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Chris Mortensen Shares Interesting Conspiracy Theory Around No. 1 Pick

NFL insider Chris Mortensen

BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA - FEBRUARY 16: Analyst Chris Mortensen watches action prior to an Alliance of American Football game between the Birmingham Iron and the Salt Lake Stallions at Legion Field on February 16, 2019 in Birmingham, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/AAF/Getty Images)

A few weeks ago, Michigan pass rusher Aidan Hutchinson was widely considered the most likely prospect to go No. 1 to the Jacksonville Jaguars. But in recent weeks, that narrative has flipped to Georgia pass rusher Travon Walker.

According to ESPN NFL draft analyst Chris Mortensen, this uncertainty at No. 1 could be a calculated move by the NFL to drive viewership for tonight's draft.

"Here's my philosophy on this," Mortensen explained. "It's been Aidan Hutchinson the Michigan defensive end for a while, right? Now all of a sudden it flipped over to Travon Walker of Georgia... I'm just wondering whether or not the NFL has incentivized the Jaguars in someway to create this confusion and suspense for the sake of us on ABC and ESPN."

Perhaps this is the case. Or Perhaps this flip flopping comes as a result of the lack of the clear No. 1 option in this year's draft class.

Recent reports indicate that the Jaguars attempted to trade their No. 1 overall pick to move a few spots back in the draft. Jacksonville GM Trent Baalke said the team is considering four top options ahead of tonight's selection process.

Tonight's draft will begin at 8 p.m. ET.