2022 NFL Draft

The 2022 NFL Draft was the 87th edition of the National Football League's annual draft and was held from April 28–30, 2022, at the Caesars Forum on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. The first round was held on Thursday, April 28, and was followed by the second and third rounds on Friday, April 29. The draft concluded with rounds 4–7 on Saturday, April 30. It was the first draft to be held in the Las Vegas metropolitan area and the state of Nevada.

2022 NFL Draft
General information
Date(s)April 28–30, 2022
LocationCaesars Forum (Paradise, Nevada)
Network(s)ESPN, ESPN2, ABC, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio
262 total selections in 7 rounds
LeagueNational Football League
First selectionTravon Walker, DE, Jacksonville Jaguars
Mr. IrrelevantBrock Purdy, QB, San Francisco 49ers
Most selections (11)Baltimore Ravens
Chicago Bears
Green Bay Packers
New York Giants
Fewest selections (4)Miami Dolphins

The first five selections were defensive players, the second-most taken at the start of a draft after the six in 1991. Along with the 1972 and 2000 drafts, it marked the third time defensive players were the first two picks after the first three picks in the previous year's draft were quarterbacks. Five Georgia defensive players were also taken during the first round, the most from an individual school in a draft.

In addition to the high number of defensive selections, nine offensive linemen were taken in the first round, the most since 2013. Conversely, only one quarterback (Kenny Pickett) was selected in the first round at 20th overall, the lowest for a draft's first quarterback since 1997, and no running backs were taken in the first round for the first time since 2014.

The draft also saw a record nine draft-day trades with first-round picks, which resulted in less than half of the first round selections being made by the teams that initially owned them. Analysts attributed the high number of trades to eight teams entering the draft without a first-round selection and a general absence of highly-touted prospects.[1]

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