Less than a week before the start of the 2022 NFL draft, Jaguars general manager Trent Baalke said the team has four players they are considering with the No. 1 pick.
Baalke told reporters on Friday that their selection is a “work in progress” and there are a lot of guys “valued very similar.”
“It will be interesting to see how the top ten lay out when it’s all said and done,” Baalke said. “… We still have a lot of meetings to go through… we’re ahead of last year schedule in terms of preparation.”
According to Tony Pauline of Pro Football Network, Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Trent Baalke and owner Shad Khan prefer two different prospects with that No. 1 pick. The report adds that Baalke wants Georgia pass rusher Travon Walker while Khan wants Michigan pass rusher Aidan Hutchinson.
New head coach Doug Pederson gave some insight into the process of drafting No. 1 Friday during his pre-draft availability with Trent Baalke.
“You better be right,” Pederson said, per Jaguars.com. “That person is going to come in and start. That’s why you pick him first overall.”
Hutchinson was a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2021 after recording 14.0 sacks, 16.5 tackles for loss, 62 tackles and two forced fumbles.
Travon Walker had 33 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, six sacks, and a fumble recovery to help Georgia win a national title last season.