The 2022 NFL Draft is less than 36 hours away! The possibilities are endless in a class without a dunk quarterback and so many polarized perspectives. Here’s how the first round of the draft could play out tomorrow night.
Travon Walker, Edge, Georgia: Jacksonville kicks off the Doug Pederson era by recruiting for the highest lead in the class. Travon Walker will contribute early on as a fantastic run defender and hopefully develop into a complete pass-rusher.
Aidan Hutchinson, Edge, Michigan: Dan Campbell and company recruiting a local guy who can immediately emerge as a leader on defense makes a lot of sense. Hutchinson will boost Detroit’s quarterback race and help them build a team identity.
Ikem Ekwonu, offensive tackle, State of North Carolina: The Texans can go for the fences by drafting an offensive tackle with supreme advantage.
Kayvon Thibodeaux, Edge, Oregon: The Jets would be thrilled to have Kayvon Thibodeaux drop to them and help give them a dominant edge rusher to round out their defense.
Willow Gardner, cornerback, Cincinnati: A locked cornerback prospect for a rebuilding defense.
Malik Willis, quarterback, Liberty: Matt Rhule knows that drafting a quarterback gives him a lot more slack in the third year of his coaching tenure. Malik Willis is by far the most talented quarterback in the class and Carolina can make a big bet with him to finally give this team direction.
7 – New York Giants (From Chicago)
Jermaine Johnson II, Edge, FSU: A physical and versatile edge defender who has no problem defending the run or turning pressures into sacks.
Jameson Williams, wide receiver, Alabama: The Falcons will want to make a splash in this year’s draft. The offensive depth chart is young, to say the least, and adding Williams to a pass-catching group with Kyle Pitts will give Falcons fans something to tune into every Sunday.
Evan Neal, offensive tackle, Alabama: Seattle corrects some mistakes from the Russell Wilson era by finally selecting quality tackles.
10 – New York Jets (From Seattle)
Derek Stingley Junior, cornerback, LSU: The Jets get the best cornerback prospect in the class.
11 – Washington Commanders
Charles Cross, offensive tackle, mississippi state: Washington can maintain a strong offensive line with Charles Cross in the lineup. He can contribute day one at guard or tackle.
Drake London, wide receiver, USC: Big-bodied receiver to gobble up targets and yards underneath in a sort of Cooper Kupp role in Kevin O’Connell’s offense.
13 – Houston Texans (From Cleveland)
Kyle Hamilton, Security, our lady: Houston gets one of the best players in the class and a leader for its young defense.
Trevor Penning, offensive tackle, northern Iowa: Trevor Penning is a raw but exciting tackle prospect that the NFL is apparently very interested in. Baltimore is banking on his advantage to help protect Lamar Jackson and be a catalyst in the running game.
Jordan Davis, defensive lineman, Georgia: For the NFL to devalue Jordan Davis and drop him that far would be a huge win for Philadelphia. He is one of the best tackle prospects to emerge since Aaron Donald and someone who would immediately make a difference in the Eagles’ hybrid defense.
16 – New Orleans (From Indianapolis)
Chris Olave, wide receiver, Ohio State: New Orleans needs playmakers on offense. With Michael Thomas coming back from injury, they need another sure thing that can open up and make plays with the ball in his hands.
Kenyon Green, guard, Texas A&M: Protect Justin Herbert at all costs.
18 – Philadelphia Eagles (From New Orleans)
Treylon Burks, wide receiver, Arkansas: The Eagles still need another wide receiver to make plays. Treylon Burks is a big, strong receiver who can make big plays after the catch and shows dominance at the receiving spot. Using it as a “big spot” while DeVonta Smith and Quez Watkins stretch the field gives Philadelphia a really exciting and versatile trio of young wide receivers.
19 – New Orleans (From Philadelphia)
Tyler Linderbaum, Center, Iowa: Safe, boring and correct selection to make.
Garrett Wilson, wide receiver, Ohio State: Pittsburgh values wide receiver development and Garrett Wilson is a great option for them with Ju-Ju Smith Schuster out of town. Wilson has unique ball skills in his hands and will keep Pittsburgh’s offense dangerous.
Kaiir Elam, Cornerback, Florida: The Patriots had an exodus of defensive backs in the last year. Kaiir Elam is a safe and smart option for resupply.
George Pickens, wide receiver, Georgia: The Packers need weapons on offense. Seriously. George Pickens is extremely talented and has as high a ceiling as any receiver in the draft.
Jahan Dotson, wide receiver, Penn State: Keeping Kyler happy is Arizona’s top priority in this draft. Jahan Dotson is a speedy playmaker and polished route runner who would add a lot to Arizona’s offense.
George Karlaftis, Edge, Purdue: The Cowboys continue to build Dan Quinn’s defense with a physical and athletic pass-rusher. He would hate for this to happen.
Kyler Gordon, cornerback, Washington: Kyler Gordon is another league favorite at cornerback and could be drafted over his more polished teammate in Washington. The Bills make sense given how their secondary looks in the playoffs.
Zion Johnson, offensive lineman, Boston College: Tennessee maintains its identity by drafting a big, physical lineman so they can continue to grind on offense.
Devonte Wyatt, defensive lineman, Georgia: The Bucs opt for a simple and smart pick to add another quality interior defender to their line.
28 – Green Bay Packers
Arnold Ebiketie, Edge, Penn State: The Packers love athletic pass-rushers and after the successful development of Rashan Gary, they could make a similar bet with the size and speed of Arnold Ebiketie.
Logan Hall, defensive lineman, Houston: Logan Hall feels like an Andy Reid player.
30 – Kansas City Chiefs
Lewis Cinema, Security, Georgia: Lewis Cine’s first round knockdown feels too dumb to happen and KC could be a great place for him. With Honey Badger *probably* going elsewhere, Cine is versatile insurance that can take his place.
Trent McDuffie, cornerback, Washington: After rebuilding his offensive line through free agency, Cincy may get some defensive players in the draft. Trent McDuffie’s size might scare off a lot of NFL teams, but his tape is still good enough to warrant a first-round pick.
32 – Detroit Lions (From Los Angeles)
Desmond Ridder, quarterback, Cincinnati: Never underestimate the charm of the fifth year option. Detroit could take a chance here with Desmond Ridder. Cincinnati’s quarterback would bring intelligence, leadership and a proven ability to run an offense efficiently. He may not be a flashy quarterback prospect, but he’s as solid as he looks.