The Jacksonville Jaguars are on the clock.
With the dust settling on Super Bowl 56, we’re officially in the NFL offseason, with the first tentpole being the Scouting Combine, coming your way the first week in March.
This year’s NFL Draft will be unpredictable, especially at the top. Several solid prospects are available but there’s no bona-fide, surefire No. 1 selection, and the top five in the April event could break down in any number of ways.
While a pair of pass-rushers are vying for the top selection, a number of offensive line anchors could also find themselves selected in the top 10.
Here’s how the 2022 NFL Draft order stands after the Super Bowl:
NFL Draft order 2022
|4||New York Jets*||4-13|
|5||New York Giants*||4-13|
|7||New York Giants (via CHI)*||6-11|
|10||New York Jets (via SEA)*||7-10|
|11||Washington Football Team*||7-10|
|15||Philadelphia Eagles (via MIA)*||9-8|
|16||Philadelphia Eagles (via IND)*||9-8|
|17||Los Angeles Chargers*||9-8|
|18||New Orleans Saints*||9-8|
|21||New England Patriots*||10-7|
|22||Las Vegas Raiders*||10-7|
|27||Tampa Bay Buccaneers*||13-4|
|28||Green Bay Packers*||13-4|
|29||Miami Dolphins (via SF)*||12-5|
|30||Kansas City Chiefs*||12-5|
|32||Detroit Lions (via LAR)||13-4|
* Draft position clinched
— The Eagles hold three first-round picks, including the Colts’ first-round pick as part of the Carson Wentz trade. For the pick to turn into a first-rounder, Wentz needed to play 75 percent or more of the Colts’ snaps this season OR play 70 percent or more of the snaps and have Indianapolis make the playoffs, conditions that were essentially satisfied as of Week 16.
— The Giants hold the Bears’ first-round pick, which was sent as to New York part of a draft day trade Chicago made to select quarterback Justin Fields in 2021.
— The Dolphins hold the 49ers’ first-round pick as part of a predraft trade. San Francisco selected quarterback Trey Lance at No. 3 overall in 2021.
— The Jets hold the Seahawks’ first-round pick as part of the Jamal Adams trade in 2020.
— The Lions hold the Rams’ first-round pick, which was sent over as part of the Matthew Stafford trade.
Defense is the name of the game in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Highlighted by the top two pass-rushers — Oregon’s Kayvon Thibodeaux and Michigan’s Aiden Hutchinson — this year’s class of defenders could prove to be foundational pieces for teams looking to bulk up on that side of the ball.
After the edge group, NFL squads could salivate over secondary options: LSU cornerback Derek Stingley is a former consensus All-American — which includes earning a nod from Sporting News in 2019 — and could be a top-five pick come April. Scouts and analysts have Stingley pegged as far and away the best CB prospect in this year’s draft.
Joining Stingley in the secondary group is Notre Dame’s Kyle Hamilton, who could also make for a good bet to be the first DB off the board. The Fighting Irish safety was named a consensus All-American this past season, and for good reason: He notched three interceptions for one of the nation’s top defenses and was a Bednarik Award finalist in 2021.
On the offensive side, teams looking for quarterback saviors will have options, though it remains to be seen whether a bona-fide No. 1 passer will emerge before the draft. North Carolina’s Sam Howell, Pitt’s Kenny Pickett, Ole Miss’ Matt Corral, Cincinnati’s Desmond Ridder and Liberty’s Malik Willis have all entered the draft.
For those looking for foundational pieces along the offensive line, there are a number of good left tackle options: Alabama’s Evan Neal, NC State’s Ikem Ekwonu and Mississippi State’s Charles Cross could all end up as top-10 picks.