From “Go, Pack, Go” to packing up for Vegas.
After a season that seemed destined to end in the NFC championship game, the Packers are officially out of playoff contention and have a locked-in first-round pick for the 2022 NFL Draft. Green Bay suffered a ugly 13-10 loss to the 49ers in the divisional round.
While the Packers may have their quarterback of the future in Jordan Love, they’ll still have questions to answer about their quarterback of the present, Aaron Rodgers. If Rodgers and Green Bay part ways, then their one first-round pick could turn into many.
An NFC championship game rematch is but a dream, too, with the Buccaneers losing to Matthew Stafford and the Rams. However, Los Angeles won’t have a first-round pick to look back on when the dust settles — that belongs to Detroit as part of the Stafford trade.
Here’s an updated look at the 2022 NFL Draft order for teams 1-26 after the NFL’s divisional round matchups.
2022 NFL Draft Order
Here’s what the 2022 NFL Draft order looks like after the NFL divisional round.
(Last update before Bills-Chiefs divisional round matchup.)
|4||New York Jets*||4-13|
|5||New York Giants*||4-13|
|7||New York Giants (via CHI)*||6-11|
|10||New York Jets (via SEA)*||7-10|
|eleven||Washington Soccer Team*||7-10|
|fifteen||Philadelphia Eagles (via MIA)*||9-8|
|sixteen||Philadelphia Eagles (via IND)*||9-8|
|17||Los Angeles Chargers*||9-8|
|18||New Orleans Saints*||9-8|
|twenty-one||New England Patriots*||10-7|
|22||Las Vegas Raiders*||10-7|
|27||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13-4|
|28||Green Bay Packers||13-4|
* Secured Draft spot
— The Eagles currently have three first-round picks, including the Colts’ first-round pick as part of the Carson Wentz trade. For the pick to become a first-round pick, Wentz needed to play 75 percent or more of the Colts’ snaps this season OR play 70 percent or more of the snaps and get Indianapolis into the playoffs, conditions that were essentially fulfilled from Week. sixteen.
– The Giants currently hold the Bears’ first-round pick, which was sent to New York as part of a draft-day trade Chicago made to select quarterback Justin Fields in 2021.
— The Dolphins currently have the 49ers’ first-round pick as part of a pre-draft trade. San Francisco selected quarterback Trey Lance at No. 3 overall in 2021.
– The Jets currently have the Seahawks’ first-round pick as part of the Jamal Adams trade in 2020.
Defense is the name of the game in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Highlighted by the top two pass-rushers in Oregon’s Kayvon Thibodeaux and Michigan’s Aiden Hutchinson, this year’s class of defenders could prove to be building blocks for teams looking to bulk up on that side.
After the vanguard group, NFL squads could salivate over secondary options: LSU cornerback Derek Stingley is a previous consensus All-American, including getting a nod from Sporting News in 2019, and could be a of the top five picks in April. Scouts and analysts have pinpointed Stingley as by far the best CB prospect in this year’s draft.
Joining Stingley in the secondary group is Notre Dame’s Kyle Hamilton, who could also be a good bet to be the first DB off the board. The Fighting Irish safety was named a consensus All-American last season, and for good reason: He had three interceptions for one of the best defenses in the nation and was a finalist for the Bednarik Award in 2021.
On the offensive end, teams looking for quarterback savers will have options, though whether a bona fide No. 1 quarterback will emerge before the draft remains to be seen. North Carolina’s Sam Howell, Pitt’s Kenny Pickett, Ole Miss’s Matt Corral, Cincinnati’s Desmond Ridder and Liberty’s Malik Willis have all entered the draft.