Updated 2022 NFL Draft order: Lions lead race for top pick; Jets, Giants double up in top 10 after Week 10



We’re not quite at Thanksgiving, but NFL teams looking toward 2022 have plenty to be thankful for.

The Lions didn’t lose! The Jets no longer have a QB controversy! The Jaguars are . . . well, they’re still the Jaguars.

With the NFL season entering championship rounds, plenty of bad teams are already looking past the winter and toward next spring, when the 2022 NFL Draft could, potentially, offer them some franchise-altering players, even though the class is a little thinner at quarterback than in years past.

The teams currently at the top of the draft — the Lions, Texans and Eagles — may be in the market for a passer of the future. If not, there are several players who could offer plenty of help to a pass rush to attack the other team’s QBs.

Eagles, Jets land defensive stars with slew of top picks; Steelers, Broncos find QBs

NFL Draft order 2022

Exiting the midway point of the 2021 NFL season, here’s how things stand entering the Week 11 games.

(Last updated Nov. 14 after the Sunday night game.)

Pick Team Record
1 Detroit Lions 0-8-1
2 Houston Texans 1-8
3 New York Jets 2-7
4 Jacksonville Jaguars 2-7
5 Philadelphia Eagles (via MIA) 3-7
6 New York Giants 3-6
7 New York Giants (via CHI) 3-6
8 Washington Football Team 3-6
9 Miami Dolphins (via SF) 3-5
10 New York Jets (via SEA) 3-6
11 Philadelphia Eagles 4-6
12 Atlanta Falcons 4-5
13 Minnesota Vikings 4-5
14 Denver Broncos 5-5
15 Philadelphia Eagles (via IND) 5-5
16 Cleveland Browns 5-4
17 Cincinnati Bengals 5-4
18 Las Vegas Raiders 5-4


— The Eagles currently hold the No. 5 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.

— Pick Nos. 19 through 32 are held by teams currently in the NFL playoff picture.

While there’s no surefire top quarterback prospect entering the 2022 NFL Draft, there is a franchise-altering player; Oregon defensive end Kavon Thibodeaux, who’s spoken of in the same vein as another No. 1 overall pass-rusher, Myles Garrett.

There’s an intriguing crop of quarterbacks who could wind up as first-round selections, including Liberty’s Malik Willis, Mississippi’s Matt Corral and Pittsburgh’s Kenny Pickett. While anything can happen between now and next April, Spencer Rattler and Sam Howell have seen their draft stock take a hit in 2021.  

In addition to Thibodeaux, Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson and Purdue’s George Karlaftis could be solid consolation prizes for teams looking for a solid pass-rushing presence in the immediate term.

LSU cornerback Derek Stingley could be the first defensive back off the board in a draft that could be a little lighter on playmaking DBs.


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