Jacksonville Jaguars GM Trent Baalke discusses options at No. 1 pick, insight on Aidan Hutchinson's potential
The NFL Draft is just one week away with the Jacksonville Jaguars holding the No. 1 overall pick. On Friday, Jacksonville GM Trent Baalke and new head coach Doug Pederson met with the media to discuss their options at the top.
Most notably, Baalke shared that the decision on who the Jaguars will take No. 1 overall has not been determined. Baalke called the process “a work in progress” but did indicate Jacksonville is down to 4 options with the first pick.
It also sounds like the Jaguars will be staying at No. 1. According to Baalke, no one has inquired about trading for the first pick in the draft.
“The decision doesn’t have to be made right now” – Baalke when asked about how this year’s pick isn’t already decided.
“Still a work in progress.”
— Demetrius Harvey (@Demetrius82) April 22, 2022
Jaguars GM Trent Baalke later says they have 4 players in consideration for the No.1 overall pick. He won’t reveal who or what positions. Gotta figure Aiden Hutchinson, Travon Walker & at least one of OTs are among the group.
— Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) April 22, 2022
While they did not reveal their pick, Baalke and Pederson did talk favorably about Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson. Pederson especially pointed to Hutchinson as a fit for Jacksonville’s culture as a “good person, great leader.”
Trent Baalke says Aidan Hutchinson is “a good player.”
Doug Perderson says he fits the culture. “Good person, great leader.”
I still think he’s the pick at one.
— Jordan de Lugo (@jordandelugo) April 22, 2022
Baalke did briefly discuss Hutchinson vs. Georgia pass-rusher Travon Walker. He admitted both players are productive but come from different schemes and were used in different ways.
“They’re both productive in their own way … Totally different schemes, used differently in those schemes.”
Jaguars GM Trent Baalke on Hutchinson and Walker. Says traits and production are both important
— John Shipley (@_John_Shipley) April 22, 2022