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.
Live 2022 NFL Draft Tracker
Pick #41 (262)
Keep track of the latest picks for each round in the 2022 NFL Draft. Our complete list of selections by round can be found by clicking to the left, updated as soon as the first pick is made.
previous #1 draft picks
|2021||Trevor Lawrence||Jacksonville Jaguars||QB||Clemson|
|2020||Joe Burrow||Cincinnati Bengals||QB||LSU|
|2019||Kyler Murray||Arizona Cardinals||QB||Oklahoma|
|2018||Baker Mayfield||Cleveland Browns||QB||Oklahoma|
|2017||Myles Garrett||Cleveland Browns||DE||Texas A&M|
|2016||Jared Goff||Los Angeles Rams||QB||California|
|2015||Jameis Winston||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||QB||Florida State|
|2014||Jadeveon Clowney||Houston Texans||DE||South Carolina|
|2013||Eric Fisher||Kansas City Chiefs||T||Central Michigan|
|2012||Andrew Luck||Indianapolis Colts||QB||Stanford|
|2011||Cam Newton||Carolina Panthers||QB||Auburn|
|2010||Sam Bradford||St. Louis Rams||QB||Oklahoma|
|2009||Matthew Stafford||Detroit Lions||QB||Georgia|
|2008||Jake Long||Miami Dolphins||T||Michigan|
|2007||JaMarcus Russell||Oakland Raiders||QB||LSU|
|2006||Mario Williams||Houston Texans||DE||North Carolina State|
|2005||Alex Smith||San Francisco 49ers||QB||Utah|
|2004||Eli Manning||San Diego Chargers||QB||Ole Miss|
|2003||Carson Palmer||Cincinnati Bengals||QB||USC|
|2002||David Carr||Houston Texans||QB||Fresno State|
|2001||Michael Vick||Atlanta Falcons||QB||Virginia Tech|
|2000||Courtney Brown||Cleveland Browns||DE||Penn State|
|1999||Tim Couch||Cleveland Browns||QB||Kentucky|
|1998||Peyton Manning||Indianapolis Colts||QB||Tennessee|
|1997||Orlando Pace||St. Louis Rams||T||Ohio State|
|1996||Keyshawn Johnson||New York Jets||WR||USC|
|1995||Ki-Jana Carter||Cincinnati Bengals||HB||Penn State|
|1994||Dan Wilkinson||Cincinnati Bengals||DT||Ohio State|
|1993||Drew Bledsoe||New England Patriots||QB||Washington State|
|1992||Steve Emtman||Indianapolis Colts||DE||Washington|
|1991||Russell Maryland||Dallas Cowboys||DT||Miami (FL)|
|1990||Jeff George||Indianapolis Colts||QB||Illinois|
|1989||Troy Aikman||Dallas Cowboys||QB||UCLA|
|1988||Aundray Bruce||Atlanta Falcons||LB||Auburn|
|1987||Vinny Testaverde||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||QB||Miami (FL)|
|1986||Bo Jackson||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||HB||Auburn|
|1985||Bruce Smith||Buffalo Bills||DE||Virginia Tech|
|1984||Irving Fryar||New England Patriots||WR||Nebraska|
|1983||John Elway||Baltimore Colts||QB||Stanford|
|1982||Kenneth Sims||New England Patriots||DE||Texas|
|1981||George Rogers||New Orleans Saints||HB||South Carolina|
|1980||Billy Sims||Detroit Lions||HB||Oklahoma|
|1979||Tom Cousineau||Buffalo Bills||LB||Ohio State|
|1978||Earl Campbell||Houston Oilers||HB||Texas|
|1977||Ricky Bell||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||HB||USC|
|1976||Lee Roy Selmon||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||DE||Oklahoma|
|1975||Steve Bartkowski||Atlanta Falcons||QB||California|
|1974||Ed Jones||Dallas Cowboys||DE||Tennessee State|
|1973||John Matuszak||Houston Oilers||DE||Tampa|
|1972||Walt Patulski||Buffalo Bills||DE||Notre Dame|
|1971||Jim Plunkett||New England Patriots||QB||Stanford|
|1970||Terry Bradshaw||Pittsburgh Steelers||QB||Louisiana Tech|
|1969||O. J. Simpson||Buffalo Bills||HB||USC|
|1968||Ron Yary||Minnesota Vikings||T||USC|
|1967||Bubba Smith||Baltimore Colts||DE||Michigan State|
|1966||Tommy Nobis||Atlanta Falcons||LB||Texas|
|1965||Tucker Frederickson||New York Giants||HB||Auburn|
|1964||Dave Parks||San Francisco 49ers||WR||Texas Tech|
|1963||Terry Baker||Los Angeles Rams||QB||Oregon State|
|1962||Ernie Davis||Washington Commanders||HB||Syracuse|
|1961||Tommy Mason||Minnesota Vikings||HB||Tulane|
|1960||Billy Cannon||Los Angeles Rams||HB||LSU|
|1959||Randy Duncan||Green Bay Packers||QB||Iowa|
|1958||King Hill||Chicago Cardinals||QB||Rice|
|1957||Paul Hornung||Green Bay Packers||HB||Notre Dame|
|1956||Gary Glick||Pittsburgh Steelers||DB||Colorado A&M|
|1955||George Shaw||Baltimore Colts||QB||Oregon|
|1954||Bobby Garrett||Cleveland Browns||QB||Stanford|
|1953||Harry Babcock||San Francisco 49ers||E||Georgia|
|1952||Bill Wade||Los Angeles Rams||QB||Vanderbilt|
|1951||Kyle Rote||New York Giants||HB||SMU|
|1950||Leon Hart||Detroit Lions||E||Notre Dame|
|1949||Chuck Bednarik||Philadelphia Eagles||C, LB||Penn|
|1948||Harry Gilmer||Washington Commanders||HB, WR||Alabama|
|1947||Bob Fenimore||Chicago Bears||HB||Oklahoma A&M|
|1946||Frank Dancewicz||Boston Yanks||QB||Notre Dame|
|1945||Charley Trippi||Chicago Cardinals||HB||Georgia|
|1944||Angelo Bertelli||Boston Yanks||QB||Notre Dame|
|1943||Frank Sinkwich||Detroit Lions||HB||Georgia|
|1942||Bill Dudley||Pittsburgh Steelers||HB||Virginia|
|1941||Tom Harmon||Chicago Bears||HB||Michigan|
|1940||George Cafego||Chicago Cardinals||HB||Tennessee|
|1939||Ki Aldrich||Chicago Cardinals||C||TCU|
|1938||Corbett Davis||Cleveland Rams||FB||Indiana|
|1937||Sam Francis||Philadelphia Eagles||FB||Nebraska|
|1936||Jay Berwanger||Philadelphia Eagles||HB||Chicago|
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.
- Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE, Michigan
- Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame
- Ickey Ekwonu, OT, NC State
- Evan Neal, OT, Alabama
- Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon
- Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU
- Travon Walker, EDGE, Georgia
- Sauce Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
- Jermaine Johnson II, EDGE, Florida State
- 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.
||8 p.m. ET|
||7 p.m. ET|
|4-7||Saturday||April 30||Noon 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.
||8 p.m. ET||ABC, ESPN, NFL Network|
||7 p.m. ET||ABC, ESPN, NFL Network|
|4-7||Saturday||April 30||Noon ET||ABC, 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.