2022 NFL Draft Goals



Posted April 22, 2022.
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What does every team need to accomplish in the 2022 NFL Draft? We'll look at each team's goals on this page, as well as possible selections for each squad. See how the goals are being addressed in the 2022 NFL Mock Draft (will be updated tomorrow).




  1. Jacksonville Jaguars:
    Trevor Lawrence struggled last year. Part of the problem was Urban Meyer's incompetence, while the other major issue was the lack of help. The Jaguars will take an edge rusher at No. 1 overall, but their other picks must be used to help the franchise quarterback.

    Ideal 2022 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    1. Aidan Hutchinson, DE
    33. Tyler Linderbaum, C
    65. Rasheed Walker, OT
    70. Leo Chenal, LB
    106. Zachary Carter, DT

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  2. Detroit Lions:
    The Lions either believe in Jared Goff, or they don't like the quarterbacks in this class. Given that Detroit has so many holes on its roster, it almost has to take the best player available with every selection.

    Ideal 2022 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    2, Travon Walker, DE
    32. Lewis Cine, S
    34. Kaiir Elam, CB
    66. David Bell, WR
    97. Micheal Clemons, DE

  3. Houston Texans:
    The Texans are the worst team in the NFL. They have holes at every position, so they must select the best player available at every choice. This means quarterback as well, though Houston seems willing to wait until 2023 NFL Draft to address the position.

    Ideal 2022 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    3. Ahmad Gardner, CB
    13. Jermaine Johnson, DE
    37. Breece Hall, RB
    68. Abraham Lucas, OT
    80. Troy Andersen, LB
    107. Charlie Kolar, TE
    108. Kerby Joseph, S
    118. Zamir White, RB

  4. New York Jets:
    Zach Wilson was horrible in his rookie season. He needs as much help as possible, so the Jets need to give him better weapons and blocking. The defense must receive multiple upgrades as well.

    Ideal 2022 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    4. Kayvon Thibodeaux, DE
    10. Derek Stingley, CB
    35. Quay Walker, LB
    38. Kenneth Walker, RB
    69. Daniel Faalele, OT
    111. John Metchie, WR
    117. Cam Jurgens, C

  5. New York Giants:
    The Giants are beginning anew with a fresh front office and coaching staff. Unfortunately for this group, they had to deal with a tough salary cap situation, thanks to the previous regime's incompetence. The Giants have tons of holes as a result, so they just need to pick the best player available with most picks. The one exception is that an offensive lineman will need to be obtained at Nos. 5 or 7.

    Ideal 2022 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    5. Eval Neal, OT
    7. Ahmad Gardner, CB
    36. Arnold Ebiketie, DE
    67. Trey McBride, TE
    81. James Cook, RB
    112. Marquis Hayes, G

  6. Carolina Panthers:
    The Panthers have only one pick in the top 136 selections. They can't accomplish much in the 2022 NFL Draft as a result. The only thing they must do is decide whether or not they want to draft a franchise quarterback with the sixth-overall pick.

    Ideal 2022 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    6. Evan Neal, OT
    137. Jermaine Waller, CB

  7. Chicago Bears:
    The Bears don't have a first-round pick because of the Justin Fields trade last April. They must now build around Fields, and it's safe to say that they have their work cut out for them; they have huge needs at receiver and on the offensive line.

    Ideal 2022 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    39. Kenyon Green, G
    48. Alec Pierce, WR
    71. Calvin Austin, WR

  8. Atlanta Falcons:
    The Falcons have decided to start over by trading Matt Ryan to the Colts. They have huge holes everywhere on their roster, so they should focus on obtaining the best player available. Trading down would make sense as well so they can fill all their needs.

    Ideal 2022 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    8. Ikem Ekwonu, OT/G
    43. Matt Corral, QB
    58. George Pickens, WR
    74. Josh Paschal, DE
    82. Isaiah Spiller, RB
    114. Jalen Tolbert, WR

  9. Denver Broncos:
    The Broncos have decided to go all in with Russell Wilson. They should add a blocker to get the most out of Wilson; otherwise, they'll need to focus on filling some holes on defense, including cornerback and linebacker.

    Ideal 2022 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    64. Martin Emerson, CB
    75. Greg Dulcich, TE
    96. Luke Fortner, C/G
    115. Bubba Bolden, S
    116. Myjai Sanders, DE

  10. Seattle Seahawks:
    The Seahawks have a talented roster, but no quarterback at the moment. This could change via a Baker Mayfield trade. If so, the Seahawks will need to make sure Mayfield succeeds, and that would entail bolstering the offensive line. The pass rush needs tons of help, too.

    Ideal 2022 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    9. Derek Stingley, CB
    40. Matt Corral, QB
    41. Sam Williams, DE
    72. Cam Jurgens, C
    109. Dameon Pierce, RB

  11. Washington Redskins:
    The Redskins traded for Carson Wentz, so they'll need to give him some receiving help; otherwise, he may struggle to catch on in Washington. The Redskin defense needs to shore up their woeful secondary as well.

    Ideal 2022 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    11. Garrett Wilson, WR
    47. Kaiir Elam, CB
    113. MoMo Sanogo, LB

  12. Minnesota Vikings:
    The Vikings have just two picks between Nos. 12 and 156, so they'll likely want to trade down. Thanks to Kirk Cousins' albatross of a contract, the Vikings have several big needs, including cornerback, guard, linebacker and the interior defensive line.

    Ideal 2022 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    12. Derek Stingley, CB
    46. Quay Walker, LB
    77. Jamaree Salyer, G

  13. Cleveland Browns:
    The Browns don't have a first-round pick as a result of the Deshaun Watson trade. However, they still have three picks in the top 100. They can use at least one of those to bolster Cleveland's weak receiving corps. The offensive line needs some help as well.

    Ideal 2022 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    44. George Pickens, WR
    78. Cameron Thomas, DE
    99. Darian Kinnard, OT

  14. Baltimore Ravens:
    The Ravens have a ton of resources, owning nine picks in the first four rounds. They'll be able to fortify their roster, especially at some major positions of weakness like the offensive line, secondary and linebacking corps.

    Ideal 2022 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    14. Charles Cross, OT
    45. Kyler Gordon, CB
    76. Jalen Pitre, S
    100. Zakoby McClain, LB
    110. Brian Robinson, RB
    119. Jermaine Waller, CB
    128. DeAngelo Malone, DE
    139. Damarri Mathis, CB
    141. Nick Zakelj, OT

  15. Miami Dolphins:
    The Dolphins have just two picks in the first six rounds, and none in the top 100. They won't be able to do much to help their roster any further. Something that could help is trading down a couple of times from Nos. 102 and 125.

    Ideal 2022 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    102. Mario Goodrich, CB
    125. John Ridgeway, DT

  16. Indianapolis Colts:
    The Colts traded two early picks for Carson Wentz and Matt Ryan. They still have three selections in the first four rounds, so they'll be able to plug some areas of need, including left tackle, cornerback and receiver.

    Ideal 2022 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    42. Bernhard Raimann, OT
    73. Tariq Woolen, CB
    122. Isaiah Likely, TE


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