2022 NFL Draft: Only one quarterback selected in Round 1

Defenders with the top five picks were selected at the 2022 NFL Draft in Las Vegas. On the other hand, only one quarterback went off the board in the first round. The Philadelphia Eagles really struck a bargain – and the Green Bay Pickers once again failed to take a wide receiver.

Emotions on a Usual Wild Draft Night: Devin Lloyd lifts NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected as a 27-year-old by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
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With the first pick, the Jacksonville Jaguars, who were allowed to pick 1 in 2021, decided on the edge-rusher Travon Walker of the Georgia Bulldogs on the spectacular stage in Las Vegas. Edge rusher Aidan Hutchinson (Michigan), a top pick on most draftboards, went to the Detroit Lions as # 2.

Defenders were elected with the first five elections. At 3 and 4, the best cornerbacks went out of the counter: Houston Texans selected Derek Stingley (LSU), New York Jets got Sauce Gardner (Cincinnati). Fans of the New York Giants were pleased that their team got edge rusher Kayon Thibodeaux (Oregon) in position 5. The Atlanta Falcons pulled the first wide receiver, who decided on 8 for Drake London (USC).

Lots of trades – Eagles grab Brown, Samuel stays in San Francisco (so far).

Then it was time for wild trade, where several teams moved up on the board. Nine trades on Thursday meant the highest number since the 2010 draft became a three-day event. A move to a wide receiver already established in the NFL caused a sensation – but his name was not Deebo Samuel. On the contrary, the Tennessee Titans traded, among others, AJ Brown for the 18th election to the Philadelphia Eagles. Samuel, who is in contention for a big payday with the San Francisco 49ers, stays where he is (for now?). The 49ers reportedly rejected a Jets trade offer to Samuel, which reportedly included election number 10.

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Will catch his balls in Philadelphia in the future: AJ Brown.
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With their new choice, the Titans brought in the Treylon Burks (Arkansas) as a direct replacement for Brown, who incidentally has the same adviser as Samuel. The Eagles signed their protégé to a new four-year, $ 100 million contract on draft night.

Only quarterback in Round 1: The Steelers draft local hero Pickett

And quarterbacks? After five playmakers left the board in the top 15 last year, only one was selected in the first round this year: the Pittsburgh Steelers secured 20th place, local hero Kenny Pickett of the University of Pittsburgh, who is now arguing with Mitch Trubisky to succeed Ben Roethlisberger .

Malik Willis and Desmond Ridder, who were also considered possible first-round picks, waited in vain for their names to be called on the first day of the draft. Running backs were not selected at all on the first day of the draft (first since 2014).

The fact that the Carolina Panthers, who urgently need a quarterback, chose offensive tackle Ickey Ekwonu at position 6 and are now only in the fourth round again, should speculate on a possible swap for Jimmy Garoppolo (49ers) or Baker Mayfield (Cleveland) Browns) strength. again.

Packers do not take a receiver – Reutlinger Dabo calculates his chances

The Green Bay Packers, who had given star receiver Davante Adams to Las Vegas in the hot high season, were likely to make their fans despair again on the first day of the draft: the Packers did not put any of their two first-round picks on. position despite a great need for a wide receiver.

The draft in Las Vegas continues with later rounds through Sunday. Then the eight teams that did not have a choice in the first round of the draft (including, for example, Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams) will gradually come into play.

Marcel Dabo (23) from Reutlingen also has a chance to be drafted by a team. The cornerback had been convincing on observation days for the past few weeks. He could probably be selected in rounds four to six on Sunday night. Last season, Dabo played for the Stuttgart Surge in the European League of Football (ELF).

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