Black Friday is in the rearview mirror, but there seems to have been a sale on first-round picks.
That’s because the Jets, Giants and Eagles each currently hold at least two first-round picks apiece entering the 2022 NFL Draft. The Eagles actually own three first-round picks, though the last of which won’t be determined until the Colts wrap up their season.
In fact, the top 10 is incredibly metro-Northeast slanted, with all three teams accounting for six of the first 10 selections for next year’s draft. All three teams need the help, too.
The Jets are scuffling in their first year under the Robert Saleh-Zach Wilson pairing, though a welcome win over Houston bumped them back just a bit in the draft order. Reports indicate that the Giants could look to move on from GM Dave Gettleman, which means those two first-rounders are an attractive piece for any executive looking to apply.
Elsewhere, the Lions currently have two first-round picks of their own: No. 1 overall, and a late first-round selection, courtesy of the Rams in the Matthew Stafford trade.
Here’s how the latest NFL Draft order stands:
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NFL Draft order 2022
Here’s how the 2022 NFL Draft order stands after NFL Week 12 games:
(Last updated before the Week 12 “Monday Night Football” matchup between the Seahawks and Washington.)
|4||New York Jets||3-8|
|5||New York Jets (via SEA)||3-7|
|6||New York Giants||4-7|
|7||New York Giants (via CHI)||4-7|
|8||Washington Football Team||4-6|
|10||Philadelphia Eagles (via MIA)||5-7|
|13||New Orleans Saints||5-6|
|14||Philadelphia Eagles (via IND)||6-6|
|18||Las Vegas Raiders||6-5|
— The Eagles currently hold the No. 10 overall selection, traded to them from the Dolphins as part of a predraft deal.
— The Giants currently hold the Bears’ first-round pick, which was sent as part of an in-draft trade Chicago made to select quarterback Justin Fields in 2021.
— The Dolphins currently hold the 49ers’ first-round pick as part of a predraft trade. San Francisco selected quarterback Trey Lance at No. 3 overall.
— The Jets currently hold the Seahawks’ first-round pick as part of the Jamal Adams trade in 2020.
— The Eagles currently hold the Colts’ first-round pick as part of the Carson Wentz trade. (In order for the pick to turn into a first-rounder, Wentz must play ≥75 percent of snaps this year OR Wentz plays ≥70 percent of snaps and Indianapolis makes the playoffs.)
— Pick Nos. 19 through 32 are held by teams currently in the NFL playoff picture.
It’s a trio of pass rushers who could steal the spotlight come April.
While there’s no surefire, No. 1-overall pick entering the 2022 NFL Draft, Oregon’s Kayvon Thibodeaux, Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson and Purdue’s George Karlaftis
While Karlaftis’ stock has fallen in recent weeks, the question to whether or not Hutchinson has done enough to knock of Thibodeaux as the draft’s top-ranked edge defender is still unanswered: It doesn’t hurt, though, that Hutchinson had a monster performance vs. Ohio State on Nov. 27. Hutchinson’s terrorizing performance and his three sacks in “The Game” brought him to 13 total in 2021.
For quarterback-needy teams, the picture has never been murkier: While there are some intriguing names entering the 2022 scene, no QB in the nation has yet to elevate into bona-fide top passer status. North Carolina’s Sam Howell, Cincinnati’s Desmond Ridder, Liberty’s Malik Willis and Ole Miss’ Matt Corral could all be first-round selections, but there’s a long, long way to go before names are called next April.