NFL Draft 2022 Round 1: Live Updates, Coverage, Picks, and Reactions

2022 NFL Draft Live Coverage

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NFL Draft 2022: First Round Live Coverage

The draft, which starts at 8 pm on Thursday, April 28th, is set to begin shortly.

Check our live coverage, updates, and reactions for each pick in the NFL Draft First Round.

Round 1, Pick 1: Jacksonville Jaguars — Travon Walker, DL

Jaguars First Round Picks:

  • No. 1 Overall
  • No. 27 Overall

Pick Analysis:

The Jags took Walker here, a hit or miss pick that can add value as a run-stopper but has almost no current ability as a pass-rusher. Bad move.

Round 1, Pick 2: Detroit Lions — Aidan Hutchinson, DE

Lions First Round Picks:

  • No. 2 Overall
  • No. 32 Overall -> No. 12 Overall

Pick Analysis:

A great pick here for the Lions, taking advantage of the Jaguars missing with the first pick and picking the sure-fire great player that is Hutchinson.

Round 1, Pick 3: Houston Texans — Derek Stingley Jr., CB

Texans First Round Picks:

  • No. 3 Overall
  • No. 13 Overall -> No. 15 Overall

Pick Analysis:

The Texans take the most-sound corner in this draft. He hits all of the fundamental boxes, allowing them to add a great piece to the back of their defense.

Round 1, Pick 4: New York Jets — Ahmad ‘Sauce’ Gardner, CB

Jets First Round Picks:

  • No. 4 Overall
  • No. 10 Overall
  • No. 26 Overall

Pick Analysis:

The Jets take the playmaking corner here at 4. They probably would’ve gone Stingley if he wasn’t available. Robert Saleh needs this corner to help out his defense.

Round 1, Pick 5: New York Giants — Kayvon Thibodeaux, DE

Giants First Round Picks:

  • No. 5 Overall
  • No. 7 Overall

Pick Analysis:

The Giants shoot for the stars here, hoping to land on the moon. Many thought they would go OL, but they couldn’t turn down this talent.

Round 1, Pick 6: Carolina Panthers — Ikem ‘Ickey’ Ekwonu, OL

Panthers First Round Picks:

  • No. 6 Overall

Pick Analysis:

The Panthers take the most versatile OL in this draft as they address their horrendous play from last season.

Round 1, Pick 7: New York Giants — Evan Neal, OT

Giants First Round Picks:

  • No. 5 Overall
  • No. 7 Overall

Pick Analysis:

Neal played a lot of spots along the offensive-line throughout his college career (including RT), so he’s the perfect pick here to protect Danny Dimes.

Round 1, Pick 8: Atlanta Falcons — Drake London, WR

Falcons First Round Picks:

  • No. 8 Overall

Pick Analysis:

London is just phenomenal in contested situations, making him a quarterback’s best friend. No matter who their QB is going forward, they needed to give him a WR.

Round 1, Pick 9: Seattle Seahawks — Charles Cross, OT

Seahawks First Round Picks:

  • No. 9 Overall

Pick Analysis:

Cross is the third of the top 3 tackles in this draft to come off the board. They desperately needed it, and based on how this draft is going, they could still take a QB.

Round 1, Pick 10: New York Jets — Garrett Wilson, WR

Jets First Round Picks:

  • No. 4 Overall
  • No. 10 Overall
  • No. 26 Overall

Pick Analysis:

The Jets addressed defense at 4, and now they take a WR to help Zach Wilson. Wilson (Garrett) has a great catch radius and is an all-around phenomenal talent.

Round 1, Pick 11: Washington Commanders — Trade With Saints

— Chris Olave, WR

The Saints gave the Commanders 16, 98, and 120 for the 11th pick.

Commanders First Round Picks:

  • No. 11 Overall -> No. 16 Overall

Pick Analysis:

The Saints seemed to feel the need to trade up for Olave, a speedster that can play in the slot between Callaway and Thomas.

Round 1, Pick 12: Minnesota Vikings — Trade With Lions

— Jameson Williams, WR

The Lions offered the Vikings picks 32, 34, and 66 for the Vikings 12th and 46th picks.

Vikings First Round Picks:

  • No. 12 Overall -> No. 32 Overall

Pick Analysis:

It is unclear as to why the Lions traded up so much just to get a WR, even if he is a great one. I guess we will find out what their plan is soon.

Round 1, Pick 13: Houston Texans — Trade With Eagles

— Jordan Davis, DL

The Eagles gave up the  15th, 124th, 162th, and 166th pick for the 13th pick.

Texans First Round Picks:

  • No. 3 Overall
  • No. 13 Overall – > No. 15 Overall

Pick Analysis:

The Eagles jumped up two spots to take the playmaking albeit two-down DT to improve the middle of their defense.

Round 1, Pick 14: Baltimore Ravens — Kyle Hamilton, S

Ravens First Round Picks:

  • No. 14 Overall
  • No. 23 Overall -> No. 25 Overall

Pick Analysis:

The Ravens just go with the best talent available, as an upgrade anywhere on defense was much needed in Baltimore.

Round 1, Pick 15: Philadelphia Eagles — Trade with Texans

— Kenyon Green, G

Eagles First Round Picks:

  • No. 15 Overall -> No. 13 Overall
  • No. 18 Overall -> x

Pick Analysis:

The Texans address their offensive-line here with the best proper guard in the draft. Simply addressing a need.

Round 1, Pick 16: New Orleans Saints — Trade With Commanders

— Jahan Dotson, WR

Saints First Round Picks:

  • No. 16 Overall -> No. 11 Overall
  • No. 19 Overall

Pick Analysis:

Dotson is the most polished WR in the draft class and a great pick here for the Commanders. Regardless of their QB situation in the near future, that guy will have great WRs to throw to.

Round 1, Pick 17: Los Angeles Chargers — Zion Johnson, G

Chargers First Round Picks:

  • No. 17 Overall

Pick Analysis:

Johnson moved around the offensive-line a bit, and though he has some struggles, the Chargers are taking a much-needed shot at protecting Justin Herbert.

Round 1, Pick 18: Philadelphia Eagles — Trade With Titans

— Treylon Burks, WR

The Titans receive the 18th and 101st pick for AJ Brown.

Eagles First Round Picks:

  • No. 15 Overall -> No. 13 Overall
  • No. 18 Overall -> x

Pick Analysis:

Burks is a WR version of Kyle Pitts. He’s a versatile player who is good in space- a perfect fit for this PA-boot system.

Round 1, Pick 19: New Orleans Saints — Trevor Penning, OT

Saints First Round Picks:

  • No. 16 Overall -> No. 11 Overall
  • No. 19 Overall

Pick Analysis:

Whether Penning or Raimann was the better tackle left on the board is team-dependent. There is a reason why these guys weren’t around the top 10, but he is a strong player.

Round 1, Pick 20: Pittsburgh Steelers — Kenny Pickett, QB

Steelers First Round Picks:

  • No. 20 Overall

Pick Analysis:

Simply put, Pickett is the most pro-ready QB in this draft class and the only QB that will definitely be competitive in the NFL.

Round 1, Pick 21: New England Patriots — Trade With Chiefs

— Trent McDuffie, CB

The Chiefs sent 29, 94, 121 for this pick.

Patriots First Round Picks:

  • No. 21 Overall -> No. 29 Overall

Pick Analysis:

McDuffie played a lot of zone in college and can be a great piece for this defense. A bit of surprise pick, but much needed talent on the back-end.

Round 1, Pick 22: Green Bay Packers — Quay Walker, LB

Packers First Round Picks:

  • No. 22 Overall
  • No. 28 Overall

Pick Analysis:

Walker is good against the run but has a poor feel for zone. Not just a bad pick that has Rodgers reaching for tequila, but a bad pick.

Round 1, Pick 23: Arizona Cardinals — Trade With Ravens

— Trade With Bills

—Kaiir Elam, CB

The Ravens traded Hollywood Brown and the 100th pick for this pick from the Cardinals.

The Ravens sent this pick to the Bills for 25 and 130.

Cardinals First Round Picks:

  • No. 23 Overall -> x

Pick Analysis:

Elam can over-rely on his help sometimes, but he knows where his help is and can get handsy and physical. A great corner here opposite Tre’Davious White.

Round 1, Pick 24: Dallas Cowboys — Tyler Smith, OT

Cowboys First Round Picks:

  • No. 24 Overall

Pick Analysis:

Smith has late hands, boom or bust power, and is prone to penalties. Suffice it to say that I think Raimann would’ve been a better choice.

Round 1, Pick 25: Buffalo Bills — Trade With Ravens

— Tyler Linderbaum, C

Bills First Round Picks:

  • No. 25 Overall -> No. 23 Overall

Pick Analysis:

The Ravens can now move Mekari to guard and have a long-term answer at center. A great pick to help the offense execute.

Round 1, Pick 26: Tennessee Titans — Trade With Jets

— Jermaine Johnson, Edge

Titans send 26 and 101 for 35, 69, and 163.

Titans First Round Picks:

  • No. 26 Overall -> No. 18 Overall

Pick Analysis:

The Jets add a great edge rusher here, though sometimes he freezes and is essentially out of the play. However, when he is in the flow state, he is a beast.

Round 1, Pick 27: Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Trade With Jaguars

— Devin Lloyd

The Jags send 33, 106, and 180 for this pick.

Buccaneers First Round Picks:

  • No. 27 Overall -> x

Pick Analysis:

Lloyd is a top 10 talent in any draft. STEAL. The full package at any LB spot.

Round 1, Pick 28: Green Bay Packers — Devonte Wyatt, DL

Packers First Round Picks:

  • No. 22 Overall
  • No. 28 Overall

Pick Analysis:

There is nothing to say. WOW. Nothing to say. Even less than Rodgers.

Round 1, Pick 29: Kansas City Chiefs — Trade With Patriots

— Cole Strange, G

Chiefs First Round Picks:

  • No. 29 Overall -> No. 21 Overall
  • No. 30 Overall

Pick Analysis:

A lean guy with bad hands and poor play on the move, the Patriots add a thinker here.

Round 1, Pick 30: Kansas City Chiefs — George Karlaftis, DE

Chiefs First Round Picks:

  • No. 29 Overall -> No. 21 Overall
  • No. 30 Overall

Pick Analysis:

A great edge player that adds a ton of value to their defense. Perhaps they will address WR later, and indeed some are falling, but for now they add two great talents to their defense.

Round 1, Pick 31: Cincinnati Bengals — Daxton Hill, S

Bengals First Round Picks:

  • No. 31 Overall

Pick Analysis:

Hill’s muscles clearly work differently, making him move across the field in a unique way. I don’t think that plays into his favor.

Round 1, Pick 32: Detroit Lions — Trade With Vikings

— Lewis Cine, S/CB

Lions First Round Picks:

  • No. 2 Overall
  • No. 32 Overall -> No. 12 Overall

Pick Analysis:

Sine could fill a safety spot or move to the nickel corner, adding a nice piece to the Vikings secondary.