The 2022 NFL Draft is less than 36 hours away! The possibilities are endless in a category without a slam quarterback and the many polarizing possibilities. Here’s how the first round of the draft could shake up tomorrow night.
Travon Walker, Edge, Georgia: Jacksonville begins the Doug Pederson era by drafting the highest rise in the class. Travon Walker will contribute early on as a great running defender and hopefully he will develop into a full pass.
Aidan Hutchinson, Edge, Michigan: Dan Campbell and his company crafting a local man who can immediately emerge as a leader in defense makes sense. Hutchinson will enhance Detroit’s passing rush and help them build the team’s identity.
Ikem Ikuno, offensive intervention, North Carolina: Texas Fences can swing by crafting an offensive tackle with the higher upside.
Kayvon Thibodaux, Edge, Oregon: The Jets will delight in having Kayvon Thibodeaux fall into their hands and help give them a dominant impulse to overcome their defense.
Gardner Sauce, Cornerback, Cincinnati: Possibility of closing corner to defend rebuilding.
Malik Willis, Quarterback, Liberty: Matt Ruhl knows that drafting the quarterback gives him more slack in the third year of his internship. Malik Willis is by far the most talented quarterback in the class, and Carolina can bet big with him to finally give this team some direction.
7- New York Giants (from Chicago)
Jermaine Johnson II, Edge, FSU: A defender with a physical edge and versatile, he has no problem defending runs or turning pressures into sacks.
Jameson Williams, wide receiver, Alabama: The Hawks will want to tease the draft this year. The offensive depth scheme is small, to say the least, and adding Williams to his pass-catching group with Kyle Bates would give the Hawks fans something to tune into every Sunday.
Evan Neal, offensive tackle, Alabama: Seattle corrects some errors from the Russell Wilson era by finally crafting a quality treatment.
10- New York Jets (from Seattle)
Derek Stingley Jr., Back Corner, LSU: The Jets have the best odds in the back corner of the class.
11- Washington leaders
Charles Cross, offensive tackle, Mississippi: Washington can maintain a strong attacking streak with Charles Cross in the squad. He can contribute on the first day as a guard or intervention.
Drake London, wide receiver, USC: An oversized receiver devours targets and yards underneath in sort of a Cooper Kupp role in Kevin O’Connell’s attack.
13- Houston Texans (from Cleveland)
Kyle Hamilton, Safety, Notre Dame: Houston positions one of the best players in his class and a leader in their young defence.
Trevor Benning, offensive tackle, Northern Iowa: Trevor Penning is a raw tackle prospect, but it’s exciting, and the NFL seems pretty high. Baltimore is betting on its own upside to help protect Lamar Jackson and be a catalyst in the running game.
Jordan Davis, Defensive Line Defensive Line, Georgia: For the NFL to undervalue Jordan Davis and let him fall that far would be a huge win for Philadelphia. He’s one of the best tackle opportunities that have emerged since Aaron Donald and someone who will be an instant difference-maker in the Eagles’ hybrid defense.
16- New Orleans (from Indianapolis)
Chris Olaf, wide receiver, Ohio State: New Orleans needs playmakers on their offensive. With Michael Thomas back from injury, they need one more sure thing that can open up and have the ball in his hands.
Kenyon Green, guard, Texas A&M: Protect Justin Herbert at all costs.
18- Philadelphia Eagles (from New Orleans)
Trillon Borks, wide receiver, Arkansas: The Eagles still need another wide receiver for the gaming industry. Treylon Burks is a large, powerful receiver that can deliver massive plays after catch and flash dominance at the pickup point. Using it as a “big aperture” while DeVonta Smith and Quez Watkins extend the field gives Philly an exciting and versatile trio of wide young receivers.
19- New Orleans (from Philadelphia)
Tyler Linderbaum, Center, Iowa: A safe, boring and correct choice.
Garrett Wilson, wide receiver, Ohio State: Pittsburgh values developing wide receivers for the gaming industry, and Garrett Wilson is a great choice for them with Ju-Ju Smith Schuster out of town. Wilson has a unique ability with the ball in his hands and will keep the Pittsburgh attacking dangerous.
Cair Elam, Cornerback, Florida: The Patriots have seen a mass exodus of defensive backs in the past year. Kaiir Elam is a safe and smart choice for restocking.
George Pickens, wide receiver, Georgia: Beams need weapons when attacking. in a bad manner. George Pickens is very talented and has a ceiling as high as any receiver in the draft.
Jahan Dotson, wide receiver, Penn State: Keeping Kyler happy is a top priority for this Arizona draft. Jahan Dotson is a fast paced runner and accurate track runner that would add a lot to the Arizona Offensive.
George Karlavtis, Edge, Bordeaux: The Cowboys continue to build Dan Quinn’s defense by accelerating the pass, both physical and athletic. I would hate it if this happened.
Keller Gordon, Cornerback, Washington: Kyler Gordon is another league favorite at full-back and may be sacked on his more refined teammate in Washington. The bills make sense given their secondary form in the playoffs.
Zion Johnson, Lynnman Attack, Boston College: Tennessee maintains their identity by crafting a great physical orator so they can go on the offensive.
Defonte Wyatt, defensive lineman, Georgia: Bucs go with a simple and smart choice to add another high-quality indoor defender to their line.
28 – Green Bay Packers
Arnold Ipeketty, Edge, Pennsylvania: Resolute players love sports passing dash games and after the successful development of Rashan Gary, they can make a bet similar in size and speed to Arnold Ebiketie.
Logan Hall, Diveviv Lineman, Houston: Logan Hall feels like an Andy Reed player.
30- Kansas City Chiefs
Louis Cinema, Aman, Georgia: Lewis Ceni feeling out of the first round is pretty ridiculous and KC could be a great location for him. With Honey Badger *likely* going elsewhere, Cine is a versatile security that can take its place.
Trent McDuffy, Cornerback, Washington: After rebuilding their offensive line through free agency, Cincy could get some defensive playmakers into the draft. Trent McDuffie’s size might scare off many NFL teams, but his bar is still good enough to warrant a first-round pick.
32- Detroit Lions (from Los Angeles)
Desmond Reader, Quarterback, Cincinnati: Never underestimate the allure of the fifth-year option. Detroit might take a chance here on Desmond Reader. The Cincinnati Corridor will bring intelligence, leadership, and proven ability to efficiently manage crime. He may not be the brilliant midfielder, but he’s as strong as them.