All eyes have been on the Jacksonville Jaguars ever since it was made official that they will select first overall at the 2022 NFL Draft. There are numerous avenues that the Jaguars could take with the No. 1 due to their multiple needs, but most experts have them going with Michigan Wolverines EDGE Aidan Hutchinson.
Surprisingly, that isn't the case with CBS Sports' Ryan Wilson's latest mock draft. Instead of Hutchinson, Wilson has the Jaguars making a shocking selection by taking NC State offensive tackle Ikem Ekwonu at No. 1.
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Wilson even admits that Hutchinson is the top-rated prospect on CBS Sports' draft board, however, he adds that the Jaguars should draft Ekwonu after already taking edge rushers Josh Allen and K'Lavon Chaisson in the first round of 2019 and 2020, respectively.
Although Ekwonu is a surprising choice at No. 1, it isn't like he doesn't deserve the recognition. The 6-foot-4, 310-pound tackle won the ACC Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the conference's top blocker after recording 18 big-time run blocks last fall.
The Jaguars have a serious need for some run block support after averaging 103.2 rushing yards per game (No. 22) in 2021. James Robinson and Travis Etienne are skilled enough to be a reliable duo out of the backfield and drafting Ekwonu can help them reach that potential.
Oddsmakers would also be shocked if the Jaguars took Ekwonu first overall this month. NFL Draft odds on FanDuel Sportsbook currently favor Hutchinson at -250 to go at No. 1, whereas Ekwonu is tied with Alabama offensive lineman Evan Neal for third at +1200.
The 2022 NFL Draft kicks off on Thursday, April 28 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nev.
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