With the 2022 NFL draft happing the past weekend and being the first in a more non-Covid type of environment, this year invoked unusual circumstances such as very few quarterbacks being selected, twenty five year old rookies, and no clear cut number one pick. However, there still was plenty of action and below is our picks for winners and losers.
NFL Draft Winners
Philadelphia Eagles, Grade: A+
To be honest, the Eagles might be the overall winner of the off-season with multiple moves that positioned team as a favorite in the NFC to make a long playoff run. The draft only added to those claims. Howie Roseman usually has controversial drafts but he left this one a huge winner.
- Trading a mid first round pick and a third for a top ten wide receiver along with multiple pro bowler AJ Brown stole the first night. Pairing him with DeVonte Smith and Dallas Goddert gives Jalen Hurts a nice group of weapons to throw to this year.
- Trading up to select a top five prospect at pick number thirteen in Defensive Tackle Jordan Davis was not only great value but he has the chance to learn from future NFL hall of famer Fletcher Cox the nuances of the position. Also with his 6’6 and 340 pound frame he can make an immediate impact as a top tier run stopper with pass rushing upside due to his elite athletic traits.
- With future hall of fame center Jason Kelce retiring after this upcoming season him handpicking his successor and draft comparison Cameron Jurgens in the second round was a steal. Philadelphia keep boosting a top five offensive line in the NFL.
- They selected in my opinion and many experts the steal of the entire draft with first round talent Linebacker Nakobe Dean in the third round. I can’t believe that slight injury scares pushed him from a top fifteen pick to the bottom half of round three. He stated doctors cleared him to play this season and this bolsters a ascending eagles Linebacker core that already added pro bowlers Hassan Reddick and Kyzer White in the offseason.
- They still held on to their multiple first round selections next year which is always a win.
Baltimore Ravens, Grade: A
Besides a questionable trading away of Lamar Jackson’s favorite wide receiver Marquise Brown, The Ravens got great value in this years NFL draft by picking smart players. If that trade didn’t happen, they would’ve got an A+ from me.
- They selected my favorite and number one draft prospect in Safety Kyle Hamilton at fourteen. Similar to Derwin James, Kam Chancellor, and Sean Taylor in sheer play-style, I was shocked that NFL draft evaluators felt that him running a 4.51 40 yard dash time dropped him on their boards….. Seriously, he is 6’4, 230 pounds of solid muscle and explosion with great film. Watch him prove all of his doubters wrong and enter a Raven’s culture which blossom NFL superstars on the defensive end. He can become a top five defensive player in the NFL soon and the Raven got the steal of the first round. Pairing him with all pro safety Marcus Williams gives the raven the best duo in the league.
- Using the pick acquired in the Hollywood Brown trade on Center Tyler Linderbaum helps make that questionable trade more justifiable. If he was more than just a Center, he would be a top five selection. He helps protect Lamar Jackson and is a great value at the end of the first round.
- The second round selection of David Ojabo, a consensus top ten pick before his pro day ACL tear is the steal of round two, easy. They drafted a potential top ten defensive lineman and his under the guidance of his former coaches at Michigan.
- Drafting NT Travis Jones in the third round is great value because if he wasn’t at Connecticut and playing at a notable college, he would’ve been a first round selection. Great value.
- All six of their fourth round selections, yes that is a record by the way, should’ve been day two selections. Below is a breakdown of each prospect.
- Daniel Faalele is a massive 6’9 400 pound monster from Minnesota with the right coaching and refinement compares to Eagles star tackle Jordan Maliata.
- Jalyn Armour-Davis, a corner from Alabama should’ve stayed in school to be a first rounder Next year but to get a blue chip prospect in the fourth and to learn under a elite secondary in Baltimore is outstanding value.
- You know Lamar loves his tight ends and selecting two athletic TEs in round four with at least round two talent is outstanding. Charlie Kolar and my favorite TE this year Isaiah Likely should pair nicely with all pro Mark Andrews.
- CB Damarion Williams compares well to current Ravens star nickel corner Tavon Young so this us great value.
- The Ravens replace the best punter in the league in
- Sam Koch with a prospect in Jordan Stout who compares well to him.
NFL Draft Losers
New England Patriots, Grade: F
Look they won six super bowls so they must have something special in their organization minds but they reached on every selection and even selected another quarterback in the fourth round Bailey Zappe to compete with pro bowler and one of the best rookies last year in Mac Jones who led them to the playoffs. I can honestly see why Tom Brady left. I never seen such a bizarre and universally based group of selections before.
Chicago Bears, Grade: D +
The Bears selected great players with value but none of them help last years selection of quarterback Justin Fields. Justin would’ve been the best player in this years draft so after a great draft last year which helped focus on offense does nothing for the young man this year, sad. I really hope they’re developing their young talent on offense to match their defense because they look suspect.