Todd McShay says SEC star could be dark horse No. 1 pick in NFL Draft
With the 2021 college football season behind us, the NFL Draft will be here before you know it. And the NFL Draft’s impending arrival means plenty of mock drafts will make their way across the Internet and speculation fires up as to which team will take which player.
For the 2nd year in a row, the Jacksonville Jaguars will hold the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. They ended up taking Trevor Lawrence last year, but with another disastrous season in the rearview mirror, what direction will the Jags go in this time around?
ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. unveiled his 1st mock draft on Wednesday, and he has Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson coming off the board first. While colleague Todd McShay agreed, he felt that a “dark horse” could emerge as a possible pick for Jacksonville, and it could be in the form of some help in the front five.
“Jacksonville desperately needs an offensive lineman,” McShay said. “Evan Neal from Alabama could fit that bill. He could step in right away. Three-year starter, he’s played at guard, both tackle positions. He’s a monster of a man.
“But I get it. The best two players in this draft are Aidan Hutchinson and Kayvon Thibodeaux. And they’re both defensive ends, and those are outside of quarterback arguably the most important position on the field right now in the NFL, getting after those quarterbacks.”
An offensive lineman hasn’t gone 1st overall since offensive tackle Eric Fisher was taken with the No. 1 pick by the Kansas City Chiefs out of Central Michigan in 2013. We’ll see what route the Jaguars take this time around.