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Jacksonville Jaguars Mock Draft Roundup 4.0

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2022 NFL Draft, we will update our Jacksonville Jaguars Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Jacksonville Jaguars from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Jaguars:

SI - Kevin Hanson (2/17)

1. Evan Neal, OT, Alabama

Those in Duval County could barely contain their excitement this time last year. The Jags were flush with cap space and draft capital, which included the opportunity to draft the prospect penciled into the top spot since he was a freshman. The Jaguars are picking first again after falling considerably short of expectations in the (less than) one-and-done Urban Meyer era.

With plenty of holes to fill, maximizing Lawrence's development should be Jacksonville's top priority heading into his second season. Assuming left tackle Cam Robinson is not tagged again or signed to an extension, Neal would become a Day 1 starter at left tackle. After starting 40 total career games, at a different position each season (LG, RT and LT, respectively), the versatile former five-star recruit has tremendous power to dominate at the point of attack and is an easy mover for a player with his massive 360-pound frame.

Yahoo! Sports - Eric Edholm (2/17)

1. Evan Neal, OT, Alabama

This feels fluid. But if the Jaguars want to protect Trevor Lawrence and give him every chance to succeed, this might be the way they lean. Doug Pederson always had strong trenches in Philly, and the guess is he'll want to attack those spots heavily this offseason.

Draft Wire - Luke Easterling (2/17)

1. Evan Neal, OT, Alabama

This year's draft class doesn't have a clear-cut top prospect, so the Jags will focus on their biggest need, which is protecting Trevor Lawrence. North Carolina State's Ikem Ekwonu could also get strong consideration here, but Neal still feels like the more likely blocker to take the top spot.

ESPN - Todd McShay (2/16)

1. Evan Neal, OT, Alabama

The Jaguars' top priority this offseason should be building around quarterback Trevor Lawrence, and that starts with the offensive line. Three starters along the line are set to be free agents -- including left tackle Cam Robinson -- and the other two are under contract for only one more year. Neal is a clear upgrade over Robinson at a lower cost, and he could be a foundational player on that offense with Lawrence for years to come. He has a massive frame, explosive power and versatility. Plus, Neal is a dominant run blocker, which will benefit James Robinson and Travis Etienne Jr. (set to return in 2022). New coach Doug Pederson won a Super Bowl with an elite offensive line, and the Jaguars know their success is tied to keeping Lawrence upright.

I also considered Michigan edge rusher Aidan Hutchinson here. He's my top prospect, and it's worth noting that Jacksonville was tied for 27th in the league in sacks (32) in 2021. I'd have no issue with the Jags taking Hutchinson instead, but I ultimately thought they needed to take the easy upgrade at a crucial spot. Neal would be the fifth offensive lineman taken at No. 1 overall in the common draft era (Eric Fisher in 2013 was the most recent).

Fox Sports - Rob Rang (2/16)

1. Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE, Michigan

The Jaguars face a more difficult decision at No. 1 this year than they did last year. Protecting the investment made in QB Trevor Lawrence with a burly blocker would seem to make the most sense -- but only if he is a verifiable star.

Hutchinson is the best and safest prospect in this draft, and the immediate impact he could have on and off the field makes him the smartest move. The problem in Jacksonville is less about talent than it is about culture. With the lone exception of 2018, the Jaguars have "earned" a top-10 pick each year since 2007.

USA Today - Nate Davis (2/15)

1. Evan Neal, OT, Alabama

The Jags are in the enviable/unenviable position of being the second team in four years with back-to-back No. 1 overall picks. The Browns went pass rusher (Myles Garrett) plus quarterback (Baker Mayfield), a course Jacksonville might also use considering QB Trevor Lawrence was selected in 2021 and this year's best players might be edge guys. However strong case to be made for Neal, who played guard and both tackle positions for the Tide, including the left side in 2021. And given that pending free agent LT Cam Robinson failed to perform like a franchise player in 2021, it might be most prudent for the Jaguars -- and they probably won't find any trade partners for this choice in a draft seemingly devoid of elite quarterback prospects -- to snag a 6-7, 350-pounder who can reliably safeguard Lawrence, perhaps for the next decade.

The Ringer - Danny Kelly (2/15)

1. Evan Neal, OT, Alabama

The Jaguars could go with one of the top pass rushers in the draft at this spot, but new head coach Doug Pederson's top priority will be getting Trevor Lawrence more support. Neal does just that as a larger-than-life enforcer on the blindside who can not only help give Lawrence more time to pass, but can help give the team a more consistent push in the ground game.

The Draft Scout - Matt Miller (2/14)

1. Evan Neal, OT, Alabama

Mock drafts are what I am hearing will happen, not what I would do for each team. They're a prediction. This is what I think happens if the draft were tomorrow based on current intel. A lot can and will change--the Jaguars are still figuring out their front office--but all the word around the league is that protecting Trevor Lawrence will be the team's priority at No. 1 overall.

NFL.com - Chad Reuter (2/14)

1. Evan Neal, OT, Alabama

Neal's athleticism will shine at the NFL Scouting Combine, adding another feather in his cap after he excelled at three positions (left guard as a freshman, right tackle in 2020, left tackle in 2021) in three years at Alabama. The Jaguars could select one of the top pass rushers, but franchise quarterback Trevor Lawrence needs to be protected.

PFF - Mike Renner (2/14)

1. Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE, Michigan

This one ain't changing until I hear differently. The Jaguars simply need to chalk up a win after taking multiple first-round Ls in recent years. There's no safer pick than Hutchinson, the highest-graded defender in college football last year.

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