ESPN analyst Todd McShay unveiled his third of many 2022 NFL mock drafts this morning, and there was a different name right at the top.
McShay pegged Michigan defensive lineman Aidan Hutchinson to the Jacksonville Jaguars with the No. 1 overall pick, envisioning a pass rushing pairing of Hutchinson and Josh Allen. Previously, he had Alabama offensive tackle Evan Neal in that spot.
"I thought hard about NC State offensive tackle Ikem Ekwonu here even after the Jaguars put the franchise tag on Cam Robinson on Tuesday, but that move means Jacksonville will be paying Robinson $16.6 million in 2022," McShay wrote. "Would the Jags commit that kind of money to the position and then still draft a tackle when they have the chance to instead bring in the best prospect in the class? Hutchinson can be a franchise cornerstone on defense."
Rounding out his new top five, McShay mocked Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton to the Detroit Lions at No. 2 and the aforementioned Ekwonu to the Houston Texans with the third pick, followed by Neal to the New York Jets and Georgia EDGE Travon Walker to the Giants.
You can view McShay's full latest mock here, though it is behind a paywall.
Hutchinson tallied 62 tackles, 14 sacks and 66 pressures for the Wolverines in 2021, earning Heisman Trophy finalist status and helping to lead the team to the Big Ten championship and College Football Playoff.
The 2022 NFL Draft is set for April 28-30.