The 2021 NFL regular season is over. This means that the order of the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft is scheduled for 18 non-playoff teams.
From the free-agent market in March to the selection of players April 28-30, more than half of the league’s members are already thinking about how to improve next season. Some of the top draft prospects will also appear in the SEC’s National College Football Playoff tournament Monday night to back Alabama and Georgia.
Here are Sports News’ latest predictions from round 1 to round 32, where informal arrangements of 14 playoff teams reflect playoff records and seeds of participation:
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1. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-14)
Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE, Michigan (6-6 years, 265 pounds)
The Jaguars should consider the offensive line, especially if Cam Robinson doesn’t return as a free agent with the left tackle, but with large-scale changes to come, it will be difficult to overcome the cornerstones of defensive saboteurs. Hutchinson is full of energy and strength in the game and continues to develop his powerful passing and racing moves. He’s the perfect candidate for a 4-3 finish, so his availability could lead Jacksonville to such a plan with the new manager.
2. Detroit Lions (3-13-1)
Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon (6-5, 258 pounds)
If Hutchinson can play, the Lions might be tempted given the local outlook, but they should also be happy to have Thibodeau in second place. Not only is Thibodeaux a more athletic and destructive pass rusher overall, but he’s also more versatile in Aaron Glenn’s top 7.
3. Houston Texans (4-13)
Evan Neal, OT, Alabama (6-7 years, 350 pounds)
The Texans should think more of third-round rookie Davis Mills as a potential franchise quarterback to replace Deshawn Watson because of his powerful weapons and precision in stable development. That should cause them to try to move to faded and now injured left tackle Laremy Tunsil (Laremy Tunsil) to create more room for the salary cap for his rebuilding. Neal will be a young upgrader who has dominated as a pass protector and point guard for ten years.
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4. New York Jets (4-13)
Derek Stingley Jr, CB, LSU (6-1, 195 pounds)
The Jets performed well as a cornerback in Robert Saleh’s first year of defense, but they needed to organize their offense more effectively tied regionally to the Seattle Boom Corps. Stingley is an all-powerful defender who can cover a variety of terrain and different types of receivers.
5. New York Giants (4 to 13)
Tyler Linderbaum, C, Iowa (6-3, 290 pounds)
The Giants will be smart to target the offensive line in the first round, perhaps several times. For the benefit of Daniel Jones and Sakun Barkley. As a major improvement of Billy Price, Lindbaum is a smart internal obstacle and a perfect long-term guide and also fits very well.
6. Carolina Panthers
Malik Willis, QB, Liberty (6-1, 215 pounds)
The Panthers have made former Auburn star Cam Newton their quarterback under offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn. Willis started his career at Marzahns Auburn before the transfer, with his arms very fast and his speed. Given his outstanding performance at the end of his career, he should be able to surprise scouts in the pre-draft process and make them care less about their status in elementary school.
7. New York Giants (of the Chicago Bears)
Ikem Ekwonu, G/OT, NC (6-4,320 lbs)
The Giants used their top two picks to pick another “Pig Molly” for general manager Dave Gettleman (as of now). Ekwonu is a powerful and powerful base broker who has to make boring continuous climbs at times. He can play in or out of the NFL, but with Lindbaum backing up center, it would be nice if Ekewonu attacked Andrew Thomas on the right and left.
8. Atlanta Falcons (7-10)
Kyle Hamilton, S, University of Notre Dame (6-4, 220 pounds)
As the Titans’ offensive coordinator, Arthur Smith saw Kevin Bader’s significant impact on organizational security. He needs an Atlanta player to better support young top corner kicker AJ Terrell. The Falcons had the worst performances in the league in 2021.
9. Denver Broncos (7-10)
Matt Corral, QB, Ole Miss (6-0, 200 pounds)
The Broncos will make a quarterback decision and can’t ignore the position in the first round. Remember, former coach Vic Fangio ended up lamenting the lack of reliable passers-by. You should target another QB franchise with the very clever General Motors George Paton to clean up the mess at Teddy Bridgewater-Drew Lock. Corral is an energetic athlete and confident runner, and his large arms are also aggressive. Under the guidance of Lane Kiffin, he quickly improved his primitive abilities.
10. New York Jets (Seattle Seahawks)
George Karlaftis, EDGE, Purdue University (6-4, 275 books)
Now that Stingley allows for a significant increase in back-end coverage, the Jets shouldn’t hesitate to add a passport defense to Saleh. You should aim for an ideal 4-3 lineup to remind Saleh Nick Bossa (6-4, 266 pounds) of his bizarre 49ers. When it comes to his height, Karlaftis has top-notch athleticism and always uses his enormous potential to achieve a fitting effect.
11. Washington Soccer Team (7-10)
Kenny Pickett, QB, Pittsburgh (6-3, 220 pounds)
Washington received some flashes from Tyler Haynik and Ryan Fitzpatrick’s bridge season was completely wiped out with an injury. However, without a confident quarterback for the big market, he can’t move forward and hope to make the most of his promising aerial game. Because of his stellar performances, Pickett entered the first round and other notable quarterbacks are gradually retiring, making the Panthers the number one offensive force in the ACC. He has a natural deep ball precision and football wisdom. It also has the underrated style of Joe Burrow.
12. Minnesota Vikings (8-9)
Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah (6-3,235 pounds)
The Vikings must solve the second-tier problem: Anthony Barr, often injured, enters the free agency market with Nick Virgil. Lloyd, a tough endurance athlete, performed well in the game and his regional plan was smart and instinctive.
13. Cleveland Browns (8-9)
Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State University (6-1, 189 pounds)
The Browns need to find a real main player outside the stadium and vigorously modernize their receivers. Fortunately for Cleveland, Columbus has a great answer. Olaf has excellent speed, speed and explosiveness and will become Baker Mayfield or anyone’s new quarterback in 2022.
14. Baltimore Ravens (8-9)
Kaiir Elam, CB, Fla (6-2, 196 pounds)
The Ravens ended the season with cornerback injuries and will need to rejuvenate their coverage to improve their blitzkrieg plan. Elam’s physical strength and length stand out. Because of his athletic ability, his reports are also very effective.
15. Philadelphia Eagles (of the Miami Dolphins)
De Marvin Leal, DT, Texas A&M (6-4, 290 pounds)
Leal is a versatile spoiler who can thrive on Jonathan Gannon’s four-man front, as Fletcher Cox gradually fades away as he ages and Derek Barnett becomes a free agent. Leal has shown his passing skills and speed indoors with 8.5 sacks, but he’s also a solid point guard. You have to answer questions about your recent arrest for possession of a small amount of marijuana, but that shouldn’t have much of an impact on your inventory, as potential customers won’t be stigmatized as much as before.
16. Philadelphia Eagles (Indianapolis Colts)
David Ojabo, EDGE, Michigan (6-5 years, 250 pounds)
The Eagles, in addition to Barnett’s outstanding defensive free agent, also know that Brandon Graham’s Josh Sweet cast is incredible, and Brandon Graham only because Tendon was scammed and entered his 34-year season. They need reinforcements to maintain the tone of the defense. Ojabo will give them a notable marginal player who can initially make a good contribution to the situation. The combination of speed, explosiveness and energy sent him flying behind his last partner, Hutchinson.
17. New Orleans Saints (9-8)
Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama (6-2, 189 pounds)
The Saints must solve the problem of pain and dissatisfaction that hangs over Michael Thomas’ future. Williams’ image resembles many of Crimson Tide’s best picks at this position lately and has grown rapidly from what can be seen on the shelf. More John Mackey III. Williams has shown he can be more than just a route operator in a match with young passerby Bryce Young, who won the Heisman Award. It can perform great movements and also provide an excellent frame.
18. Los Angeles Chargers (9-8)
Jordan Davis, DT, Georgia (6-6 years, 340 pounds)
The Chargers need to improve their mileage as their entire battle between the top 3 for Brandon Staley and Brandon Staley is used to leaving Aaron Donald as a partner for other Los Angeles teams. Davis is a great player, he has ruined a game of this size at an incredible rate.
19. Philadelphia Eagles (9-8)
Andrew Booth Jr., CB, Clemson (6-0, 200 pounds)
The Hawks did well at the end of Darius “The Big Play” Sley’s career, and Event Maddox did well too, but they can benefit from Booth’s further upgrade into second place. He is a strong and active inside corner player and his speed and ball control are enough to replace Slay as a top-notch player.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-7-1)
Desmond Ridder, QB, Cincinnati (6-4, 215 pounds)
The Steelers could take steps to secure Pickett, who is Ben Roethlisberger’s ideal successor when it comes to adapting to Matt Canada’s offense. But for general manager Kevin Colbert and coach Mike Tomlin, it’s a good backup plan. Reid has always been a formidable and tough leader within Team Panda and also proves that his strong arms and racing skills are a natural double threat to the NFL.
21. Miami Dolphins (San Francisco 49ers)
Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi (6-5, 310 pounds)
The Dolphins are still trying to sort out most of their young offensive lines, and if he gets at least one major first improvement from Jesse Davis’ good tackle, he shouldn’t give up cross. Cross is a strong winger who can quickly develop footwork to face the left side.
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22. New England Patriots (10-7)
Nakobe Dean, ILB, Georgia (6-0, 225 pounds)
The Patriots will replace middleman Dont’a Hightower, who becomes a free agent before his 32-year season. Bill Belichick should be a player who can play anywhere and do anything in the second tier and become a leader quickly, he’s a dominant defense for the Bulldogs. Dean can give it his all, no matter where he is, he can play a variety of games from the sideline to the sideline.
23. The Adventurers of Las Vegas (10-7)
Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State University (6-0, 188 pounds)
Raiders need a reliable all-rounder, Derek Carr, not a more limited depth threat. Wilson is a natural, intelligent, agile, experienced and practical technician. It is also dangerous for him to make big moves after catching the ball.
24. Arizona Cardinals (11-6)
Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati (6-3,200 pounds)
The Cardinals fell in love with the corner kick, Byron Murphy held the ball frequently and veteran Robert Alford performed well, but they needed more stability and reliability. Gardner has a very flexible length and can be moved anywhere a vertical or horizontal blanket needs to be handled.
25. Cincinnati Bengals (10-7)
Kenyon Green, G, Texas (6-4, 325 pounds)
The Bengals have yet to rethink their offensive line ahead of Burrow and Joe Mixon. Right, Hakeem Adeniji and Jackson Carman’s concerns between the security guard and injury fade as they wait for free agent Riley Reiff to clash. Green has the potential to play on the outside, as his athleticism complements the great power of the interior.
26. Detroit Lions (Los Angeles Rams)
Sam Howell, QB, NC (6-1, 220 pounds)
The nature of this design should provide a potential long-term quarterback with good value toward the end of the first round. It would be the perfect choice for Lions to land in Thibodeau earlier and land there to any passerby of their choice. Howell is a smart, knowledgeable and accurate pocket pin who will connect with a new offensive coordinator who can customize the shot based on his own merits.
27. Buffalo notes (11-6)
Roger McCreary, DC, Auburn (6-0, 190 pounds)
The Bills had a good No. 2 cornerback against Trey David Ears White, but Wallace becomes a free agent and White will recover from a torn cruciate ligament in his 27-year season. Because of their limited weaknesses as Super Bowl contenders, they should look for a good direct replacement. Sean McDermott and Leslie Frazier will adore McCreary for his size, fitness, mobility, and great ability to perform in any low-field coverage system.
28. Dallas Cowboys (12-5)
Jordan Battle, S, Alabama (6-1, 210 pounds)
Jayron Kearse is a pleasant surprise, Damonte Kazee is a good organizer, he can improve the safety of Micah Parsons behind him and Trevon Diggs, but these two skilled workers become independent agents. The Cowboys can be aggressive and trade Hamilton for Hamilton, but here you can find a good answer. Battelle is a creator of the balanced play, he cleaned up Nick Saban’s defense a lot, looks stylish, and has good ancestry.
29. Kansas City Chiefs (12-5)
Trylon Burks, WR, Arkansas (6-3, 225 pounds)
Bosses could benefit from adding another guy from the organizer to Patrick Mahomes to complete Tyreke Hill and Travis Kells’ reliable Speed and Speed crash nightmare. Burks is a great physical target with a pair of big hands accompanying him.
30. Tampa Bay Pirates (13-4)
Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington (5-11, 195 pounds)
The Buccaneers may not be able to re-sign Carlton Davis with priority over other free agents to keep rival Tom Brady’s side intact. McDuffie is in good shape and also offers excellent explosiveness and fast opacity.
31. Tennessee Titans (12-5)
Nicholas Petit-Frere, OT, Ohio (6-5, 315 pounds)
The Titans have gone to great lengths to replace Jack Conklin with David Quesenberry, but they should still be looking for an upgrade from Taylor Wan. Petit-Frere is a complete ascendant who perfectly combines strength, agility, and footwork and has performed well in both competitions.
32. Green Bay Packer (13-4)
Travon Walker, DT/DE, Georgia (6-5, 275 pounds)
The Packers can team up with Kenny Clark with a 3-4 lead and defeat Dean Lowry and Kingsley Cork. Walker is an explosive and versatile organizer, can line up in various positions up front, and can be athletic and strong.