The Jacksonville Jaguars spent a ton of cash during NFL free agency in hopes of turning over a new leaf. Urban Meyer is long gone and Doug Pederson is now running the show in Florida. Trevor Lawrence aims for a massive leap in Year Two after a brutal rookie year, although a lot of that is due to Meyer’s flaws as an NFL head coach.
The Jaguars invested heavily in offense, signing Evan Engram, Zay Jones, Christian Kirk, and Brandon Scherff, among others. They also have the first overall pick once again, and, luckily for them, the QB position is locked up for years to come.
They have many options and a ton of quality picks in the 2022 NFL Draft, and here is one direction they could go in when the clock starts ticking in Las Vegas at the end of April.
Round 1, No. 1 overall: Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE, Michigan
The Jaguars could use this pick on offensive tackle Evan Neal, but they decide to add the best pass-rusher in the draft. The Michigan Wolverines stunned everybody by making the College Football Playoff and Hutchinson ended up as a Heisman Trophy finalist.
He ended the year with 58 solo tackles and 13 sacks while being paired with David Ojabo on the edge. The Jaguars desperately need a talented pass-rusher on the outside along with Josh Allen, and Hutchinson will instantly come in and make a difference from Day One.
Hutchinson’s motor is through the roof, and he won’t turn 22 until August. The Jaguars’ roster looks much improved from 2021, and Hutchinson will have a terrific case at winning the Defensive Player of the Year Award.
Round 2, No. 33 overall: Lewis Cine, S, Georgia
The Jaguars focus on their defense heavily in this draft and add Lewis Cine with the first pick of the second round. Cine could easily be the best safety in this draft class, and the Jaguars waste no time turning in the card when they still see his name on the board.
Cine is another player who played in the College Football Playoff with the Georgia Bulldogs. Cine has a little bit of Derwin James Jr. to his game, a safety with terrific closing speed and somebody who can be used efficiently as a pass rusher.
His 40-yard dash time at the NFL Combine also caught a lot of eyes.
The Jaguars add a second straight starter on defense with Cine.
Round 3, No. 65 overall: Isaiah Likely, TE, Coastal Carolina
The Jaguars added Evan Engram at tight end, but they still address the position in the third round. Engram had a turbulent tenure with the New York Giants, and who knows what he will do in Jacksonville.
Likely is one of the best tight ends in this class and is a versatile player that Lawrence would love throwing the ball to. He can line up in multiple spots in the offense and is a tough draw for opposing defenses.
The Jaguars have added pass-catchers for Lawrence, and Likely is one of the most athletic players in the entire draft class, and in the third round, they can’t let him slide any longer.
Round 3, No. 70 overall: Dylan Parham, IOL, Memphis
The Jaguars finally address the offensive line with the selection of Dylan Parham. The Memphis Tigers standout falls far — for some reason — and the Jaguars pounce on this opportunity.
Parham drew a lot of eyeballs during the Reese’s Senior Bowl and is rising up draft boards quickly, so it remains to be seen whether or not he is here at No. 70.
In this case, he was, and the Jaguars add even more protection for Lawrence up front. He is likely to be a center in the NFL, but he has positional flexibility and can give them much-needed depth across the entire OL.