Saturday, January 22, 2022

2022 NFL Mock Draft: One quarterback goes in top 10; Jaguars go defense with No. 1 overall pick

Edge rushers and offensive linemen dominate the top 10 selections


The Jaguars finished the season strong with a dominating performance against the Colts, and if the Lions hadn’t beaten the Packers, Detroit would now have the No. 1 pick. In some sense, that would’ve made things easier for Jacksonville, an organization that doesn’t need an edge rusher. And no one would’ve blinked had Detroit taken Aidan Hutchinson at No. 1.

Instead, the draft order remains pretty much unchanged from recent weeks and the Jags will have to confront the real possibility of selecting Hutchinson, even though they’ve taken edge rushers Josh Allen and K’Lavon Chaisson in the first round in two of the last three drafts. There are worse fates, of course — like overdrafting a quarterback,  though this appears to be the year where there likely won’t be a team willing to trade up to No. 1 to take one.

This week, the top 10 is dominated by offensive linemen and edge rushers, and the first quarterback doesn’t go off the board until the ninth pick. All told, only three QBs go in the first round, though a lot can change between now and late April, especially if one of the passers currently on the outside looking in gets red hot at the Senior Bowl, which is just a few weeks away.

Keep reading to see where the three quarterbacks land, and how the entire first round unfolds.

One other thing, and this is important: we’re using the 2022 NFL Draft order (via tankathon) to determine selections 1-32 below.

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