OT, Alabama
  • Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports (1/24): Aidan Hutchinson, DE, Michigan
  • Bryan Perez, The Draft Network (1/24): Kayvon Thibodeaux, Edge, Oregon
  • Trevor Sikkema, Pro Football Focus (1/24): Evan Neal, OT, Alabama
  • Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Media Analyst (1/21): Evan Neal, OT, Alabama
  • Kyle Crabbs, The Draft Network (1/20): Aidan Hutchinson, DE, Michigan
  • Josh Edwards, CBS Sports (1/20): Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State
  • Chris Trapasso, CBS Sports (1/20): Evan Neal, OT, Alabama
  • Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN (1/19): Aidan Hutchinson, DE, Michigan
  • Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports (1/17): Aidan Hutchinson, DE, Michigan
  • Austin Gayle, Pro Football Focus (1/17): Aidan Hutchinson, DE, Michigan
  • Kyle Stackpole, CBS Sports (1/14): Kayvon Thibodeaux, Edge, Oregon
  • Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News (1/14): Aidan Hutchinson, DE, Michigan
  • Josh Edwards, CBS Sports (1/13): Evan Neal, OT, Alabama
  • Luke Easterling, USA Today Draft Wire (1/13): Kayvon Thibodeaux, Edge, Oregon
  • Chris Trapasso, CBS Sports (1/13): Evan Neal, OT, Alabama
  • Bryan Fischer, Athlon Sports (1/13): Kayvon Thibodeaux, Edge, Oregon
  • Jason McIntyre, FOX Sports (1/12): Kayvon Thibodeaux, Edge, Oregon
  • Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz, USA Today (1/12): Kayvon Thibodeaux, Edge, Oregon
  • Michael Renner, Pro Football Focus (1/10): Aidan Hutchinson, DE, Michigan
  • Anthony Treash, Pro Football Focus (1/3): Aidan Hutchinson, DE, Michigan
  • Josh Edwards, CBS Sports (1/1): Kayvon Thibodeaux, Edge, Oregon

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