What we learned from the 2022 NFL Draft

Most analysts agree that the 2022 NFL Draft featured the weakest quarterback crop in at least a decade. But few would have expected that teams in need of a quarterback would have been almost historically unimpressed:

  • The Atlanta Falcons entered the draft, having already signed Marcus Marriotta as the starting quarterback. The marriott is so fragile that it runs into the injured reserve in the event of a porcelain vase collision. Still, the Falcons did not select a potential replacement for him until Cincinnati’s Desmond Rider hit in the third round.

  • Sam Darnold Jets has been ruled out since the 2020 season and has since lost his place, but his current team, the Carolina Panthers, waited for a third round before choosing more Mississippi Corals as possible successors.

  • The Seattle Seahawks starting peddler is Drew Locke, who was thrown into the Russell Wilson trade by the Denver Broncos as an extra pack of honey mustard by ordering chicken nuggets. With Geno Smith as a backup tool, the Seahawks have not chosen another competitor for this position. Nor did the Detroit Lions show Jared Goff, the seat filler equivalent, an award.

Kenny Pickett of the University of Pittsburgh, who was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 20th place overall to replace free agent wizard Mitchell Trubiski, was the only pedestal to enter the first two rounds of the draft. The last such drought on the draft was in 2000, when the Jets elected Chad Pennington by 18th overall and the next quarter (Hofstra Giovanni Karmatsi) was 65th.

Malik Willis of Liberty, who has first-round talent but missed the third round due to unpreparedness for his small program, is studying under Ryan Tanehill for the Tennessee Titans as several teams can make the investment. In a quarterback who may not be ready to play until the coach is fired.

Several teams can be counted on for many years to panic and reach the prospects of unimpressive quarterbacks, so it is unclear why the league was so bad in this particular group. Perhaps the general managers have learned a lesson from compiling players like Goff, first, Marriott and Trubiski second, and Darnold third: Reach the quarterback very high, and in a few years you will reach it again.

Or maybe the teams came up with a new problem.

The NFL is working on its own chaos theory: just as butterfly wings can change the course of a tornado, the impulsive decision of the Jacksonville Jaguars swept through this weekend’s draft in a tsunami.

When the Jaguars signed mid-level recipient Christian Kirk to a $ 72 million four-year contract to launch a free agency, it seemed like a simple case of a poorly managed franchise mismanaging its payroll. Instead, he provoked a chain reaction. All-Pro receiver Dante Adams wanted to extend his own top-dollar contract, forcing the Green Bay Packers to exchange his hat with the Las Vegas rider, who signed Adams on a $ 140 million five-year contract. Tyreek Hill immediately wanted a Adams-like deal, forcing Kansas City to trade it for the Miami Dolphins. Soon, all the famous receivers of the league seemed to be demanding either a bigger contract or a trade.

On Thursday night, the Titans replaced Age Brown with the Philadelphia Eagles, while Baltimore Ravens sent the Marquis Brown to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for each of them choosing a first round. Meanwhile, the Detroit Lyons and New Orleans Sents exchanged additional options to move to the first round and chose Alabama Jameson Williams and Ohio State Chris Olawe, creating recipients who will sign rent-controlled rookie contracts.

The sudden increase in recipients’ salaries is currently the first world problem; Until the market is balanced, playoff teams like Green Bay and Kansas City may not be able to calm down their superstars and their favorite playmakers. In this respect, a small shake-up could be a welcome change, as the league’s privileged class has become a bit arrogant lately.

Most NFL teams in the early 2020s can be divided into two categories: Forever Rebuilders and Live Fast / Die Broke Contenders.

Builders collect all the early round drafts they can collect, then spend them wisely, often in search of gold pedestal tickets. At the same time, reactive competitors are trying to exchange their best choices for established veterans so that they can conduct early rounds. Go a few years ago and the builders usually find themselves in the same impasse, while the competitors perform small-scale magic and continue to enjoy their luxurious lifestyles.

The difference in league achievements has reached absurd proportions this year: a record eight teams entered the draft with multiple first-round picks, while 10 teams eventually missed out on the first. The Jaguars took first overall and twice in the first round, for the second year in a row. (They chose Georgia edge rusher Travon Walker and Utah linebacker Devin Lloyd.) The Jets and Giants each chose two of the top 10 choices (each was uncharacteristic, no matter how good it was).

In the other extreme, Super Bowl champions the Los Angeles Rams’s Twin Trust held a press conference Thursday night where they announced other teams for their choice, such as disbanded aristocrats who place bets on peasants fighting over bread.

Each team with two first-round picks was not a perennial door carpet: Kansas City and the Packers were each selected twice after the Hill and Adams trade. For every contender hunting for trades in the farm shop, there was a team like the Lions, with two top picks left in the draft.

The only proven way to escape the Builders caste is to buy a franchise quarterback. Achieved some success as AFC champion Cincinnati Bengals with Joe Burroughs. A team that risks too much in such a run could end up as low as the Chicago Bears, who changed this year’s first-round pick to win Justin Fields last year and now lack the resources to create an adequate attack around him. Bad franchises first meet the best prospects that fail because they happen in bad franchises and the depressing metaphor of the last stage of capitalism continues.

Similarly, a bidder needs many years of decadent spending and arrogant elaboration to get back into the ranks of builders. We will be visiting the New England Patriots again next year to discuss this issue.

The team needs to be well-managed and a little bit lucky to escape the endless cycle of recovery that takes us back to that 2000 quarterback. Pennington led the Jets during one of the rare periods of their competence, while most of the others were just as unsuccessful as expected. The real treasure in this almost empty barrel was the ugly boy chosen by the Patriots in the sixth round.

At the end of the 2022 class, Tom Brady is hardly hidden, but in the days following the NFL Draft, everyone has the right to dream.

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