2022 NFL Draft winners and losers: Jets, Ravens, Eagles get best results, bumpy road for Patriots, Baker Mayfield

The 2022 NFL Draft is over, and it was one for the books. Las Vegas saw NFL draft records broken, several star receivers traded in the first round, and quarterbacks suffered historic third-round drops. There were also punters fished out in the fourth round!

There were winners and losers. Some front offices are celebrating their draft draws while other players are now more nervous about their place on the depth chart thanks to their team’s trades this weekend. There’s a lot to discuss, so let’s break down our 2022 NFL Draft winners and losers (check out our tracker of each pick as well as the ratings and analysis here).

General manager Joe Douglas crushed this project. The Jets landed cornerback Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner at No. 4 overall, then wide receiver from Ohio State Garrett Wilson at No. 10. They were considered by many to be the best players in their respective positions, and both will be immediate impact guys. The Jets weren’t done there, however, as they came back in the first round to select Florida State passing setter Jermaine Johnson. This was a player the draft pundits had in the top 10, and some in the top five. As he continued his mysterious fall on the drawing boards, the Jets couldn’t help but sneak out at the end of the round to pick him up. New York scored what could be three of the top 10 players on day one!

The Jets also made a few other intriguing picks. They took the former running back from Iowa State Brece Hall in the second round, who can be No. 1 in this class, then the tight end of Ohio State Jeremy Ruckert in the third round, who is considered by some to be the best tight end in this draft class.

Loser: The rookie quarterbacks

Most mock drafts had at least two quarterbacks selected in the first round. When Thursday night came around, however, we only saw a quarterback selected in the first round with Kenny Pickett to Pittsburgh Steelers at No. 20 overall. The next quarterback didn’t come until the third round at 74th overall, because Desmond Cavalier went to the Atlanta Falcons. A dozen pickaxes later, Malik Willis went to the Tennessee Titansand then Matt Coral was chosen by the Carolina Panthers.

To put it all into perspective, there was only one quarterback taken in the top 50 picks. It’s only the sixth time in the common draft era that’s happened, and the first time since 2000. There have been 54 picks made since the first quarterback was selected, making it the second-most number of choices between the first two quarters selected. The record was set in 1975, when 63 picks passed from first to second caller. In all, nine quarterbacks were selected, including five on Day 3.

Winner: The University of Georgia

The year of the Dawg. Georgia won the college football championship last season with one of the best defenses in college football history, and they were well represented in the NFL Draft. UGA had five defensive players drafted in the first round, including the first overall pick Travon Walker – which is the most by a single school in NFL history. Two more defensemen were drafted in the third round, setting another record with the most defensive players selected from a single school in the first three rounds of any NFL draft.

A total of 15 Georgia players were selected in the 2022 NFL Draft. This is also an NFL Draft record.

It was thought that Mayfield might be moved during the NFL Draft depending on which quarterback teams in need were lacking prospects. The perceived favorite to land Mayfield was the Panthers, as NFL Media reported that they and the Cleveland Browns had continued to discuss a potential exchange. Instead of trading for Mayfield, the Panthers advanced to the third round and selected former Ole Miss signalman Matt Corral with the No. 94 overall pick.

Mayfield has been waiting for a trade for over a month as the Browns won the Deshaun Watson draws earlier this offseason. Mayfield owes $18.85 million in 2022, and the Browns have likely realized by now that they’ll have to eat some of that money. Then there is also the issue of compensation.

Who’s gonna want Mayfield? Maybe the Detroit Lions?

The Eagles were the big winners of the 2022 NFL Draft. On opening night, they traded for the Titans star A.J. Brownand offered him a four-year, $100 million deal, with $57 million guaranteed, by ESPN. The Eagles were a team meant to be in the mix for a first-round wide receiver, but after trading for Brown, Howie Roseman turned his attention to defense, writing in a 6-foot-6, 340-pound defensive tackle. Jordan Davis out of Georgia. Run football against him and Cox Fletcher is going to be nearly impossible.

Philly wasn’t done there. In the second round, he robbed the Nebraska offensive lineman Cam Jürgenswho appears to be by Jason Kelce successor at some point. Then the Eagles recorded what could be Georgia linebacker’s draft steal Nakobe Dean. The first-round talent dropped to No. 83 overall due to reports of a pectoral strain that some say may require surgery. However, it is expected to be a full participant in OTAs next week!

Every year there are talented prospects who drop for really dumb reasons. Chances are the teams will blame each other for passing Dean multiple times.

It was a tough weekend for Tannehill. Not only did he lose his No. 1 wide receiver to AJ Brown, but Tennessee then drafted his potential replacement in Malik Willis. The Liberty flagger was selected by the Titans with overall pick No. 86, much to the delight of Titans fans. Not only is Willis considered the quarterback in this class with the most upside, but Tannehill isn’t exactly a fan favorite in Nashville right now. He threw three interceptions in the Titans’ playoff loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, undermining a historic performance by the Titans defense. Tannehill is under pressure now, which is hopefully a good thing for Tennessee.

The Ravens clearly had one of the best drafts, and that’s because they took the best player available the most often. Notre Dame security Kyle Hamilton may be the best player in the draft, Iowa center Tyler Linderbaum is a legitimate first-round talent and David Ojabo is a first round if he does not suffer from an Achilles tear. Maybe he’ll miss his rookie season, but it’s worth it if he’s a star for many years to come.

These aren’t just the first picks the Ravens have performed well on. Fourth round pick Daniel Faalele is a 6-foot-8 offensive tackle who could have a bright future in the league, cornerback Jalyn Armor Davis was an “A+” pick, then Baltimore took two tight ends in Charlie Kolar of Iowa State and Probable Isaiah of coastal Carolina. It sounds like an odd strategy, but Likely is a versatile passer who will likely line up in a few different spots.

I don’t think the Ravens had the No. 1 draft of any team, but it was definitely one of the best.

The Patriots don’t care about your fake drafts or what you think of their class, which is somewhat respectable. They shocked the world in the first round by taking Chattanooga offensive guard Cole Strange with the No. 29 overall pick. In the second round, New England selected Baylor speedster WR Tyquan Thornton — who was likely the Pats’ top pick in the draft, but it’s believed he could have been taken in the third round instead.

Another interesting choice was the quarterback Bailey Zappe. There’s nothing wrong with signing a quarterback, and Zappe is a very interesting prospect, but signing him in the fourth round just seemed rich.

The offseason as a whole was disappointing for the Chiefs, as they traded Tyreek Hill to Miami Dolphins and have seen all of their rivals improve quite dramatically. However, they had one of the best drafts.

Kansas City filled two obvious needs in the first round with the cornerback Trent McDuffie out of Washington and Purdue pass-rusher Georges Karlaftisthen landed Patrick Mahomes‘ the newest receiver in Skyy Moore out of West Michigan in the second round. Although not a hair taller than 5-foot-10, Moore is incredibly fast and a legit slot point guard. Some considered him a legitimate first-round talent.

All five Chiefs’ Day 3 picks received a grade of B or higher from CBS Sports NFL draft expert Chris Trapasso. Kansas City landed two more big cornerbacks in Fayetteville State’s Joshua Williams and Jaylen Watson of Washington State, as well as Kentucky offensive lineman Darian Kinnard, which has many advantages. To complete the draft, the Chiefs drafted the running back Isaih Pacheco from Rutgers, and another security in Nazeeh Johnson by Marshall.

The Chiefs’ class will be headlined by the top three picks, but they’ve done a great job hammering the defense — especially the secondary. It was a big hit.

Winner: Gamblers

A total of four bettors were taken in the 2022 NFL Draft! By John Breech of CBS Sportsthis year marks the second time since 2000 that four punters have been selected in the same draft.

Ravens (Round 4, choose 130): Jordan Stoutstate of pennsylvania
Buccaneers (Round 4, pick 133): Jake Camarda, Georgia
Invoices (Round 6, choose 180): Matt AraizaSan Diego State
Bear (Round 7, pick 255): Trenton Gill, NC State

Surprisingly, Araiza – known as “Punt God” – wasn’t even one of the first two to leave the board.

It was probably the best moment of the NFL Draft. When we pass the first round, various team legends, current players, and fans have the opportunity to announce some of the picks. For the Vikings, former running back Ed Marinaro was selected to announce the No. 42 overall pick. What happened next was incredible.

Marinaro began to ramble on the catwalk, and a producer had to come out and push him. Incredible.

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