NFL Draft 2022: How to Watch, Start Time and Stream
The time of speculation and mock drafts is over: The NFL 2022 draft kicks off in Las Vegas on Thursday at 8pm Eastern time.
Over the course of three days and seven rounds, the 32 NFL teams will select 262 potential customers to join the championship. The league awarded 39 compensatory picks to this year’s draft and seven picks were awarded to six teams – Browns, Ravens, Saints, 49ers (who took two), Kansas City and Rams – as part of an initiative to reward the various recruitments of coaches and primary football managers (general managers).
How to look at the draft
The first round of the draft will be broadcast on ABC, ESPN and the NFL Network and streamed on NFL and ESPN mobile apps. Round two and three will be held on Friday, starting at 7pm, and rounds 4-7 will be held on Saturday, starting at noon.
Teams to keep an eye on
For the second consecutive year, the Jacksonville Jaguars have the No. 1 choice of suit. Jacksonville (3-14 last season) has a total of 12 draft picks and needs help in nearly every position. The team’s top priorities are on the offensive and defensive lines, but it may also be looking for a wide receiver.
With second and 32nd picks, the Detroit Lions are looking to pack their defensive line and a new cornerback could be in their future. They are among the eight teams that have two choices in the first round. Another, the Houston Texans (# 3 and # 13), may be looking for a wide receiver.
The Jets currently have five draft picks in the first three rounds, including the fourth and tenth picks. Along with the Giants, who have fifth and seventh picks, the Jets are said to be interested in swapping some of their existing draft stocks to acquire a veteran player. (With the teams that would have bought receiver Deebo Samuel and quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Jimmy Garoppolo, there are options.)
Eight teams – Rams, 49ers, Dolphins, Bears, Colts, Browns, Broncos and Raiders – have no choices in the first round.
Players to watch
Of the 262 prospects, only 20 will attend the Las Vegas event. Among them is Aidan Hutchinson, a Michigan defender who finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting and is in the mix as potential no. 1 choice; Kayvon Thibodeaux, a passing runner from Oregon; Ikem Ekwonu from the state of North Carolina, a fast and agile all-American offensive tackle; Evan Neal of Alabama, who in three seasons with Crimson Tide played left guard and both tackling positions.
Travon Walker, a defensive lineman from Georgia and another contender to be chosen first overall, will participate from a distance. This year’s first round is expected to be short of quarterbacks – only Malik Willis of Liberty and Matt Corral of Mississippi will be on hand in Las Vegas and it is expected that most of the potential clients in this position will be taken after the first round. The Carolina Panthers, no. 6 absolute choice, it is thought to be the first team that can select a quarterback.
But without consensus on the first choices of the first round, be prepared for surprises.