After a second-straight season with the worst record in the NFL, the Jacksonville Jaguars are the (not so) proud owners of the number one overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
In an NFL Scouting Combine press conference, Jaguars' general manager Trent Baalke shared his willingness to trade the number one overall pick.
"You are always open for business," Baalke shared. "Now, whether we're going to be able to move it or not [we don't know], but we're very comfortable taking the pick as well. You have to be prepared for anything in this league so to say we won't shop it is probably not 100 percent correct, but to say we will is not [100 percent correct] either. We're going to see what comes, and if something comes our way and makes sense to us, we'll make that decision at that time."
But despite "being open for business," Baalke's phone hasn't been ringing with offers for the number one pick, per Ian Rapoport.
"From what I understand, the Jacksonville Jaguars' phone has not really been ringing," Rapoport said. "They haven't gotten a lot of interest in one, and it doesn't sound like they've received any interest in number one. So, as it stands now, and this would not be a surprise, the Jaguars are expected to make that pick."
If the Jaguars do, in fact, make the pick at one overall, Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson is the betting favorite to be the selection. Other potential candidates for the top pick include Alabama offensive tackle Evan Neal, Georgia defensive end Travon Walker, and NC State offensive tackle Ikem Ekwonu.
The Jaguars selected quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the first overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
The 2022 NFL Draft is set to kick off on April 28th at 8 pm in Las Vegas.
My take: In a year where there isn't much star power at the quarterback position and no consensus number one prospect else-wise, it should come as no great shock that the Jaguars haven't received interest in the number one pick. And that's fine. They have their choice of any player in this class, an enviable position. And this report doesn't mean that no team will coming knocking in the next three weeks, but the odds of a trade involving the number one pick shrink by the minute.
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