2023NFL Draftis fast approaching, so it's time to reflect and redraft in 2022. How did teams fare last season in the same venue? Would they have done anything differently a year later? Much will change in this regard in the coming years. Players who were rookies a year ago are just starting to write their stories.
NFL 2022 Redesign
We will use the original draft of the order to redraft, not the one we actually received on the draft date.
1) Jaguary z Jacksonville: Sauce Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
Original Selection: Travon Walker, EDGE, Georgia
It's extremely unusual (literally never happened before) for CB to rank first. However, it's hard to argue that any defender in football was better than Gardner a season ago… as a rookie! It's not like the CB position lacks talent, either.
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Gardner was named Defensive Rookie of the Year by defeating Aidan Hutchinson and Tariq Woolen. Travon Walker can finally unleash the peculiar athletic potential that he possesses, but it will take time as he was a very strict Georgia native.
2) Leones de Detroit: Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE, Michigan
Original Selection: Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE, Michigan
There was no reason to change anything here. While I preferred Kayvon Thibodeaux as a potential contender, Aidan Hutchinson came through and was competitive from the Detroit jump. He led all the rookies in pressing last season and proved to be a great defender.
He can still take the next step and become a truly dominant edge hunter, but the Lions feel great about making the draft decision.Michigandefensive end.
3) Houston Texans: Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon
Original pick: Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU
The Texans still don't have buyer's remorse for taking Stingley Jr. over Gardner, but it certainly couldn't be clearer who had the better rookie season. Stingley's exploits continue to stand tall, and with the DeMeco Ryans coming to town, the ceiling could be LSU's corner ceiling.
But in the new version, they cast Thibodeaux, who becomes a villain in New York and takes over the role. But other than that, he was productive as a rookie defender for Wink Martindale and fits the bill the Ryans covet on defense.
4) New York Jets: Garrett Wilson, WR, stan Ohio
Original Selection: Sauce Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
There were a few different directions the Jets could go with this pick. Woolen or Stingley were both options here, though Woolen's fit on Robert Saleh's defense seems a bit better. Instead of waiting until the 10th pick in the draft, though, the Jets get the No. 1 WR six early and don't feel bad about it.
"But Dalton, what about quarterbacks?" We'll get to that. Patience, young grasshoppers.
5) New York Giants: Chris Olave, WR, Ohio
Original selection: Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon
The New York Giants' depth chart is full of names at the wide receiver position, but they still need a No. 1. Well, do it.necessarytrue primary goal. Chris Olave went hand in hand with his bandmate when it came to producing and popping, but he did it much more calmly in New Orleans. Daniel Jones now has a fantastic athlete who can open up at will to all three levels of attack from Brian Daboll and Mike Kafka.
6) Carolina Panthers: Ikem Ekwonu, OT, Carolina del Norte
Original pick: Ikem Ekwonu, OT, NC State
Yes, that means Matt Rhule is still getting fired and the Panthers are still looking for their franchise quarterback in the 2023 NFL Draft. They're still trading DJ Moore and a bunch of picks to move to the top of the draft. But they have their franchise left.
Ikem Ekwonu started slow but completed his form midway through the season. He still needs to develop technically as a passing defender, but his natural strength and athleticism make him an absolutely fantastic player.
7) New York Giants (from CHI): Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU
Original Selection: Evan Neal, OT, Alabama
Neal and Stingley wrestled as rookies. However, when defending Martindale, the defender's corner is a must. Stingley has the advantage of being an island among journalists, as Jalen Ramsey has been for years.
Neal's book isn't written yet, and this time next year, he may be able to get back on track as the Giants still need the right team.
8) Atlanta Hawks: Tariq Woolen, CB, UTSA
Original Selection: Drake London, WR, USC
A Drake London redesign wouldn't be a bad choice. Taking Wool still leaves a big hole at wide receiver. However, placing Woolen on defense of Dean Pees and now Ryan Nielsen is too tempting to go on. The long and super athletic CB fits perfectly with the modern version of the Cover 3, in which both coordinators rely on defense.
London was good as a rookie and adapted to Arthur Smith's offense. You won't last long in this makeover.
9) Broncos de Denver: Tyler Linderbaum, C, Iowa
Seattle Seahawks original pick: Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi
Of course, the Broncos eventually used the pick to trade Russell Wilson. However, they were saved as we rewrote history by choosing to stay and pick the player with the ninth pick.
It's incredibly boring to pick a center when there's such an obvious need for a point guard, but no quarterback of this caliber, even in hindsight, is worthy of such a high selection. Brock Purdy's performance in San Francisco probably won't be repeatable in most situations, including Denver.
10) New York Jets (z SEA): Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi Stan
Original Selection: Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio
Charles Cross picks up a pick after originally leaving, and now the Jets are poised for offensive success ... out of the quarterback position. Purdy was a consideration here, but his success is inseparable from Shanahan and the 49ers roster.
Cross gives the Jets a left tackle while Mekhi Becton remains at right after a tumultuous start to a career that looked promising for a while.
11) Washington Commanders: Abraham Lucas, OT, Washington State
New Orleans Saints original pick: Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State
This just goes to show that the Seattle Seahawks absolutely crushed the 2022 NFL Draft since Abraham Lucas was originally selected in the third round. The Commanders signed Andrew Wylie in the off-season, which is far from a terrible move. However, selecting Lucas with 11th overall removes that need from last season's offseason, while also giving commanders a solid focus for the future.
12) Vikingos de Minnesota: Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn State
Detroit Lions original pick: Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama
Jahan Dotson has some of the best hands I've ever seen in person and he's also the best interviewer I've ever done. He is cool, confident and eloquent both on and off the pitch. For a "smaller" receiver, he certainly can play a lot. Justin Jefferson didn't need Robin last season, but Adam Thielen is no longer on the roster. Unfortunately, in the case of Minnesota, all the big CB companies are off the charts.
13) Cleveland Browns: Jordan Davis, DT, Georgia
Philadelphia Eagles Original Selection: Jordan Davis, DT, Georgia
Although the name remains the same, Jordan Davis is going to a different team this time. Is this choice a knee-jerk reaction to witnessing the utter abomination of Cleveland's defensive interior a season ago? Probably. I do not care? Not precisely. Davis isn't fully technical yet, but playing with his nose in the NFL isn't as easy as being big, strong and athletic. But Davis will get there, and when he does, he'll be devastating.
Look no further than Dexter Lawrence for inspiration.
14) Baltimore Ravens: Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas
Original Selection: Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame
Treylon Burks didn't see the number of plays the other receivers took, but that wasn't his fault. He suffered some nagging injuries, but even in a sterile offensive lineup, the Titans simply refused to use him from the start. However, he made his presence felt on the field, showing that he is a huge threat.
It hurts not to just go with the chalk and bring Kyle Hamilton here. He was terrific as a rookie, but Baltimore needs receiver help in the worst way and that would keep them from spending money.$15 million for Odell Beckham Jr.
15) Philadelphia Eagles (z MIA): Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame
Original pick by the Houston Texans: Kenyon Green, G, Texas A&M
The trio of Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Marcus Epps and Hamilton would have been devastating a season ago and would have allowed Philadelphia to transition both starters into 2023 more easily. But who knows, maybe Howie Roseman would never include Gardner-Johnson in the first place if they chose Hamilton.
16) Philadelphia Eagles (z IND): Travon Walker, EDGE, Georgia
Selección original de Washington Commanders: Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn State
There was a lot of movement on the 16th pick. The Commanders received a pick from Indianapolis via Philadelphia, which had originally received a pick from New Orleans. We are usingNFL CommunicationsPreseason draft picks list.
Adding Walker to the Eagles' already devastating defensive front would give him the kind of isolation he needs as he transitions from cutting-edge athlete to pro pass rusher.
17) Los Angeles Chargers: Christian Watson, WR, North Dakota
Original selection: Zion Johnson, G, Boston College
Watching the Los Angeles Chargers offense last season was physically painful. The modern NFL is built, based, and official for speed to thrive, and the Chargers were completely absent offensively.
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Adding Christian Watson would change that. But it wouldn't have to be either.hetype in Los Angeles, which would be a relief for the harsh recipient.
18) New Orleans Saints: Tyler Smith, OT, Tulsa
Tennessee Titans original pick: Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas
The Saints took Trevor Penning as their next pick, but what Tyler Smith did for Dallas as a rookie at left back and left forward was amazing. He was far from an All-Pro, but he was also far from the technically rough puncher we saw in Tulsa, who didn't seem to have the skills to fight directly at the NFL level. But he proved everyone but the Cowboys wrong.
19) Philadelphia Eagles: Dax Hill, S, Michigan
Original pick by the New Orleans Saints: Trevor Penning, OT, Northern Iowa
No wonder the Eagles refused to pick three times! It's hard to say who they would choose in this situation. Trent McDuffie was an option, but his CB room is pretty organized. Jameson Williams would have been enough, but he barely saw the pitch last season. The offensive line is set and I'm pretty sure adding the Eagles would be illegal.otherdefensive lineman to the mix.
So we're left with Hill, who has slots chops as a defender who can bring pop on the run as an alley or baseline defender due to his quirky explosiveness. He eventually moves in at the end to play alongside Kyle Hamilton, with Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas in Philadelphia.
20) Pittsburgh Steelers: Kenny Pickett, quarterback, Pittsburgh
Original selection: Kenny Pickett, field marshal, Pittsburgh
Life must go on. And what will be, will be. What is destined cannot be avoided under any circumstances.
The words of the Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski come true in the case of Pittsburgh and Kenny Pickett. So it was decided and so it will be.
21) New England Patriots: Breece Hall, RB, Iowa
Original Kansas City Chiefs Pick: Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington
Running back in the first round? Oh my! While certainly unconventional and against my personal nature, Breece Hall offers some things I value about running backs and what the Patriots are said to be looking for right now. She catches the ball incredibly well and has great game skills. If it hadn't been for the terrible injury, she would have literally run off with the OROY Award.
22) Las Vegas Raiders: Kair Elam, CB, Florida
Green Bay Packers Original Pick: Quay Walker, LB, Georgia
Kaiir Elam isn't a finished product yet, but that wouldn't have bothered the uncompetitive Raiders too much last season. Elam has No. 1 potential, armed with length and athleticism that makes teams drool.
23) Arizona Cardinals: George Karlaftis, EDGE, Purdue
Buffalo Bills Original Selection: Kaiir Elam, CB, Florida
The Arizona Cardinals' roster is as desolate as the desert surrounding the Phoenix metropolitan area. Adding George Karlaftis won't make all the pain go away, but it will give the Cardinals an option in late 2023 when they no longer have J.J. Watt and Zach Allen.
24) Dallas Cowboys: Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama
Original Selection: Tyler Smith, OT, Tulsa
The Cowboys originally selected Tyler Smith to play left back, but an injury to Tyron Smith landed him at left back instead. Zion Johnson was an option here, but Dallas survived with Connor McGovern on guard last season. What their late-season offense really needed was tackle speed and a legitimate addition to CeeDee Lamb.
25) Bills de Búfalo: Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington
Baltimore Ravens original pick: Tyler Linderbaum, C, Iowa
Trent McDuffie is "dropping" a few spots in the rebuild, but his play isn't the reason he slipped. The mix of bosses and the team's moves in last season's draft are part of the reason he came to the Chiefs with the 21st pick. He played well in Kansas City and holds a championship ring.
But in this reality, he went to Buffalo and did the same thing, playing well off the jump as outside guard on Leslie Frazier's defense.
26) Titanes de Tennessee: George Pickens, WR, Georgia
New York Jets Original Pick: Jermaine Johnson II, EDGE, Florida State
If nothing else, George Pickens is an absolute dude. This attitude can work both for him and against him, but Tennessee can use his dexterity and mischievous nature as a block to the outside. Pickens has No. 1 potential, and while that potential can be hard to tap, his realistic progress is worth the No. 26 pick.
27) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Braxton Jones, OT, Southern Utah
Jacksonville Jaguars original pick: Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah
Braxton Jones was one of the NFL's biggest surprises last season. While there's still room for growth, and a season ago a left tackle wouldn't have been much needed in Tampa Bay on draft day, Donovan Smith has been a shadow of himself over the course of the year.
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Jones had already figured out that he had quite the advantage and was a pleasant surprise on an offensive line that had struggled for most of the season.
28) Green Bay Packers: Jalen Pitre, S, Baylor
Original Selection: Devonte Wyatt, DT, Georgia
Jalen Pitre is a hot search round. The Packers weren't getting the same type of play they'd been used to from their two hexes a season ago, and Pitre's explosiveness and playing skills would help their cause.
29) Miami Dolphins (z SF): Evan Neal, OT, Alabama
Original selection: Cole Strange, G, Chattanooga
He's come a long way since his original pick, but we can't forget that Evan Neal was an incredible contender out of Alabama. Every player develops at a different pace, and while Dolphins fans would probably be cringing at his performance last season, his merits can't be ignored in the long run.
30) Kansas City Executives: Kader Kohou, CB, Texas A&M-Commerce
Original Selection: George Karlaftis, EDGE, Purdue
From an undrafted rookie to a first-round pick, it's been a crazy season for the CB Dolphins. He would immediately be placed on defense for Steve Spagnuolo, a position that blossomed on a Miami defense that struggled in the secondary because the others couldn't keep up.
31) Cincinnati Bengals: Zion Johnson, G, Boston University
Original Selection: Dax Hill, S, Mich.
The hill is gone. I've entered and deleted Zion Johnson's name many times, but each time I found a new name to put in its place. This ends with the Bengals putting Johnson on left back and not looking back. While it certainly struggled to grow in 2022, it was a solid prospect that should only get better going forward.
32) Detroit Lions (z LAR): Alec Pierce, WR, Cincinnati
Original Selection: Lewis Cinema, S, Georgia
The Lions originally went with Williams as a speed threat with upside advantages, but they get a different version of the downfield threat in Alec Pierce. The Cincinnati receiver is a unique threat from the field. He is a great size and has more burst than is needed to stack vertical corners. He would immediately fit into the role of DJ Chark, which really opens the door for Amon-Ra St. Brown.