NFL Big Deals Change Draft Order 2022 – Our latest forecast includes five deals in addition to all the picks that have already changed hands in blockbusters by Russell Wilson, Davant Adams and Tyreke Hill. Since my last tryout draft, posted right before free agency began, three more teams have traded their 2022 first-round picks. The blockbuster trade has resulted in new homes for Deshawn Watson, Davante Adams and Tyreke Hill, and now eight of the 32 NFL teams have no first-round picks this year.
As Panthers general manager Scott Fitterer notes, “This is a unique class of quarterbacks because there is no clear definition of number one, number two, number three.” The comment is even more interesting given that the Panthers control the earliest team pick most often associated with first-round quarterbacks.
First-round draft day trades often involve quarterbacks, and the lack of positional clarity complicates matters. But I will try to project the trades in this iteration of my two-round trial draft. This layout features five professions, two of which involve quarterbacks.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Aidan Hutchinson, Edge, Michigan
The Jaguars named tackle Cam Robinson as a franchise tag, signed defenseman Brandon Sherff to a three-year contract as free agents, and are appreciating second-round year two-round tackle Walker Little, who can beat Jawaan Taylor to start with the right tackle. . Even if we can’t rule out Evan Neal or Ikem Ekwon, it’s likely that the Jags will go in a different direction than one of the top two offensive tackles.
Hutchinson is #1 on my top 100 billboards and in 2021 set the Michigan record for most sacks in a single season (14). , but he showed elite results in agility. Not only has he led all defensive ends in three-cone (6.73) and 20-yard shuttles (4.15) this year, but his three-cone time is second only to Bruce Irwin (6.70 in 12th). all time among defenders. He is as safe as can be, thanks to a combination of leadership, athleticism, non-stop motor skills, polish and performance.
2. Detroit Lions: Travon Walker, Edge, Georgia
If Hutchinson isn’t the top pick, the local prospect would be an easy pick for the Lions, but Walker isn’t just a consolation prize. In fact, it’s entirely possible that the former Bulldog ends up being Jacksonville’s pick over Hutchinson. Already an outstanding defensive player on the run, Walker’s elite combination of strength, length (35.5″ arms) and athleticism (4.51 rushes for 40 yards at 272 pounds) should allow him to become a more productive pass rusher at the next level than his asked. be in Georgia’s star defense.
3. Houston Texans: Evan Neal, OT, Alabama
Laremi Tuncil and the Texans agreed to a contract restructuring despite rumors earlier in the offseason that the parties could part ways. While there is potential on Tansil’s contract in 2023, the Texans also recently released Marcus Cannon.
Neil started in different positions – left guard and both tackles – in each of his three seasons in Alabama. A versatile linesman could shut down Tunsil immediately, allowing the team to knock Titus Howard inside and provide the Texans with long-term upside potential to start at left tackle if the team changes direction next year. The five-star former recruit has the size and immense strength, as well as the movement skills of a much lighter player.
4. New York Jets: Kayvon Thibodeau, Edge, Oregon
The Jets met Thibodeau at the mill, and the former top high school rookie thinks the meeting went very well. On the combine, he showed an impressive combination of speed (4.58 sprints for 40 yards) and strength (27 reps on the bench press). With a perfect frame, explosive first-pitch speed, and a closing rush, double-figure sacks should become the norm for Thibodeau relatively early in his NFL career.
5. New York Giants: Ikem Ekwonu, O.T., NC State
Left tackle Andrew Thomas played better in 2021 than he did in 20 as a rookie, but the Giants still had one of the league’s worst offensive lines last season. Ekwonu, a colossus in the running game, has the high-end qualities to continue to develop as a pass blocker, as well as the experience and versatility to play both in tackle and defense.