Congratulations! We made it through mock draft season and to the promised land. The 2022 NFL Draft is officially underway and boy did it start out with a bang! Let’s not waste any time and go ahead and jump in to discuss all of the madness that happened on Day 1……
The theme of the draft so far seems to be trades, and night 1 felt like an episode of Oprah’s Favorite Things.
“You get a trade! You get a trade! You get a trade! (Almost) Everyone gets a trade”!
There were several teams that made standout moves on night 1. The city of New York won as a whole with both the Jets and the Giants taking advantage of their 2 picks each in the top 10. Both teams have plenty of holes to fill and they managed to make smart choices to start turning their teams around.
The Jets arguably had the best overall draft taking CB Sauce Gardner at 4, WR Garrett Wilson at 10, and then trading up at the end of the round to grab LB Jermaine Johnson at 26. If they use the rest of their 5 picks as wisely as they did the first 3 they’ll be in pretty good shape heading into training camp.
The Giants got better on both sides of the ball as well. Taking DE Kayvon Thibodeaux at number 5 gives them an elite pass rusher on one side while still being able to pick up offensive line help in Evan Neal to try and help protect QB Daniel Jones, since keeping him under center seems to be a thing they’re committed to.
The other two big winners of the night are the Eagles and the Lions. The Eagles may have only had one pick but it was for good reason. They got a stud at 13 in DT Jordan Davis. But the bigger move was trading the 18th pick to Tennessee to acquire WR AJ Brown, giving Jalen Hurts a huge addition to his arsenal of offensive weapons.
The Lions got a hometown hero at 2 in Aidan Hutchinson, who gives them a pass rush that they desperately need. In one of the most aggressive moves of the night they then traded up to 12 to grab WR Jameson Williams out of Alabama. Although he is coming back from an ACL injury in the national championship game, his upside is so strong when healthy that Brad Holmes and Dan Campbell had no hesitation moving up to strengthen their depth at the position and hopefully find a number 1 target for years to come. I know it’s my Honolulu bias speaking, but I love those two moves and the clarity and determination of this front office to go after exactly who they want.
Ok so there were no objectively bad moves on night one, but there were definitely some moves that were less impressive than others. The Vikings took the trade at 12 from the Lions and also got their number 32 and 34 picks and giving them the 46th pick. They got a good player in Lewis Cine though at 32, and will be picking 2nd on night two so they have plenty of room to make moves still.
The Packers didn’t get any new weapons for Aaron Rodgers in the wake of Davante Adams’ departure, choosing to shore up their defense instead. There are still a handful of good receivers left though so the MVP may get something after all. But I know that most of the other NFC North fans took some pleasure in watching this reaction…
Daxton Hill being selected at 31 by the Bengals might be a bit of a stretch but we’ll see how that pans out. The only real losers are the 8 teams without a first round pick.
…And The Huh??
This is pretty much reserved for the Patriots. Bill Belichick certainly has his own mind and his own way of operating his draft, but you can’t convince me that Nike didn’t make the pick of trading down for Cole Strange at 29. I’m sure he’ll be a great player but I think most of us were left scratching our heads after this one.
If night 2 is anything like night 1 we will be in for another fun ride. May the odds be ever in your teams favor….
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