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Michigan edge defenseman Aidan Hutchinson or Georgia defensive lineman Travon Walker: Who would you pick at No. 1 overall and why?
It’s looking increasingly like the Jaguars’ likely main storyline leading up to the 2022 NFL Draft, with many analysts pitching Hutchinson to the Jaguars with the No. 1 overall selection – but with Walker increasingly being discussed as a possibility there . General talking points on this topic are that analysts/types on the project’s personnel widely view Hutchinson as the safest choice on the project, with many analysts/types increasingly intrigued by Walker’s physical traits and advantages. . While it’s incorrect to rule out the offensive line at No. 1 overall, the front defender/forward in recent weeks has become the near unanimous projection for the Jaguars there. So who would I choose between Hutchinson and Walker? I’m not sure yet, and I’m not the only one in this case. I’ve long leaned towards Hutchinson because of his familiarity with the idea and because he’s considered such a safe pick. I am a sure guy. I like security. GMs also tend to like safety in the draft because you want to make sure you get some level of production from the picks, especially early in the first round. But Walker is a real consideration. With a significant advantage. He is intriguing. Stay tuned.
JO, we have six choices between 180 and 235. How do you think we will use these choices? Taking fliers about booming or busting talent? Strengthen our special teams? Use them to trade?
I don’t know if the Jaguars will “take fliers” on their end-of-round picks; it involves a will-or-not approach – and it is not. But I expect the Jaguars to use this selection on players they hope they can develop and on players who can contribute to special teams. I also expect general manager Trent Baalke to use at least a few of the picks to move around in the draft. You can go in many directions with six caps and I expect the Jaguars to do just that.
Nathan from St. Augustine, Florida
Hi Area. Your response to Tom de Jax on future stadium negotiations with the City got me thinking: why does there have to be a ‘home’ team in the London game? With a schedule of 17 games, can’t the two teams playing in London split the revenue equally? This way the Jags can continue to play one game in London each season if they wish, but keep all home games in Jacksonville!
This could be done in theory. Many things can be done in theory. The Jaguars want to be the home game in London because they don’t want to split the revenue equally – and because the revenue from a game in London matters. It’s not theory. This is the financial reality.
This fifth dentist. I never knew what to do with it.
It has indeed changed a generation.
Pete from St. Augustine, Florida
Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson said it would be a long-term solution here. To me, there’s no doubt that you draft the best left tackle at No. 1 and come back in the first round to get Tyler Linderbaum. I think the Jags would have the best offensive line in the NFL. This will give receivers more time to separate and help the game in progress. Oh and keep #16 on his feet. Your thoughts?
I think the Jaguars will select a #1 overall point defenseman/defensive forward in the 2022 NFL Draft. I wouldn’t rule out Iowa center Tyler Linderbaum later in the first round if they choose to move on of No. 33; he is intriguing.
John, if the league is so concerned about player safety when it comes to overtime, why not just get rid of it altogether? Coaches and players will find out in 60 minutes of playing time or that tie could keep them out of the playoffs. If it’s really about player safety, of course.
Such discussions are always about degree and reason. Of course, the league could abolish overtime in the interest of player safety. Games could also be shortened or eliminated. The whole league could be eliminated, but then there would be no league. The NFL and NFL Players Association consider player safety when making many decisions, as well as factors such as quality of play, money, and more. Player safety doesn’t trump everything else in the discussion, but it is taken into account.
How many wide receivers do you think we’ll draft this year? We need to find at least two that can expand the field.
I expect the Jaguars to retake a wide receiver in the early rounds of the 2022 NFL Draft.
_Ryan from Detroit, Michigan_
By most accounts, Alabama’s Jameson Williams would have been the first wide receiver on the board before his ACL injury. Now, it looks like he hits his early 20s in most fictional drafts. Would you be willing to ditch the 3:1 and 2:1 picks to go to 1:21 and get perhaps the best WR in this draft class?
It looks like you were asking if I would trade the first pick in Round 2 and the first pick in Round 3 of the 2022 NFL Draft for the No. 21 overall pick to select Williams. I would — if I believed Williams was a wide receiver truly capable of dictating defenses and making plays despite double coverage. What if the doctors believed that he would fully recover from the torn anterior cruciate ligament. So, yes… I would most likely trade.
Carlos from Mexico City, Mexico
Penalty kicks in football are the most exciting/dramatic/fair way in all sports to end a tie and produce a winner. Listen to me. Why not have both teams go for a series of five two-point conversion type plays from the two-yard line, one after the other at different ends of the field in each end zone? If still tied after five tries, sudden death. Wouldn’t it be cool to have all 44 starters on the pitch at once, trying to score/stop in quick succession? I don’t know why I haven’t been hired yet…
The NHL playoffs would be a strong argument against shootouts in football being the most exciting, dramatic and fair way to decide overtime. But that’s another debate. My brain is a little tired of overtime scenarios, and I guess I get the gist of yours. This seems to me perhaps a bit too fanciful for serious consideration. The NFL has always tried to make overtime as similar in spirit as possible to game situations. This is one of the reasons the league has eschewed the college format of giving each team equal chances from the 25 yard line of defense until a winner is decided.
JO, Do the Jaguars have extra time to train before the Hall of Fame game? They have so many new players after the free agency period.
Yes, teams participating in the Pro Football Hall of Fame game start training camp one week earlier than other teams.
John, when potential recruits visit the Jags, do the Jags cover all expenses?
Jonathan of Jacksonville
Hutchinson is projected as a better 4-3 running end, so why such a popular pick for the Jags? They’re going to make a 3-4 base D, aren’t they?
All teams, including the Jaguars, are playing a lot more nickel than base defense these days. It makes the whole idea of 4-3 or 3-4 and the specifics of the position a bit antiquated. Hutchinson projects as a very good edge defender/passer regardless of base defense.
To be clear, the Pride of the Jaguars is for special players. Former Jaguars center Brandon Linder was solid but not special (above Xs and O’s). Jags fans are so hungry for success that we’ve forgotten what special players look like. There isn’t a special player currently on the roster. Quarterback Trevor Lawrence may be special, but he hasn’t shown it yet. Time will tell, but the bottom line is that the Jags need a lot more special players.
Does former Alabama offensive tackle Evan Neal have a high chance of being the No. 1 overall pick?
He is one of several players slated as a possibility along with (mostly) Hutchinson, Georgia defensive lineman Travon Walker and North Carolina State left tackle Ikem Ekwonu. Most analysts now expect the Jaguars to select either Hutchinson or Walker at No. 1.
I have a friend who ostensibly believes there is a conspiracy with officiating against small market teams because the league wants to support big market teams. According to him, the moment the penalty kicks were taken during the Super Bowl was proof enough of that. What to say to such an individual to make him listen to reason?
Your friend believes in conspiracy theories. Reason need not apply.