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Tension will be a constant part of the 2022 NFL Draft, but this drama will transcend the choices of freshmen. Throughout the night of April 28, teams will consider any number of trade shows.
As usual, most business conversations will focus on the draft choices themselves. NFL teams regularly compile a few of their options to move up and grab a particular prospect.
While less likely, current NFL players will be the subject of further discussions. These trades tend to happen in the week leading up to the event, but the possibility of being dealt with a very popular player on draft day is nonetheless worth considering.
The list is subjective but factors in the latest rumors, along with the current needs of each team and venture capital.
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On paper, it’s a perfect match.
After sending Davante Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders, the Green Bay Packers lack a #1 receiver. They take a first- and second-round pick in that trade, creating the potential to use any of four picks out of the top 64 selections to get a steady receiver.
Meanwhile, the Seattle Seahawks seem to be headed toward Pete Carroll’s favorite running style. Russell Wilson is now a member of the Denver Broncos. Between that philosophical shift and Tyler Lockett owning his own contract full of big money, it’s hard to believe Seattle wants a chance at the looming extension of DK Metcalf. Why is it a crime to run first with two receivers ahead and no QB privilege?
But if packagers are open to extending the talks, they need Metcalf and venture capital to make it happen.
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After a business deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, the New Orleans Saints are making some rival executives think a bit more about the first round of the 2022 draft.
And the Pittsburgh Steelers are definitely one of those teams.
Pittsburgh has signed Mitch Trubesky into free agency, but he’s unlikely to be the long-term replacement for Ben Roethlisberger. The Steelers are likely planning for Trubisky or Mason Rudolph to serve as a temporary option for someone else.
New Orleans–Who also needs QB–Now it holds the sixteenth and nineteenth positions. If the Steelers didn’t already suspect the Saints’ plan to craft the caller’s signal, it sure was inevitable now.
Pittsburgh should be a strong candidate to swing into a deal with the Minnesota Vikings (12) or the Houston Texans (13).
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For good reason, a pair of New York Jets’ top 10 picks have garnered most of the attention. They are in a great place to craft elite expectations And Have a few more choices if they are replaced by either the fourth or the tenth choices.
Don’t forget the second round, too.
Thanks to last year’s Sam Darnold trade, the Jets ranked 35th and 38th in the Carolina Panthers. They’re in an excellent position to change up the final part of opening night, too.
In the event of a previous deal for a top-ten position rated an additional third (or possibly fourth) player, New York could pack that pick–One that wasn’t there at the start of the draft anyway–With number 35 or 38 to return to the first round.
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It’s already been a busy season for the Kansas City Chiefs, and they may be approaching another major step.
Kansas City had widely distributed Tyric Hill to the Miami Dolphins, who sent the 29th San Francisco 49ers pick to the Chiefs as part of the blockbuster deal. That put Kansas City, which already had 30th, in back-to-back competitions.
And this is just the beginning.
Thanks to a Hill trade and a third-round compensating pick, The Chiefs have two draft picks in four consecutive rounds to start the 2022 draft. Kansas City has more than enough firepower to target the top 20 overall And Keep the number 29 or 30.
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New Orleans are among the most interesting teams in the 2022 draft.
While the need for a quarterback was clear, the Saints weren’t in the main QB area at No. 18. Just holding the 16th pick doesn’t change that perception significantly, but having a pair of first-round picks does.
Having come at the expense of a first-rounder in 2023 and a second-rounder in 2024, the Saints are now focused on winning in an unimpressive mediocre NFC. Expecting a major deal to go up seems absurd, although a slightly gradual rise for a player with the appropriate immediate impact is still a possibility.
To question what New Orleans did is perfectly fair, considering the roster is not seen as a real NFC competitor.
Whether it is right or wrong, it is the saints who do it. Perhaps they are not finished yet.
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When rebuilding, make use of the draft.
This statement may seem counterintuitive, but it is not only about choosing the right potential clients. The value of choosing the draft to be used is always higher than the value of the alternate level player in the list.
Yes, any choice is in the end like a lottery ticket. However, the Houston Texans are not in a position to win much in 2022. They can afford to load the season off the rookies in hopes of finding a few players who become key pieces in the future.
Retaining option #3 to add a staple is perfectly sound, but making the best offer for pick #13 is a wise and potential Texas strategy.
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Like the residents of MetLife Stadium, the New York Giants have a pool of the top 10 picks in the first round.
As we covered recently, it’s a perfect setting for the G-Men with picks 5th and 7th. Maybe the Hawks (eighth) or Seahawks (ninth) want to jump the Panthers (sixth) to get a QB. Maybe a different team is looking to get a place ahead of Atlanta or Seattle. These are just two of the many swap scenarios.
But the Giants also have an extra slot in rounds three and five. As a mid-tier NFC squad at best, they are approaching the 2022 draft with the ability to prioritize future resilience.
Thanks to the additional capital, the giants can trade in any of the three opening rounds, and they still have valuable picks this year And Boost what’s available to them next April.
Furthermore, if Daniel Jones doesn’t make serious improvements in 2022, the Giants may need draft ammunition for 2023 anyway.