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3 Most Likely Jaguars NFL Draft Targets if They Pick No. 1 Overall

Devon Platana
Here are the three most likely Jacksonville Jaguars 2022 NFL Draft targets if they pick No. 1 overall, including Kayvon Thibodeaux and Evan Neal.
Here are the three most likely Jacksonville Jaguars 2022 NFL Draft targets if they pick No. 1 overall, including Kayvon Thibodeaux and Evan Neal. / Michael Reaves/GettyImages

After selecting Trevor Lawrence first overall back in April, the 2021 NFL season was supposed to be a positive one for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Fast forward following their Week 15 loss to the Houston Texans and the 2-12 Jaguars currently have the No. 1 pick at the 2022 NFL Draft if the season ended today. If anything, that shows how the team's rebuild is far from over.

With Jacksonville already drafting its franchise quarterback, it wouldn't be surprising to see the team address the defense with its first pick in April. Keeping that in mind, here's a look at three players the Jaguars will most likely target if they pick No. 1 at the 2022 NFL Draft.

Jaguars No. 1 Draft Pick

1. Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon

Dating back to October, Oregon Ducks pass-rusher Kayvan Thibodeaux has been involved in conversations to go first overall in 2022. The two-time first-team All-Pac-12 defender has shown a lot of potential in his three collegiate campaigns, recording 126 total tackles (35.5 for a loss), 19.0 sacks and three forced fumbles. While an ankle injury forced him to miss a pair of games this season, Thibodeaux has all the tools to be an elite NFL talent.

2. Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE, Michigan

Like Thibodeaux, Aidan Hutchinson seems like another can't-miss edge rusher up for grabs in 2022. The Michigan Wolverine's 15.5 sacks on the season are more than he had combined in his previous three campaigns (10.0), while also adding 58 total tackles and a pair of forced fumbles. If that wasn't impressive on its own, Hutchinson finished second in Heisman Trophy voting and even had 78 first-place votes. If the Jaguars think this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to his potential, Hutchinson could be a franchise player for years to come in Jacksonville.

3. Evan Neal, OT, Alabama

If the Jaguars want to use the No. 1 pick to help out the offense, they can go after Alabama Crimson Tide offensive tackle Evan Neal. The 6-foot-7, 360-pound prospect is rated as the best offensive lineman in the draft and it isn't really close. Selecting him would immediately give Lawrence some much-needed protection, who has been sacked 28 times as of Week 15 — tied for the 12th-highest amount. Yes, the Jaguars drafted LT Walker Little in the second round last year, however, he's had an inconsistent rookie season. Building a solid o-line is the key to being a contender in the NFL, which is why the Jaguars should at least consider Neal as an option.

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