2022 NFL draft — Analysis of all 262 choices

The primary spherical of the 2022 NFL draft is within the books, and it included a whole lot of firsts. There have been 9 draft-day trades, probably the most within the first spherical because the draft expanded to a few days in 2010. Georgia turned the primary college in NFL draft historical past to have 5 defensive gamers chosen within the opening spherical. For the primary time, no working backs or tight ends have been chosen in Spherical 1. And 9 groups had a number of first-round picks — probably the most ever within the frequent draft period.

With so many groups having a number of picks, a file 10 groups did not get to hitch within the enjoyable and draft on Thursday evening. They will all be making their first picks in Rounds 2 or 3 of the NFL draft on Friday evening (7 p.m. ET, ABC/ESPN/ESPN App).

Try NFL Nation’s insights from each workforce that drafted on Day 1, and comply with alongside as we add evaluation on the others as they make their first choices all through the evening. Plus: We’ve updated depth charts for all 32 groups.

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Selecting Kaiir Elam makes all of the sense on this planet for the Payments. Cornerback was the largest space of want on the roster after dropping Levi Wallace in free company and with Tre’Davious White coming off a torn ACL in his left knee. Buffalo additionally needed to commerce up solely two spots to get the final participant with a first-round grade on its board. Elam will flip 21 in Might, and normal supervisor Brandon Beane described him as having a “high ceiling.” Elam could have the chance to shortly earn the beginning job and make a right away impression on the Payments protection. Analysis of every Bills pick from Alaina Getzenberg

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Cole Strange tasks to start out at left guard, and if he follows within the footsteps of 2005 first-rounder Logan Mankins (thirty second) or 2016 third-rounder Joe Thuney (78th), this shall be a strong decide that addresses one of many workforce’s apparent wants (albeit one created by buying and selling veteran guard Shaq Mason). Senior Bowl director Jim Nagy, a former New England scout, had recognized Unusual earlier than the draft as a super Patriots match. One query: Did the Patriots overdraft him? Unusual was seen by some draft analysts as a second- or third-round decide … which was really what was mentioned about Mankins again in 2005. Analysis of every Patriots pick from Mike Reiss

The Jets addressed a evident want by scooping up a consensus top-four prospect in cornerback Ahmad Gardner, based mostly on rankings by draft specialists. You want high corners, particularly in a division that features large receivers Stefon Diggs, Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle. The perfect decide would’ve been an edge rusher, however Aidan Hutchinson (Michigan) was gone. Travon Walker (Georgia) would’ve been a consideration, however he was off the board. Gardner is “not Jalen Ramsey,” one scouting supply mentioned, however he has the potential to be an excellent nook. The Jets have not had a shutdown nook since Darrelle Revis. Analysis of every Jets pick from Rich Cimini


The number of Kyle Hamilton underscored what Ravens normal supervisor Eric DeCosta has repeatedly mentioned: Baltimore takes the most effective participant obtainable. After the Philadelphia Eagles swooped one spot in entrance of Baltimore to take Georgia defensive sort out Jordan Davis — a participant incessantly linked to the Ravens — Baltimore drafted Hamilton although security was close to the underside of the workforce’s wants. The Ravens’ greatest splash in free company was security Marcus Williams (five-year, $70 million contract). It is a steal when it comes to worth: Baltimore will get Hamilton, who was Mel Kiper Jr.’s No. 4 prospect, at No. 14. He slid due to slower-than-expected instances within the 40-yard sprint and the truth that groups sometimes do not draft safeties excessive within the first spherical. The Ravens at the moment are loaded within the secondary with Hamilton becoming a member of safeties Williams and Chuck Clark and cornerbacks Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters. Analysis of every Ravens pick from Jamison Hensley

By drafting security Daxton Hill, the Bengals picked up a place of want with a participant they weren’t anticipating to be obtainable at No. 31. Even throughout pre-draft conversations, the Bengals instructed Hill they’d wish to take him — if he was nonetheless on the board. Hill will give the Bengals a whole lot of schematic versatility, which is one thing that allowed defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo to thrive in 2021. He entered Michigan as a security and performed some slot cornerback towards the tip of his time with the Wolverines. With Jessie Bates III and Vonn Bell slotted because the beginning safeties, Hill can be utilized in dime packages and discover his footing within the NFL earlier than he takes on a full-time function. Analysis of every Bengals pick from Ben Baby

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The Steelers had their selection of quarterbacks with the No. 20 decide, and so they went with probably the most NFL-ready. Although Liberty’s Malik Willis doubtless has a better ceiling, the Steelers opted for Kenny Pickett, who Mike Tomlin mentioned has the very best ground. Pickett additionally believes he is an excellent match with offensive coordinator Matt Canada, who recruited the quarterback to Pitt earlier than he departed to educate Maryland. However will Pickett grow to be the following Steelers nice, and may he handle the stress that may include succeeding Ben Roethlisberger? And the way will the Steelers handle a quarterback room with the free-agency addition of Mitch Trubisky, in addition to Mason Rudolph? Analysis of every Steelers pick from Brooke Pryor


Texans coach Lovie Smith made it clear he did not suppose his protection may play the way in which he wished it to with out improved play at cornerback. By drafting Derek Stingley Jr., the Texans have instantly improved a secondary that struggled in 2021. Houston allowed the second-most yards per sport final season and have been twenty ninth in yards per move try allowed, in response to ESPN Stats & Data information. Houston cornerbacks allowed 8.3 yards per try as the closest defenders in protection, the fourth worst, in response to NFL Subsequent Gen Stats. Smith has talked about how he and normal supervisor Nick Caserio are on the identical web page and work properly collectively, and Smith will get a cornerback who will thrive in his defensive system on the high of the draft. Analysis of every Texans pick from Sarah Barshop

Receiver Alec Pierce suits a place of want for the Colts, who Colts hadn’t added anyone on the skin in the course of the offseason after dropping Zach Pascal and with veteran T.Y. Hilton unsigned. Pierce could have a possibility to contribute instantly as a result of there may be a lot uncertainty behind Michael Pittman Jr. at receiver. Pierce, who’s 6-foot-3, had 52 receptions for 884 yards and eight touchdowns final season at Cincinnati. The Colts have been nonetheless in a position to snag a receiver regardless of buying and selling again — they gave the Minnesota Vikings the No. 42 and No. 122 general picks for the Nos. 53, 77 and 192 picks. Analysis of every Colts pick from Mike Wells

The Jaguars needed to beef up a move rush that recorded 50 sacks over the previous two seasons, which was fewer than all however the Atlanta Falcons (47). Georgia’s Travon Walker had a career-high six sacks final season whereas spending the vast majority of his time at defensive finish, however he additionally lined up at sort out and outdoors linebacker. Anticipate the Jaguars to make use of him equally underneath new defensive coordinator Mike Caldwell. Including Walker ought to assist defensive finish/linebacker Josh Allen too. He had 10.5 sacks as a rookie dashing alongside Calais Campbell and Yannick Ngakoue, however he had 10 sacks in his previous 24 video games with out anybody else drawing consideration away from him. Analysis of every Jaguars pick from Michael DiRocco

Treylon Burks is a playmaker who will assist carry the burden of changing large receiver A.J. Brown after he was traded to the Eagles on Thursday. At 6-foot-2, 225 kilos, Burks has a construct much like Brown’s. Burks is an enormous, sturdy receiver who will bounce off of tackles and be featured throughout the center. Coach Mike Vrabel likes large receivers who make “combat catches” and get yards after the catch. That’s Burks’ calling card. Burks may work on the skin and within the slot. He offers a big catch radius for quarterback Ryan Tannehill — which ought to assist enable him to have an early impression. Analysis of every Titans pick from Turron Davenport


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The Chiefs had a necessity at cornerback after dropping starter Charvarius Ward in free company. They felt strongly sufficient about Washington cornerback Trent McDuffie to maneuver up from the twenty ninth decide and despatched the Patriots three draft picks for the privilege. McDuffie needs to be a starter from day one given the worth the Chiefs paid to get him. Analysis of every Chiefs pick from Adam Teicher

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GM Tom Telesco is not taking any possibilities in relation to defending third-year franchise quarterback Justin Herbert, who has demonstrated the expertise to take the Bolts deep into the playoffs. Final yr, Telesco used a first-round decide to pick out left sort out Rashawn Slater. Now, the Tenth-year normal supervisor stays within the trenches and picks up Zion Johnson, who can begin instantly at guard. With Johnson’s choice, it stays unclear who will begin at proper sort out, however there are alternatives between Storm Norton, who began 15 video games on the spot final season, and Matt Feiler, a 16-game starter final season at left guard who additionally gained expertise at proper sort out in Pittsburgh. Offensive linemen do not sometimes seize headlines in April, however two consecutive years of lineman picks may have the Chargers making information in late January. Analysis of every Chargers pick from Lindsey Thiry


The number of offensive lineman Tyler Smith appears extra for the longer term than it does for the current with govt vice chairman Stephen Jones saying he did not need to put “starting right now” on Smith’s plate. He could possibly be the left guard this yr if he beats out Connor McGovern. He could possibly be the swing sort out on sport day behind Tyron Smith and Terence Steele. The final time the Cowboys used a first-rounder on an offensive lineman this late was in 2013 after they took Travis Frederick at No. 31. They knew he was a Day 1 starter and he made 5 Professional Bowls earlier than an early retirement. Analysis of every Cowboys pick from Todd Archer

Whoa! Did not count on that at decide No. 5. However the way in which the draft unfolded, it made sense for the Giants to seize Kayvon Thibodeaux, the Oregon edge rusher, with the highest three offensive tackles nonetheless on the board. Thibodeaux is an enormous persona, however the Giants aren’t involved about his motivation. The truth is, normal supervisor Joe Schoen talked about the Giants have been particularly impressed with Thibodeaux getting back from a reasonably severe ankle damage late within the season. That proved one thing to the Giants, who did intensive analysis on the polarizing prospect together with a FaceTime dialog with him this week. Analysis of every Giants pick from Jordan Raanan

The Eagles moved as much as choose Jordan Davis, the 6-6, 340-pound anchor of Georgia’s nationwide championship protection. Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon has been searching for a pure nostril sort out to function a menacing, block-occupying power in the course of his hybrid scheme, and he will get his man. With Fletcher Cox doubtlessly exiting Philadelphia after this season, this choice serves short-term and long-term wants. Analysis of every Eagles pick from Tim McManus

All offseason Washington coach Ron Rivera mentioned the Commanders needed to do two issues for quarterback Carson Wentz — shield him and add weapons. They added a weapon with receiver Jahan Dotson, a smaller however explosive playmaker. Washington wished to diversify its offense and may now use units with 4 receivers who can threaten a protection with Dotson, Terry McLaurin, Curtis Samuel and Dyami Brown. They might win some 4×100 relay races. There’s versatility in that group, too. Washington has had a boring and largely ineffective offense for the previous 4 years, partially as a result of it lacked sturdy quarterback play and sufficient weapons. It now has a greater quarterback and added a potential playmaker with actually good arms. Analysis of every Commanders pick from John Keim


Ryan Poles’ first draft decide as Chicago’s normal supervisor addresses a void within the secondary. The Bears have to discover a starter reverse Jaylon Johnson at cornerback, and Kyler Gordon‘s exterior/inside versatility provides the Bears an intriguing choice. Gordon led Washington in move deflections and interceptions in 2021, beginning reverse first-round decide Trent McDuffie. The Bears allowed 31 passing touchdowns in 2021, which is tied for second-most allowed in franchise historical past (31 in 2015, 34 in 2014). In accordance with NFL Subsequent Gen Stats, a cornerback was the closest defender on 27 of the Bears’ 31 passing TDs allowed, probably the most within the NFL. Analysis of every Bears pick from Courtney Cronin

Taking Aidan Hutchinson with the No. 2 decide makes excellent sense. The Lions want game-changers, particularly on protection. Hutchinson has the whole lot it takes to be one and a neighborhood fan base that ought to come together with him. It is a excellent decide to assist the Lions of their rebuilding course of. Detroit has completed within the backside 5 in stress share in every of the previous six seasons. Hutchinson ought to assist enhance that instantly. Analysis of every Lions pick from Eric Woodyard

As improved because the Packers protection was final season, it nonetheless had a evident weak point: Inexperienced Bay allowed the third-most yards per rush final season (4.7). Quay Walker may assist. This additionally represents a seamless shift in philosophy in relation to the center of the protection. For years, the Packers tried to get by with midround draft picks and reasonably priced free brokers at inside linebacker. However final yr, they introduced in De’Vondre Campbell (after which gave him a five-year, $50 million contract to maintain him this offseason) and now they’ve gone with a first-round inside linebacker for the primary time since A.J. Hawk in 2005. For an excellent portion of final season, the Packers’ second inside linebacker was Krys Barnes, a former undrafted free agent. Analysis of every Packers pick from Rob Demovsky

The Vikings did not get the form of slam-dunk worth you’ll hope to get in trade for buying and selling down 20 spots within the first spherical, the place they took security Lewis Cine at No. 32. They in essence swapped first- and second-round picks with the Lions, going from No. 12 to No. 32 within the first and from No. 46 to No. 34 within the second, in trade for an early decide within the third spherical (No. 66 general). Finally, normal supervisor Kwesi Adofo-Mensah determined he was higher off making the deal than turning it down, even when it wasn’t a rout on any commerce charts. Within the course of, he handed at No. 12 on a higher-regarded security in Notre Dame’s Kyle Hamilton. If nothing else, Adofo-Mensah left a transparent path for second-guessing his first draft decide. Analysis of every Vikings pick from Kevin Seifert


Drake London is a good choice for the Falcons. Receiver is the largest place of want on offense — and second-biggest on the workforce behind edge rusher. With three edge rushers already off the board, it was extra logical for the Falcons to take who they consider is the most effective participant at his place, slightly than the fourth-best participant at defensive finish and even the third-best offensive sort out, Charles Cross. London instantly turns into Atlanta’s No. 1 receiver and No. 2 pass-catching choice behind final yr’s first-round decide, tight finish Kyle Pitts. Analysis of every Falcons pick from Michael Rothstein

The Panthers did not attain for a quarterback, regardless of the necessity, as a substitute deciding on offensive sort out Ikem Ekwonu. That they continued to construct from the within offensively confirmed a dedication to making a strong basis. Securing a left sort out, in any case normal supervisor Scott Fitterer has finished in the course of the offseason to repair a line that gave up 52 sacks final season, was the ultimate lacking piece. Analysis of every Panthers pick from David Newton

You need to love the decide of Chris Olave after screaming from the rooftops about New Orleans’ large receiver want over the previous two months, proper? Sadly, the Saints needed to make two trades over the previous month to rise up to the eleventh decide. However they did not quit an excessive amount of in Thursday evening’s commerce (sending picks No. 98 and No. 120 to the Commanders to maneuver up 5 spots). This was the Saints’ most evident want after they completed thirty second within the NFL in passing offense final season, and the offense ought to look considerably higher as soon as QB Jameis Winston and WR Michael Thomas return from main accidents as properly. Analysis of every Saints pick from Mike Triplett

The Bucs wished to get youthful and faster with their inside move rush, and so they wanted a substitute for Ndamukong Suh. Logan Hall notched 7.5 sacks and a compelled fumble in 23 profession begins in faculty. Whereas most expertise evaluators have regarded Corridor as a defensive finish as a result of he is received an uncommon physique kind at 6-foot-6 and 283 kilos, all however a kind of sacks got here lining up at defensive sort out. When Corridor has lined up on the skin, he is received solely by beating tackles on the within. He is developed a very sturdy swim transfer, together with a bull rush, and a rip transfer, which he does not use practically as usually. His arm size (32 3/4 inches) is a priority, and he’ll want extra move rush strikes to win on the skin. Analysis of every Bucs pick from Jenna Laine


Tight finish Trey McBride has the potential to be a super complement to Zach Ertz and Maxx Williams. He is confirmed he can produce. He was the Mackey Award winner because the nation’s finest tight finish and a first-team All-American after handing over a season that produced 1,121 yards on 90 catches. He’ll give coach Kliff Kingsbury choices throughout the passing sport, whether or not that is on the road or out large. He may see important motion early within the season relying on how properly Williams’ knee has recovered. Analysis of every Cardinals pick from Josh Weinfuss

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The Seahawks have usually zigged when draft analysts count on them to zag, however offensive sort out Charles Cross was each an unsurprising decide and one who should not produce any actual objection. How may it? Seattle received one of many high prospects at one of the vital priceless positions in soccer — assuming the plan is to maintain him at left sort out — in part of the draft the place analysts typically projected him to be taken. And the Seahawks crammed what was simply their greatest want. Final season’s beginning tackles (Duane Brown and Brandon Shell), are unsigned, and there is not a lot expertise among the many three tackles who have been already on their roster, Jake Curhan, Stone Forsythe and Greg Eiland, as they’re all coming into their second seasons. Analysis of every Seahawks pick from Brady Henderson

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