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Three QBs in top 20 of first round in 2022



Matt Corral of the Mississippi Rebels looks to pass against the Baylor Bears during the first quarter in the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Caesars Superdome on January 01, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Predicting the first round of the NFL draft more than three months before it’s scheduled tends to be an exercise based more inImpressionism is better than exactitude.

It is difficult to map the possibilities accurately when the draft order isn’t set yet and players can change their mind about declaring.

All rights reserved ofThe moving parts, 2022The NFL draft has already begun to take shape, even though it is not yet. inA way that is close to perfect. Now it’s time for 18 ofThe league’s 32 franchises are now in April, so it’s time look ahead to April.

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Here are our recommendations firstLook at how it works first round ofThe order may be the best thing for the NFL draft ofThe seeding of the playoff teams going into the postseason determines the playoff teams:

1. Jaguars – Kayvon Thibodeaux, DE, Oregon

Most teams who landed the No. 1 pick will be unhappy if they have to deal with a down year. 1 pick. Jacksonville has been settled at quarterback thanks to Trevor Lawrence. But not at all other spots. Although he’s not the prospect that Myles Garrett was at the same point inBefore being selected, he had a career. inThe topSlot inThibodeaux is the early favorite to win this year’s honor. He is a game-changer at his best. Thibodeaux, a 6-5, 258-pound edge rushinger, throws blockers off balance right from the start with his explosive burst off his line. Not merely a one-note speed rusher, Thibodeaux also excels against the run and is developing his arsenal of moves for reaching the quarterback. Add him to the opposite 2019 first-roundJacksonville would be able to use Josh Allen as a foundation for the rest of its future. of its defense. 

2. Lions – Aidan Hutchinson, DE, Michigan

Three wins inDetroit did not earn the No. Detroit was not the No. 1 pick in the final six weeks. firstLions fans do not have to worry about getting a consolation prize. Thibodeaux might be No.1 and Hutchinson could be No.2 Hutchinson is ranked as No. 1 and 1a, respectively. The 6-6, 265-pound, defensive end was back for his senior season. He dominated opponents from start to finish, scoring 14 sacks, a College Football Playoff spot, and Heisman Trophy runner up. No matter if Thibodeaux is from the area, the Lions cannot lose. inScooping up a topAn edge rusher of the -tier who will alter the complexion ofThey are their front.

3. Texans – Evan Neal, OT, Alabama

Third-roundHouston’s surprising surge in late-season quarterback Davis Mills left Houston with a degree ofIt was a desperately needed boost of optimism for another dismal roster. Mills, or another signal-caller, will eventually take the Texans’ long term solution. inProtective measures will be necessary, especially if Laremy Tusil is removed or Tytus Huldrey is moved to the back of the guard. Neal is most well-known for his 6-6, 360-pound build that helps him plough holes. inHe should play the run game and stop pass rushers. Additional refinement when dealing with counter moves will be required for him to avoid being victimized by the NFL’s craftier defensive ends, but he could still be a key piece for the Texans’ front.

4. Jets – Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU

Stingley has been plagued by injuries over the last two-years and was unable to display his skills. inExpected manner ofA top-five pick. The Jets’ secondary pick is -five. in dire need of an overhaul. Stingley is a rare cornerback prospect that possesses both exceptional pure coverage and elite ball skills. He also has an excellent sense of his opponents’ intentions.

5. Giants – Ikem Ekwonu, OT, North Carolina State

It could be called a Dave Gettleman tribute, as the former general manager would certainly admire the team doing one. ofHe was a great friend to his “hog mollies”. He has proven himself to be a competent pass protector. inBully can also be added to inEkwonu’s run game looks exactly like it should. ofBig Blue will need to hire a blocker in order to stabilize an underperforming line that has little long-term potential beyond Andrew Thomas. 

6. Panthers – Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State

Carolina, after Cam Newton’s failed experiment with Sam Darnold and Carolina’s loss as a starter substitute, seems like a strong candidate for the job. first team to select a quarterback inThe draft. However, David Tepper, the owner, has a sense of humor. ofPanthers could be led to an answer by their urgency in finding a franchise signal caller inThe trade market is better. A significant upgrade will be required for the person who takes over from the center. inCross is a candidate for blind-side defense. The redshirt sophomore has showcased considerable tools as a pass blocker while still signaling substantial room for growth.

7. Giants (from Bears) – Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame

It might seem excessive to choose safety so high. ofThis is a luxury for a Giants team who has finally accepted a complete rebuild. Big Blue should stock up. topHamilton certainly fits the bill as a top-tier talent. Hamilton, weighing in at 6-4 and 220lbs with an impressive range, is both a formidable prospect. inTwo-time All-American can serve as both a tackler or coverage. inAn array ofThey play in different ways. He would make a formidable pair with Xavier McKinney (an emerging star) at the Giants’ back end ofTheir defense. 

8. Falcons – George Karlaftis, DE, Purdue

Atlanta heads into the offseason with one stat that is most important to it: It has 18 sacks in league, which is 11 less than the next closest. Karlaftis will not solve this problem on his own but he is as good as any other option for the Falcons. Although the 6-4, 265-pound edge rusher did not post the dizzying highlights of Thibodeaux and Hutchinson, his consistent double-teaming and sometimes triple-teaming was a constant pattern, he still beats blockers with his power and diverse set. of moves.

9. Broncos – Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia

Drafting an offball linebacker inThe topGiven concerns about the value of positional values, 10 can be quite dangerous. Dean’s abilities as a player for a team might alleviate some of those concerns. He is also 6-2 and 225 lbs. With a knack for rapidly processing plays and chasing down ball carriers inDean’s open field has the potential for Dean to strengthen the heart ofAny defense he joins. That package should be a draw for the Broncos, who know the value ofAfter securing standout rookie cornerback Patrick Surtain, a smart defender was born. inLast year, this slot was taken. 

10. Jets (from Seahawks) – David Ojabo, DE/LB, Michigan

Hutchinson looked like a good investment one year back to raise his game to this point. in2021. No one could have foreseen the same for Ojabo who made only one tackle. inHis career prior to this season. You can see why the 6-foot, 250-pound pass rusher has attracted attention after a second-team All-American campaign with 11 sacks. ofNFL teams. The Jets defense was one ofRobert Saleh is the league’s worst in creating pressure. ofCarl Lawson sustained an Achilles injury that allowed him to reach the level. ofHis former San Francisco 49ers clubs.

11. Washington Football Team – Matt Corral, QB, Ole Miss

Should Washington be the firstTeam to pick a quarterback at that slot. This draft would be a modern anomaly as a passer has already been taken in the top three picks in every year since 2013. No matter howThe market pans out, Washington should establish itself as a buyer after learning inA Week 17 defeat shows how far this team is from the Cowboys inThe NFC East. Corral’s injury to his ankle in the Sugar Bowl might complicate his draft projection, but he elevated himself into the QB1 conversation thanks to the strides he made with his ball placement and risk calculation.

12. Vikings – Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati

Mike Zimmer, the coach recently fired, didn’t hide any dissatisfaction with Minnesota’s defense in the last two seasons. He also dismissed Rick Spielman’s many failed investments at cornerback. inThis was the reason for the unit’s failure. “Sauce,” could be a solution. inAfter never giving up on a touchdown, the secondary looks ready for the pros as the 6-3 and 200-pound coverage maven. in college.

13. Browns – Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State

Cleveland is happy to sign up for a second year ofBaker Mayfield is the starting quarterback. But that doesn’t mean the passing offense should remain as it is. Jarvis Landry may be a cap casualty and the receiving corps will need to change. Wilson is the perfect example of electric after the catch. of target Mayfield needs to make life easier on every down.

14. Ravens – Tyler Linderbaum, C, Iowa

Unspeakably calamitous flood ofThe Ravens’ past season was a difficult one because of injuries. It’s evident, even though Lamar Jackson has missed five games this season, that the team is protecting itself. inAfter the line was closed, disarray allowed 57 bags, the second most. inThe NFL. Though true centers seldom earn this consideration –The last to be taken in the topSteve Everitt made 15 picks for the Browns in 1993 – Linderbaum is a uniquely talented blocker who can unlock even more possibilities inThe Ravens have a wide range of running games.

15. Eagles (from Dolphins) – Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah

Yes, Eagles have taken only one linebacker inThe first roundSince 1980. Lloyd, an active presence on the second level, would be the one to change this tendency. He’s equally at home chasing down runningbacks, blitzing quarterbacks, or taking on coverage tasks.

16. Eagles (from Colts) – Travon Walker, DE, Georgia

Philadelphia’s rush to pass is due for a change ofThe guard. The addition of Walker, a highly athletic and still-developing athlete, to the team makes it a potential budding star. inJosh Sweat, The Eagles would choose Josh Sweat as their one. ofThe league’s most powerful pair of defensive ends. 

17. Chargers – Jordan Davis, DT, Georgia

After Josh Jacobs’ inability to stop Josh Jacobs, it’s hard to ignore how detrimental the Chargers’ front seven has been this season. inThe obvious running situation effectively eliminated the Bolts out of the playoff field. There might be an antidote waiting inPlease complete the form ofDavis, a 6-foot, 340-pound force, who does more than just eat space.

18. Saints – Kenny Pickett, QB, Pitt

Sean Payton seems to have driven New Orleans as far it could without any semblance of consistency at quarterback. Payton will not settle for a better package if he can’t identify more than a patchwork fix. ofExperience and accuracy inPickett was in the draft. Pickett was selected over the four-year starter because of his rapid growth to become a finalist for the Heisman Trophy. inHe will be able to control his aggressiveness through a plan.

19. Eagles – Drake London, WR, USC

Philadelphia must continue to rebuild its receiving team even though DeVonta has been a big success. London, who is 6’5″ and 210 pounds, used to play basketball. His bullying skills on defensive backs was evident in his jump balls. He would be a fitting running mate for Smith and an option Jalen Hurts would no doubt find immediate value in. 

20. Steelers – Sam Howell, QB, North Carolina

Kevin Colbert has been fired after a distinguished run as Steelers’ general managers. inMultiple reports claim that the line will resign after one more draft. The most urgent task: Find a quarterback who can keep Pittsburgh going. inWhen Ben Roethlisberger was replaced, there were playoff possibilities. As many others, inHowell could be one of the most divisive prospects in this class. His highlights might prove to have been one of his greatest strengths. inThere are questions about Howell’s decision-making abilities in the NFL’s deep passing game. While Pittsburgh might have to endure growing pains if the team turns to him as a starter early, going with Howell has to be a serious consideration for a team that lacks many readily apparent options for a successor to its longtime signal-caller.

21. Patriots – Kaiir Elam, CB, Florida

New England may not be able or willing to retain J.C. Jackson following his star turn. The cornerback position will be New England’s most pressing offseason need. No matter what. ofElam offers Elam’s dynamic playmaking skills as well as a smothering approach on how the team will handle the impending agent free. in press coverage that Bill Belichick would relish utilizing.

22. Dolphins (from 49ers). – Kenyon Green G/T Texas A&M

Miami’s offensive line inThere is so much chaos that almost every position needs to be reorganized. Miami would naturally be drawn to Green who held four positions in his career. firstAll-American season -team in 2021.

23. Raiders – Trevor Penning, OT, Northern Iowa

Rookie first-roundAlex Leatherwood’s time at right tackle was short-lived and unproductive. Penning is a powerful 6-7-inch and 321-pound player. He has both the frame and the athleticism needed to excel at the position. inThe pros, even though he needs an extended acclimation time after arriving from the Football Championship Subdivision.

24. Cardinals – Cameron Thomas, DE, San Diego State

Arizona’s pass rush has at times hinged on four-time Pro Bowl selection Chandler Jones and the underrated Markus Golden, who combined to record 21 ½ ofThe defense has 41 sacks. Jones being re-indicted for free agency, and likely looking for a substantial deal, it would make sense to give the Cardinals a chance to look at Thomas. Thomas is an ascensant prospect who was one ofCollege football’s most disruptive defenders.

25. Bengals – Darian Kinnard, OT, Kentucky

When the Bengals wide receiver embarked upon his record-setting rookie season, it was clear that the Ja’Marr Chase-Penei Swell debate had been resolved temporarily. Still, Cincinnati must have been on edge when Joe Burrow was dinged up after taking four sacks and 10 hits inThe penultimate match ofThe regular season. There is no way to misinterpret Kinnard’s pass-protection skills with those ofSewell, however, is the Southeastern Conference standout and a solid option at right tackle or defense. 

26. Lions (from Rams) – Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State

Jared Goff finished the season with a strong finish, thanks to his team. inAmon-Ra St. Brown was a large contributor to his late breakout. Maybe it would be a shrewd move, then, to invest inAnother highly skilled and prolific target that can elevate a otherwise weak receiving corps. Olave is a wise beyond his years inHis precise route running and the addition of a vertical element to his passing attack.

27. Bills – Andrew Booth Jr., CB, Clemson

Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott created the NFL’s. topThey could be ranked by finding value across all the boards, as Booth is doing. Both aggressive and aggressive when it comes to finding the ball inHe would be a great counterpart to Tre’Davious white in the air and on the run.

28. Cowboys – Daxton Hill, S, Michigan

Dallas will be keen to maintain the playmaking philosophy he established, even if Dan Quinn, defensive coordinator, is offered a job as a head coach elsewhere. inThis was the league’s best 34 takeaways. Hill recorded only four interceptions inHis rare speed and wide range, which he has demonstrated over three years, indicate that his best days are yet to come. inThis area makes him a viable option for a spot. inWhich the Cowboys have for a long time underinvested. 

29. Buccaneers – DeMarvin Leal, DT/DE, Texas A&M

There are many offseason questions. inTampa Bay with the likes ofWide receiver Chris Godwin and cornerback Carlton Davis are among the many Buccaneers who will be able to retain Rob Gronkowski, tight end Rob Gronkowski and center Ryan Jensen. Outside linebacker Jason Pierre Paul and defensive linemen Ndamukong Suh as well as William Gholston, Ndamukong Suh, and William Gholston, are all available for free agency. Although the Buccaneers may retain some of their players, they might not be able to retain others. ofThey might part ways with their most valuable pieces, and the two veterans they have left behind could be one of them. Leal’s multi-talented skills would allow the defending champions to undergo a major overhaul, with an interior presence capable of disrupting.

30. Chiefs – Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama

A torn anterior cruciate ligament inThe draft stock might be significantly affected by the national championship game ofWilliams, an Ohio State transfer who would otherwise have had a strong chance to be the firstSelection of the receiver, even before ofFormer teammates Olave and Wilson. As long as Williams’ medical exams are positive, though, it’s possible to see Williams, a speedy receiver with an average catch rate of 19.9 yards, doing serious damage. inAndy Reid’s offense started out as a tertiary option for Travis Kelce or Tyreek Hill.

31. Titans – Bernhard Raimann, OT, Central Michigan

It’s never a bad idea for Ryan Tannehill and Derrick Henry to have more support after a season. inInjuries and COVID-19 put Tennessee’s offensive line depth to the test. Raimann, a quick riser and Austrian-born tight end, could bring some flexibility to a front that was allowed 47 sacks.

32. Packers – Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas

Green Bay will be able to reconcile with Aaron Rodgers. This is the best way to celebrate their new relationship. first-round receiver? Burks’ strong hands and go-up-and get-it style could quickly make him a target for Rodgers and complement Davante Adams. Adams also needs to consider his future. in Green Bay amid his expiring contract.

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