The 2022 NFL Draft is over and many things came as a surprise. Of course, the uncertainty has been cleared, but not everything we expected happened. Also, the NFL betting lines are out, bettors should consider FanDuel.
Here have been six things we learned from the NFL Draft in 2022.
New York Teams had the Best Trade
We all expected that the New York Giants and New York Jets would be first and second-round picks, right? Both teams in New York had two first-round picks, giving them a pair of cheap prospects. But it’s the way they conducted the draft as a whole that has fans in America’s largest media market eagerly anticipating the start of the 2022 season.
The Jets started by bringing in Sauce Gardner, then Garrett Wilson, a skilled route runner, but they weren’t done yet, as they recruited edge rusher Jermaine Johnson II. Then they added Breece Hall in the second round, giving them a total of four players with first-round grades. Their defense and offense both improved dramatically, giving Zach Wilson and Robert Saleh newfound vigor to start the season.
Quarterback’s Value Noticed
First and foremost, Malik Willis deserves credit. The top dual-threat quarterback in the class slid to the third round after hearing he may go as high as No. 2 overall, with the Tennessee Titans dealing up to take the Liberty product at pick No. 86.
Ultimately, we discovered that top clubs didn’t place the same importance on Willis as many of those in the media did. With many unknowns, a draft week may be a bit crazy. With only one quarterback picked in the first round and Kenny Pickett falling to No. 20, it’s no surprise that so many teams entered the tournament with a high QB need.
Sam Darnold is the Quarterback for the Carolina Panthers.
This is certainly surprising. Prioritizing protection by selecting Ikem Ekwonu at No. 6 makes sense, but it leaves the Panthers without a strong competition for Sam Darnold to begin the season. While they believe he’s a good quarterback choice, no one else does. Although Matt Corral was added, it would be surprising, but not impossible, for him to start over Darnold as a rookie.
The Value of Wide Receivers Continues to Rise
More than five wide receivers were selected in the first round, while two others were exchanged for first-round picks. AJ Brown and Marquise Brown ended up switching sides. The former demanded a trade out of Baltimore, while the latter and the Titans couldn’t agree on his contract value. Both will now take their talents to a new environment, playing with young quarterbacks who are ecstatic to have top-tier experience.
In general, teams see wide receiver as one of the most valuable positions on the field, as evidenced by the draft.
The Chicago Bears have Decided to Rebuild
One can’t but feel very sorry for Justin Fields and Chicago Bears fans. Their ambitions are at an all time lowest in their debut year with even new leadership. This is partly due to the roster they dismantled and failed to reassemble. Seriously, this team appears to be a lock for the #1 selection in 2023.
It puts a lot of strain on Fields, who is expecting to master another new system quickly. In Chicago, things may quickly become ugly. The Bears have by far the poorest supporting cast of any team that drafted a QB during the first round of last year’s selection.
The Georgia Bulldogs have a strong defense
We all knew Georgia’s defense was unstoppable. There was a reason they were able to stop Bryce Young and the Alabama Crimson Tide from winning the College Championship. But five of their defensemen were picked in the first round? This is a new NFL Draft milestone.