First-round picks from 1 to 32, including Jaguars, Lions and Texans in top three

The order of the top 18 picks in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft is set – after a bit of chaos in Week 18 – with the Jacksonville Jaguars picking No.1 and the Detroit Lions picking No.2. Could teams be thinking pass-rusher with their selections? NFL Draft Analyst Mel Kiper Jr. ranks two defensive ends 1-2 on his Big Board: Aidan Hutchinson (Michigan) and Kayvon Thibodeaux (Oregon). The Jags and Lions both won Sunday for a top-two pick, followed by the Houston Texans for third.

This project, however, should take on a distinctly New York flavor early on. The Jets (through a trade with Seattle) and Giants (through a trade with Chicago) have two top-10 picks. 5 and 7.

The Philadelphia Eagles have three first-round picks, the most of any team, but the first only comes in at No.15 (via a trade with Miami). They also have the No. 16 pick and a pick to be determined based on their distance in the playoffs.

The 2022 NFL Draft will be held at Allegiant Stadium in Paradise, Nevada, home of the Las Vegas Raiders, with the first round scheduled for April 28. Rounds 2 and 3 will take place on April 29, while Rounds 4 to 7 will take place on April 30. The project will be broadcast on ESPN, ABC and the ESPN app.

Check out the top 18 picks below, with the numbers 19-32 projected from the ESPN Football Power Index (FPI), which projects the order by simulating the rest of the season 10,000 times. (The team reports below have been updated as of December).

The Jaguars have a long list of needs: wide receiver, assist, offensive tackle, tight end, linebacker – pretty much everywhere except quarterback and cornerback. But if the approach is to build around Trevor Lawrence, the Jaguars could and should show a lot of offensive significance… after nabbing the passer of their choice at No.1. –Michael DiRocco

With the No.2 pick overall, it would make sense to go with an elite rusher that also fits the uncompromising culture that coach Dan Campbell is trying to build in Motown. Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson was a Heisman Trophy finalist, and he makes sense from a football perspective (besides being a local product), as does Kayvon Thibodeaux of Oregon.

The pick could be a fundamental player to the Lions ‘future as they continue to rebuild themselves, and they’ll get another late pick in the first round because they have the Rams’ pick from trade Matthew Stafford-Jared Goff. Choosing the right guys will be essential for the franchise. – Eric Woodyard

The bigger question is whether Houston decides to use that pick on a quarterback. It’s not a particularly good QB class, and rookie signalman Davis Mills has shown signs of life this season. Are the Texans going for a veteran option, giving the ultra-affordable Mills another chance, or selecting the player the team hopes will be the QB of the future? – Sarah Barshop

The Jets have nine picks in total – including four in the first two rounds – so it has to be a franchise-changing draft. They will have two top-10 picks for the first time in the pool draft era (since 1967), so this is a great opportunity to tackle their historically poor defense.

The Jets need a lot of help in the second and third levels, but they could end up with an edge rusher if you’re the best player available. – Rich Cimini

So here’s perhaps the only bright spot for the Giants heading into the offseason: They have a cargo of choice – 10 to be exact – in the April Draft. They will have two picks in the top 10 of the first round (theirs plus Chicago’s), their own second round and two thirds.

That’s a lot of draft capital at their disposal for a potential new GM (if Dave Gettleman’s time with the squad comes to an end) to tackle the offensive line and find a high-end top rusher. – Jordan Raanan

The Panthers have many needs and few high-draft picks to fill them after dropping their second-round selection for quarterback Sam Darnold and third-round pick for cornerback CJ Henderson. The big question will be whether to look for a quarterback in a slim QB class or start rebuilding an offensive line that has only a few legitimate starters.

Missing Darnold was a huge mistake, and not finding a replacement with the return of Cam Newton amplifies that even more as Carolina will be stuck with Darnold’s $ 18.8 million fifth-year option in 2022. –David Newton

The choice goes to the Giants when they trade the Bears for quarterback Justin Fields last year. The Giants received the No. 20 pick (wide receiver Kadarius Toney) as well as first and fourth round picks in the 2022 draft. – ESPN Staff

The Falcons need everything from figuring out what the quarterback will look like in the future to the long snapper. (Note: Do not use an opening pick on a long snapper.)

Building the Atlanta roster will allow GM Terry Fontenot and coach Arthur Smith to step into almost any position on the board to match need with draft value. It’s a fascinating place for a team trying to replenish talent in so many areas while cleaning up the salary cap. –Michael Rothstein

The Broncos’ biggest draft question is exactly the same as it was last April: What exactly is the team’s plan for quarterback? The draft strategy will revolve around whether to attempt to sign or trade for a veteran quarterback. They’ll have the ceiling space to do whatever they want in free agency, and they already have 11 picks – including five in the top 100 – in the April draft.

General manager George Paton, nearing the end of his first calendar year on the job, has repeatedly said how he covets more draft picks instead of fewer. So it’s not clear if he would consider a trade of multiple first-round picks to acquire a top quarterback, if that’s the path the team is taking. – Jeff Legwold

That pick is the result of Jamal Adams’ trade from July 2020. The Jets got two first-round caps in the deal; they used their 2021 picks to trade for goalkeeper Alijah Vera-Tucker in the 2021 draft. – ESPN Staff

Washington loves quarterback Taylor Heinicke, but the team will be on a serious quest to find a quarterback they see as a more solid long-term solution. Heinicke’s play means he doesn’t have to force a choice, but there will be an interest in finding someone with a higher cap. Washington won’t have a high pick, but it’s not a draft with a top quarterback. The organization has sought a long-term answer for years, starting 31 different players in that role since Mark Rypien led them to the Super Bowl after the 1991 season.

If not a quarterback, Washington could use more assist offensively, either on guard (if Brandon Scherff leaves) or wide receiver. An intermediate linebacker will also be a priority. – John Keim

Minnesota are in the top 15, the team’s highest pick since selecting 11th-place cornerback Trae Waynes in 2015. The cornerback is once again a need for the Vikings, whose the defensive retooling of the last offseason was not up to the team expected.

A lot of Minnesota’s offseason decisions hinge on the future of quarterback Kirk Cousins ​​and that of coach Mike Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman, but finding a cornerback and a forward will be a challenge. priorities to help rebuild the defense, no matter who else stays or goes. – Courtney Cronin

Since Week 5, the Browns have only scored more than 20 points four times, and they desperately need some firepower on the wide receiver. Odell Beckham Jr. was supposed to be that big game threat. But with him now long gone, the Browns will have to think hard about their offensive needs on the field, including with their first-round pick. – Jake Trotter

The Ravens could sign a first-round defensive lineman for just the second time in team history. It looks like Baltimore will have to rebuild their defensive front, as tackle Brandon Williams is a free agent and full-back Calais Campbell may retire. The other starter, Derek Wolfe, is 31 and has missed the entire season with a back injury. The Ravens can only hope to find the same success as in 2006, when they drafted future Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata. – Jamison Hensley

The biggest question the Eagles face is whether to use one of their three first-round picks to acquire a quarterback or roll with Jalen Hurts for another season and develop the talent around him. . It’s not considered a particularly strong quarterback class, but there are some notable veterans who might be available by profession, including Russell Wilson and Deshaun Watson. Expect Philadelphia to explore all the options.

That choice was originally Miami’s, but it went to the Eagles in last year’s deal that included the 49ers. – Tim mcmanus

This choice goes to the Eagles following their trade with the Colts against quarterback Carson Wentz. Wentz had to play at least 75% of the snaps for the pick to become a first round. Philadelphia also received a third-round pick in the 2021 draft, which it used to swap places with Dallas in the first round to take on wide receiver DeVonta Smith. – ESPN Staff

The Chargers are fortunate to have a pick in every round of the April Draft. They might want to find a better complement to linebacker Joey Bosa and fix their running defense. They are among the worst in the NFL against running. The defensive line will be a priority this offseason, as will the O line. – Shelley Smith

The quarterback will be an obvious consideration, as 2021 starter Jameis Winston is a pending free agent and is now recovering from a torn ACL. But it will be difficult for the Saints to land a foolproof QB prospect in the draft given the talent pool and where they choose.

So maybe they should instead focus on finding a desperately needed wide receiver to help their 2022 quarterback. The Saints are one of the few teams to miss historic wide receivers draft classes. over the past three years, only drafting one, a seventh round. –Mike Triplet

ESPN FPI projections for picks 19-32

19. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-7-1)
20. Philadelphia Eagles (9-8)
21. The Adventurers of Las Vegas (10-7)
22. Miami Dolphins (via 9-8 SF)
23. New England Patriots (10-7)
24. Cincinnati Bengals (10-7)
25. Arizona Cardinals (11-6)
26. Detroit Lions (via 12-5 LAR)
27. Bison bills (11-6)
28. Dallas Cowboys (12-5)
29. Kansas City Chiefs (12-5)
30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (13-4)
31. Tennessee Titans (12-5)
32. Green Bay Packers (13-4)

(The FPI screenings are from Sunday evening)

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