It has been widely assumed because the Jacksonville Jaguars franchise-tagged still left tackle Cam Robinson previous thirty day period that the workforce is primed to pick out an edge rusher at No. 1 all round on April 28.
But is that the move head mentor Doug Pederson genuinely wishes to pull the result in on? According to FanSided’s Matt Lombardo, there is one particular AFC mentor who believes it is widely identified that Pederson needs to select an offensive player with the draft’s top decide.
“They could effortlessly go move-rusher, but it is the worst stored secret that Doug Pederson needs to go offense with that decide on,” an nameless AFC coach advised Lombardo.
“The challenge is, I’m not sure there’s a No. 1 in general offensive deal with in this course, let alone a single worthy of the No. 1 over-all select.”
Does this imply a lot for the No. 1 general select? Taking into consideration the choose will be an organizational final decision that is centered on collaboration in between Pederson, general supervisor Trent Baalke and the coaching workers, it does not necessarily mean that Pederson’s possible want for an offensive player at No. 1 signifies the Jaguars will go in that direction.
With this in thoughts, there are a couple of offensive gamers who make sense with the top pick: North Carolina State’s Ikem Ekwonu and Alabama’s Evan Neal are two of the optimum-rated prospective customers in the complete course and every single could perform remaining guard as a rookie ahead of transferring to either remaining or proper tackle in the long term.
The Jaguars also had one particular of the worst offenses in the complete NFL final year, a result that was mostly thanks to the team’s deficiency of offensive talent. Most of the Jaguars’ recent initially-round picks have come on the defensive side of the ball, with Trevor Lawrence, Travis Etienne, and Leonard Fournette as the only exceptions due to the fact 2015.
Thinking of the yr Lawrence had on a negative Jaguars’ offense, it would not be surprising if an offensive-minded coach like Pederson would want to include an offensive participant at No. 1 to set his quarterback up for good results.
“You know, the decisions to provide men like Cam back are to shield your quarterback, you know. It has practically nothing to do with the draft and we want those people men to be you know, we want that offensive line to be solidified,” Pederson explained past month at the annual league assembly.
“We want fellas up there that have been all around. Cam was is a significant aspect of that and is going to be a huge element of that. So we had been excited to naturally keep him. But as it pertains to the draft, you know, which is kind of its personal individual deal ideal now.”
The Jaguars hold 12 picks in the 2022 NFL Draft, which include four options in the 1st 70 picks.
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- Round 3, No. 70 overall (via Carolina)
- Round 5, No. 157 overall (via Minnesota)
- Round 6, No. 188 in general (through Seattle)
- Round 6, No. 198 all round (by using Philadelphia)
- Round 6, No. 199 over-all (by using Pittsburgh)
- Spherical 7, No. 236 total (via Baltimore)