Doug Pederson: Jaguars “better be right” with our No. 1 overall pick

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The Jaguars have had the first overall pick in the NFL draft two years in a row for a reason, and they can’t afford to miss on an opportunity to draft an impact player on Thursday night.

That’s the word from Jaguars coach Doug Pederson, who said his team absolutely must get a player who’s going to make a significant contribution this season.

You better be right,” Pederson said. “That person is going to come in and start. That’s why you pick him first overall.”

Jaguars General Manager Trent Baalke says he hasn’t received a single call from any team looking to trade up to No. 1, so it appears that the Jaguars will use that first overall pick. The Jaguars say they are considering four players, and although they haven’t named them, they are almost certainly Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson, Georgia defensive end Travon Walker, Alabama offensive tackle Evan Neal and North Carolina State offensive tackle Ikem Ekwonu.

17 responses to “Doug Pederson: Jaguars “better be right” with our No. 1 overall pick

  1. The safest pick would be offensive linemen, protect your number ONE pick your quarterback. That makes the most sense.

  2. …or what? Are you going to get fired again?

    It’s a draft. You make the best possible educated guess you can and go from there. There’s at least 5 future studs, the top 2 DE’s & the top 2 tackles you can basically flip a coin.

    My only question is where Sauce is going to end up, because every team that didn’t pick him is going to regret it.

  3. I can’t believe they did not have Sauce in that group of four. The top of the draft is comparatively weak, why not take the best player, regardless of position?

  4. Doug better hope Trevor was the right pick. He was horrible (12td/17int) as a rookie and I don’t think it was all Urban Meyer. Davis Mills was by far the best rookie QB (16td/10int). I loved what my Eagles did with Doug but Doug runs the Reid system, which is what got him fired. Got Nagy fired. Got Childress fired. Got Shurmur fired. Has won Reid ONE Super Bowl since 1999. It’s a pass happy system that often miuses the run game.

  5. If Dougie has any say, the Jags are picking one of the two OT’s. Evan Neal has the versatility Doug likes, being able to play on the left or right side and he’s an Alabama alumni. Ekwonu needs work as a pass protector. The defensive linemen are awesome, but the Jags have a bad OL and they need to protect the franchise QB.

  6. Jason Harshman says:
    April 23, 2022 at 12:38 pm
    Doug better hope Trevor was the right pick. He was horrible (12td/17int) as a rookie and I don’t think it was all Urban Meyer. Davis Mills was by far the best rookie QB (16td/10int).

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    Mac Jones would like a word with you

  7. I don’t see why Doug Pederson should be concerned, unless he’s been talking to Jim Harbaugh. Unless he’s been talking to anyone who’s been paying attention to the career of his GM.

  8. Jason Harshman says:
    April 23, 2022 at 12:38 pm
    Doug better hope Trevor was the right pick. He was horrible (12td/17int) as a rookie and I don’t think it was all Urban Meyer. Davis Mills was by far the best rookie QB (16td/10int). I loved what my Eagles did with Doug but Doug runs the Reid system, which is what got him fired. Got Nagy fired. Got Childress fired. Got Shurmur fired. Has won Reid ONE Super Bowl since 1999. It’s a pass happy system that often miuses the run game.

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    We’ve often seen when a great young QB gets drafted into a horrible environment, their first year stats aren’t a good indicator of what’s to come later. Troy Aikman had 9 TD – 18 Int as a rookie. Terry Bradshaw 6 TD – 24 int. Steve Young 3 TD – 8 int. But you’re not alone and this is nothing new. Many folks were calling these 3 HOFers a bust after their rookie seasons.

  9. With Baalke making the decision you can pretty much guarantee it’ll be a dumb pick.

  10. Sounds to me like a man who knows he’s getting a player forced onto him by Baalke. If the rumors are true that Baalke wants Walker above anyone else then I can understand the trepidation by Pederson here.

  11. I hope Baalke trades back in the first and takes a kicker.

    I hear he is enamored with Cade York, put it on the board.

  12. Solidify that offense. You got the QB, and the RB, paid for the WRs, franchises the OT, make the offense a STRENGTH, instead of being decent on both sides of the ball. Build an indetity on the arm of your franchise qb. The commenter above puts up Lawrence’s “stats” as to why he might be a busy, but that’s just lazy and inaccurate analyzing. Trevor can be a STAR. Keep him on his feet and he’ll figure out a way to do what he does best, SLING IT.

  13. To earn the first pick in the draft two years in a row, is no small accomplishment. In a league where parity reigns, it takes an extraordinary series of blunders, malfeasance and missteps to make this happen. Jacksonville has yearned this honor.

  14. As bad as that team is it will not matter you guys will have the number one pick again next year.

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