Seven Takeaways From the 2022 NFL Draft

Kenny Pickett was the lone quarterback selected in the first two rounds. That's the longest we've waited to see the first quarterback go off the board since 1997. A second quarterback wasn't selected until 74th, when Desmond Ridder went to the Atlanta Falcons.

Everybody hated the quarterbacks so, so much

I am so very impressed with the Titans’ draft. Not just for the players they selected—though they got some good ones, as we’ll discuss. But for the honest assessment of their roster.

The Tennessee Titans

Baltimore's draft classes are always solid and sometimes are home runs. They took Lamar Jackson, Orlando Brown Jr., Mark Andrews, and Bradley Bozeman in 2018.

The Baltimore Ravens

The Cardinals traded the no. 23 pick to the Ravens for Hollywood Brown, who has one more cheap season left before his fifth-year option hits ($13.4 million) after which he'll likely demand a deal exceeding what the Jaguars just paid Christian Kirk.

The Arizona Cardinals

Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera and general manager Martin Mayhew were drafting for their jobs. Rivera will have a different starting quarterback for the third straight season. The general turmoil in the Washington organization doesn't inspire hope for a stable work environment.

The Washington Commanders

The current state of the wide receiver market in the NFL is untenable. It's produced a lot of hilarious and justified drama, which is great for all parties. But there's no way the market settles at its current position. The Jaguars paid Christian Kirk nearly $20 million annually.

The Wide Receiver Market

Bears general manager Ryan Poles inherited the worst roster in the league. He has made some good picks, but the team needs to get better players. The Bears' secondary is one of their weaker positions, but they picked up Kyler Gordon and Jaquan Brisker.

The Chicago Bears