The 2022 NFL Draft has come to a close and. Over the past three days, 262 prospects have heard their names called from Las Vegas. The results of that effort will not be born out until years down the road. However, here are some initial opinions:
Winners: Ravens, Jets and Seahawks
Baltimore received great value in return for Marquise "Hollywood" Brown. They also displayed their annual understanding of how the draft works by capitalizing on the board and taking best player available. The AFC North franchise found value through each day, including UConn defensive tackle Travis Jones in Round 3.
The vision of the Seahawks and Jets was easy to see. New York was determined to upgrade core defensive positions like edge rusher and cornerback. They did so in stunning fashion by taking Florida State edge rusher Jermaine Johnson II and Cincinnati cornerback Ahmad "Sauce" Gardner. Seattle did not have an infrastructure to drop in a rookie quarterback. Their selections of Mississippi State offensive tackle Charles Cross and Washington State offensive tackle Abraham Lucas were significant investments in the future.
Loser: Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield
I hate to kick a guy when he is down but the events of the last three days certainly did not help Mayfield's circumstances. Carolina, Washington and Atlanta were among the teams to pick a quarterback, which seemingly takes them out of the market. It puts the Browns and their once star quarterback in an uncomfortable position. When healthy, the Oklahoma product is a better quarterback than several slated to start at the position this season. A lot could change between now and the start of the 2022 regular season.
Here are some of the
- Boston College OT Tyler Vrabel (son of Titans head coach Mike Vrabel) has signed with Atlanta
- Former Maryland lacrosse star Jared Bernhardt has also signed with the Falcons as a wide receiver
- Boston College C Alec Lindstrom (brother of Falcons starter Chris Lindstrom) signed with Dallas
- Nevada QB Carson Strong signed with Philadelphia
- Georgia Tech DB Tre Swilling (son of former NFL All-Pro Pat Swilling) has signed with the Titans
Thank you for tuning into our coverage of the 2022 NFL Draft over the last three days! You can relive all the action as it happened in our live blog below.