The NFL draft is in the books, so let’s get right into it.
Winner and losers right away: I automatically think that the New York Jets won the draft, grabbing Sauce Gardner at pick 4. I think he is the next shutdown corner in the NFL.
Then at pick 10 (they had two first round picks because of the Jamal Adams pick with the Seattle Seahawks) they grab Garrett Wilson out of Ohio State. He is a playmaker with the ball in his hands and a great pick.
Everybody thought that the Jets were done until they traded back into the first round to pick the steal of the draft in Jermaine Johnson, Jr., who I thought would go top 10 but who fell all the way back to 26.
Another team I thought had a good draft strictly on one pick was the Baltimore Ravens, for grabbing Kyle Hamilton at 14. He was a top 5 talent in the draft.
The team I thought had the worst draft was the New England Patriots. They reached 4 rounds to draft a guy in the first round. His name is Cole Strange.
The next best draft was the Philadelphia Eagles for their first-round pick Jordan Davis, a 6-foot-7, 350-pound defensive tackle out of Georgia — a great start to the first round.
Then the Eagles traded for AJ Brown, a top 10 wide receiver in the game from the Titans. I also think it was a good trade for the Titans but a better trade for Philly.
Then they got a steal just as good as Jermaine Johnson in the 3rd round. They grabbed Nakobe Dean, a national champion linebacker from Georgia who I thought would go in the top 15picks.
Let’s talk about the hometown team, the Seahawks. They had an OK draft grabbing Charles Cross at 9, a tackle out of Mississippi State. I didn’t expect him to be at pick 9, but he was still there. It’s a great pick, especially with Seattle having O-line problems the last handful of years.
Then Seattle had picks 40 and 41. At 40, they grabbed Minnesota linebacker Boye Mafa, a very raw talent but who could be something. Then at 41, Seattle got the best running back in the class, Kenneth Walker out of Michigan State. With ‘Hawks running back Chris Carson dealing with neck injures, Walker could be a great pick for Seattle.
In the 3rd round Seattle got Abraham Lucas, a tackle out of Washington State, to pair along with Cross. I thought tackle Abraham Lucas would be a late second-round pick, but he fell back to early third. Great pick by Seattle. Then in the fourth round Seattle got a great pick in the Coby Bryant DB out of Cincinnati. I think this pick is A+++++, especially with Seattle needing a corner.
I would give Seattle’s draft a B+. Coming into the draft they needed O-line and cornerback and they got it, also adding a linebacker and running back in there. It was a good draft; the Russell Wilson trade is looking better now. I do wish Seattle could have gotten a quarterback in the third round to trade up and get Desmond Ridder or Malik Willis, but they didn’t think they had to. Time will tell.
So my Winners and Losers of the 2022 NFL Draft:
Jets, Ravens, Giants, Seahawks, Lions, Eagles, Steelers, Chiefs.
Patriots, Packers, Jaguars, Cowboys, Texans
If you don’t see your favorite team on this list, then they weren’t a winner or loser.