2022 NFL Draft Winners and Losers: Jets, Ravens, Eagles Get Top Hulls, Uneven Road for Patriots, Baker Mayfield

The 2022 NFL Draft has come to an end and it was one for the books. Las Vegas saw NFL draft records broken, more star receivers traded in the first round, and quarterbacks suffered historic falls in the third round. There were also tippers who were drafted as soon as the fourth round!

There were winners and losers. Some front offices are celebrating their draft, while other players are now more nervous about their place on the depth chart thanks to their team’s appointments this weekend. There’s plenty to discuss, so let’s split our winners and losers from the 2022 NFL Draft (check out our tracker for each pick along with ratings and analysis here).

General manager Joe Douglas crushed this draft. The Jets landed cornerback Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner as No. 4 overall, and then Ohio State wide receiver Garrett Wilson as No. 10. They were seen by many as top players in their respective positions, and both will be immediate players. . However, the Jets were not finished there when they switched back to the first round to select Florida State pass-rusher Jermaine Johnson. This was a player mock draft experts had in the top 10, and some in the top five. As he continued his mysterious fall down the draw boards, the Jets could not help but squeeze into the end of the round to pick him up. New York scored what could be three top 10 players on Day 1!

The Jets also made a few other exciting choices. They previously took Iowa State running back Breece Hall in the second round, which is possibly No. 1 back in this class, and then Ohio State tight end Jeremy Ruckert in the third round, which is considered by some to be the best tight end in this draft class. .

Loser: Rookie quarterbacks

Most mock drafts had at least two quarterbacks selected in the first round. When Thursday night came, however, we only saw one quarterback selected in the opening round with Kenny Pickett for the Pittsburgh Steelers as No. 20 overall. The next quarterback first came in the third round at No. 74 overall when Desmond Knight went to the Atlanta Falcons. A dozen choices later, Malik Willis took on the Tennessee Titans, and then Matt Corral was selected by the Carolina Panthers.

To put all this in perspective, there was only one quarterback taken in the first 50 picks. This is only the sixth time in the joint draft era that has happened and the first time since 2000. 54 choices have been made since the first quarterback was elected, making it the second most choice between the first two quarterbacks elected . The record was set in 1975, when there were 63 elections from first to second signal caller. A total of nine quarterbacks were selected, five of whom came on Day 3.

Winner: University of Georgia

Dawgs year. Georgia won the College Football Championship last season thanks to one of the best defenses in college football history, and they were well represented in the NFL draft. UGA had five defensive players enrolled in the first round – including No. 1 overall, Travon Walker – which is the most of a single school in NFL history. Two more defenders were drafted in the third round, setting another record with the most defensive players selected from a single school in the first three rounds of any NFL draft.

A total of 15 players from Georgia were selected in the 2022 NFL Draft. It’s also an NFL draft record.

It was thought that Mayfield might be able to move during the NFL draft depending on which quarterback-needing teams missed out on prospects. The perceived favorite to land Mayfield was the Panthers when the NFL Media reported that they and the Cleveland Browns had continued to discuss a potential prey. Instead of trading with Mayfield, the Panthers traded up in the third round and selected former Ole Miss signalman Matt Corral with the overall pick No. 94.

Mayfield has been waiting for a trade for over a month as the Browns won the Deshaun Watson sweepstakes earlier this offseason. Mayfield should have $ 18.85 million by 2022, and the Browns have probably now realized they’ll have to eat some of that money. Then there is also the issue of compensation.

Who wants Mayfield? Maybe the Detroit Lions?

The Eagles were a huge winner in the 2022 NFL Draft. On opening night, they switched to Titans star widow AJ Brown and gave him a $ 100 million four-year deal that includes a $ 57 million guaranteed, according to ESPN. The Eagles were a team that was expected to be in the mix for a wide receiver in the first round, but after swapping for Brown, Howie Roseman turned his attention to the defense, drafting 6-foot-6, 340-pound defensive tackle Jordan Davis. of Georgia. Running football against him and Fletcher Cox becomes almost impossible.

Philly was not done there. In the second round, it stole Nebraska offensive lineman Cam Jurgens, who at one point appears to be Jason Kelce’s successor. Then the Eagles recorded what could be the steal of the draft in Georgia linebacker Nakobe Dean. The talent in the first round dropped to No. 83 overall due to reports of a pectoral load that some thought might require surgery. However, he is expected to become one full participant in OTAs next week!

Every year, there are talented prospects who fall for what are really stupid reasons. There is a good chance that team kicks themselves to pass Dean on several times.

It was a tough weekend for Tannehill. Not only did he lose his wide receiver No. 1 in AJ Brown, but Tennessee then drafted his potential replacement in Malik Willis. The Liberty signal caller was chosen by the Titans with the overall number 86, much to the delight of Titans fans. Not only is Willis seen as the quarterback in this class with the most upside, but Tannehill is not exactly a fan favorite in Nashville right now. He threw three interceptions in the Titans ‘playoff loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, undercutting a historic performance from the Titans’ defense. Tannehill is now under some pressure, which is hopefully a good thing for Tennessee.

The Ravens clearly had one of the best drafts, and that’s because they more often than not took the best available player. Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton is possibly the best player in the draft, Iowa center Tyler Linderbaum is a legitimate first-round talent, and David Ojabo is a first-time player if he does not suffer from a torn Achilles. Maybe he will miss his rookie season, but it’s worth it if he’s a star for many years to come.

It wasn’t just the first few picks that the Ravens scored high on. Fourth round Daniel Faalele is a 6-foot-8 offensive tackle that could have a bright future in the league, cornerback Jalyn Armor-Davis was an “A +” choice, and then Baltimore took two close ends in Charlie Kolar from Iowa State and Isaiah Probably from Coastal Carolina. It sounds like a strange strategy, but Likely is a versatile pass-catcher who is likely to line up in several different places.

I don’t think the Ravens had the No. 1 draft of any team, but it was certainly one of the best.

Patriots do not care about your mock drafts or what you think of their class, which is something respectable. They shocked the world in the first round by taking Chattanooga offensive guard Cole Strange with No. 29 overall. In the second round, New England Baylor speedster WR chose Tyquan Thornton – which was probably the Pats’ best choice in the draft, but it is believed he could have been taken in the third round instead.

Another interesting choice was quarterback Bailey Zappe. There’s nothing wrong with drafting a quarterback, and Zappe is a very interesting prospect, but it just seemed rich to draft him in the fourth round.

Offseason has generally been disappointing for the Chiefs as they traded Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins and saw all of their rivals improve in a rather dramatic way. However, they had one of the best drafts.

Kansas City filled two obvious needs in the first round with cornerback Trent McDuffie out of Washington and Purdue pass-rusher George Karlaftis, and then landed Patrick Mahomes’ newcomer in Skyy Moore out of Western Michigan in round 2. Although he is not a hair over 5-foot-10, Moore is incredibly fast and a legitimate playmaker from the slot machine. Some considered him a legitimate talent in the first round.

All five of the Chiefs’ Day 3 picks received a grade of B or higher from CBS Sports NFL Draft expert Chris Trapasso. Kansas City landed two more big cornerbacks in Joshua Williams of Fayetteville State and Jaylen Watson of Washington State, as well as Kentucky offensive lineman Darian Kinnard, who has plenty of upside. To end the draft, Chiefs drafted running back Isaih Pacheco of Rutgers and another safety in Nazeeh Johnson of Marshall.

The Chiefs’ class will be the headline of the first three picks, but they did a good job of hammering the defense – especially the secondary. This was a good move.

Winner: Punters

A total of four players were taken in the 2022 NFL Draft! By CBS Sports’ John Breechthis year is just the second time since 2000 that four players were selected in the same draft.

Ravens (4th round, pick 130): Jordan Stout, Penn State
Buccaneers (Round 4, pick 133): Jake Camarda, Georgia
Bills (Round 6, Choice 180): Matt Araiza, San Diego State
Bears (Round 7, Choice 255): Trenton Gill, NC State

Shockingly, Araiza – known as ‘Punt God’ – was not even one of the first two from the board.

This was probably the best moment in the NFL Draft. As we get past the first round, various team legends, current players and fans will have the opportunity to announce some of the selections. For the Vikings, former running back Ed Marinaro was chosen to announce the overall No. 42 pick. What happened next was amazing.

Marinaro started walking on the podium and a producer actually had to go out and push him forward. Incredible.

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