- Looking at NFL teams’ results after the first round of the NFL Draft
- The Buffalo Bills currently own the best 2023 Super Bowl odds
- See below for draft grades, and what teams improved their stock
The 2022 NFL Draft is underway.
And while it’s not star-studded at the pivot position like it usually is (at least on paper), there’s plenty of talent ready to dot NFL rosters for the upcoming season, where everyone is working to dethrone the Los Angeles Rams.
As we watch the next generation of NFL hopefuls walk across the stage, we’re looking at what teams bolstered their chances at chasing the Lombardi Trophy.
Currently, the Buffalo Bills own the top NFL Super Bowl odds.
Super Bowl Odds
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||+800|
|Kansas City Chiefs||+900|
|Green Bay Packers||+1100|
|Los Angeles Rams||+1200|
|San Francisco 49ers||+1400|
|Los Angeles Chargers||+1600|
|New England Patriots||+3500|
|Las Vegas Raiders||+5000|
|New Orleans Saints||+5000|
|New York Giants||+10000|
|New York Jets||+15000|
*Odds as of April 28 at Caesars Sportsbook
Teams That Had Great Drafts
New York Jets
- Draft picks: Ahmad Gardner (4th), Garrett Wilson (10th), Jermaine Johnson (26th)
Even if the Jets ended with just Gardner and Wilson, this would have still been a successful haul. To jump back into the first round to nab a falling Jermain Johnson? Just a major success here.
I AM SO EXCITED TO BE A JET MAN!!! I CAN’T WAIT TO GET TO WORK AND INTERACT WITH THE COMMUNITY‼️ #TakeFlight
— SAUCE (@iamSauceGardner) April 29, 2022
Sauce Gardner was the AAC Defensive Player of the Year, Johnson was the ACC Defensive Player of the Year with 12 sacks and the Jets used their second top-10 pick on Garrett Wilson, who had a nice year at Ohio State, with 70 catches for 1,058 yards and 12 touchdowns. He provides a stellar pass-catching option for Zach Wilson.
- Draft picks: Aidan Hutchinson (2nd), Jameson Williams (12th)
The Lions may have set the record for shortest time on the clock. Once Tavon Walker picked first, Detroit knew they had their man, considered the top prospect in the draft. Hutchinson had 14 sacks and 16.5 tackles for loss with Michigan.
Lions got a MENACE in Aidan Hutchinson pic.twitter.com/QrxENmFrgj
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) April 29, 2022
An ACL tear in the national title game puts Williams’ debut with the Lions in the air, but if he gets right, this is a legit deep threat for Jared Goff, or whoever steps in under center for the Detroit. Williams put up 1,572 receiving yards and 15 majors last season.
- Draft pick: Ikem Ekwonu (6th)
The NC State offensive tackle is a blue-chip prospect that is a necessary building block for the Panthers. The 6-foot-4, 310-pounder was a dominant run blocker, and showed he was an upper-level pass blocker too. Ekwonu surrendered just two sacks in 820 snaps for the Wolfpack this season. Carolina may need a QB, but they grabbed the best player available.
- Draft pick: Kyle Hamilton (14th), Tyler Linderbaum (25th)
Hamilton seems to have ended up at the right place, where the Ravens should be able to maximize the versatility he brings to the field. Linderbaum is considered the best center in the draft, and can only help the vaunted Baltimore run game.
- Draft pick: Kenny Pickett (20th)
The homegrown product stays in the Steel City, as Pittsburgh officially kicks off the post-Ben Roethlisberger era. Pickett’s the first and only QB off the board in Round 1, the latest a QB has been taken in the draft since 1997. So much talk about his smaller hands — he will have the smallest hands of any quarterback currently in the NFL — but he did just fine last season, throwing for over 4,300 yards and 42 TD passes.
Teams That Had Good Drafts
- Draft pick: Travon Walker (1st), Devin Lloyd (27th)
The Jaguars take potential vs stats, as the Georgia defensive end has all the tools to potentially be dominant. In 15 games this for the Bulldogs this year, Walker had six sacks, 15 tackles and 7.5 tackles for loss. A move from the inside to the edge might unlock all his talents.
New York Giants
- Draft pick: Kayvon Thibodeaux (5th), Evan Neal (7th)
Thibodeaux’s 7-sack total this past season wasn’t great, but he ranked third in pressures. Scouts rave about his acceleration and flexibility, essential for defensive ends bending around the tackle to get at the quarterback.
Kayvon Thibodeaux is going to the Giants 🍎 pic.twitter.com/4pPtZwsvCm
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 29, 2022
The G-Men have a long history of great edge rushers, and Thibodeaux is pegged as the next one. They also solidify their offensive line with hulking Evan Neal of Alabama. He started 40 games for Nick Saban, and will likely slide to right tackle with Andrew Thomas penciled in as the left tackle.
- Draft pick: Drake London (8th)
The Falcons desperately needed receiver help, after their group ranked last in receiving yards and fourth in drop rate. London hauled in 88 balls for 1,084 yards and seven scores.
This two catch sequence from Drake London is fantastic. Playmaker pic.twitter.com/JdAVPGWUBe
— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) April 29, 2022
He’s the first out of a group of talented pass-catchers in the draft, and he’ll pair nicely with last year’s top pick Kyle Pitts.
Washington (via trade with New Orleans)
- Draft pick: Jahan Doston (16th)
A talented pass-catcher that can take some pressure of Terry McLaurin. Dotson had only two drops with Penn State last year, when he made 91 catches for 1,182 yards and 12 touchdowns. An added weapon for freshly acquired Carson Wentz.
Kansas City Chiefs (via trade with New England)
- Draft pick: Trent McDuffie (21st), George Karlaftis (30th)
Kansas City makes a move for a premium position player that should bolster the overall talent level in the secondary.
— NFL (@NFL) April 29, 2022
They allowed the sixth-most passing yards in the NFL last year. Karlaftis is another edge rusher that can provide some help on their line.
- Draft pick: Kaiir Elam (23nd)
If there’s a low-pressure situation where you can just step in and just worry about playing well, its here with the Bills, who already boast a top-flite defense, and a stellar safety duo Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer around to clean up mistakes. Elam is a great athlete that will have plenty of time to find his footing and can be an impact guy as the year progresses.
Teams Who Had Average Drafts
- Draft pick: Derek Stingley Jr (3rd), Kenyan Green (15th)
A one-time high school phenom considered the best NFL prospect in 2019, Stingley’s stock fell somewhat, even though the LSU product is still considered the best cover-corner in the field.
Texans take Derek Stingley Jr. with the No. 3 overall pick! 🔒
Stingley Jr. is heading to Houston pic.twitter.com/opJgztjpDH
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 29, 2022
The Texans did better with their selection of a first-team All-American in Green. He’s a plug and play offensive lineman that can fit into anywhere you need him, as evidenced by taking snaps at every position on the O-line with Texas A&M across 35 starts. Houston needs help basically everywhere.
- Draft pick: Charles Cross (9th)
The Mississippi State left tackle was the third and final of the upper-tier tackles in this draft, with all going inside the top 10. Cross surrendered just one sack in the Bulldogs’ pass-happy scheme, and he’s coming to a Seahawks team that allowed the highest pressure percentage in the NFL.
New Orleans Saints
- Draft picks: Chris Olave (11th), Trevor Penning (19th)
Olave broke Ohio State’s all-time TD catch record with 35 over his four-year Buckeye career. He ran a 4.39 at the combine — the kind of speed that can take the top off the defense, or convert short and intermediate passes into chunk plays.
— ESPN (@espn) April 29, 2022
Penning’s a project and NOLA’s first stab at trying to find a replacement at left tackle for Terron Armstead.
Los Angeles Chargers
- Draft pick: Zion Johnson (17th)
Keeping Justin Herbert upright while strengthening the run game both get accomplished with this pick. A versatile lineman, Johnson can play both guard and tackle spots, which he did both well at Boston College.
Tennessee Titans (via trade with Philadelphia)
- Draft pick: Treylon Burks (18th)
The guy with quadruple-x hands has some huge shoes to fill, as the Titans dealt star receiver AJ Brown to the Eagles just before this pick. Burks starred with Arkansas, posting 66 catches for 1,104 yards and 11 TD’s.
Eagles are giving AJ Brown a 4-year, $100 million extension that includes $57 million guaranteed, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 29, 2022
He projects as a big, physical target for Tennessee, just like Brown was for them.
New England Patriots
- Draft pick: Cole Strange (29th)
Classic Patriots late first-round pick, that should probably turn out pretty nice. Move along.
- Draft pick: Lewis Cine (32nd)
The Vikings can use some help in the secondary, as they were a bottom-8 squad in passing yards allowed per game. Cine can also help in the run game.
- Draft pick: Tyler Smith (24th)
The Cowboys make a move to strengthen their offensive line, and put some resources into their running game. Smith is a strong run blocker, and could develop into a stellar blind-side pass blocker too.
- Draft pick: Daxton Hill (31st)
Last year’s Super Bowl finalist add to their secondary, which was 7th-worst in pass yards allowed, overshadowed by a super Joe Burrow season.
Teams Which Had Poor Drafts
Green Bay Packers (from Las Vegas Raiders)
- Draft pick: Quay Walker (22nd), Devonte Wyatt (28th)
The Packers made history, as they took two defensive players from the same school in the same draft. So there’s that.
I respect just how committed the Packers are to the bit https://t.co/wAAEaB4bDh
— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) April 29, 2022
But after dealing Davante Adams to the Raiders, Green Bay used their first round picks on defense. And even if they pan out, Aaron Rodgers’ receiving corps is plenty thin right now.
Philadelphia Eagles (via trade with Houston)
- Draft pick: Jordan Davis (13th)
Philly is hoping the hulking defensive tackle can plug the middle in the run game, and the heir apparent to veteran Fletcher Cox. For a team that had just 29 sacks on the season, Davis’ strength isn’t getting to the QB, with just two sacks and five tackles for loss on the season.