NFL Draft 2022 winners and losers: Giants, Jets hit it huge; Titans take step backward - The Athletic

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Russell Wilson strolled into the Broncos' indoor observe facility Friday night presently before the 2d circular of the NFL Draft all started, as his new group prepared to make its first pick of the weekend.

Wilson become sparkling off a workout and held a ball as he posed for a few photographs and chatted with group employees. Wilson became grinning, relaxed. His new bosses, GM George Paton and teach Nathaniel Hackett, have been, too.

The 2022 draft become a terrible one to need a quarterback. and because of the March change that brought Wilson to Denver from Seattle, the Broncos were, ultimately, among the many Quarterback Haves.

"we're very happy the place we are right here," Hackett spoke of.

in the conclusion, only 1 quarterback (Pittsburgh's Kenny Pickett, to the Steelers) was drafted within the first circular. 9 quarterbacks had been taken ordinary. And as we wrap up the draft, we are able to't listing any of them among our winners.

So who fared neatly? And who fell short?

Winners

Baltimore Ravens: Our simplest criticism of the Ravens was that they upset quarterback Lamar Jackson by means of buying and selling receiver Marquise Brown to the Cardinals on Thursday. Jackson, who tweeted "WTF," seemed unhappy to lose one among his closest friends, but it surely became hard to argue with the Ravens' intent. usual manager Eric DeCosta and his body of workers seemed to have a perfect pulse on no longer just the wild receiver market, but on the draft board as an entire. They recouped competitively priced in relocating Brown, gaining the No. 23 opt for, which Baltimore then traded to Buffalo for Nos. 25 and one hundred thirty.

The Ravens came out of the draft with:

• Tyler Linderbaum, a projected beginning middle.

• Kyle Hamilton, the draft's appropriate protection.

• David Ojabo, a move rusher who would were a primary-circular pick had he now not suffered a torn Achilles in March.

• Daniel Faalele, a hulking offensive tackle taken within the fourth round whom The Athletic's Dane Brugler tasks as a right away starter.

• And even a punter, Jordan Stout.

The Ravens did not draft a receiver, however DeCosta did pick two tight ends on Day three to be part of veteran Mark Andrews at what's now a deep position group.

manhattan Jets and Giants: The Jets and Giants have made the big apple-New Jersey enviornment the worst place for expert soccer in fresh years, but there became little to bitch about for both crew during this draft. both had two precise-10 selections, and both have been in a position to take elite protecting avid gamers with huge personalities for their first picks. The Jets took cornerback Sauce Gardner at No. four, and the Giants selected protecting conclusion Kayvon Thibodeaux at No. 5.

Chiefs' protective plan: first rate for Chiefs general manager Brett Veach now not overreacting to a receiver need and attaining for a move catcher late within the first round. as an alternative, Kansas city picked players at top class protective positions, cornerback Trent McDuffie and facet rusher George Karlaftis, with its pair of first-circular picks.

Kansas city was then in a position to get a receiver, Skyy Moore, in the 2nd round. He likely will play within the slot and be a nice complement to the physically bigger JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling, whom the Chiefs introduced in free company. We shouldn't predict Moore to fill the Tyreek Hill position. that might be unfair to Moore, and to Andy Reid and Eric Bieniemy, who can locate different ways to make use of their new receivers.

Houston Texans: The Texans quietly had a strong draft. It all started with the a little fabulous choice of cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. at No. 3 and persisted through Day 3, once they picked working returned Dameon Pierce early within the fourth round.

The Texans' working game became dreadful ultimate season. Don't be stunned if Pierce finally ends up as RB1 with the aid of minicamp and a well-liked fable soccer decide on by summer time as a real three-down operating again option.

Heyward family: The Steelers proceed to lean into the announcing that soccer is family. Pittsburgh on Saturday drafted tight end Connor Heyward, the more youthful brother of veteran protecting end Cameron Heyward. The Heywards now develop into the third set of brothers on the Steelers' roster, along with TJ and Derek Watt and Terrell and Trey Edmunds.

L.A. Rams: Did you see their house within the Hollywood Hills? The Rams are the simplest group to take the pandemic lesson that the draft can also be conducted any place and roll with it. They also traded a 2023 fifth-circular opt for to the Browns — F them picks, appropriate? — to Cleveland for cornerback Troy Hill, who left the Rams as a free agent in 2021. Welcome home, Troy.

Georgia Bulldogs: The five first-rounders from the college of Georgia changed into only a birth. with the aid of draft's end, 15 gamers from Georgia's championship team heard their names referred to as, together with part Travon Walker at No. 1. That's five greater than the loaded Alabama classification of 2017 and an additional than LSU's celebrity-studded 2020 type headlined by Joe Burrow.

Drew Lock and/or Geno Smith: We shouldn't fully rule out the possibility of the Seahawks including a veteran quarterback (Baker Mayfield and Jimmy Garoppolo continue to be obtainable) later this spring, however they left the draft and not using a rookie to compete with Lock or Smith for the starting job. Seattle had varied options to take one, too, with two picks within the 2d round and one within the third before Desmond Ridder grew to become the 2d QB off the board, at No. seventy four to Atlanta.

It has been hard to accept as true with that Pete Carroll and John Schneider have been basically inclined to move forward with Lock or Smith as their beginning quarterback in 2022. They despatched a transparent message at the draft about their intentions.

specialists: The fourth round featured as close to a run on specialists as we might ever see within the draft, with a kicker (Cade York, to Cleveland) and a pair of punters (Stout, to Baltimore, and Jake Camarda to Tampa Bay) taken between picks 124 and 133. And yet, two punters being drafted within the fourth round wasn't necessarily the largest shock. It turned into that Matt Araiza of San Diego State, he of the epic "Punt God" nickname, wasn't one in every of them. He fell to the sixth circular, the place he became picked by using the bills at No. 180.

Losers

Justin Fields: The Bears and Fields, a 2021 first-round prefer, were amongst our draft winners a 12 months in the past. That changed into a protracted, long term in the past. if you had been anticipating the Bears to make use of their constrained 2022 draft capital to support Fields, you were disappointed. (The Bears have been additionally unable to comfortable any extra picks by way of trading Nick Foles — yes, he become still on their roster — and agreed Saturday evening to release the veteran quarterback.)

The Bears' first two picks were protecting backs, and their first offensive player selected, receiver Velus Jones Jr., received one of the worst grades of the weekend from The Athletic's Sheil Kapadia. The Bears then didn't take an offensive lineman except the fifth circular. good luck, Justin!

Tennessee Titans: The Titans aren't a higher crew now than they have been before the draft. That's what occurs in the event you trade a desirable-tier receiver like A.J. Brown right through the first circular. And whereas Tennessee did draft Brown's alternative in Treylon Burks, it's nevertheless a hard movement to abdominal from the AFC's No. 1 seed. The Malik Willis choose within the third round is a captivating fit because he'll actually have time to develop in Tennessee, but it's now not a circulate that places the 2022 Titans closer to achieving the super Bowl.

Miami Dolphins: I'm certain Dolphins enthusiasts loved getting their first glimpse of Tyreek Hill in a Miami uniform remaining week, but the Hill change decimated the group's draft class. The Dolphins made just four picks this week. That could be nice for a loaded group desiring only 1 or two greater gamers to be a title contender. however that's not the Dolphins.

We're additionally not yet bought on third-circular Georgia linebacker Channing Tindall as a major have an effect on player beyond particular groups.

(top image of Kayvon Thibodeaux: Kirby Lee / country these days)

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