NFL Draft 2022 First Round Review

The First Round of the NFL Draft is in the bag and there were certainly a few surprises in store for teams, particularly after the first 10 picks had been made.

So before we start to take a look at some of the highlights from the first round, here’s how the 32 picks went.

NFL Draft 2022 – First Round Picks

Jacksonville Jaguars – Travon Walker (Georgia, DE, DT, LB)

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – APRIL 28: Ahmad Gardner poses onstage after being selected fourth by the New York Jets during round one of the 2022 NFL Draft on April 28, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

Detroit Lions – Aidan Hutchinson (Michigan, DE)
Houston Texans – Derek Stingley Jr (LSU, CB)
New York Jets – Ahmad Gardner (Cincinnati, CB) (Right)
New York Giants – Kayvon Thibodeaux (Oregon, DE)
Carolina Panthers – Ikem Ekwuono (North Carolina State, OT)
New York Giants – Evan Neal (Alabama, OT)
Atlanta Falcons – Drake London (USC, WR)
Seattle Seahawks – Charles Cross (Mississippi State, LT)
New York Jets – Garrett Wilson (Ohio State, WR)
New Orleans Saints – Chris Olave (Ohio State, WR)*
Detroit Lions – Jameson Williams (Alabama, WR)*
Philadelphia Eagles – Jordan Davis (Georgia, DT)*
Baltimore Ravens – Kyle Hamilton (Notre Dame, S)
Houston Texans – Kenyon Green (Texas A&M, G)*
Washington Commanders – Jahan Dotson (Penn State, WR)*
Los Angeles Chargers – Zion Johnson (Boston College, OG)
Tennessee Titans – Treylon Burks (Arkansas, WR)*
New Orleans Saints – Trevor Penning (Northern Iowa, OT)
Pittsburgh Steelers – Kenny Pickett (Pittsburgh, QB)
Kansas City Chiefs – Trent McDuffie (Washington, CB)*
Green Bay Packers – Quay Walker (Georgia, LB)
Buffalo Bills – Kaiir Elam (Florida, CB)
Dallas Cowboys – Tyler Smith (Tulsa, OT)
Baltimore Ravens – Tyler Linderbaum (Iowa, C)
New York Jets – Jermaine Johnson II (Florida State, DE)*
Jacksonville Jaguars – Devin Lloyd (Utah, DE)*
Green Bay Packers – Devonte Wyatt (Georgia, DT)
New England Patriots – Cole Strange (Chattanooga, G)*
Kansas City Chiefs – George Karlaftis (Purdue, DE)
Cincinnati Bengals – Daxton Hill (Michigan, S)
Minnesota Vikings – Lewis Cine (Georgia, S)*

What Were The Major Trades In The First Round?

This year saw a number of trade deals in Thursday with teams moving into, out of, up and down the First Round picks.

Washington Traded No 11 to New Orleans for the Saints No 16 pick, plus No 98 in the third round and No 120 in the fourth.
Minnesota Traded No 12 to Detroit for the Lions No 32 pick plus No 34 in the second round and No 66 in the third round.
Houston Traded No 13 to Philadelphia for the Eagles No 15 pick, plus No 124 (Fourth Round) and Nos 162 and 166 picks in the fifth round.
Arizona Traded No 23 to Baltimore for WR Marquise Brown
Philadelphia Trades No 18 plus No 101 (Fourth Round) to Tennessee for WR A.J.Brown
New England Traded No 21 to Kansas City for the Chiefs No 29 plus No 94 (third round) and No 121 (fourth round)
Baltimore Traded No 23 to Buffalo for No 25 and No 130 (Fourth Rounder)
Tennessee Traded No 26 and No 101 (Third Round) to the New York Jets for No 35 (Second Round), No 69 (Third Round) and No 163 (Fifth Round)
Tampa Bay Traded No 27 to Jacksonville for No 35 (Second Round), No 106 (Fourth Round) and Number 180 (Sixth Round)

The Cardinals move for Marquise Brown was a surprising one, but the biggest surprise of the night was the Titans huge trade involving their star Wide Receiver A.J.Brown who signed a $100m four year extension to his contract with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Who Nailed It?

New York Jets – The Jets landed three players in the first 32, all of whom could be
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – APRIL 28: Kyle Hamilton poses onstage after being selected 14th by the Baltimore Ravens during round one of the 2022 NFL Draft on April 28, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

viewed as legitimate top 10 talent. They have strengthened the secondary, pass rush and landed arguably the most talented and explosive WR in the draft. This was as good a draft from the Jets as I can remember but trading back into the Titans 26th spot to pick up Jermaine Johnson II made this a fantastic draft for Jets fans.

Detroit Lions – The Lions picked up the best player in the draft and a hometown boy to boot and then supplemented that by picking up a true blue-chip Wide Receiver talent. I loved the trade up for Williams and I think that will be viewed as a masterstroke in the years to come.
New York Giants – For a good while, Neal and Thibodeaux were viewed as two of the best three players in this draft. New York picked both up at picks five and seven without having to trade anything away. This team has a lot of holes to fill, but they just made huge improvements to both lines.
Philadelphia Eagles – What a day for the Eagles. Not only have they now acquired one of the best young Wide Receivers in the NFL in A.J.Brown, but they nabbed a huge defensive tackle in Jordan Davis addressing two areas of real need.
New Orleans Saints – The Saints needed to address two key areas, WR and the offensive line. Moving up to sign Chris Olave was a smart move and the fact that Trevor Penning fell to them at number 19 means they have Terron Armstead’s replacement sorted.
Baltimore Ravens – Tyler Linderbaum was a great pick up at number 25 and he should be their starting center for a good few years now, but getting Kyle Hamilton at no 14 could well be the steal of the 2022 draft. The Baltimore secondary was already hugely impressive. Now it may just be the best in the entire NFL by a comfortable margin.

Who Failed It?

Tennessee Titans – Trading away A.J.Brown to pick up Treylon Burks must surely
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – APRIL 28: Tennessee Titans fans look on prior to round one of the 2022 NFL Draft on April 28, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

be a financial decision alone, with cap space tight for the Titans, they didn’t want to offer Brown the contract he wanted. Burks is a ready made replacement, but he won’t be as effective as Brown. The Titans then had a chance to upgrade their Edge rush with Jermaine Johnson II available at No 26, but traded that pick away to the Jets. They have picked up picks in the second and third rounds, but as others in the AFC have improved, the Titans have gone backwards.

Atlanta Falcons – The Falcons were always likely to take a WR, but Drake London was the third WR option on most draft boards and they may regret passing on Garrett Wilson and Jameson Williams and perhaps even Chris Olave.
Green Bay Packers – Quay Walker was a head-scratcher for me, as he wasn’t the best linebacker in Georgia in my view (Nakobe Dean was and he is still undrafted). Devonte Wyatt could be a solid pick but it is why the Packers didn’t address their issue at WR by trying to move up the draft which puzzles me, and probably Aaron Rodgers too.

Who Is Still Available Heading Into Day 2 Of The Draft And Rounds 2 + 3?

The best available talent in the draft that remains undrafted and who will likely get drafted early on day two are listed below.

Nakobe Dean (Georgia, ILB)
Malik Willis (Liberty, QB)
Andrew Booth Jr. (Clemson, CB)
Breece Hall (Iowa State, RB)
David Ojabo (Michigan, OLB)
Boye Mafe (Minnesota, OLB)
Arnold Ebiketie (Penn State, DE)
Kyler Gordon (Washington, CB)
Skyy Moore (Western Michigan, WR)
Christian Watson (North Dakota State, WR)
Travis Jones (UConn, DT)
Desmond Ridder (Cincinnati, QB)
Kenneth Walker III (Michigan State, RB)
Logan Hall (Houston, DE)
Matt Corral (Ole Miss, QB)
Sam Howell (North Carolina, QB)
Bernhard Raimann (Central Michigan, OT)
Jalen Pitre (Baylor, S)
Trey McBride (Colorado State, TE)
Roger McCreary (Auburn, CB)
John Metchie III (Alabama, WR)
Christian Harris (Alabama, ILB)
Perrion Winfrey (Oklahoma, DT)
Drake Jackson (USC, OLB)
Josh Paschal (Kentucky, DE)
George Pickens (Georgia, WR)

NFL Draft Round 2 & 3 Draft Order

After the many trades in the First Round, added to those already made, the second and third round of the draft shapes up as follows:

Round 2 Order

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Minnesota Vikings
Tennessee Titans
New York Giants
Houston Texans
New York Jets
Chicago Bears
Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks
Indianapolis Colts
Atlanta Falcons
Cleveland Browns
Baltimore Ravens
Detroit Lions
Washington Commanders
Chicago Bears
New Orleans Saints
Kansas City Chiefs
Philadelphia Eagles
Pittsburgh Steelers
Green Bay Packers
New England Patriots
Arizona Cardinals
Dallas Cowboys
Buffalo Bills
Atlanta Falcons
Green Bay Packers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
San Francisco 49ers
Kansas City Chiefs
Cincinnati Bengals
Denver Broncos

Round 3 Order

Jacksonville Jaguars
Minnesota Vikings
New York Giants
Houston Texans
Tennessee Titans
Jacksonville Jaguars
Chicago Bears
Seattle Seahawks
Indianapolis Colts
Atlanta Falcons
Denver Broncos
Baltimore Ravens
Minnesota Vikings
Cleveland Browns
Los Angeles Chargers
Houston Texans
New York Giants
Atlanta Falcons
Philadelphia Eagles
Pittsburgh Steelers
New England Patriots
Las Vegas Raiders
Arizona Cardinals
Dallas Cowboys
Buffalo Bills
Tennessee Titans
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Green Bay Packers
San Francisco 49ers
New England Patriots
Cincinnati Bengals
Denver Broncos
Detroit Lions

Washington Commanders
Cleveland Browns
Arizona Cardinals
New York Jets
Miami Dolphins
Kansas City Chiefs
Los Angeles Rams
San Francisco 49ers

Join me tomorrow when we look back at the second and third round of the draft and review which teams have made the most progress in the opening 105 picks.

 

FEATURED IMAGE – LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – APRIL 28: Aidan Hutchinson poses onstage after being selected second by the Detroit Lions during round one of the 2022 NFL Draft on April 28, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

Author: Paula Dunn