Report: Aidan Hutchinson, Lions ‘chatter’ examining the cost of trading with Jaguars for the No. 1 pick

Could the Jacksonville Jaguars actually have a team ready to move into the No. 1 draft next month? That’s a question to be answered over the next five weeks as the Jaguars ponder their next move.

While a trade in the 2022 NFL Draft has looked unlikely since the jump due to the weak quarterback class, there could be a team in the top 5 that has a legitimate interest in moving up. in first place.

According to Dane Brugler of The Athletic during an appearance on “The Athletic Football Show”, there are rumors that the Detroit Lions are considering a potential scenario where they trade with the Jaguars. The Lions hold the No. 2 and No. 32 picks in the first round and, according to Brugler, would be interested in replacing Michigan edge defenseman Aidan Hutchinson.

“And there’s even chatter there, you know, just talking to people in the league about the Lions, looking at what it would cost to go to No. 1 to get Hutchinson,” said Brugger.

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Hutchinson is of course a local product for the Lions due to his star-studded high school and college careers played in Michigan. The Heisman Trophy runner-up was expected to be the Jaguars’ best option at No. 1 overall in recent weeks due to the Jaguars’ additions to offensive tackle and offensive guard, but not edge rusher.

“We’re open for business,” Jaguars general manager Trent Baalke said of the No. 1 overall pick last week.

The Jaguars spent big in free agency, signing seven seven-position first-wave free agents in wide receivers Christian Kirk and Zay Jones, tight end Evan Engram, right guard Brandon Scherff, cornerback Darious Williams, linebacker Foyesade Oluokun and defensive tackle Folet Fatukasi.

But with all their spending, the Jaguars never signed a single pass-rusher. The Jaguars pass rush has struggled for most of 2021 and Baalke has made it clear that adding to the pass rush is a top priority. That would make Hutchinson the clear option at No. 1 overall, but could the Jaguars move up to No. 2 and still grab a pass-rusher?

“You’re always open for business,” Baalke told the NFL Scouting Combine.

“Now whether we’re going to be able to move it or not [we don’t know], but we are also very comfortable to choose. You have to be ready for anything in this league, so saying we won’t buy is probably not 100% correct, but saying we will isn’t [100 percent correct] That is. We’ll see what happens and if something comes up for us that makes sense to us, we’ll make that decision then.

Charles P. Patton