This week’s tank commanders: The New York Jets.
The Jets put together a surprising effort against the Buccaneers, leading the game 24-20 with two minutes left to play. A doomed fourth-down conversion led to a classic Tom Brady game-winning drive in MetLife Stadium — and it didn’t come without drama.
The Jaguars found an opposite way to lose on Sunday, by getting their doors absolutely blown off by Mac Jones and the Patriots by the tune of 50-10. The loss pushes Jacksonville to 2-14 and one more game closer to a second-consecutive No. 1 overall pick. It will come down to Week 18 with the Lions still in the running following their own blowout loss to the Seahawks.
Unfortunately for the Jags, their last first overall pick hasn’t been great: Trevor Lawrence had another day to forget, throwing one touchdown to three interceptions in the loss to New England. While Lawrence generally gets a pass for this season, there’s reason for Jags fans to head into the offseason with a bit of reservation.
Jacksonville can only hope that their next pick — and the past one — turn out to be the goods moving forward. The Jaguars draw the Colts at home in Week 18 while the Lions host the Packers to determine who will pick first in the 2022 NFL Draft.
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NFL Draft order 2022
Here’s how the 2022 NFL Draft order stands after NFL Week 17 games.
(Last updated before the Week 17 “Sunday Night Football” matchup between the Packers and Vikings.)
|4||New York Jets||4-12|
|5||New York Giants||4-12|
|7||New York Jets (via SEA)||6-10|
|8||New York Giants (via CHI)||6-10|
|9||Washington Football Team||6-10|
|14||Philadelphia Eagles (via MIA)||7-8|
|15||New Orleans Saints||8-8|
|18||Las Vegas Raiders||9-7|
— The Eagles currently hold three first-round picks, including 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, conditions that were essentially satisfied as of Week 16.
— 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 in 2021.
— The Jets currently hold the Seahawks’ first-round pick as part of the Jamal Adams trade in 2020.
— Pick Nos. 19 through 32 are held by teams currently in the NFL playoff picture.
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Defense is the name of the game in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Highlighted by the top two pass rushers — Oregon’s Kayvon Thibodeaux and Michigan’s Aiden Hutchinson — this year’s class of defenders could prove to be foundational pieces for teams looking to bulk up on D.
After the edge group, NFL squads could salivate over secondary options: LSU cornerback Derek Stingley is a former consensus All-American — which includes earning a nod from Sporting News in 2019 — and could be a top-five pick come April. Scouts and analysts have Stingley pegged as the far-and-away best CB prospect in this year’s draft.
Joining Stingley in a solid secondary group is Notre Dame’s Kyle Hamilton, who could also make for a good bet to be to be the first DB off the board. The Fighting Irish safety was named a consensus All-American this past season, and for good reason: He notched three interceptions for one of the nation’s top defenses and a was named a Bednarik award finalist in 2021.
On the offensive side of the ball, teams looking for quarterback saviors will have options, though it remains to be seen whether or not there’s a bonafide No. 1 passer to emerge before the draft: North Carolina’s Sam Howell was the latest to declare, joining Pittsburgh’s Kenny Pickett and Ole Miss’ Matt Corral.
Cincinnati’s Desmon Ridder and Liberty’s Malik Willis are also expected to enter the 2022 NFL Draft.