What to Know About the NFL 2022 Draft
Whether you love the game itself or you’re doing research on fantasy football analysis and predictions, you might be excited about the upcoming NFL draft.
Now, Super Bowl LVI is behind us, so it’s officially NFL draft season.
Over the next couple of weeks, prospects are being evaluated by league representatives as they work to build the foundation of their organizations.
This is going to be the 87th annual meeting of the NFL franchises, expected to be in Paradise, Nevada, on April 28-30.
The draft will be at the Allegiant Stadium. Las Vegas originally got the 2020 Draft, but it was held virtually because of the pandemic. They were then awarded the 2022 Draft in April 2020.
The event is held over three days, ending on Saturday, April 30. Day 1 is the first round, and the second and third rounds are on Day 2. The event ends with rounds 4-7 on the third day.
The annual Draft lets teams bring new talent onto their rosters. Some players will instantly boost the team selecting them, but not all will.
As the NLF has grown and become more popular and complex, the Draft has changed. There’s not only internal competition for star players but also external competition from upstart leagues.
Draft Pick Assessments
Right now, all of the 32 clubs get one pick in each of the seven rounds of the Draft. The number of teams drafting changes, and there have been as many as 30 rounds in one draft.
The selection order is determined by the reverse order of the finish in the last season.
As long as there aren’t any trades between clubs, each round starts with the team that finished with the worse record, and then the Super Bowl champions end it.
If a team didn’t qualify for the playoffs, they receive Draft slot assignments of 1-20, with the order determined by standings from the end of the regular season. The club having the worst record picks first. The one with the best record from the previous season picks 20th.
If a team did go on to the playoffs, they’re assigned slots 21-32.
NFL Scouting Combine
Each year, the NFL Scouting Combine is an opportunity for the top prospects in the nation to show their talent.
Since the Draft is coming soon, athletes want to impress scouts, coaches, and general managers. To do so, they go through medical, physical, and professional tests.
The combine started in 1982 as a way to determine athletic strength as a component of physical testing.
Scouts can use the event to answer questions they might have about prospects.
There are a few major storylines that are being watched right now.
First, Matt Corral injured his ankle at the Cotton Bowl, serving as a reminder of why a lot of top prospects don’t play in bowl games. He didn’t work out at the NFL Combine, and he is still one of the top prospects among quarterbacks in the 2022 class.
His pro day is going to be his opportunity to show that an injury isn’t going to impair him.
At the 2022 combine, Malik Willis did everything except run, which is problematic since that’s seen as his signature strong point. He is the top quarterback in the class, considered a dual threat. Willis primarily focused on throwing drills rather than the 40-yard dash.
Prior to the offseason Kayvon Thibodeaux from Oregon was seen as the top overall prospect in the NFL Draft. Now, since the end of the season, Michigan’s Aidan Hutchison is looking to be a favorite for first overall.
Who Gets the No. 1 Overall Pick?
At the 2022 Draft, the Jackson Jaguars get the No. 1 overall pick.
Jacksonville had the No. 1 pick last year as well, choosing Trevor Lawrence, a quarterback from Clemson. The Detroit Lions would have gotten the top selection, but they upset the Packers on the last day of the regular season, so they pick second as a result.
The Houston Texans, New York Jets, and New York Giants are the top five of the draft order.
Along with the names mentioned above, there are a few others that look to be possible early-round drafts.
Evan Neal of Alabama is one. Kyle Hamilton from Notre Dame is another name to watch, as is Derek Stingley Jr. from LSU, Garrett Wilson from Ohio State, and Kenny Pickett from Pittsburgh.