2022 NFL Draft ratings, tracker: analysis for every selection made in the first round

Want to know what I think of every pick made Thursday in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft? You can find it all below. You can also follow the rest of the draft on Days 2 and 3 for more notes and more analysis. Be sure to refresh this page throughout the weekend for the latest ratings.

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1. Jaguars: Travon Walker, EDGE, Georgia

Category B-

This is purely a projection. They need help, but it plays more like a technical 5 down. He’s a good player, a hard player, a physical player, but he’s not an explosive rusher. They can pair him with Josh Allen, but I would have become an offensive lineman here.

2. Lions: Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE, Michigan

Grade: B+

They need a pass rusher in the worst possible way, and they must be glad Hutchinson fell on them here. He is a polished top runner who will be an impact player right away. The Lions need to be able to impact the quarterback better than they did last year. Hutchinson will. But he could be a 12-sack guy for most of his career, rather than a 16-sack guy. But it is okay.

3. Texans: Derek Stingley Jr., BC, LSU

Category B

That doesn’t make much sense to me. They play a defense that doesn’t emphasize the cornerback, but they picked one over the pass. Stingley is an exceptional corner of coverage, but it’s a little weird. Pass rusher or tackle was a better option.

4. Jets: Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner, BC, Cincinnati

Grade: B+

If you want to win the AFC East, you have to stop the Bills and Josh Allen. This means that the corners of the cover are valuable. Gardner is the best covering player in the draft. That should mean more men for Robert Saleh and his crew. Good choice.

5. Giants: Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon

Rating: A

He is the best pure passer in this draft. He has the explosive ability the Giants badly need. The issue with him now is his character. Does he like the game? But I think he will overcome all these discussions and become a dominant player. I love this choice.

6. Panthers: Ikem Ekwonu, OT, NC State

Grade: B+

The Panthers played tops at left tackle last year, so getting a tackle was a given in this draft. I liked Evan Neal more, but I have that choice. Ekwonu needs to work on his pass protection, but he’s fixable.

7. Giants: Evan Neal, OT, Alabama

Rating: A

The Giants land the best tackle in the draft. He will step in at right tackle and give them a nice pair of bookends with Andrew Thomas. They need to protect the quarterback better, and they will. He will be a longtime starter who will appear in many Pro Bowls.

8. Falcons: Drake London, WR, USC

Category B-

London is a big receiver, but he doesn’t run very well. This is a team that needed to add more speed. I would have taken Garrett Wilson to this place. It would have given them more immediate impact. London is good. But there were better options.

9. Seahawks: Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi St.

Category B

They had a glaring hole at left tackle, so they had to get a left tackle. With the run on them, they end up with a player who is good at pass protection but needs work in the running game. If Seattle wants to run better, they picked the wrong tackle. But he’s good at protecting the quarterback.

10. Jets: Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio St.

Rating: A

I love this choice. I know there was talk of trading that pick for Deebo Samuel, but I love sticking around and taking Wilson. He’s a speed player who will help Zach Wilson in a big way. He is fast and he will be much cheaper than Samuel.

11. Saints (of Commanders): Chris Olave, WR, Ohio St.

Grade: C+

Dropping all that arsenal to get Olave is risky if you ask me. Olave is a speed receiver who will complement Michael Thomas, but it’s a lot to give up to have him. Jameis Winston will be happy, but I don’t like it. The saints must.

12. Lions (of Vikings): Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama

Category B

He is the best receiver in the draft. The Lions can wait to restore him to good health. When he is healthy, he will be a dynamic playmaker. They made a bold move to get him, but they dropped a bunch to look for him. They better hope he is what they think he can become. I think he’s a star.

13. Eagles (from Texans): Jordan Davis, DT, Georgia

Category B

He’s a hell of a choice for the Eagles. They needed to have a strong player inside, with age becoming an issue there. Davis will be a three-way player in the NFL, although some don’t think he will be. The Eagles will be much better against the run, that’s for sure.

14. Ravens: Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame

Category B-

The Ravens will get a player to help their back end right away. I love Hamilton, but I don’t love him like most. He will have some coverage issues, but they need to use him in different ways to capitalize on his talents. He’s not Ed Reed. That’s for sure.

15. Texans (from Eagles): Kenyon Green, G, Texas A&M

Grade: B+

They get a player who can play right tackle or inside guard. This is a team that needs a lot of help, and Green is a player who can step in and play right away. He is a good physical player who fits what he wants to do if he plays the right tackle or guard.

16. Commanders (of Saints): Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn St.

Category B

They trade and land a receiver that will give them more juice in the passing game. They needed to help Carson Wentz and Dotson will give them another speed player. Landing the extra picks and getting a good receiver make this a good move.

17. Loaders: Zion Johnson, G, Boston College

Grade: B+

They have to protect their quarterback. He’s a player who can play goalie, tackle, center for the Chargers. It was about improving their line for Justin Herbert. I like Johnson. the versatility of the position is important. He brings it.

18. Titans (from Eagles) Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas

Grade: C+

They basically traded in a big physical receiver to replace AJ Brown. Burks will come much cheaper. I’m not sure it’s AJ Brown, though. But the philosophy makes sense. Draft and get a cheaper player. Burks needs to cut his weight.

19. Saints: Trevor Penning, Northern Iowa, OT

Category B-

This fills a need for the saints. They had to get a left tackle and Penning fits the bill. He’s an aggressive player who will give them a good tackle combo to go with Ryan Ramczyk. They are both ugly.

20. Steelers: Kenny Pickett, QB, Pittsburgh

Rating: A

I love this choice. They take the local kid to play quarterback and he will turn out to be the best quarterback in this class. Give him a few games, and he’ll get the job. Pickett has the tools to become a quality starter. It works in several ways.

21. Chiefs (of the Patriots): Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington

Category B-

The Chiefs moved to get McDuffie, but I think they could have waited to get his teammate, Kyler Gordon, who I think will be a better player. It fills a need at the corner, and he’s a good player, but they could have stayed in their place.

22. Packers: Quay Walker, LB, Georgia

Rating: A

It’s a hell of a choice. He’s a speed playmaker and linebacker who will give their defenses a good complement to De’Vondre Campbell. I know they could have been receivers here, but they can wait. Walker will be a highlight.

23. Bills (from Ravens via Cardinals): Kaiir Elam, BC, Florida

Grade: B+

He is a good cover player who fills a major need. The Bills had a hole in their team and it was the corner. Now they’re adding a long cover player who can give them a nice corner to go with Tre’Davious White. He needs to tackle better. I love the aggressiveness to go get it.

24. Cowboys: Tyler Smith, OT, Tulsa

Rating: A

This is one of my favorite picks in this draft. This kid is a mauler who will help them right away attacking on the right. He needs a little help protecting passes, but the Cowboys will coach him. The teams liked him more than the analysts and his tape showed you why. It’s a very good choice.

25. Ravens (from Bills): Tyler Linderbaum, C, Iowa

Category B

They needed to have a center, and they got the best. I love the idea of ​​him taking over in the middle of their line. He will play for a long time in front of Lamar Jackson. His athletic qualities are exceptional.

26. Jets (of the Titans): Jermaine Johnson II, EDGE, Florida State

Rating: A

That’s great value this late in the draft. He fell much further than most people thought. He matches what Robert Saleh wants in his cutting edge rushers. It’s a late bloomer, but it will continue to improve.

27. Jaguars (from Buccaneers): Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah

Grade: B+

They made a bold move to get him. I love this. He’s a play linebacker who can do a lot. Think Devin White in the Tampa Bay program. That works. Mike Caldwell will use it in different ways.

28. Packers: Devonte Wyatt, DT, Georgia

Grade: B+

This has a chance to be a special player. He had some character issues, but he was productive on a good defense. I know the Packers fans wanted a receiver here, but it’s as a player who can really help a defensive inside. I like it.

29. Patriots (of Chiefs) Cole Strange, G, Chattanooga

Rating: C

They’re drafting Shaq Mason’s replacement at right guard. It might be a bit high for him, but it certainly fills a need. They are getting younger and cheaper.

30. Leaders: George Karlaftis, EDGE, Purdue

Rating: A

I love this pick from the Chiefs. They needed urgent help and this kid can help. He is a player who plays hard all the time. If they want to beat the Bills and the AFC West’s big passers, they need to get more pressure. It’s a good choice.

31. Bengals: Daxton Hill, S, Michigan

Category B-

They have contract issues with their upcoming securities, so this is a good choice. He also has the skill to play corner, which they could also use in terms of assisting with coverage. He’s a versatile player, which they love. To beat the Chiefs and the Bills and the AFC West, you better cover up.

32. Vikings (of Lions): Lewis Cine, S, Georgia

Grade: B+

They need safety next to Harrison Smith and he’s getting a bit older. Cine is a handsome player who will cover you and hit you. It has the range you love in the back end. It’s a good solid choice.

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