Earlier in the week in our NFL Combine rumors roundup article, we noted that Peter King of NBC Sports suggested that Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson was his hunch for the first overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. Many, however, brushed that off as one person’s opinion, thinking that the Jacksonville Jaguars would rather use the pick to protect their new franchise quarterback Trevor Lawrence with an offensive lineman. For months, the most popular pick for the Jaguars has either been Alabama offensive tackle Evan Neal or NC State’s Ikem Ekwonu.
But on Tuesday, the Jaguars franchise tagged left tackle Cam Robinson for the second straight year, locking him up for at least one more season, and as a result, the narrative has shifted dramatically.
In fact, Hutchinson is now the heavy favorite to be the first overall pick, according to DraftKings Sportsbook. Hutchinson’s odds are -165, meaning a $165 wager would net a $100 profit. Neal has the next best odds at +380 (a $100 successful bet nets $380 in profit), followed by Ekwonu at +450.
Just a few weeks ago, the odds looked like this:
- Evan Neal +120
- Aidan Hutchinson +200
- Ikem ekwonu +700
Of course, none of this changes the fact that the Jaguars could still use a massive upgrade at both of their offensive tackle positions. Both Robinson and starting right tackle Jawaan Taylor are recent second-round picks, but neither have played particularly well. Taylor, too, is entering the final year of his contract. They do have Walker Little, a second-round pick last year, but Little only played as an injury replacement last year. Offensive tackle is certainly not off the table for them.
That being said, if Hutchinson is indeed their pick, that will result in a lot of disappointed Lions fans. In our latest poll, 68 percent of Lions fans were hoping the team selects Hutchinson with the second overall pick.
- Amy Trask, the former CEO of the Oakland Raiders and one of the more well-respected minds in the NFL, had some nice things to say about Cameron Davis—the Lions’ newest defensive coach who was hired last week:
I met Cameron when he interned with the @Raiders - he impressed me tremendously from the moment I met him, he still does - I have rooted and cheered for him to succeed since meeting him, I always shall - I am thrilled the @Lions hired him, Lions fans should be thrilled as well. https://t.co/ezRQfcXIaD— Amy Trask (@AmyTrask) March 7, 2022
- Kyle Meinke has a nice free agency preview for the wide receiver spot, although there are small points that are a little outdated after Tuesday’s flurry of news, including Detroit’s re-signing of Josh Reynolds.
- It sure looks like Lions safety Dean Marlowe has been told by the team that they won’t be re-signing him:
- PFF dropped a new post-NFL Combine mock draft that is sure to get you fired up in one way or another.
- Josh Reynolds: Officially happy to be back:
- Jeff Risdon of Lions Wire has a full 7-round draft for the Lions that may be a little more palatable.
- Just for fun, let’s check in on our old friend Quandre Diggs after news of the Russell Wilson trade broke: