Jaguars Clinch No. 1 Overall Pick in 2022 NFL Draft with Lions' Win over PackersJanuary 9, 2022
What a day for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Not only did the Jags (3-14) beat the Indianapolis Colts 26-11 on Sunday, potentially ending the playoff hopes of their divisional rivals, but they also clinched the top overall pick in the 2022 NFL draft after the Detroit Lions (3-13-1) beat the Green Bay Packers 37-30.
It will be the second straight draft and the second time in team history the Jaguars hold the top overall pick. Last year, the Jags took quarterback Trevor Lawrence at No. 1.
It was a positive end to another poor, dysfunctional season in Jacksonville. The hire of Urban Meyer was a debacle that ended in a December firing, leaving the head coaching position in flux heading into the offseason.
Many Jaguars fans, who dressed up in clown masks for Sunday's game, are pretty fed up with the organization:
While there is talent on the roster, headlined by Lawrence, running back James Robinson, edge-rusher Josh Allen and linebacker Myles Jack, there are far more holes to be filled.
As for the No. 1 pick this year, the Jags are free to take the best player available with the quarterback position solidified. ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. believes that is Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson, with Oregon edge-rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux, Alabama offensive tackle Evan Neal, Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton and LSU corner Derek Stingley Jr. rounding out the top five.
Getting Lawrence some help on the offensive side of the ball would make sense. Having a player like Neal to protect his blind side would be a wise investment. The Jags could also trade the pick for a treasure trove of future picks if they don't love their options.
It was a tough season in Jacksonville. But a win and the top overall pick will at least be a cherry on top of that melted sundae.