NFL Draft

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.

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Round 7

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Pick #41 (262)

Brock Purdy
San Francisco 49ers

previous #1 draft picks

Year Player Team Position University
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
Year Player Team Position University
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
Year Player Team Position University
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
Year Player Team Position University
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.

  1. Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE, Michigan
  2. Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame
  3. Ickey Ekwonu, OT, NC State
  4. Evan Neal, OT, Alabama
  5. Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon
  6. Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU
  7. Travon Walker, EDGE, Georgia
  8. Sauce Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
  9. Jermaine Johnson II, EDGE, Florida State
  10. 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.

Round Day Date
Start Time
1 Thursday April 28
8 p.m. ET
2-3 Friday April 29
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.

Round Day Date Start Time
TV Channels
1 Thursday April 28
8 p.m. ET ABC, ESPN, NFL Network
2-3 Friday April 29
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.