What to know about the 2022 NFL Draft

At no. 2, the Detroit Lions could potentially take a cornerback, which would be the highest slot the position has ever enlisted. Ahmad Gardner of Cincinnati, known as Sauce, who has not allowed a touchdown in reception in his collegiate career, appears to be the more likely choice.

Only two quarterbacks – Liberty’s Malik Willis and Mississippi’s Matt Corral – will be on hand.

Potential first-round picks who turned down the NFL invitation and will participate in the draft remotely include Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett, Cincinnati quarterback Desmond Ridder, and Louisiana State cornerback Derek Stingley.

Because this year’s group, unlike last year, when five teams chose quarterbacks within the first 15 choices – is considered weak by the evaluators. The most recent from The Athletic mock draft only three quarterback projects will be taken in the first round.

The Carolina Panthers, who currently hold the No. 6 overall pick, are considered the first team that could select a quarterback and the Pittsburgh Steelers, drafting at No. 20, could also pick a quarterback as they rebuild later Ben Roethlisberger’s retirement in January and the death of Dwayne Haskins this month.

Each of the best passing prospects in this year’s draft has a notable blow against him. Reportedly, Pickett has small hands. Willis’s strong arm and mobility didn’t take away concerns about his accuracy and decision making. Corral, who won 10 games last season in the competitive Southeastern Conference, injured his ankle during a bowling match and did not participate in scouting combine. Questions about his health remained, even as he pitched for NFL scouts at Mississippi daily training.

Defensive linesman, by far. Athletic’s fictional project predicts that eight defenders and edge shooters will be caught in the first round, including three – Hutchinson, Walker and Thibodeaux – in the top five picks.

The demand for those top draft players demonstrates the league’s renewed emphasis on pass rusher following successive Super Bowl wins by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Los Angeles Rams, teams whose defenses dominated the scrimmage line. On offense, teams will try to protect their quarterbacks and give them passing targets, as seven offensive linemen and six wide catchers are projected as first-round picks.

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