NFL Draft

NFL Draft 2022

It’s time for the 2022 NFL Draft, and as always, the offseason’s most significant event will craft the short- and long-term futures of all 32 teams. The Sporting News’ 2022 NFL Draft homepage serves as your hub for the latest developments in the draft process, as well as vital viewing information and pick details. Scroll down to begin.

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Round 7

last pick

Pick #41 (262)

Brock Purdy
San Francisco 49ers

previous #1 draft picks

YearPlayerTeamPositionUniversity
2021Trevor LawrenceJacksonville JaguarsQBClemson
2020Joe BurrowCincinnati BengalsQBLSU
2019Kyler MurrayArizona CardinalsQBOklahoma
2018Baker MayfieldCleveland BrownsQBOklahoma
2017Myles GarrettCleveland BrownsDETexas A&M
2016Jared GoffLos Angeles RamsQBCalifornia
2015Jameis WinstonTampa Bay BuccaneersQBFlorida State
2014Jadeveon ClowneyHouston TexansDESouth Carolina
2013Eric FisherKansas City ChiefsTCentral Michigan
2012Andrew LuckIndianapolis ColtsQBStanford
2011Cam NewtonCarolina PanthersQBAuburn
2010Sam BradfordSt. Louis RamsQBOklahoma
2009Matthew StaffordDetroit LionsQBGeorgia
2008Jake LongMiami DolphinsTMichigan
2007JaMarcus RussellOakland RaidersQBLSU
2006Mario WilliamsHouston TexansDENorth Carolina State
2005Alex SmithSan Francisco 49ersQBUtah
2004Eli ManningSan Diego ChargersQBOle Miss
2003Carson PalmerCincinnati BengalsQBUSC
2002David CarrHouston TexansQBFresno State
2001Michael VickAtlanta FalconsQBVirginia Tech
2000Courtney BrownCleveland BrownsDEPenn State
YearPlayerTeamPositionUniversity
1999Tim CouchCleveland BrownsQBKentucky
1998Peyton ManningIndianapolis ColtsQBTennessee
1997Orlando PaceSt. Louis RamsTOhio State
1996Keyshawn JohnsonNew York JetsWRUSC
1995Ki-Jana CarterCincinnati BengalsHBPenn State
1994Dan WilkinsonCincinnati BengalsDTOhio State
1993Drew BledsoeNew England PatriotsQBWashington State
1992Steve EmtmanIndianapolis ColtsDEWashington
1991Russell MarylandDallas CowboysDTMiami (FL)
1990Jeff GeorgeIndianapolis ColtsQBIllinois
1989Troy AikmanDallas CowboysQBUCLA
1988Aundray BruceAtlanta FalconsLBAuburn
1987Vinny TestaverdeTampa Bay BuccaneersQBMiami (FL)
1986Bo JacksonTampa Bay BuccaneersHBAuburn
1985Bruce SmithBuffalo BillsDEVirginia Tech
1984Irving FryarNew England PatriotsWRNebraska
1983John ElwayBaltimore ColtsQBStanford
1982Kenneth SimsNew England PatriotsDETexas
1981George RogersNew Orleans SaintsHBSouth Carolina
1980Billy SimsDetroit LionsHBOklahoma
YearPlayerTeamPositionUniversity
1979Tom CousineauBuffalo BillsLBOhio State
1978Earl CampbellHouston OilersHBTexas
1977Ricky BellTampa Bay BuccaneersHBUSC
1976Lee Roy SelmonTampa Bay BuccaneersDEOklahoma
1975Steve BartkowskiAtlanta FalconsQBCalifornia
1974Ed JonesDallas CowboysDETennessee State
1973John MatuszakHouston OilersDETampa
1972Walt PatulskiBuffalo BillsDENotre Dame
1971Jim PlunkettNew England PatriotsQBStanford
1970Terry BradshawPittsburgh SteelersQBLouisiana Tech
1969O. J. SimpsonBuffalo BillsHBUSC
1968Ron YaryMinnesota VikingsTUSC
1967Bubba SmithBaltimore ColtsDEMichigan State
1966Tommy NobisAtlanta FalconsLBTexas
1965Tucker FredericksonNew York GiantsHBAuburn
1964Dave ParksSan Francisco 49ersWRTexas Tech
1963Terry BakerLos Angeles RamsQBOregon State
1962Ernie DavisWashington CommandersHBSyracuse
1961Tommy MasonMinnesota VikingsHBTulane
1960Billy CannonLos Angeles RamsHBLSU
YearPlayerTeamPositionUniversity
1959Randy DuncanGreen Bay PackersQBIowa
1958King HillChicago CardinalsQBRice
1957Paul HornungGreen Bay PackersHBNotre Dame
1956Gary GlickPittsburgh SteelersDBColorado A&M
1955George ShawBaltimore ColtsQBOregon
1954Bobby GarrettCleveland BrownsQBStanford
1953Harry BabcockSan Francisco 49ersEGeorgia
1952Bill WadeLos Angeles RamsQBVanderbilt
1951Kyle RoteNew York GiantsHBSMU
1950Leon HartDetroit LionsENotre Dame
1949Chuck BednarikPhiladelphia EaglesC, LBPenn
1948Harry GilmerWashington CommandersHB, WRAlabama
1947Bob FenimoreChicago BearsHBOklahoma A&M
1946Frank DancewiczBoston YanksQBNotre Dame
1945Charley TrippiChicago CardinalsHBGeorgia
1944Angelo BertelliBoston YanksQBNotre Dame
1943Frank SinkwichDetroit LionsHBGeorgia
1942Bill DudleyPittsburgh SteelersHBVirginia
1941Tom HarmonChicago BearsHBMichigan
1940George CafegoChicago CardinalsHBTennessee
1939Ki AldrichChicago CardinalsCTCU
1938Corbett DavisCleveland RamsFBIndiana
1937Sam FrancisPhiladelphia EaglesFBNebraska
1936Jay BerwangerPhiladelphia EaglesHBChicago

How does the NFL Draft work?

The rules of the NFL Draft are simple. Each of the 32 teams gets one pick in each of the seven rounds, though trades impact the draft order throughout the selection process. In addition, 36 compensatory picks were added in Rounds 3-7 for a total of 262 selections.

The selection order is determined by the reverse order of finish in the previous season’s standings. The idea of the draft is to increase competitive parity among all 32 teams in the NFL.

To be eligible for the draft, players must be out of high school for at least three years and must have used up their college eligibility before the start of the next college football season. Underclassmen and players who have graduated before using all their college eligibility are able to request approval to enter the draft early.

The NFL Draft consists of seven rounds, a considerable reduction for a process that once featured 30 rounds. In the first round, teams are given 10 minutes to make each pick. In the second round, teams get just seven minutes to make each pick. In Rounds 3-6, they get five minutes, and in Round 7, they get only four.

The 2022 NFL Draft will feature 262 total selections. There are 262 picks in the 2022 NFL Draft, including compensatory selections. The Jaguars and Chiefs are tied for the most picks in this year's draft, as each enters with 12. The Raiders and Dolphins each hold five picks, the fewest in this year's draft.

There are 32 picks in the first round, 32 picks in the second round, 41 picks in the third round, 38 picks in the fourth round, 36 picks in the fifth round, 43 picks in the sixth round and 41 picks in the seventh round.

The order of NFL Draft picks is determined by the previous season's final standings; the worst team gets the first pick in each round, and the Super Bowl winner gets the last pick in each round (unless traded away, which is the case this year with the Rams sending their first round pick to the Lions as part of the Matthew Stafford trade last season). For teams that finished the previous season with the same records, the tiebreaker is strength of schedule (win percentage of opponents). If that percentage is the same, the next tiebreakers are division and conference records. And if they're still tied after that, the following is the tiebreaking method:

  • Head-to-head (if applicable)
  • Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games (minimum of four)
  • Strength of victory in all games
  • Best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed in all games
  • Best net points in all games
  • Best net touchdowns in all games
  • Coin toss

For the second consecutive year, the Jaguars have the first pick in the NFL Draft. The Jaguars finished with the NFL's worst record at 3-14, so they will pick ahead of the Lions (No. 2), Texans (No. 3) and Jets (No. 4).

There are eight teams with two first-round picks in 2022 and eight without first-round picks altogether. As such, the Lions, Texans, Jets, Giants, Eagles, Saints, Packers and Chiefs are scheduled to pick twice in the first round while the Bears, Broncos, Browns, Dolphins, Colts, Raiders, 49ers and Rams all will enter the draft without a first-round selection.

There are 262 picks in the 2022 NFL Draft, including compensatory selections. The Jaguars and Chiefs are tied for the most picks in this year's draft, as each enters with 12. The Raiders and Dolphins each hold five picks, the fewest in this year's draft.

In 2021, Trevor Lawrence was the consensus No. 1 player on most big boards and he went first overall. That probably won't happen again in 2022, as opinion on the top of this year's draft class varies wildly from team to team and analyst to analyst.

According to TSN's Vinnie Iyer, here are the top 10 prospects in the 2022 NFL Draft.

  1. Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE, Michigan
  2. Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame
  3. Ickey Ekwonu, OT, NC State
  4. Evan Neal, OT, Alabama
  5. Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon
  6. Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU
  7. Travon Walker, EDGE, Georgia
  8. Sauce Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
  9. Jermaine Johnson II, EDGE, Florida State
  10. Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State

The NFL supplemental draft, which takes place each July for players whose eligibility has changed since the NFL Draft, works in a way that's quite simple, yet players are rarely selected in the process. The reason: The format is such that a team forfeits a pick in the following year's draft if it chooses to select a player in the supplemental draft.

Teams don’t have to participate in the supplemental draft. If a team chooses to do so, it can bid for a player by telling the NFL the round in which it wants to pick him. If no other team bids on that player, the team is awarded the player and loses a pick in the following year’s draft that corresponds with the supplemental draft round in which the player was selected.

If multiple teams submit bids for a player, the highest bidder is awarded the player. In the event two teams bid the same pick on a player, the NFL turns to a predetermined draft order to decide who gets the player.

Once the draft reaches the late stages of the final round, for some prospects, it’s better not to be selected at all. Because once a player in the draft goes undrafted, he becomes an unrestricted free agent who’s able to sign with any team.

Kurt Warner and John Randle, both Pro Football Hall of Famers, are among the notable legendary players who went undrafted.

When is the NFL Draft 2022?

The 2022 NFL Draft is scheduled to begin Thursday, April 28 with the first of seven rounds. The draft continues Friday, April 29 with the second and third rounds, and it concludes Saturday, April 30  with the last four rounds.

Over the span of three days, a total of 262 NFL Draft picks will be made by the NFL’s 32 teams.

The NFL Draft start time varies throughout the three-day event, with Round 1 on Thursday beginning at 8 p.m. ET, Rounds 2-3 on Friday beginning at 7 p.m. ET and Rounds 4-7 on Saturday beginning at noon ET.

RoundDayDate
Start Time
1ThursdayApril 28
8 p.m. ET
2-3FridayApril 29
7 p.m. ET
4-7SaturdayApril 30Noon ET

The NFL Draft spans three days — Thursday, April 28; Friday April 29; Saturday, April 30 — and seven rounds.

In the first round, each team gets 10 minutes to make its pick. In the second round, each team gets seven minutes to make its pick. In Rounds 3-6, each team gets five minutes to make its pick. In the seventh and final round, each team gets four minutes to make its pick.

How to watch the NFL Draft live?

In 2022, watching the NFL Draft live is easier than ever given an abundance of viewing options. Three different TV networks will broadcast this year’s draft. In addition, multiple live streaming services will make available a live broadcast of the draft.

The entirety of the 2022 NFL Draft will broadcast live on three different TV networks simultaneously — ABC, ESPN and NFL Network. That doesn’t include ESPN Deportes, which will present a Spanish edition of ESPN’s broadcast.

Anybody with access to broadcast TV (even without cable) can watch the NFL Draft on ABC. All the major cable networks carry both ESPN (Xfinity channel 49) and NFL Network (Xfinity channel 265). The specific ESPN and NFL Network channels for Spectrum, Cox and Optimum cable customers vary based on viewing area.

Viewers in Canada will be able to catch the NFL Draft on TSN. TSN will carry coverage of the first round while its affiliate, TSN4, carries coverage of Days 2 and 3 of the draft.

RoundDayDateStart Time
TV Channels
1ThursdayApril 28
8 p.m. ETABC, ESPN, NFL Network
2-3FridayApril 29
7 p.m. ETABC, ESPN, NFL Network
4-7SaturdayApril 30Noon ETABC, ESPN, NFL Network

NFL Draft live streams can be found on multiple platforms and can be viewed on multiple devices. As for live TV streaming services, fuboTV, YouTube TV, Hulu Plus Live TV, Sling TV and AT&T TV Now all carry at least one of the channels broadcasting the 2022 NFL Draft.

For those with connected TV devices (Xbox, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, PS4 and Roku), the NFL Draft can be streamed live with the NFL App, the ABC App or the ESPN App by authentication with participating TV providers.

Similar options are available for those who wish to live stream the NFL Draft via mobile devices and tablets — the NFL App, the NFL Network App, the ABC App and the ESPN App. On computers and laptops, a live stream of the NFL Draft will be available by authentication with participating TV providers at NFL.com/Watch, ESPN.com/Watch and ABC.go.com.

In Canada, the NFL Draft can be streamed on DAZN, which includes NFL Network coverage and offers a free trial period for new subscribers.

Yes. A live stream of the NFL Draft can be heard via the following radio providers: SiriusXM NFL Radio, ESPN Radio and NFL on Tunein Radio.

The 2022 NFL Draft will be held in Las Vegas. Two years ago, the NFL Draft was scheduled to take place in “Sin City.” However, the COVID-19 pandemic forced the NFL to switch gears and host the draft virtually from commissioner Roger Goodell's basement.

But now, Vegas will get its big moment. Location plans previously announced for the 2020 Draft will remain in place for 2022. Caesars Entertainment will host the NFL Draft Main Stage which will be constructed next to the Caesars Forum Conference Center.

The previously announced plans for the Draft Red Carpet remain in place for 2022, with prospects ferried to and from the stage via boat at the Bellagio fountains.