Here we go: 2 weeks (okay, 15 days) until start 2022 NFL Draft. The Jacksonville Jaguars are round the clock of course, but they aren’t the most interesting team in this draft. There are a whopping eight teams with first-round picks — a record if it happened that way on April 28 — including Super Bowl contenders like the Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs. There are a lot of ways the first round can go, especially with questions (and concerns) about the middle class.
Let’s get into my annual two-round sample draft, anticipating pick number 1-64. I have four backhanders and 12 wide receivers here, as well as four edge defenders in my top seven picks. I have interesting landing points for offensive tackles. And I have one deal for a team going back to the first round for a badly needed — and jumping on to another franchise that needs the position.
I’m anticipating these 64 selections based on a combination of my updated rankings, team needs, and what I hear from the league’s executives, scouts and coaches. For Round Two, in particular, a lot can change between now and when the teams are on the clock, so I’m using my big plate as a testament to the value.
If you want to dig deeper than the first two rounds, check out the seven-round Jordan Reid mock competition. And you can watch SportsCenter’s one-hour special on Wednesday detailing these picks at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and ESPN+.
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