FMIA: 2022 NFL Power Rankings Has Bills, Chargers, Rams Leading Pack; Pats, Cards, Steelers Stepping Back

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Before you start perusing my 2022 NFL power rankings (my annual rating of the teams 1 to 32, after free agency and trades and the draft), a bit of a warning. I’m not great at this.Now that’s a great sales tool to get people to read this column. But I want to be honest as [more]

FMIA: Why The NFL’s First $10 Billion Franchise Isn’t Really That Far Away

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Tom Brady coming out of retirement and the Russell Wilson trade and the explosion of wide receiver salaries and Kansas City trading Tyreek Hill and one quarterback picked in the top 70 draft picks and the insane coverage of the release of the schedule. And new Drew Brees drama, just in the past few hours. [more]

2022 NFL schedule: All 32 teams’ home openers

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All 32 home openers on the 2022 NFL schedule have now been announced.

Below are each teams’ home openers, with the home team listed first in each game:

Week 1
Thursday, September 8
Rams vs. Bills

Sunday, September 11
Falcons vs. Saints
Panthers vs. Browns
Bears vs. 49ers
Bengals vs. Steelers
Lions vs. Eagles
Texans vs. Colts
Dolphins vs. Patriots
Jets vs. Ravens
Commanders vs. Jaguars
Cardinals vs. Chiefs
Chargers vs. Raiders
Vikings vs. Packers
Titans vs. Giants
Cowboys vs. Buccaneers

Monday, September 12
Seahawks vs. Broncos

Week 2
Thursday, September 15
Chiefs vs. Chargers

Sunday, September 18
Ravens vs. Dolphins
Browns vs. Jets
Jaguars vs. Colts
Saints vs. Buccaneers
Giants vs. Panthers
Steelers vs. Patriots
49ers vs. Seahawks
Broncos vs. Texans
Raiders vs. Cardinals
Packers vs. Bears

Monday, September 19
Bills vs. Titans
Eagles vs. Vikings

Week 3
Sunday, September 25
Colts vs. Chiefs
Patriots vs. Ravens
Buccaneers vs. Packers

2022 NFL schedule: What we know so far

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The full 2022 NFL schedule will be announced on Thursday night, May 12, but a few games are announced early. Here’s what we know so far:

Week 1
TBD at Rams, Thursday night, September 8, 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC.

Week 2
Chargers at Chiefs, Thursday night, September 15, 8:20 p.m. ET on Amazon Prime.
Titans at Bills, Monday night, September 19, 7:15 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Vikings at Eagles, Monday night, September 19, 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

Week 4
Vikings at Saints in London, Sunday morning, October 2, 9:30 a.m. ET on NFL Network.
Chiefs at Buccaneers, Sunday night, October 2, 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC.

Week 5
Giants at Packers in London, Sunday morning, October 9, 9:30 a.m. ET on NFL Network.

Week 8
Broncos at Jaguars in London, Sunday morning, October 30, 9:30 a.m. ET on ESPN+.

Week 10
Seahawks at Buccaneers in Munich, Sunday morning, November 13, 9:30 a.m. ET on NFL Network.
Cowboys at Packers, Sunday, November 13, 4:25 p.m. ET on Fox.

Week 11
49ers at Cardinals in Mexico City, Monday night, November 21, 8:15 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Week 12
TBD at Lions, Thanksgiving, November 24, 12:45 p.m. ET on CBS.
TBD at Cowboys, Thanksgiving, November 24, 4:30 p.m. ET on Fox.
TBD at TBD, Thanksgiving, November 24, 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC.

Week 16
11 games on Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24.
Broncos at Rams, Christmas Day, December 25, 4:30 p.m. ET on CBS and Nickelodeon.
Two other games on Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25.

FMIA: ‘The Jets Stole The Draft’ And More Resonating Conclusions After Seven Rounds Of Sensible Selections

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In the wake of the NFL’s 87th player selection meeting, catching up on the stories that resonate a week later …“We all wear the scars,” Rich Eisen said, speaking for New York Jets fans across the universe. “The Buttfumble scar, the fake-spike scar, and the NFL Draft scar. Or scars.”1980: Lam Jones drafted ahead of [more]

Nineteen 2019 first-rounders had their fifth-year options exercised

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Monday was the deadline for teams to exercise their fifth-year options on the contracts of 2019 first-round picks and 19 of those options wound up being exercised.

That group includes first-overall pick Kyler Murray, who may land a long-term contract extension before the start of the 2022 season. All the players in the class are now eligible to sign such deals and the Cardinals said that they plan to work toward an agreement in the coming weeks.

All players who had their options exercised now have fully guaranteed salaries for the 2023 season.

Three players picked in the top 10 — Raiders defensive end Clelin Ferrell, Giants quarterback Daniel Jones, and Steelers linebacker Devin Bush — did not have their options exercised. Two first-round picks — the late Dwayne Haskins and Chiefs cornerback Deandre Baker — did not have options to pick up because they were released by their original teams.

A full list of the option decisions, along with the salary they will make or would have made in 2023, appears below:

1. Quarterback Kyler Murray, Cardinals: $29,703,000 – Exercised
2. Defensive end Nick Bosa, 49ers: $17,859,000 – Exercised
3. Defensive end Quinnen Williams, Jets: $11,500,000 – Exercised
4. Defensive end Clelin Ferrell, Raiders: $11,500,000 – Declined
5. Linebacker Devin White, Buccaneers: $11,706,000 – Exercised
6. Quarterback Daniel Jones, Giants: $22,384,000 – Declined
7. Defensive end Josh Allen, Jaguars: $11,500,000 – Exercised
8. Tight end T.J. Hockenson, Lions: $9,392,000 – Exercised
9. Defensive tackle Ed Oliver, Bills: $10,753,000 – Exercised
10. Linebacker Devin Bush, Steelers: $10,892,000 – Declined
11. Tackle Jonah Williams, Bengals: $12,604,000 – Exercised
12. Linebacker Rashan Gary, Packers: $10,892,000 – Exercised
13. Defensive tackle Christian Wilkins, Dolphins: $10,753,000 – Exercised
14. Guard Chris Lindstrom, Falcons: $13,202,000 – Exercised
15. Quarterback Dwayne Haskins: No option because he was released by the Commanders.
16. Defensive end Brian Burns, Panthers: $16,012,000 – Exercised
17. Defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence, Giants: $10,753,000 – Exercised
18. Center Garrett Bradbury, Vikings: $13,202,000 – Declined
19. Defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons, Titans: $10,753,000 – Exercised
20. Tight end Noah Fant, Broncos: $6,850,000 – Exercised by Seahawks after being traded this offseason.
21. Safety Darnell Savage, Packers: $7,901,000 – Exercised
22. Tackle Andre Dillard, Eagles: $12,604,000 – Declined
23. Tackle Tytus Howard, Texans: $13,202,000 – Exercised
24. Running back Josh Jacobs, Raiders: $8,034,000 – Declined
25. Wide receiver Marquise Brown, Ravens: $13,413,000 – Exercised by Cardinals after being traded this offseason.
26. Defensive end Montez Sweat, Commanders: $11,500,000 – Exercised
27. Safety Johnathan Abram, Raiders: $7,901,000 – Declined
28. Defensive end Jerry Tillery, Chargers: $11,500,000 – Declined
29. Defensive end L.J. Collier, Seahawks: $11,500,000 – Declined
30. Cornerback Deandre Baker: No option to pick up after being released by the Giants.
31. Tackle Kaleb McGary, Falcons: $13,202,000 – Declined
32. Wide receiver N'Keal Harry, Patriots: $12,425,000 – Declined

FMIA: 95 Minutes In Maryland—Go Inside Ravens’ Room As Baltimore ‘Sticks Neck Out’ In 2022 NFL Draft

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. — “We’re on the clock,” Ravens GM Eric DeCosta said to the 36 scouts, coaches, analytics staffers and club officials in the Baltimore draft room at 12:16 p.m. Saturday. Day three, round four of the 2022 NFL Draft was four picks deep, with the 110th overall selection upcoming. “We’ll wait till there’s three [more]

2022 NFL Draft order: Complete list of every pick from Round 1 through Round 7

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The 2022 NFL Draft begins Thursday, April 28 with the Jacksonville Jaguars set to make the first overall selection for the second straight year. Last year, the Jaguars used that top spot to select Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and kick off a quarterback-heavy first round that included Zach Wilson to the Jets, Trey Lance to the 49ers, Justin Fields to the Bears and Mac Jones to the Patriots.

That was last year, though, and this time around, there’s a chance that we could see a draft with no quarterbacks, tight ends, running backs, or receivers taken in the Top 10. 2022 could be the year to shine for offensive tackles and pass rushers, with Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson and Georgia’s Travon Walker showing up in top spots on mock drafts and top-five lists nationwide.

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It’s a relatively quiet year for quarterbacks without a clear number one prospect at the position. There’s also not a clear landing spot for Pittsburgh’s Kenny Pickett, Liberty’s Malik Willis or Matt Corral of Ole Miss, the top names in this year’s QB class.

This year’s draft will be held in Las Vegas at Allegiant Stadium, the home of the Raiders. The draft begins with Round 1 on Thursday, April 28 before Rounds 2 and 3 on Friday, April 29 and Rounds 4-7 on Saturday, April 30. Below are all 262 picks and traded selections in all seven rounds of the 2022 NFL Draft, including compensatory picks (denoted with an asterisk). Check out additional 2022 NFL Draft coverage including mock drafts, news, rumors, trades, video analysis and more here.

2022 NFL Draft Order

Round 1

1. Jacksonville Jaguars – Travon Walker, DE, Georgia
2. Detroit Lions – Aidan Hutchinson, DE, Michigan
3. Houston Texans – Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU
4. New York Jets – Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
5. New York Giants – Kayvon Thibodeaux, DE, Oregon
6. Carolina Panthers – Ikem Ekwonu, OT, NC State
7. New York Giants (from CHI) – Evan Neal, OT, Alabama
8. Atlanta Falcons – Drake London, WR, USC
9. Seattle Seahawks (from DEN) – Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State
10. New York Jets (from SEA) – Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State
11. New Orleans Saints (from WAS) – Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State
12. Detroit Lions (from MIN) – Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama
13. Philadelphia Eagles (from HOU through CLE) – Jordan Davis, DT, Georgia
14. Baltimore Ravens – Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame
15. Houston Texans (from PHI through MIA) – Kenyon Green, G, Texas A&M
16. Washington Commanders (from NO through IND via PHI) – Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn State
17. Los Angeles Chargers – Zion Johnson, G, Boston College
18. Tennessee Titans (from PHI through NO) – Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas
19. New Orleans Saints (from PHI) – Trevor Penning, OT, Northern Iowa
20. Pittsburgh Steelers – Kenny Pickett, QB, Pittsburgh 
21. Kansas City Chiefs (from NE) – Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington
22. Green Bay Packers (from LV) – Quay Walker, LB, Georgia
23. Buffalo Bills (from BAL through ARZ) – Kaiir Elam, CB, Florida
24. Dallas Cowboys – Tyler Smith, OT, Tulsa
25. Baltimore Ravens (from BUF) – Tyler Linderbaum, C, Iowa
26. New York Jets (from TEN) – Jermaine Johnson II, DE, Florida State
27. Jacksonville Jaguars (from TB) – Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah
28. Green Bay Packers – Devonte Wyatt, DT, Georgia
29. New England Patriots (from KC through SF via MIA) – Cole Strange, G, Chattanooga
30. Kansas City Chiefs – George Karlaftis, DE, Purdue
31. Cincinnati Bengals – Daxton Hill, S, Michigan
32. Minnesota Vikings (from DET through LAR) – Lewis Cine, S, Georgia

Round 2

33. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from JAX) – Logan Hall, DE, Houston
34. Green Bay Packers (from MIN through DET) – Christian Watson, WR, North Dakota State
35. Tennessee Titans (from NYJ) – Roger McCreary, CB, Auburn
36. New York Jets (from NYG) – Breece Hall, RB, Iowa State
37. Houston Texans – Jalen Pitre, S, Baylor
38. Atlanta Falcons (from NYG through NYJ via CAR) – Arnold Ebiketie, DE, Penn State
39. Chicago Bears – Kyler Gordon, CB, Washington
40. Seattle Seahawks (from DEN) – Boye Mafe, LB Minnesota
41. Seattle Seahawks – Ken Walker III, RB, Michigan State
42. Minnesota Vikings (from IND through WAS): Andrew Booth Jr., CB, Clemson
43. New York Giants (from ATL) – Wan’dale Robinson, WR, Kentucky
44. Houston Texans (from CLE) – John Metchie III, WR, Alabama
45. Baltimore Ravens – David Ojabo, LB, Michigan
46. Detroit Lions (from MIN) – Josh Paschal, DE, Kentucky
47. Washington Commanders (from IND) – Phidarian Mathis, DT, Alabama
48. Chicago Bears (from LAC) – Jaquan Brisker, S, Penn State
49. New Orleans Saints – Alontae Taylor, S, Tennessee
50. New England Patriots (from KC through MIA) – Tyquan Thornton, WR, Baylor
51. Philadelphia Eagles – Cameron Jurgens, C, Nebraska
52. Pittsburgh Steelers – George Pickens, WR, Georgia
53. Indianapolis Colts (from LV through GB via MIN)  – Alec Pierce, WR, Cincinnati
54. Kansas City Chiefs (from NE) – Skyy Moore, WR, Western Michigan
55. Arizona Cardinals – Trey McBride, TE, Colorado State
56. Dallas Cowboys – Sam Williams, LB, Ole Miss
57. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from BUF) – Luke Goedeke, OT, Central Michigan
58. Atlanta Falcons (from TEN) – Troy Andersen, LB, Montana State
59. Minnesota Vikings (from GB) – Ed Ingram, G, LSU
60. Cincinnati Bengals (from BUF via TB) – Cam Taylor-Britt, S, Nebraska
61. San Francisco 49ers – Drake Jackson, LB, USC
62. Kansas City Chiefs – Bryan Cook, S, Cincinnati
63. Buffalo Bills (from CIN) – James Cook, RB, Georgia
64. Denver Broncos (from LAR) – Nik Bonitto, LB, Oklahoma

Round 3

65. Jacksonville Jaguars – Luke Fortner, C, Kentucky
66. Minnesota Vikings (from DET) – Brian Asamoah, LB, Oklahoma
67. New York Giants – Joshua Ezeudu, G, North Carolina
68. Cleveland Browns (from HOU) – Martin Emerson, CB, Mississippi State
69. Tennessee Titans (from NYJ) – Nicholas Petit-Frere, OT, Ohio State
70. Jacksonville Jaguars (from CAR) – Chad Muma, LB, Wyoming
71. Chicago Bears – Velus Jones, WR, Tennessee
72. Seattle Seahawks – Abraham Lucas, OT, Washington State
73. Indianapolis Colts (from WAS) – Jelani Woods, TE, Virginia
74. Atlanta Falcons – Desmond Ridder, QB, Cincinnati
75. Houston Texans (from DEN) – Christian Harris, LB, Alabama
76. Baltimore Ravens – Travis Jones, DT, UConn
77. Indianapolis Colts (from MIN) – Bernhard Raimann, OT, Central Michigan
78. Cleveland Browns – Alex Wright, DE, UAB
79. Los Angeles Chargers – JT Woods, S, Baylor
80. Denver Broncos (from HOU via NO) – Greg Dulcich, TE, UCLA
81. New York Giants (from MIA) – Cordale Flott, CB, LSU
82. Atlanta Falcons (from IND) – DeAngelo Malone, LB, Western Kentucky
83. Philadelphia Eagles – Nakobe Dean, LB, Georiga
84. Pittsburgh Steelers – DeMarvin Leal, DE, Texas A&M
85. New England Patriots – Marcus Jones, CB, Houston
86. Tennessee Titans (from LV) – Malik Willis, QB, Liberty
87. Arizona Cardinals – Cameron Thomas, DE, San Diego State
88. Dallas Cowboys – Jalen Tolbert, WR, South Alabama
89. Buffalo Bills – Terrel Bernard, LB, Baylor
90. Las Vegas Raiders (from TEN) – Dylan Parham, G, Memphis
91. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Rachaad White, RB, Arizona State
92. Green Bay Packers – Sean Rhyan, G, UCLA
93. San Francisco 49ers – Tyrion Davis-Price, RB, LSU
94. Carolina Panthers (from KC via NE) – Matt Corral, QB, Ole Miss
95. Cincinnati Bengals – Zachary Carter, DT, Florida
96. Indianapolis Colts (from DEN via LAR) – Nick Cross, S, Maryland
97. Detroit Lions* – Kerby Joseph, S, Illinois
98. Washington Commanders (from NO)* – Brian Robinson Jr., RB, Alabama
99. Cleveland Browns* – David Bell, WR, Purdue
100. Arizona Cardinals (from BAL)* – Myjai Sanders, DE, Cincinnati
101. New York Jets (from PHI via NO)* – Jeremy Ruckert, TE, Ohio State
102. Miami Dolphins (from SF)* – Channing Tindall, LB, Georgia
103. Kansas City Chiefs* – Leo Chenal, LB, Wisconsin
104. Los Angeles Rams* – Logan Bruss, G, Wisconsin
105. San Francisco 49ers* – Danny Gray, WR, SMU

Round 4

106. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from JAX) – Cade Otton, TE, Washington
107. Houston Texans (from DET via CLE) – Dameon Pierce, RB, Florida
108. Cleveland Browns (from HOU) – Perrion Winfrey, DT, Oklahoma
109. Seattle Seahawks (from NYJ) – Coby Bryant, CB, Cincinnati
110. Baltimore Ravens (from NYG) – Daniel Faalele, OT, Minnesota
111. New York Jets (from CAR) – Max Mitchell, OT, Louisiana
112. New York Giants (from CHI) – Daniel Bellinger, TE, San Diego State
113. Washington Commanders – Percy Butler, S, Louisiana
114. New York Giants (from ATL) – Dane Belton, S, Iowa
115. Denver Broncos – Damarri Mathis, CB, Pittsburgh
116. Denver Broncos (from SEA) – Eyioma Uwazurike, DT, Iowa State
117. New York Jets (from MIN) – Micheal Clemons, DE, Texas A&M
118. Minnesota Vikings (from CLE) – Akayleb Evans, CB, Missouri
119. Baltimore Ravens – Jalyn Armour-Davis, CB, Alabama
120. Carolina Panthers (from NO via WAS) – Brandon Smith, LB, Penn State
121. New England Patriots (from KC via MIA) – Jack Jones, CB, Arizona State
122. Las Vegas Raiders (from IND via MIN) – Zamir White, RB, Georgia
123. Los Angeles Chargers – Isaiah Spiller, RB, Texas A&M
124. Cleveland Browns (from PHI) – Cade York, K, LSU
125. Miami Dolphins (from PIT) – Erik Ezukanma, WR, Texas Tech
126. Las Vegas Raiders – Neil Farrell Jr., DT, LSU
127. New England Patriots – Pierre Strong Jr., RB, South Dakota State
128. Baltimore Ravens (from AZ) – Charlie Kolar, TE, Iowa State
129. Dallas Cowboys – Jake Ferguson, TE, Wisconsin
130. Baltimore Ravens (from BUF) – Jordan Stout, P, Penn State
131. Tennessee Titans – Hassan Haskins, RB, Michigan
132. Green Bay Packers – Romeo Doubs, WR, Nevada
133. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jake Camarda, P, Georgia
134. San Francisco 49ers – Spencer Burford, OT, UTSA
135. Kansas City Chiefs – Joshua Williams, CB, Fayetteville State
136. Cincinnati Bengals – Cordell Volson, OT, North Dakota State
137. New England Patriots (from CAR through LAR via HOU) – Bailey Zappe, QB, Western Kentucky
138. Pittsburgh Steelers – Calvin Austin III, WR, Memphis
139. Baltimore Ravens – Isaiah Likely, TE, Coastal Carolina
140. Green Bay Packers – Zach Tom, OT, Wake Forest
141. Baltimore Ravens – Damarion Williams, CB, Houston
142. Los Angeles Rams – Decobie Durant, CB, South Carolina State
143. Tennessee Titans – Chigoziem Okonkwo, TE, Maryland

Round 5

144. Washington Commanders (from CAR via JAX) – Sam Howell, QB, North Carolina
145. Kansas City Chiefs (from SEA through DET via DEN) – Darian Kinnard, OT, Kentucky
146. New York Giants (from NYJ) – Micah McFadden, LB, Indiana
147. New York Giants – DJ Davidson, DT, Arizona State
148. Buffalo Bills (from CHI via HOU) – Khalil Shakir, WR, Boise State
149. Washington Commanders – Cole Turner, TE, Nevada
150. Houston Texans – Thomas Booker, DT, Stanford
151. Atlanta Falcons – Tyler Allgeier, RB. BYU
152. Denver Broncos – Delarrin Turner-Yell, S, Oklahoma
153. Seattle Seahawks – Tariq Woolen, CB, UTSA
154. Jacksonville Jaguars (from PHI via WAS) – Snoop Conner, RB, Ole Miss
155. Dallas Cowboys (from CLE) – Matt Waletzko, OT, North Dakota
156. Cleveland Browns (from MIN via BAL) – Jerome Ford, RB, Cincinnati
157. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from JAX via MIN) – Zyon McCollum, CB, Sam Houston
158. Seattle Seahawks (from NE via MIA) – Tyreke Smith, DE, Ohio State
159. Indianapolis Colts – Eric Johnson, DT, Missouri State
160. Los Angeles Chargers – Otito Ogbonnia, DT, UCLA
161. New Orleans Saints – D’Marco Jackson, LB, Appalachian State
162. Denver Broncos (from PHI) – Montrell Washington, WR, Samford
163. Tennessee Titans (from NYJ via PIT) – Kyle Philips, WR, UCLA
164. Los Angeles Rams (from LV via NE) – Kyren Williams, RB, Notre Dame
165. Minnesota Vikings (from LV) – Esezi Otomewo, DE, Minnesota
166. Cincinnati Bengals (from PHI via AZ) – Tycen Anderson, S, Toledo
167. Dallas Cowboys – DaRon Bland, CB, Fresno State
168. Chicago Bears (from BUF) – Braxton Jones, OT, Southern Utah
169. Minnesota Vikings (from TEN) – Ty Chandler, RB, North Carolina
170. Houston Texans (from NE via TB) – Teagan Quitoriano, TE, Oregon State
171. Denver Broncos (from GB) – Luke Wattenberg, C, Washington
172. San Francisco 49ers – Samuel Womack, CB, Toledo
173. New York Giants (from KC via BAL) – Marcus McKethan, OG, North Carolina
174. Chicago Bears (from CIN) – Dominique Robinson, DE, Miami (OH)
175. Las Vegas Raiders (from LAR) – Matthew Butler, DT, Tennessee
176. Dallas Cowboys – Damone Clark, LB, LSU
177. Detroit Lions – James Mitchell, TE, Virginia Tech
178. Dallas Cowboys – John Ridgeway, DT, Arkansas
179. Green Bay Packers (from IND) – Kingsley Enagbare, DE, South Carolina

Round 6

180. Buffalo Bills (from JAX) – Matt Araiza, P, San Diego State
181. Philadelphia Eagles (from DET) – Kyron Johnson, DE, Kansas
182. New York Giants – Darrian Beavers, LB, Cincinnati
183. New England Patriots (from HOU) – Kevin Harris, RB, South Carolina
184. Minnesota Vikings (from NYJ) – Vederian Lowe, OT, Illinois
185. Buffalo Bills (from CAR – Conditional) – Christian Benford, CB, Villanova
186. Chicago Bears – Zachary Thomas, OT, San Diego State
187. San Francisco 49ers (from DEN) – Nick Zakelj, OT, Fordham
188. Detroit Lions (from JAX via SEA) – Malcolm Rodriguez, LB, Oklahoma State
189. Carolina Panthers (from WAS) – Amare Barno, DE, Virginia Tech
190. Atlanta Falcons – Justin Shaffer, OG, Georgia
191. Minnesota Vikings (from BAL via KC – Conditional) – Jalen Nailor, WR, Michigan State
192. Indianapolis Colts (from MIN) – Andrew Ogletree, TE, Youngstown State
193. Dallas Cowboys (from CLE) – Devin Harper, LB, Oklahoma State
194. New Orleans Saints (from IND via PHI) – Jordan Jackson, DT, Air Force
195. Los Angeles Chargers – Jamaree Salyer, OG, Georgia

Round 6 Pick 17 – Choice Forfeited (New Orleans)

196. Baltimore Ravens (from MIA) – Tyler Badie, RB, Missouri
197. Jacksonville Jaguars (from PHI) – Gregory Junior, CB, Ouachita Baptist
198. Philadelphia Eagles (from JAX via PIT) – Grant Calcaterra, TE, SMU
199. Carolina Panthers (from LV) – Cade Mays, OG, Tennessee
200. New England Patriots – Sam Roberts, DT, Missouri State
201. Arizona Cardinals – Keaontay Ingram, RB, USC
202. Cleveland Browns (from DAL) – Michael Woods II, TE, Oklahoma
203. Chicago Bears (from BUF) – Trestan Ebner, RB, Baylor
204. Tennessee Titans – Theo Jackson, DB, Tennessee
205. Houston Texans (from GB) – Austin Deculus, OT, LSU
206. Denver Broncos (from TB via NYJ and PHI) – Matt Henningsen, DE, Wisconsin
207. Chicago Bears (from HOU through SF via NYJ) – Doug Kramer, C, Illinois
208. Pittsburgh Steelers (from KC – Conditional) – Connor Heyward, TE, Michigan State
209. Buffalo Bills (from CIN) – Luke Tenuta, OT, Virginia Tech
210. New England Patriots (from LAR) – Chasen Hines, OG, LSU
211. Los Angeles Rams – Quentin Lake, S, UCLA
212. Los Angeles Rams – Derion Kendrick, CB, Georgia
213. Atlanta Falcons – John FitzPatrick, TE, Georgia
214. Los Angeles Chargers – Ja’Sir Taylor, CB, Wake Forest
215. Arizona Cardinals – Lecitus Smith, OG, Virginia Tech
216. Indianapolis Colts – Curtis Brooks, DT, Cincinnati
217. Detroit Lions – James Houston, TE, Jackson State
218. Los Angeles Rams – Ko Kieft, TE, Minnesota
219. Tennessee Titans – Chance Campbell, LB, Ole Miss
220. San Francisco 49ers – Kalia Davis, DT, UCF
221. San Francisco 49ers – Tariq Castro-Fields, CB, Penn State

Round 7

222. Jacksonville Jaguars – Montaric Brown, CB, Arkansas
223. Cleveland Browns (from DET) – Isaiah Thomas, DE, Oklahoma
224. Miami Dolphins (from HOU via NE and BAL) – Cameron Goode, DE, California
225. Pittsburgh Steelers (from NYJ) – Mark Robinson, LB, Ole Miss
226. Chicago Bears (from CIN via NYG) – Ja’Tyre Carter, OT, Southern University
227. Minnesota Vikings (from LV via CAR) – Nick Muse, TE, South Carolina
228. Green Bay Packers (from CHI via HOU) – Tariq Carpenter, S, Georgia Tech
229. Seattle Seahawks – Bo Melton, WR, Rutgers
230. Washington Commanders – Chris Paul, OT, Tulsa
231. Buffalo Bills (from ATL) – Baylon Spector, LB, Clemson
232. Denver Broncos – Faion Hicks, CB, Wisconsin
233. Kansas City Chiefs (from MIN) – Dareke Young, WR, Lenoir-Rhyne
234. Detroit Lions (from CLE) – Jonathan Ford, DT, Miami
235. Jacksonville Jaguars (from BAL) – Daniel Hardy, DE, Montana State
236. Los Angeles Chargers – Deane Leonard, CB, Ole Miss
237. Detroit Lions (from PHI via NO) – Chase Lucas, CB, Arizona State
238. Los Angeles Rams (from MIA) – Thayer Munford, OT, Ohio State
239. Indianapolis Colts – Rodney Thomas, DB, Yale
240. Washington Commanders (from PHI via IND) – Christian Holmes, CB, Oklahoma State
241. Pittsburgh Steelers – Chris Oladokun, QB, South Dakota State
242. Carolina Panthers (from NE via MIA) – Kalon Barnes, CB, Baylor
243. Kansas City Chiefs (from LV via NE) – Jaylen Watson, CB, Washington State
244. Arizona Cardinals – Christian Matthew, CB, Valdosta State
245. Houston Texans (from DAL) – Andrew Stueber, OT, Michigan
246. Cleveland Browns (from BUF) – Dawson Deaton, OG, Texas Tech
247. Miami Dolphins (from TEN) – Skylar Thompson, QB, Kansas State
248. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Andre Anthony, DE, LSU
249. Green Bay Packers – Rasheed Walker, OT, Penn State
250. Las Vegas Raiders (from MIN through SF via DEN) – Brittain Brown, RB, UCLA
251. Kansas City Chiefs – Isiah Pacheco, RB, Rutgers
252. Cincinnati Bengals – Jeffrey Gunter, DE, Coastal Carolina
253. Los Angeles Rams – Russ Yeast, S, Kansas State
254. Chicago Bears (from LAC) – Elijah Hicks, S, California
255. Chicago Bears (from LAC) – Trenton Gill, P, NC State
256. Arizona Cardinals – Jesse Luketa, DE, Penn State
257. Arizona Cardinals – Marquis Hayes, OG, Oklahoma
258. Green Bay Packers – Samori Toure, WR, Nebraska
259. Kansas City Chiefs – Nazeeh Johnson, CB, Marshall
260. Los Angeles Chargers – Zander Horvath, RB, Purdue
261. Los Angeles Rams – A.J. Arcuri, OT, Michigan State
262. San Francisco 49ers – Brocky Purdy, QB, Iowa State

NFL Draft 2022 Picks by Team

PFT’s one and only 2022 NFL mock draft

'Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas' Sign Turns Silver And Black Ahead of 2022 NFL Draft
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The draft starts Thursday. That means time is running short for mock drafts. Since everyone and their uncle’s mailman’s cousin has a mock draft, we’re continuing to post one, too.

I don’t like mock drafts. Some say they’re a vehicle for framing conversations. They’re actually a crutch. There has to be a better way to talk about the draft than to say, “Let’s pretend we know what’s going to happen and then talk about that.”

It gets even more bizarre when it comes to predicting trades. The potential permutations extend into numbers that the human mind can’t comprehend.

But here we are. Our one and only mock draft of the year. I don’t care if any of the picks are right. I don’t care if you call it the “worst mock draft ever.” (One or more of my past mock drafts will be happy to lose that crown.)

We used to do umpteen versions of mock drafts. That was before I developed a thorough and complete hatred of them. In recent years, we’ve shifted to a one-shot mock draft, with no concern for accuracy and no pride in authorship. Especially since I have now exported the assignment to a seasoned scout whose credentials would not be questioned if his name were to be mentioned.

I thought about tinkering with his selections. But then I realized I just don’t care. If any of these picks are right, the anonymous, unattached scout with no skin in the game gets the credit. For all that are wrong, I’ll gladly take the blame.

Here goes nothing. Literally.

1. Jaguars: Travon Walker, defensive end, Georgia.

They thought about taking a tackle. The current thinking is they will stick with a pass rusher.

2. Lions: Aidan Hutchinson, defensive end, Michigan.

He fills a need, and his Michigan connection is great for business. If he’s there, it’s a no-brainer.

3. Texans: Evan Neal, tackle, Alabama. 

A team that has plenty of needs could go in plenty of different directions here.

4. Jets: Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner, cornerback, Cincinnati.

The Jets migrate from Revis Island to Sauce City.

5. Giants: Ikem Ekwonu, tackle, N.C. State.

The offensive line is and has been a mess. Ekwonu starts the process of cleaning things up.

6. Panthers: Charles Cross, tackle, Mississippi State.

They need a quarterback, but they ultimately may not like one enough to make him the sixth pick.

7. Giants: Drake London, receiver, USC.

I’d personally go with Jameson Williams here, but I’m deferring to the person who crafted this draft.

8. Falcons: Kyle Hamilton, safety, Notre Dame.

A potential generational talent becomes the anchor of a team that is hoping to once again become a perennial contender.

9. Seahawks: Derek Stingley, Jr., cornerback, LSU.

They could trade down, or they could grab a guy who could become one of the cornerstones of Legion of Boom 2.0.

10. Jets: Kavon Thibodeaux, edge rusher, Oregon.

All those people who are talking about Thibodeaux sliding out of the top 10 could be hoping he does, so that they can draft him.

11. Commanders: Garrett Wilson, receiver, Ohio State.

A new Buckeye receiver could replace a current Buckeye receiver to whom they may not want to give big money.

12. Vikings: Jermaine Johnson II, edge rusher, Florida State.

Za'Darius Smith is a short-term move; they need pieces for their 3-4 defense.

13. Texans: Chris Olave, receiver Ohio State.

They don’t have a franchise quarterback any longer. A great receiver could make their non-franchise player look a lot better.

14. Ravens: Trevor Penning, tackle, Northern Iowa.

With Orlando Brown gone and Ronnie Stanley still a question mark, the Ravens need blockers.

15. Eagles:  Jameson Williams, receiver, Alabama.

Don’t be surprised if he goes higher — or if the Eagles trade up to take him at a higher spot.

16. Saints: Kenny Pickett, QB Pitt.

They wouldn’t have pursued Deshaun Watson if they were fully sold on Jameis Winston.

17. Chargers: Andrew Booth, Jr., cornerback, Clemson.

They’re doing what they have to do to keep up with great offenses in the AFC West.

18. Eagles: Jordan Davis, defensive tackle, Georgia.

Fletcher Cox is getting closer to the end. They need someone who’s just getting started.

19. Saints: Tyler Smith, offensive lineman, Tulsa.

The post-Payton offense needs more talent, and not necessarily a receiver.

20. Steelers: Malik Willis, quarterback, Liberty.

They may trade up to get him. They quite likely don’t intend on having an extended gap between franchise quarterbacks, like they did before drafting Ben Roethisberger.

21. Patriots: George Karlaftis, edge rusher, Purdue.

Best available player, an assessment informed by their struggles when it comes to drafting and developing receivers.

22. Packers: Treylon Burks, receiver, Arkansas.

They need a new No. 1 receiver, desperately. Don’t be stunned if they trade up to get him or someone else.

23. Cardinals: Demarvin Leal, defensive tackle, Texas A&M.

The defense needs a boost. Leal could provide it.

24. Cowboys: Kenyon Green, guard, Texas A&M.

It’s time to get back to taking care of the offensive line.

25. Bills: Trent McDuffie, cornerback, Washington.

They need help in the secondary, especially with Tre'Davious White returning from a torn ACL.

26. Titans: Jahan Dotson, receiver, Penn State.

Julio Jones didn’t work out. They need a solid No. 2.

27. Buccaneers: Devin Lloyd, linebacker, Utah.

Another Devin becomes the successor to Lavonte David.

28. Packers: Bernard Raimann, tackle, Central Michigan.

With Aaron Rodgers sticking around, they need people to keep him upright.

29. Chiefs: Zion Johnson, guard, Boston College.

They need to draft and develop competent blockers for Patrick Mahomes.

30. Chiefs: Daxton Hill, safety, Michigan.

Combined with the signing of Justin Reid, taking Hill could beef up the last line of defense, considerably.

31. Bengals: Tyler Linderbaum, center, Iowa.

Talented but undersized, the Bengals need to be looking for guys who can protect Joe Burrow.

32. Lions: Matt Corral, quarterback, Mississippi.

They could trade this pick to someone who wants to get a quarterback — and the last five-year contract of the 2022 draft — or they could go ahead and take Corral here. He’s got the intangibles the Lions need as they try to turn the page on three decades of dysfunction.

FMIA: 2022 NFL Mock Draft Features A Top 10 Trade, An Early Wideout Run And A Couple Quarterback Surprises

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It’s a different year in the draft. It’s too early to say who’s going where, and too early to know who’s trading with whom, because most teams are in the final days of stacking their boards and placing values on players. But there are two things in the NFL’s 87th draft that stand out, from conversations [more]

Aidan Hutchinson, Ickey Ekwonu among 21 prospects set to attend draft

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If Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson is the first overall pick in this year’s draft, he’ll be in Las Vegas to commemorate the moment.

The NFL announced a list of 21 players who are expected to be in attendance for this year’s draft. It is highlighted by Huntchinson, who is the consensus favorite to go to the Jaguars with the top pick.

Other players expected to go off the board early in the proceedings are also set to be in Vegas. N.C. State tackle Ickey Ekwonu, Alabama tackle Evan Neal, Oregon defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux, Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton, and Cincinnati cornerback Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner are also on the list of attendees.

The rest of the players that are expected to be on hand on April 28 are listed below.

Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral
Mississippi State tackle Charles Cross
Georgia defensive tackle Jordan Davis
Georgia linebacker Nakobe Dean
Washington cornerback Kyler Gordon
Florida State edge rusher Jermaine Johnson II
Boston College offensive lineman Zion Johnson
Purdue edge rusher George Karlaftis
Utah linebacker Devin Lloyd
USC wide receiver Drake London
Ohio State wide receiver Chris Olave
Alabama wide receiver Jameson Williams
Liberty quarterback Malik Willis
Ohio State wide receiver Garrett Wilson
Georgia defensive tackle Devonte Wyatt

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Brian Flores joins Texans as defendant to lawsuit

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In February, it was reported that former Dolphins coach Brian Flores would join the Texans to his landmark lawsuit against the NFL, based on the argument that the Texans didn’t hire Flores as the successor to David Culley because of the lawsuit. Today, Flores officially made that move.

Flores alleges at paragraph 17 of the amended complaint, “[T]he Texans retaliated against Mr. Flores by removing him for consideration for its Head Coach vacancy due to his decision to file this action and speak publicly about systemic discrimination in the NFL.”

The amended complaint also lays out the unusual facts that resulted in the hiring of Lovie Smith. At paragraph 211, Flores points out that it was widely reported that Flores, Jonathan Gannon, and Josh McCown had become the three finalists for the job. Then, Gannon was removed from consideration, narrowing the choices to Flores and McCown.

“[T]he Texans were rightfully concerned that if it hired Mr. McCown over Mr. Flores, it would bolster Mr. Flores’ allegations of systemic discrimination against Black candidates, particularly given that the team had just fired Black Head Coach David Culley after only one season,” the amended complaint alleges at paragraph 214.

At the same time, Smith publicly emerged for the first time as a candidate. Flores alleges that the Texans ultimately hired Smith and not Flores in retaliation for Flores filing his lawsuit. Flores suggests that the Texans potentially didn’t act alone.

From paragraph 218 of the amended complaint: “[E]ither the Texans made this retaliatory decision on its own or the NFL — through the Commissioner’s office and/or other member teams and/or surrogates from the NFL or its member teams — pressured the Texans not to hire Mr. Flores to be its Head Coach after he filed this lawsuit, or some combination thereof.”

The discovery process will go a long way toward proving this claim, or not. Apart from the grilling of key witnesses, Flores will try to find emails, text messages, or other documents generated by the Texans’ coaching search. When did Smith emerge as a candidate? How did he emerge? What, if anything, was said about the Flores lawsuit? What communications, if any, happened with the NFL or other teams about the lawsuit?

Although the NFL probably will try to move this claim to arbitration because it always tries to move claims like this to arbitration, Flores never worked for the Texans. He had no contract with the Texans. The league and the Texans would need some other path to invoke arbitration, like it’s doing in the Jon Gruden case.

Regardless, the Texans have now officially been added to the case, along with the Dolphins, Giants, Broncos, Cardinals, and Titans. And the Texans eventually will have to explain why and how Smith emerged as a candidate so late in the search, and whether (as many suspect) McCown would have gotten the job, but for the Flores lawsuit.

Brian Flores says he sent memo to Dolphins executives regarding Stephen Ross’s desire to lose games

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In his original complaint, former Dolphins coach Brian Flores alleged that he’d been offered $100,000 per loss in 2019 by owner Stephen Ross. However, the complaint contained no specific legal claim tied to that contention.

The amended complaint does.

Flores’s amended lawsuit, filed on Thursday, includes a claim for retaliation under the Florida Private Whistleblower Statute. He contends that his employment was terminated because he refused to intentionally lose football games “in violation of the Sports Bribery Act, among other laws.”

Because Flores claims he was a whistleblower, an obvious question arises. Did Flores actually blow the whistle before he was fired? Consider this, from paragraph 166 of the amended complaint: “Mr. Flores memorialized Mr. Ross’ desire to have Miami lose games in a December 4, 2019 memorandum that was provided to General Manager, Chris Grier; Chief Executive Officer, Tom Garfinkel; and Senior Vice President of Football and Business Administration, Brandon Shore. In this letter, Mr. Flores detailed the toxicity that existed within the organization and explained the unreasonable position he was being placed in by the team ownership and upper management.”

That’s a hugely significant allegation. Flores says he reduced his concerns to writing and distributed them to several key employees of the team. Immediate questions include whether they did anything about it. Did they investigate? Did they alert the league? Did the NFL receive a copy of the memo? Did the league investigate? Did the Dolphins or the league resolve the claim by finding it had merit, or by finding it was baseless? Did the team or the NFL simply ignore it?

These are questions that will be developed in the litigation. If, that is, the NFL isn’t permitted to move the case to private arbitration, where the case would play out in secret and the dirty laundry would never be aired publicly.

The amended complaint also alleges that the Dolphins retaliated against Flores by failing to make severance payments to Flores — and by allegedly “seeking to recoup hundreds of thousands of dollars” of earned income based on his decision to file a lawsuit and to not pursue his claims in secret arbitration.