NFL Draft 2022: The five decisive questions

Rarely did the NFL experts struggle with their predictions: The first round on the night from Thursday to Friday (2 a.m. CET) brings a lot of uncertainty.
The five most important questions at a glance …

Who will be the first overall pick?

In the past few years, this question has been weeks if it was not months before the draft. The talent of Kyler Murray, Joe Burrow or finally Trevor Lawrence was too special. Class 2022 does not offer this all outstanding prospect. And a quarterback will certainly not choose the Jacksonville Jaguars, which held the first overall pick for the second time in a row. Instead, the two Edge Rusher Aidan Hutchinson (Michigan) and Travon Walker (Georgia) are the favorites. Hutchinson is considered a safe pick, Walker than the player with the greater potential. The two offensive Tackles Ikem Ekwonu (N.C. State) and Evan Neal (Alabama) also have outsider chances.

Who takes the first quarterback?

For teams with a need in the most important position in American football, the Draft 2022 is an unpleasant. The quality of the candidates is not at the level of the previous year when five playmakers were selected in the first 15 picks. However, since the quarterbacks are quite close together this year, a “run” could use as soon as the first domino is falling. The Detroit Lions on number two could already be, the carolina Panthers are number six. However, because trade options such as Baker Mayfield and Jimmy Garoppolo are also available, it is also not excluded that no quarterback will be picked in the top 10 for the first time since 2013.

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Which quarterbacks can be considered for the first round?

The most exciting prospect in the current class is Liberty Quarterback Malik Willis. The 22-year-old has an enormously strong arm and embodies the prototype of the modern, mobile playmaker, but is still considered unpublished and may have to be slowly introduced to the NFL. Behind it should definitely go off the board in the first round, but less spectacular Kenny Pickett (Pittsburgh) – possibly even before Willis because he would be ready for use immediately. Matt Corral (Ole Miss) also has good prospects for the first round, Desmond Ridder (Cincinnati) climbs up the draft boards of the experts to the last handle.

What do the New Orleans Saints do?

With a very unusual trade, the Saints have positioned themselves for a possibly draft decision: In exchange for future picks, New Orleans has secured a first round of the Philadelphia Eagles and thus two options in the first round. According to many experts, it seems almost certainly that the Saints use this capital to trade further up and secure a player that the front office wants to have. Maybe a quarterback? In any case, a lot could depend on the Saints project – and teams posted in front of it could become nervous.

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How do the double picks influence the strategy of the teams?

The “Ramification” of the NFL leaves its mark: eight of the 32 teams have no pick in the first round-including the current Super Bowl winner, who has been handing over his draft capital for established players for years. But also means that eight teams have two options in the first round – and the possibilities increase. Above all, other trades on the draft evening could be favored by the starting point. The flexibility of the “double pickers” also makes surprises or larger upheavals of the board more likely.

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