LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Newest on the NFL draft.
The primary spherical of the NFL draft started and ended with the alternatives of former College of Georgia defenders.
The Minnesota Vikings drafted security Lewis Cine with the ultimate decide of the primary spherical which started with Jacksonville deciding on edge rusher Travon Walker.
In between, former Georgia defenders Jordan Davis went to the Eagles at No. 10 and Quay Walker and Devonte Wyatt had been chosen by the Inexperienced Bay Packers with picks 22 and 28, respectively.
The Bulldogs gained the nationwide championship on the power of their protection.
The earlier report was 4 defenders taken from the identical college within the first spherical in 2004 (Miami) and 2006 (Florida State).
The Inexperienced Bay Packers have change into the primary group within the widespread draft period ever to pick out two gamers from the identical college within the first spherical.
The Packers chosen former College of Georgia teammates Quay Walker with the twenty second decide and Devonte Wyatt with the twenty eighth choice.
4 members of the nationwide champion Bulldogs protection have been chosen within the first spherical, tying for probably the most ever.
Former Georgia edge rusher Travon Walker was the primary total decide by Jacksonville and ex-Bulldogs defensive deal with Jordan Davis was the thirteenth total decide.
The opposite colleges that had 4 defensive gamers chosen within the first spherical are the College of Miami in 2004 and Florida State College in 2006.
The New York Jets are loading up on first-round draft picks.
They moved as much as No. 26 in a commerce with the Tennessee Titans on Thursday night time and chosen Florida State defensive finish Jermaine Johnson II.
The Jets additionally chosen former College of Cincinnati cornerback Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner with the fourth total decide and Ohio State large receiver Garrett Wilson with the tenth total decide.
Johnson had 70 tackles, together with 18 for loss and a dozen tackles for Florida State final season. He was a part of the College of Georgia’s loaded protection till transferring to the Seminoles in 2021.
Three members of Georgia’s protection that led the Bulldogs to the nationwide championship have been chosen within the first spherical of the NFL draft thus far.
The Inexperienced Bay Packers chosen linebacker Quay Walker at No. 22 sandwiched round picks of Washington cornerback Trent McDuffie by the Chiefs at 21 and cornerback Kaiir Elam of Florida by the Payments at No. 23.
The Jacksonville Jaguars chosen Georgia edge rusher Travon Walker with the highest total decide and the Philadelphia Eagles drafted Georgia defensive deal with Jordan Davis at No. 13.
Probably the most defensive gamers chosen from one college is 4 set by the College of Miami in 2004 and tied by Florida State two years later.
Lastly, a quarterback has been chosen within the 2022 NFL draft.
The Pittsburgh Steelers chosen College of Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett with the twentieth total choice Thursday night time.
The Steelers had been available in the market for a quarterback after Ben Roethlisberger retired after final season.
Pickett set college information with 12,303 yards passing and 81 touchdowns, however his hand dimension — he measured 8 5/8 inches at his professional day after measuring 8 1/2 inches on the NFL mix — involved some groups.
For the primary time ever, six large receivers have been chosen within the prime 20 picks of the primary spherical.
The most recent are Penn State’s Jahan Dotson to Washington at No. 16 and Arkansas’ Treylon Burks to Tennessee at No. 18.
The Titans traded former Professional Bowl receiver A.J. Brown to the Philadelphia Eagles to maneuver as much as the 18th decide.
Earlier than that, the Texans chosen Texas A&M guard Kenyon Inexperienced at No. 15, Baltimore took Notre Dame security Kyle Hamilton at No. 14 and Philadelphia chosen Georgia defensive deal with Jordan Davis with the thirteenth decide.
Picks 10, 11 and 12 had been all cross catchers, beginning with Garrett Wilson to the New York Jets at No. 10. USC’s Drake London was the primary large receiver off the board when the Falcons chosen him with the eighth total decide.
There is a run on large receivers within the NFL draft.
Picks 10, 11 and 12 had been all cross catchers, beginning with Garrett Wilson to the New York Jets at No. 10. His expertise on sideline passes, plus breakaway velocity and a capability to seek out the top zone all ought to assist a younger offense.
Wilson’s Ohio State teammate Chris Olave went subsequent to the Saints after New Orleans swapped picks with Washington, which obtained New Orleans’ decide at No. 16.
The Lions moved as much as 12 as they swapped picks with Minnesota and so they chosen Alabama large receiver Jameson Williams, who performed with Olave and Wilson in 2020 at Ohio State earlier than transferring to the Crimson Tide.
Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert will go to Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs on Sept. 15 within the first recreation on Amazon Prime Video’s “Thursday Night time Soccer” package deal.
The Week 2 matchup between AFC West rivals was introduced on Thursday in the course of the first spherical of the NFL draft.
Amazon pays $1 billion a season to hold the video games for 11 years. Prime Video will carry 15 regular-season and one preseason recreation. The league introduced final week that the whole schedule might be launched on Might 12. Nonetheless, worldwide video games might be revealed on Might 4 with different notable matchups being introduced the week of Might 9.
Seattle has addressed points on its offensive line with Mississippi deal with Charles Cross at ninth total within the first spherical of the NFL draft.
With good dimension and size at 6-foot-5, 310, Cross is taken into account by some scouts the perfect cross blocker on this draft. The Seahawks like to emphasise the run and possibly might want to with quarterback Russell Wilson now in Denver, however Cross is a fast learner.
The Jets used the tenth spot so as to add to their receiving group with Garrett Wilson of Ohio State. His expertise on sideline passes, plus breakaway velocity and a capability to seek out the top zone all ought to assist a younger offense.
Wilson caught 23 landing passes in 33 video games with 19 begins.
Receiver Drake London of Southern California, constructed like a basketball participant at 6-foot-5, 210, however actually a soccer man, has been taken eighth total by Atlanta.
The Falcons, who traded veteran quarterback Matt Ryan to Indianapolis on this offseason, are weak at wideout. London joins pass-catching tight finish Kyle Pitts, Atlanta’s first alternative of 2021, in providing versatility and a large catch radius.
Not thought-about a deep menace, he might wind up usually within the slot. London had his ’21 season shortened by a proper ankle fracture.
He’s the primary receiver taken in what is taken into account a really deep group on the place.
Evan Neal, a mammoth 6-foot-7, 335-pounder who has performed each deal with positions at Alabama, is the second opening-round decide by the Giants. He’s more likely to match proper in with a line that has been a weak spot in New York for years.
Neal improved all through his stick with the Crimson Tide, and his explosion off the snap is exemplary. He began 40 video games and missed just one in his three-year profession, which ended as an All-American.
He joins edge rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux of Oregon, whom the Giants took fifth total.
The Giants obtained this spot in a commerce final yr with Chicago, which took quarterback Justin Fields.
North Carolina State’s Ikem Ekwonu, thought-about the premier blocker on this draft, has been chosen sixth within the first spherical by quarterback-hungry Carolina.
He’s the primary offensive participant chosen. It’s the primary draft since 1991 that no participant on offense went within the prime 5.
Utilizing lengthy arms and mobility at 6-foot-4, 310 kilos, Ekwonu has been a group chief for the Wolfpack. He ought to begin instantly at deal with for the Panthers — and whomever is their beginning QB.
Nicknamed “Ickey” after former Bengals working again Ickey Woods by a youth soccer coach, Ekwonu can get too aggressive at instances and had 10 penalties in his profession. He most likely had thrice as many pancake blocks.
Edge rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux of Oregon might be bolstering the cross rush for the New York Giants after being chosen fifth total within the NFL draft.
Thibodeaux, whose go off the ball is spectacular, is the fifth straight defensive participant taken on the prime of those alternatives. The 6-foot-5, 258-pound mainstay of the Geese regressed a bit since a terrific freshman season, and handled accidents.
However New York, which wants assistance on the offensive line, noticed a chance for a disrupter on protection understanding there are many blockers nonetheless obtainable.
Ahmad Gardner is bringing the Sauce to the Large Apple.
The Cincinnati cornerback, a serious cause the Bearcats broke by means of into the Faculty Soccer Playoff final season, has been chosen fourth total by the New York Jets. He wore a brash bejeweled necklace proclaiming his nickname, and even an accessorized chain with a bejeweled sauce bottle.
“I’m the perfect cornerback on this draft,” Gardner famous this week. He went second behind LSU’s Derek Stingley Jr., however the Jets definitely preferred him, understanding Gardner didn’t enable a TD reception in his three-year school profession.
Derek Stingley Jr., yet one more excellent defensive again from LSU, has been chosen third total by the Houston Texans.
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Stingley, who excels in man protection, was an All-American as a freshman, however accidents, together with to his foot in 2021, led to lesser numbers final season.
Nonetheless, the grandson of former Patriots receiver Darryl Stingley, who was paralyzed in a 1978 preseason recreation, has been a coveted cornerback all through this draft course of.
And the Texans need assistance in every single place.
Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson, a sack-master whose consistency and relentlessness helped the Wolverines to their first Faculty Soccer Playoff, is the second total decide within the NFL draft, by Detroit.
Sure, Hutchinson is staying house as a professional.
The 6-foot-6, 265-pound edge rusher, whose father Chris was a star participant at Michigan within the Nineteen Nineties, was the Heisman Trophy runner-up final season.
He mentioned this week in Las Vegas that he “couldn’t wait till the method is over and I get again to ball.” He’ll accomplish that for one of many league’s worst groups in current seasons.
Edge rusher Travon Walker of nationwide champion Georgia, a dynamic playmaker combining velocity and athleticism, is the primary total decide within the NFL draft by Jacksonville.
The 6-foot-5, 275-pound Walker, who has some uncooked parts to his recreation however an especially excessive ceiling for his expertise, joins former Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence because the second straight prime total choice by the Jaguars.
Walker, certainly one of a number of Bulldogs more likely to be chosen within the opening spherical, was a one-year starter whose manufacturing (13 tackles for loss and 9 1/2 sacks) doesn’t soar out as a result of he was a part of a deep rotation at Georgia. His expertise degree definitely impressed the Jaguars, the NFL’s worst group the previous two years.
Commissioner Roger Goodell started the proceedings by estimating greater than 100,000 followers had been readily available on the theater constructed particularly for the draft. Walker was not in Las Vegas.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says the league’s competitors committee has contemplated an NBA-like lottery system for its annual draft however he likes it simply the way in which it’s.
In a draft-night interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio, host Pat Kirwan requested the commissioner if the league has ever thought-about a lottery system.
Goodell replied: “Yeah, the competitors committee talks about it on a … common foundation. I haven’t heard it within the final couple years, however I by no means say by no means about any of these issues. It might come a time the place we expect it’s acceptable.”
Goodell emphasised that the league believes the draft is working fantastic simply the way in which it’s with groups selecting in reserve order of end from the earlier season.
Goodell says the NFL’s 32 groups are “not into tanking” and that the “league’s by no means been extra aggressive.”
Aidan Hutchinson carried out a candy shock for his mom on draft day, gifting a Leo Frost-designed necklace with a canine tag to honor her grandfather and World Struggle II veteran.
He handed Melissa Hutchinson the jewellery on Thursday on the Delano Lodge earlier than listening to his title known as on the NFL draft.
The previous Michigan defensive deal with additionally had an identical necklace and canine tag created for himself. His full title is Aidan Joseph Bernardi Hutchinson with center names that honor his late great-grandfather, who was a part of the World Struggle II jungle combating unit generally known as “Merrill’s Marauders.”
Hutchinson wore Joseph Bernardi’s canine tag towards Ohio State throughout his freshman yr, however was afraid of dropping it and didn’t put on the souvenir in a recreation once more. Melissa Hutchinson had her grandfather’s canine tag together with her at each recreation the Wolverines performed the previous three seasons.
Some groups, together with the Jets and Giants, might be notably busy within the NFL draft Thursday night time.
A report eight groups personal two first-round picks. That’s yet one more than the earlier excessive of seven set 4 instances earlier than, together with in 2019 and 2020.
The Jets have the fourth and tenth total alternatives and the Giants personal the fifth and the seventh total picks.
The Texans are selecting third and thirteenth.
The Eagles have picks 15 and 18.
The Saints personal alternatives 16 and 19.
The Packers are selecting twenty second and twenty eighth.
The Chiefs personal back-to-back picks at 29 and 30.
And the Lions personal the second choice and the thirty second and remaining decide of Spherical 1, which they acquired from the Rams final yr within the Matthew Stafford commerce.
The Seattle Seahawks paid tribute to longtime NFL journalist John Clayton, leaving a chosen spot within the group’s draft media room on Thursday night time.
Clayton died in March after a brief sickness at age 67. Nicknamed “The Professor,” Clayton spent greater than twenty years overlaying the Pittsburgh Steelers for The Pittsburgh Press and the Seattle Seahawks for The Information Tribune in Tacoma. Clayton moved to ESPN and spent greater than 20 years working for the community. Lately, Clayton labored for the Seahawks radio community on gameday broadcasts.
Clayton was awarded with what’s now generally known as the Invoice Nunn Memorial Award by the Skilled Soccer Writers of America in 2007. The award is introduced yearly for lengthy and distinguished reporting on soccer.
The NFL draft is kicking off in Las Vegas on Thursday night time and a report eight groups gained’t make their first alternatives till Friday night time until they commerce again into the primary spherical.
The groups with out first-round picks are the Rams, Bears, Browns, Broncos, Colts, Raiders, Dolphins and 49ers.
The Seahawks traded away their first-round decide final yr, however jumped again into the primary spherical within the blockbuster Russell Wilson commerce with Denver final month.
— The Browns traded three first-rounders to Houston for quarterback Deshaun Watson.
— The Raiders traded a first- and a second-rounder to Inexperienced Bay for large receiver Davante Adams.
— And the Dolphins traded their 2022 first-rounder and 4 different picks to Kansas Metropolis for large receiver Tyreek Hill.
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