Jaguars’ Shad Khan, Trent Baalke disagree on No. 1 choice?

Four prospects are believed to be in play for the Jaguars as No. 1 overall, but it could be a matchup between two defensive ends when the top decision makers come together on their final decision this week.

Shad Khan will observe Trent Baalke– and Doug Pedersen-leaded operations this week, notes Albert Breer of, and the longtime Jaguars owner said he has an opinion on which way the team should go at No. 1. Khan’s opinion seems to be that Michigans Aidan Hutchinson is the way to go, according to Tony Pauline of, who adds that Baalke supports Georgia’s defensive lineman Travon Walker.

Despite his college production dwarfing Walker’s, Hutchinson now follows the size speed freak in pre-draft odds to become the best choice. The Walker-Jaguars connection has been going on for several weeks now. Khan has had roster control in the past, and it would not be surprising if the 10-year-old Jags owner pulled the trigger on his favorite player. Khan would apparently prefer the room to form a consensus and hint to Breer that Pederson and Baalke have control over football operations.

Yes, I have an opinion“Khan said via Breer about the number one choice.”I have an opinion. We’re supposed to meet on Wednesday, so I do not have such a firm decision as I might have made last year, but I do. I think we need to really strengthen the draft so that we have clarity on all the permutations and combinations we want to hit. “

During Pederson’s tenure, the Eagles devoted considerable resources to strengthening their offensive line. The new Jags HC may not be opposed to such a strategy this year, despite this draft’s wealth of high-end D-line prospects. Jags were associated with Ikem Ekwonu early in the pre-draft process, before franchise tagging Cam Robinson for the second time, and Breer hears that Baalke is a fan of the North Carolina State O-lineman. Ekwonu remains in play for Jags on 1,’s Matt Miller tweets.

The team is rumored to be close to a Robinson extension, and Jawaan Taylor has started with right tackle in Jacksonville for the past three years. Pro Football Focus, which rated Jacksonville’s O-line 24th overall last season, considered Taylor the team’s weakest link ahead in 2021. Of course, there were no Jaguar blocks that rated particularly well here. Jacksonville added Brandon Scherff but could upgrade at his second watch. Ekwonu played tackle and guard in college; some see the guard as his better NFL position.

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