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2022 Jaguars Mock Draft – Version 1.0

The Jacksonville Jaguars have another vital draft coming up. Let’s take a look at how they might fill some of their defensive holes.

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2022 Jaguars Mock Draft – Version 1.0

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Once again the Jacksonville Jaguars have a stockpile of picks at their disposal. It has yet to be seen how badly Urban Meyer screwed this team up, but let’s just say last year’s draft is a mystery. Some players that were drafted last season weren’t even on the team at the start of the season, and many players contributed nothing. Trevor Lawrence was the only consistent draft pick out of the 10 picks they had.

Let’s see what I would do if I was in charge of the Jaguars’ draft picks this year.

First Round, Pick #1= Traded to Detroit

The Jaguars have franchise tagged Left Tackle Cam Robinson. This pushes the narrative that the Jags will take Aidan Hutchinson. Detroit will have none of that. Detroit moves up and gives Jacksonville their #2 and #34 picks for the opportunity to pick #1 overall and snag Aidan Hutchinson.

First Round, Pick #2(from Detroit) = Kayvon Thibodeaux/Edge/Oregon

If I were the GM for the Jaguars, this would be my number one pick no matter what. Even over Hutchinson. Maybe not over Evan Neal, but since the Jags tagged Robinson that opens them up to take the best player available. I really am baffled at how pundits have Thibodeaux slipping in the draft. He really is the best player in my eyes and has been since his sophomore season. The Jags are adding a player that will disrupt the passer – very important in the NFL.

Second Round, Pick #33 = Jahan Dotson/WR/Penn State

This guy can do it all. 4.43 speed and is more physical than his 5’11” frame may lead you to believe. Jahan Dotson can go up and get it, especially in the middle of the field. His best strength is actually running past defenders on double moves and creating separation. Dotson also has a knack for finding open space when his QB is on the scramble.

Second Round, Pick #34(from Detroit) = Trey McBride/TE/Colorado State

Many would say this is a reach and I would tend to agree. McBride is normally projected to be selected around pick #60. The Jaguars simply cannot wait for a TE. Their best pass catching TE is actually coming off of a season ending injury. Getting Trevor Lawrence a reliable pass catcher in the intermediate game is crucial to his success. Sometimes a reach is necessary.

Third Round, Pick #65= Justyn Ross/WR/Clemson

Reunited and it feels so good. Justyn Ross reunites with Trevor Lawrence, who is probably dying for a connection with a receiver. Considering the unstable position of the franchise last season, Trevor may need some familiar faces. Justyn and Trevor were dynamic in college. Hopefully, that can translate to the NFL. There was a night and day difference in Ross’ time with Trevor and his year without Trevor. And we’ve seen that connection reignite already with the likes of Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase this season…

Third Round, Pick #70= Brian Asamoah/LB/Oklahoma

Brian Asamoah is a fast, mean spirited LB who plays through the whistle. He has a flair for forced fumbles, keeps his speed through tackles, and affects the QB. Beyond that, he protects the line of scrimmage and the first down marker. He definitely marks his territory.

Fourth Round, Pick #103= Dameon Pierce/RB/Florida

Steal of the draft. If it were not for a loaded backfield and poor personnel decisions by Dan Mullen and the University of Florida coaching staff, Pierce would be more regarded as the top back of the draft. The Jaguars currently have a talented backfield, but both backs are coming off of major injuries. Besides, Pierce is more of a punishing back than the styles of James Robinson and Travis Etienne.

Fifth Round, Pick #153= Matthew Butler/DT/Tennessee

In the NFL you need rotation along the defensive line. If you do not have rotation you will literally be run out of the stadium.

Sixth Round, Pick #179= Jayden Peevy/DT/Texas A&M

Another rotational guy for run support and fresh legs. These SEC guys tend to be some of the best linemen in the game.

Sixth Round, Pick #188=Adam Anderson/Edge/Georgia

This is one that was very hard for me to mock. Adam Anderson is currently facing charges for rape. He missed the final 7 games in the 2021 season, including the National Championship game, due to these allegations.

I’m not sure what Adam Anderson’s future is but his talent is unquestioned. His talent is first round talent. The Jaguars have four 6th round picks. Taking a flyer on a talented guy who is in trouble is not too bad of an idea. If he never makes the league, it is no biggie for the team and most likely forgotten about in a short time. If he is found innocent, the Jags could hit a home run with the disruptive pass rusher.

The University of Georgia is allowing Adam back on campus for his pro day. After not being invited to the combine, this could be a good sign for him. I want to clarify that I only believe this is a good pick if he is justifiably proven innocent by the courts.

Sixth Round, Pick #196= Jack Jones/CB/Arizona State

Jack Jones was a 5-star recruit heading into his collegiate career. He arrived on the University of Southern California campus and had a huge impact, leading the Trojans in his sophomore season with 4 interceptions. After that season he was dismissed from the team due to academics. He was quickly brought into Arizona State and continued his success both on and off the field, earning Dean’s List honors. Seems like a guy willing to bet on himself and I really like that characteristic in a cornerback.

Sixth Round, Pick #197= Ben Brown/IOL/Ole Miss

The weakness in this mock draft is offensive linemen. I have kind of ignored this much needed position, but any 2-15 team (previously 1-15 the year before), will have many dire needs. However, the Jaguars are in a unique position, they are losing 3 starting offensive linemen from last season’s starting bunch. Not a good situation. If they don’t address OL in free agency, expect this to be a bigger priority in the draft.

Seventh Round, Pick #218= Brock Purdy/QB/Iowa State

In my opinion, a team should take a QB every single draft. I have two reasons. 1. The QB position is immensely valuable. If you can develop a QB and give him just a bit of showtime, you can really create more value via trade or just depth behind the starter. 2. If your starter goes down it’s nice to have some relief behind him. Oftentimes backups find themselves on other teams due to the natural business of the game. Keep them coming in and maybe one sticks around for a bit.

Baltimore made me. Duval raised me. New York saved me. I'm a Jags fan for life and don't ever disrespect it. I'm Duval Til' We Die #DTWD. Florida Gators over everybody. Dodgers to win it all. Since moving to NYC I have become a Brooklyn Nets fan and am still trying to pick a hockey team. Those are my main rooting interest. I'm the head NFL Writer for the Turf. You can also catch me on Amplified Network where I co-host a podcast called "60 minute suspension" highlighting all off field activity covering all sports. I'm also a very big hip hop fan. You may find some rhymes from my favorite songs in my writing.

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