The race to the underside simply acquired a bit extra attention-grabbing.
The Lions pulled off a stunner of a victory in Week 15, downing the Cardinals and giving them their second win of the 2021 season. Elsewhere, with the Texans and Davis Mills pounding the Jaguars, Jacksonville now slides into the No. 1 general slot within the 2022 NFL Draft.
The re-shuffle on the high of the draft order marks the primary time that the Lions do not personal the No. 1 general pick this season, which can come as a little bit of bittersweet information to Detroit followers hoping to draft a franchise-altering participant with the highest choice. Jacksonville’s remaining schedule means they’ve a reasonably good shot to finish up with the highest pick for the second consecutive 12 months.
For now, although, the Detroit win is a little bit of an early Christmas current, whereas Jacksonville’s could repay down the road.
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NFL Draft order 2022
Here’s how the 2022 NFL Draft order stands after NFL Week 15 video games:
(Last up to date earlier than the Week 15 late afternoon video games.)
— The Eagles at present maintain three first-round picks.
— The Giants at present maintain the Bears’ first-round pick, which was despatched as a part of an in-draft commerce Chicago made to pick quarterback Justin Fields in 2021.
— The Dolphins at present maintain the 49ers’ first-round pick as a part of a predraft commerce. San Francisco chosen quarterback Trey Lance at No. 3 general in 2021.
— The Jets at present maintain the Seahawks’ first-round pick as a part of the Jamal Adams commerce in 2020.
— The Eagles at present maintain the Colts’ first-round pick as a part of the Carson Wentz commerce. (In order for the pick to show right into a first-rounder, Wentz should play ≥75 p.c of snaps this 12 months OR Wentz performs ≥70 p.c of snaps and Indianapolis makes the playoffs.)
— Pick Nos. 19 by means of 32 are held by groups at present within the NFL playoff image.
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It’s a trio of pass-rushers who may steal the highlight come April.
While there is not any surefire, No. 1-overall pick getting into the 2022 NFL Draft, Oregon’s Kayvon Thibodeaux, Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson and Purdue’s George Karlaftis all may stake a declare as one of the best pass-rush presence on this 12 months’s draft.
While Karlaftis’ inventory has fallen behind the others, the query of whether or not Hutchinson has achieved sufficient to knock Thibodeaux off because the draft’s top-ranked edge defender continues to be unanswered: It does not damage, although, that Hutchinson had monster performances vs. Ohio State on Nov. 27 and within the Big Ten championship recreation.
In all, Hutchinson finishes the 2021 common season with 14 sacks, and may have a chance to additional strengthen his case for No. 1 general within the College Football Playoff.
For quarterback-needy groups, the image for passers has by no means been murkier: While there are some intriguing names getting into the 2022 scene, no QB within the nation has but to raise into bona fide franchise passer standing. North Carolina’s Sam Howell, Cincinnati’s Desmond Ridder, Liberty’s Malik Willis and Ole Miss’ Matt Corral may all be first-round picks, however there is a lengthy, lengthy solution to go earlier than names are referred to as subsequent April.