Ten moves that should be made after 2022 NFL Draft: Baker Mayfield to Lions, Deebo Samuel to Ravens

The 2022 NFL Draft is in the books. Some teams have added a whole lot of premium talent (looking at you, Jets). Some added big names at quarterback (hello, Steelers and Titans). But none of the 32 teams are fully finished assembling their respective rosters for the upcoming season. In fact, the draft’s completion figures only signal the next wave of lineup tweaks.

With that being said, here are 10 notable moves we should now have on the table:

Is that much of an upgrade on Jared Goff? Maybe not. Have the Lions said they ‘re OK with Goff under center? Yes. But after failing to add to the position in the draft, Detroit is sorely lacking juice here. Mayfield, while still a mid-tier option, is younger, cheaper and brings more of the moxie Dan Campbell seemingly prefers. Worst-case scenario, the soon-to-be-ex-Browns QB gives you Goff-level talent and hits free agency later this year. Best-case, he proves to be an actual longer-term starter.

Spending a third-rounder on Matt Corral probably removes them from the Mayfield sweepstakes, but are they done at QB? It’s very possible, even with Corral’s confidence and athleticism, that Sam Darnold opens the offseason as the best-looking potential starter. Which is emblematic of the whole issue. Garoppolo doesn’t have many obvious paths to a starting job, so unless he’s ready to take a pay cut or the 49ers are ready to pay him over $ 25 million to sit behind Trey Lance, Carolina is the last logical destination.

The Bears have finally granted the former Super Bowl MVP his exit from Chicago. Now he is poised to find a new home that will deploy him as a proper backup. The Jaguars make some sense, with old friend Doug Pederson perhaps eyeing better insurance for Trevor Lawrence. The Seahawks could be a dark-horse suitor, with only Drew Lock and Geno Smith under center. But why not Indy, where Frank Reich loves him some foles and the Colts need a more proven reserve behind Matt Ryan?

The 49ers aren’t rightly surrender a mild offer for him, but if Deebo stays firm in his desire to relocate, extending his holdout into the summer, he’ll eventually be more proactive in trade talks. Baltimore is a perfect fit, not just because his run-based offense could involve Samuel in motion, or because Lamar Jackson needs more weaponry following Marquise Brown’s trade, but because Deebo would get his apparent wish to be closer to home in South Carolina.

Beckham hinted recently that he has yet to receive a “real offer” from the Rams, despite saying the Super Bowl run he’d be willing to take a discount to stay in Los Angeles. Truth be told, while a Rams reunion would benefit both sides, he was headed for a mini-standoff as soon as he paid big bucks for Allen Robinson. Why not pivot to Green Bay, his supposed runner-up suitor during the 2021 season? Aaron Rodgers has a new target in Christian Watson, but Beckham will help alleviate pressure on the rookie.

Indy just spent a second-rounder on Alec Pierce, who should give Matt Ryan a pair of big-bodied possession targets with Michael Pittman Jr. Who better to mentor than young jump-ball specialists Julio, who just happened to spend 10 years catching passes from Ryan in Atlanta? No, he was not quite the monster he once was, mainly due to injuries. But on a short, reasonable contract, he’d give them added upside in the passing game and red zone.

No AJ Brown? No problem. OK, not really, but Tennessee could use more reinforcements if they intend to be contenders in 2022. Drafting Treylon Burks as Brown’s potential successor was smart, but what if he wasn’t a game-changer out of the gate? Robert Woods’ arrival certainly helps, but plugging in Landry as the designed slot would give Ryan Tannehill an additional target machine.

San Francisco spent a third-rounder on Danny Gray, probably in anticipation of Deebo Samuel’s future departure. But he is not enough to offset Samuel’s potential loss. The Agholor is suddenly a bit buried in New England, where the Patriots added DeVante Parker and speedy rookie Tyquan Thornton alongside Jakobi Meyers and Kendrick Bourne. The Pats can save $ 9.8 million by dealing with Agholor, who went to college in California, could give Trey Lance an underrated outlet and is entering a contract year.

Atlanta’s first pick of the 2022 draft addressed receiver, with Drake London stepping in as the team’s new No. 1. That doesn’t mean they should be content with Auden Tate and Olamide Zaccheaus as other starters, as well as Calvin Ridley. Reagor, meanwhile, was on the Eagles’ rotation of the Outskirts even before they landed AJ Brown, and now he wiped his social media accounts (always a sign, in today’s NFL).

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