The 2022 NFL Draft is less than 36 hours away! Possibilities are endless in a class without a slam dunk quarterback and so many polarizing prospects. Here’s how the first round of the draft could shake out tomorrow night.
Travon Walker, Edge, Georgia: Jacksonville kicks off the Doug Pederson era by drafting for the highest upside in the class. Travon Walker will contribute early as a fantastic run defender and hopefully develop into a complete pass rusher.
Aidan Hutchinson, Edge, Michigan: Dan Campbell and the company drafting a local guy who immediately emerges as a leader on defense makes a ton of sense. Hutchinson will boost Detroit’s pass rush and help them build a team identity.
Ikem Ekwonu, Offensive Tackle, NC State: The Texans can swing for the fences by drafting an offensive tackle with the highest upside.
Kayvon Thibodeaux, Edge, Oregon: The Jets would have thrilled to have Kayvon Thibodeaux fall to them and help give them a dominant edge rusher to round out their defense.
Sauce Gardner, Cornerback, Cincinnati: A lockdown cornerback prospect for a rebuilding defense.
Malik Willis, Quarterback, Liberty: Matt Rhule knows drafting a quarterback gives him a lot more slack in his third year of coaching tenure. Malik Willis is by far the most talented quarterback in the class and Carolina can make a big bet with him finally giving this team some direction.
7 – New York Giants (From Chicago)
Jermaine Johnson II, Edge, FSU: A physical and versatile edge defender who has no problem defending the running or turning pressures into the sacks.
Jameson Williams, Wide Receiver, Alabama: The Falcons will want to make a splash in the draft this year. 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 rights some wrongs from the Russell Wilson era by drafting quality tackles.
10 – New York Jets (From Seattle)
Cornerback, Derek Stingley Junior, 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 as a guard or tackle on the day.
Drake London, Wide Receiver, USC: Big bodied receiver to eat 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, Safety, Notre Dame: Houston lands one of the best players in the class and a leader in their young defense.
Trevor Penning, Offensive Tackle, Northern Iowa: Trevor Penning is a raw, but exciting tackle prospect that the NFL is seemingly very high on. Baltimore bets on his upside to help protect Lamar Jackson and be a catalyst in the run game.
Jordan Davis, Defensive Lineman, Georgia: The NFL devaluing Jordan Davis and letting him fall would be a huge win for Philadelphia. He is one of the best tackle prospects to come out since Aaron Donald and anyone who would be immediately a difference maker in the Eagles hybrid defense.
16 – New Orleans (From Indianapolis)
Chris Olave, Wide Receiver, Ohio State: New Orleans need playmakers in their offense. With Michael Thomas coming back from injury, they need another sure thing who can get open 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 playmaking wide receiver. Treylon Burks is a big, strong receiver who can make huge plays after dominating the catch and flashes at the catch point. Using him as a “big slot” while DeVonta Smith and Quez Watkins stretch the field, Philly is a really exciting and versatile trio of young wide receivers.
19 – New Orleans (From Philadelphia)
Tyler Linderbaum, Center, Iowa: Safe, boring, accurate pick to make.
Garrett Wilson, Wide Receiver, Ohio State: Pittsburgh values playmaking wide receivers 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 he will keep the Pittsburgh offense dangerous.
Kaiir Elam, Cornerback, Florida: The Patriots have had an exodus of defensive backs in the last year. Kaiir Elam is a safe, smart pick to restock.
George Pickens, Wide Receiver, Georgia: The Packers need weapons on offense. Badly. George Pickens is extremely 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 Arizona this draft. Jahan Dotson is a speedy playmaker and refined route runner that would add to the Arizona offense.
George Karlaftis, Edge, Purdue: The Cowboys continue to build out Dan Quinn’s defense with a physical, athletic pass rusher. I would hate it if this happened.
Cornerback, Washington: Kyler Gordon is another league favorite at cornerback and he might get drafted over his more refined teammate at Washington. The Bills make sense given what their secondary looked like in the playoffs.
Zion Johnson, Offensive Lineman, Boston College: Tennessee maintains their identity by drafting a big, physical lineman so they can keep mashing on offense.
Devonte Wyatt, Defensive Lineman, Georgia: The Bucs go with a simple, 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 Arnold Ebiketie’s size and speed.
Logan Hall, Defensive Lineman, Houston: Logan Hall feels like an Andy Reid player.
30 – Kansas City Chiefs
Lewis Cine, Safety, Georgia: Lewis Cine falling out of the first round feels too silly to happen and KC could be a great place for him. With Honey Badger * likely * going elsewhere, Cine is a versatile safety who can take his place.
Trent McDuffie, Cornerback, Washington: After rebuilding their offensive line through free agency, Cincy can get some defensive playmakers in the draft. Trent McDuffie’s size might scare many NFL teams, but his tape is still good enough to warrant a first round selection.
32 – Detroit Lions (From Los Angeles)
Desmond Ridder, Quarterback, Cincinnati: Never underestimate the allure of the fifth year option. Detroit could take a chance here on Desmond Ridder. The Cincinnati passer will bring smarts, leadership and proven ability to run efficiently. He might not be a flashy quarterback prospect, but he’s as solid as they come.