Swap up, change or stay in the 2022 NFL Draft: Best plan for all 32 spades in the first round

The 2022 NFL Draft is just around the corner, and unlike previous years, no one has even a faint idea of ​​how the first round will play out. There is a consensus on the probable overall election number 1, of course, and you will find many of the same names in the first five or more elections on fake drafts. But there is a lot of uncertainty even among important positions such as quarterback, where prospects like Kenny Pickett, Malik Willis and Matt Coral are competing to be the first to come off the board.

With that in mind, we decided to go through each of the 32 spades in the first round and suggest what each team should do in each slot: change, change, or stay put. Some clubs are in a better position to advance in search of top talent. Others could benefit more from raising additional assets. Here’s how to advise their decision makers:

We would usually say that they change only because, even after another veteran’s spending, they could use everything they could get. But with 12 selections already in hand, the mission is simple: provide the best guy. That was probably skipped by the Michigan onslaught of Aidan Hutchinson, who could pair up with Josh Allen to give Jacksonville a legitimate D-line.

2. Lions: Trade down

If they really like the quarterback here (see: Malik Willis), they should think long and hard about pulling the trigger. If not, it would be better for them to expand their collection of picks, especially with another first one (No. 32) on deck.

3. Texans: Stay put

Fun calls to go down wouldn’t hurt, but they already have two-thirds and two-quarters. With the need for top talent in almost every position, they should sit firm, add top catch or add charge, and then find another starter at number 13.

4. Jets: Trade Down

Maybe trying to catch (Ikem Ekwon) or run on the edge (Kaivon Thibodeauk) is worth it, but with another shot in the first lap at number 10, I can afford to go down and pick up another spade in day 2 or two while trying to hasten their renewal.

5. Giants: Return

Like the Jets, they will certainly have the opportunity to get a top OT or pass the onslaught, but with another choice two places later, why not ask for offers from teams that need KB? After the difficult situation with the salary limit, they need all the additional ammunition they can get.

This is a popular place for KB screenings, and hey, if they sell at Willis or Kenny Pickett, you could go even worse. But given that most of these KBs look similar in terms of risk / reward, they should give priority to rebuilding the draft capital – they are not re-elected until the fourth round – and swing at the KB later in the first.

7. Giants: Stay put

We have them coming back from number 5, so this is the first place to secure a current starter, either in a match or in essentially any defensive position. Sauce Gardner, Kile Hamilton or Nakobe Dean would all be playmaking additions.

Many have suggested a reduction, but already have two peaks in the second and third rounds after the exchange of Matt Ryan and Julie Jones last year. Sitting firmly, they secure a goal for the top KB – Willis is the most attractive long-term bet – either a playmaker, either in attack (Gareth Wilson?) Or in defense (Jermaine Johnson II?).

Armed with a pair of top players of the second round after Russell Wilson’s exchange, they have the opportunity to shake up the top 10, either to add Wilson’s successor (Willis? Matt Coral?) Or to secure a new match from the left or 1st corner defender.

10. Nozzles: Stay in place

If they are going to go down with no. 4, as suggested above, should adhere to this, ensuring that they leave Day 1 with the best talents out of 10, probably in a back riser, an edge back or a corner.

Staying in place and adding the best defense back to the board would be fine, but after splitting a couple of spades for the new KB Carson Venac, they should consider a drop to accumulate arrows.

For each scenario here you need to make a real case. If you think they are material for the playoffs, why not move and secure one of the upper corners? If you are looking at the long run, why not add elections so that the new management can prepare for life outside of Kirk Cousins? In the end, they can probably stay where they are, keep their other types and still be the ground floor of the top assault or cover man.

13. Texans: Stay put

More than most teams with more than one, they desperately need talent in every position. By choosing 3rd and 13th, they should be able to add at least one striking starter to their lineup for 2022.

14. Ravens: Replace

They could just as easily sit tight and roll with the best pass or corner, but with two third-round players and an incredible five fourth-round players, they shouldn’t hesitate to play for the top 10 talents like Sosa Gardner or Jermaine Johnson II.

15. Eagles: Stay put

It all depends on who is available, but after transferring one of their first three to 2023 in a big exchange with the Saints, they should take a break and provide either a starter on the first day or a long-term game in defense or away. Andrew Booth Jr. and Jordan Davis are two names to look at.

16. Saints: Trade above

After swapping multiple spades with the Eagles to add the first one, they could double up and guarantee they’ll get whoever they want, either at KB (Kenny Pickett? Matt Coral?) Or somewhere else, like outside or in front.

After their blockbuster performance in a free agency, I can’t just sit back, can I? An initial attack on the offensive or defensive may fall on their lap, but they have every reason to be aggressive, building around Justin Herbert to win now.

18. Eagles: Trade Down

They are pushing their chips until 2023, when KB could reappear on their radar. If they are sitting firmly and dialing at number 15, they should be asked to deal again, this time to collect an extra pick for Day 2, while in the first they fall slightly down.

19. Saints: Stay in place

We might use this as part of a big shift from No. 16 (see above), but a better plan is probably to address more needs at once, ideally leaving the first round with new long-term options in combat and wide reception.

Growth might be the only way to provide one of the best KB prospects, but are we so sure? If he is patient, Pittsburgh will probably at least have a crack in the last “first round” of KB, whether it is Coral, Willis or Desmond Rider, without mortgaging additional peaks for 2022 that they do not have.

Do they intend to compete with the Bills this year? Or stay ahead of the Dolphins? If so, it would be just as wise to consider going down – and giving yourself a few tries to fill in the holes in the corners and the line backer – as well as pulling up.

With the extra first from Davante Adams ’contract, they should be as active as possible trying to swing, mostly to replace Adams off goal. Whether it’s Drake London or Traylon Burks or Chris Olav, they need immediate help for Aaron Rogers.

For two years in a row, they approached the free agency as if it were 2017, giving priority to older / injured veterans. They are also without fourth and fifth round players. In the deep VR and edge-rusher class, they can afford to slide down and add one or two more.

They could use the current O-line help, and they should find it here. Zion Johnson and Kenion Green make some sense as plug-and-play guards. A VR or pass rusher can also be on the table.

25. Accounts: Stay in place

In such a deep VR class, they can sit firmly and wait for promising players like Jameson Williams or Jahan Dotson to fall into their lap. Josh Allen should be pleased nonetheless.

26. Titans: Stay where you are

This is a place to watch an amazing KB selection, but it’s also ideal to stay patient and see which OT or VR slides best. Don’t rule out a shift if they are really interested in finding Ryan Tannehill’s successor.

Their list has already been properly compiled for the legitimate playoffs. There is no need to force any minor problems and hand over valuable future choices to move into the top 25. Hold on tight and increase the depth from the edge or forward.

28. Packers: Stay in place

This is assuming that this one is not packed with the number 22 in order to progress. If the Packers can leave Day 1 with a new starting receiver as well as a new offensive attack or pass, Brian Gutekunst should be welcomed.

29. Chiefs: Shops up

With the first two available after the deal with Tyrick Hill, Kansas City is ready to move. The bosses are in victory mode as long as Patrick Mahomes is under the center, so it makes a lot of sense to skip other teams to add top VR.

30. Boss: Stay in place

Some will long to return to the first round here, but the Chiefs have a lot of additional choices after they have dealt with Tyric Hill. If you can contact VR with no. 29 (or via exchange), can add quick pass help or corner help.

31. Bengals: Trade Down

Obviously, they are still in victory mode after winning the Super Bowl, but in a draft where other peaks in the first round are not completely predictable, they should not mind adding one or two more to throw a few. spots and give someone else a fifth year option.

32. Lions: Stay put

The change down is also smart, but let’s just say they’re really intrigued by the KB that’s still on the board (Desmond Rider?). Providing a five-year option for the caller would be wise.

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