- ESPN staff writer
- Previously a college football reporter for CBSSports.com
- University of Florida graduate
We’re heading into the final week of the 2021 NFL season, and the race for the No. 1 pick in the 2022 NFL draft is down to just a couple of teams. All signs are pointing toward the Jacksonville Jaguars landing the top selection for a second consecutive year, and a loss or tie on Sunday would secure it for the two-win team. (The Jags could even get it with a win if things break the right way.)
But it isn’t your standard year for the top of the draft. As of now, it looks like a non-QB will be the first prospect off the board for just the fifth time in 21 years, and it’s tough to predict what will happen at the No. 1 spot. So we called in NFL insider Jeremy Fowler and draft expert Jordan Reid to bring some clarity to the first pick. Will it be the Jaguars, or could things change up in the final week of the season? Who are the candidates to go first overall, and what makes them elite talents? Are there any other players who could rise into the mix, and why isn’t there a quarterback worthy of the top selection this year?
Fowler and Reid answer 13 big questions about the No. 1 pick, weaving in ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI) predictions, what the game tape says about the class’ best prospects and what NFL execs think could happen when the clock starts on April 28. Let’s jump in, starting with which teams are still in the running to have the first overall pick.
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