The much-anticipated 2022 NFL Draft is just a week away. Here is Pinnacle’s one-stop guide to what and who to look out for across the three-day extravaganza.
Where is the 2022 NFL Draft?
After the Sin City showcase was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Las Vegas will finally host the NFL Draft for the first time in 2022. The 87th NFL Draft will be held on the Las Vegas Strip, in a specially made theatre adjacent to Caesars Forum.
When is the 2022 NFL Draft?
The 2022 NFL Draft will take place between Thursday, April 28 and Saturday, April 30, 2022. It will be broadcast on the NFL Network, ABC, ESPN, and ESPN Deportes although the exact schedule breakdown has yet to be determined. It’s expected that the Draft will begin at 8pm Eastern Time on Thursday, April 28.
Which team has got the No. 1 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft?
After selecting Trevor Lawrence as their first-round pick in 2021, the first pick in the 2022 NFL Draft will once again go to the Jacksonville Jaguars. They ended the 2021 season with a league-worst 3-14 record, (up from 1-15 in 2020). The Cleveland Browns were the last team to have the first overall pick in back-to-back drafts (2017 and 2018), selecting defensive end Myles Garrett and quarterback Baker Mayfield.
The Detroit Lions have the No. 2 overall pick. The Jaguars and the Kansas City Chiefs are expected to make the most picks with 12 apiece. The Miami Dolphins will have the fewest selections with four. After winning the 2022 Super Bowl in February, the LA Rams' first selection will be the No. 104 overall pick in round three.
Who is expected to be the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft 2022?
In 2021, there was no doubt that the Jacksonville Jaguars were going to select Clemson University quarterback Trevor Lawrence as the No. 1 pick in the Draft. But in 2022, it’s more about the team’s overall needs than picking the best player. The Jaguars may opt for the Michigan Wolverines’ Aidan Hutchinson to provide more depth at the edge position, despite their recent signing of Arden Key.
The other players that could go high in the draft are North Carolina State’s offensive tackle Ikem Ekwonu at 1.653 to go Under 4.5 Draft Position, Liberty Flames quarterback Malik Willis, [2.270] to go under 13.5 Draft position, and offensive tackle Evan Neal of Alabama University.
The 2021 Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young is a sophomore and is projected to enter the 2023 NFL Draft.
How has the No. 1 Draft pick fared in the last six years?
University of California quarterback Jared Goff was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in 2016. Having competed in back-to-back Pro Bowls in 2017 and 2018, Goff was traded to the Detroit Lions in 2021. 2017 was the year of defensive end Myles Garrett. The Texas alumnus was drafted by the Cleveland Browns and has since claimed two Pro Bowl appearances and made the All-Pro first team in 2020 too.
Then comes three Heisman Trophy winners in a row. Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 2018. In 2020, Mayfield led them to their first playoff win since 1994 in their victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Another Oklahoma alumnus, Kyler Murray was drafted to the Arizona Cardinals in 2019. He has since won the Offensive Rookie of the Year award and earned a 2020 Pro Bowl appearance.
Joe Burrow was the Cincinnati Bengals’ pick in 2020. The quarterback started well but his rookie season was curtailed by a knee injury. However, 2021 proved to be a breakout year for the 25-year-old quarterback who guided the Bengals to Super Bowl LVI – where they eventually lost out to the Rams.
2021 was the year of Trevor Lawrence, who, as mentioned, joined the Jaguars. It took until Week 6 for him to win his first NFL game, but in his debut season he finished second (behind Mac Jones) in rookie passing yards with 3,641. The team will hope their new additions will make them more competitive in 2022.
The 2022 NFL season begins on Thursday, September 8, with reigning Super Bowl champions the LA Rams kicking things off.
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