Race for No. 1 pick in 2022 NFL Draft: Urban Meyer inching closer to having top pick once again

If you are a Jacksonville fan, It’s probably best to take the glass half full approach to the Jaguars’ 2021 season. The Jaguars have won twice as many games this season as they did in 2020, when they finished dead last in the NFL with a 1-15 record. Rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence continues to show significant signs of growth. The offense includes other young star potential in running back James Robinson and receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. The team has also shown considerable growth on defense, led by defensive end Josh Allen and linebackers Myles Jack and Damien Wilson. 

At 2-8, Urban Meyer’s team is in position to have one of the top picks in the 2022 NFL Draft. Depending on how the rest of the season shakes out, the Jaguars may even be in position to claim the No. 1 overall pick for a second straight year. That would require the Lions and Jets to finish with better records than the Jaguars. While they do not have the Lions on the schedule, the Jaguars will travel to the Big Apple to face the Jets in Week 16. Jacksonville also has a home game in Week 15 against the Texans, who are currently just behind them in the race to claim the No. 1 overall pick. 

Here’s a look at the five Week 12 games that could determine the No. 1 overall pick, along with the current top of the draft order. Click here to check out which player our CBS Sports NFL Draft analysts currently have your team taking in the first round of the upcoming draft. 

1. Detroit Lions (0-9-1)

2. New York Jets (2-8)

3. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-8) 

4. Houston Texans (2-8)

5. New York Giants (3-7) 

6. New York Jets from Seattle (3-7) 

7. New York Giants from Chicago (3-7)

8. Philadelphia Eagles from Miami (4-7)

9. Atlanta Falcons (4-6)

10. Washington Football Team (4-6) 

Bears at Lions (12:30 p.m. on Fox — Thanksgiving Day) 

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