NFL draft order for 2022: First-round picks from 1 to 32, including Jaguars, Lions and Texans in …

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The order for the top 32 picks in the first round of the 2022 NFL draft is setwith the Jacksonville Jaguars picking No. 1 and the Detroit Lions picking No. 2.

This draft, however, figures to take on a distinctly New York flavor early. Both theJets(courtesy of a trade with Seattle) andGiants(via a trade with Chicago) have two picks among the top 10. The Jets will be on the clock at pick Nos. 4 and 10, while the Giants hold pick Nos. 5 and 7.

The Philadelphia Eagles have three first-round picks, the most of any team, but the first one doesn’t come up until No. 15 (via a trade with Miami). They also have pick No. 16 and a to-be-determined selection depending on how far they go in the playoffs.

The 2022 NFL draft will take place at Allegiant Stadium in Paradise, Nevada, home of the Las Vegas Raiders, with the first round slated for April 28. Rounds 2 and 3 will take place on April 29, while Rounds 4 through 7 will be on April 30. The draft will be broadcast on ESPN, ABC and the ESPN App.

Check out the top 32 picks below. (Team write-ups below have been updated from December).

1. Jacksonville Jaguars(3-14)

The Jaguars have a long list of needs: wide receiver, pass-rusher, offensive tackle, tight end, linebacker — pretty much everywhere but quarterback and cornerback. But if the approach is to build around Trevor Lawrence, the Jaguars could and should go heavy on offense … after grabbing the pass-rusher of their choice at No. 1. — Michael DiRocco

2. Detroit Lions(3-13-1)

With the No. 2 overall pick, it would make sense to go with an elite edge rusher who also fits the hard-nosed culture that coach Dan Campbell is trying to build in Motown. Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson was a Heisman Trophy finalist, and he makes sense from a football perspective (in addition to being a local product), as does Oregon’s Kayvon Thibodeaux.

The pick could be a foundational player for the Lions’ future as they continue to rebuild, and they’ll get another late first-round pick because they have the Rams’ selection from the Matthew Stafford-Jared Goff trade. Picking the right guys will be pivotal to the franchise. — Eric Woodyard

3. Houston Texans(4-13)

The biggest question is whether Houston decides to use this pick on a quarterback. It’s not a particularly great QB class, and rookie signal-caller Davis Mills has showed signs of life down the stretch of the season. Do the Texans go with a veteran option, give the ultra-affordable Mills another chance or draft the player the team hopes is the QB of the future? — Sarah Barshop

4. New York Jets(4-13)

The Jets have nine picks total — including four in the first two rounds — so this has to be a franchise-altering draft. They will have two top-10 picks for the first time in the common draft era (since 1967), so it’s a great opportunity to address their historically poor defense.

The Jets need a lot of help on the second and third levels, but they could end up with an edge rusher if one is the best player available. — Rich Cimini

5. New York Giants(4-13)

So here is perhaps the lone positive for the Giants heading into the offseason: They have a boatload of picks — 10 to be exact — in April’s draft. They will have two picks in the top 10 of the first round (theirs plus Chicago’s), their own second-rounder and two third-rounders.

That’s a lot of draft capital at their disposal for a potential new general manager (if Dave Gettleman’s time with the team comes to an end) to address the offensive line and find a high-end edge rusher. — Jordan Raanan

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6. Carolina Panthers(5-12)

The Panthershave a lot of needsand few high draft picks to fill them with after giving up their second-round selection for quarterbackSam Darnold and third-round pick for cornerbackCJ Henderson. The big question will be whether to reach for a quarterback in a thin QB class or begin rebuilding an offensive line that has only a couple of legitimate starters.

Missing on Darnold was a huge mistake, and likely not finding his replacement with the return of Cam Newton magnifies that even more since Carolina will be stuck with Darnold’s $18.8 million fifth-year option in 2022. — David Newton

7. New York Giants (via 6-11CHI)

This pick goes to the Giants from the Bears’ trade up for quarterback Justin Fields last year. The Giants received the No. 20 pick (wide receiver Kadarius Toney) along with first- and fourth-round picks in the 2022 draft. — ESPN staff

8. Atlanta Falcons(7-10)

The Falcons need, well, everything — all the way from figuring out what the quarterback position will look like in the future down to the long-snapper. (Note: Don’t use a draft pick on a long-snapper.)

Atlanta’s roster construction will allow general manager Terry Fontenot and coach Arthur Smith to go to almost any position on the board to match need with draft value. It’s an intriguing place to be for a team trying to replenish talent in so many areas while also cleaning up the salary cap. — Michael Rothstein

9. Denver Broncos(7-10)

The Broncos’ biggest draft question is exactly the same as it was last April: What, exactly, is the team’s plan at quarterback? The draft strategy will revolve aroundwhether to attempt to sign or trade for a veteran quarterback. They will have the cap space to do whatever they want in free agency, and they already have 11 picks — including five in the top 100 — in April’s draft.

General manager George Paton, approaching the end of his first calendar year on the job, has repeatedly said how much he covets more draft picks instead of less. So it’s unclear if he would consider a trade of multiple first-round picks to acquire a top-tier quarterback, if that’s the route the team takes. — Jeff Legwold

10. New York Jets (via 7-10SEA)

This pick is a result of the Jamal Adams trade from July 2020. The Jets got two first-round selections in the deal; they used their 2021 picks from it to trade up for guardAlijah Vera-Tucker in the 2021 draft. — ESPN staff

11. Washington Football Team(7-10)

Washington likes quarterback Taylor Heinicke, but the team will be on a serious quest to find a quarterback it views as a stronger long-term solution. Heinicke’s play means it doesn’t have to force a pick, but there will be interest in finding someone with a higher ceiling. Washington won’t have a high pick, but this is not a draft with top-end quarterback talent. The organization has sought a long-term answer for years, starting 31 different players at the position since Mark Rypien led them to the Super Bowl following the 1991 season.

If not a quarterback, Washington could use more help offensively, whether at guard (if Brandon Scherff leaves) or wide receiver. A middle linebacker will be a priority, as well. — John Keim

12. Minnesota Vikings(8-9)

Minnesota is drafting in the top 15, the team’s highest pick since it selected cornerback Trae Waynes at No. 11 overall in 2015. Cornerback is once again a need for the Vikings, whose defensive retooling last offseason hasn’t panned out the way the team expected.

A lot of Minnesota’s offseason decisions hinge on quarterback Kirk Cousins’ future and that of coach Mike Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman, but finding a cornerback and an edge rusher will be priorities to help rebuild the defense regardless of who else stays or goes. — Courtney Cronin

13. Cleveland Browns(8-9)

Since Week 5, the Browns scored over 20 points just four times, and they are in desperate need of some firepower at wide receiver.Odell Beckham Jr.was supposed to be that big-play threat. But with him now long gone, the Browns will have to take a hard look at addressing their need downfield offensively, including with their first-round pick. — Jake Trotter

14. Baltimore Ravens(8-9)

The Ravens could draft a defensive lineman in the first round for just the second time in team history. It looks like Baltimore will have to rebuild its defensive front, because tackleBrandon Williams is a free agent and endCalais Campbell could retire. The other starter, Derek Wolfe, is 31 years old, and he missed the entire season with a back injury. The Ravens can only hope they can find the same success as they did in 2006, when they drafted future Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata. — Jamison Hensley

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15. Philadelphia Eagles (via 9-8MIA)

The biggest question facing the Eagles is whether to use one of their three first-round picks to acquire a quarterback or roll with Jalen Hurts for another season and build up the talent around him. This is not considered a particularly strong quarterback class, but some notable veterans could be available by trade, including Russell Wilson and Deshaun Watson. Expect Philadelphia to explore all options.

This pick was originally Miami’s, but it went to the Eagles in last year’s deal that included the 49ers. — Tim McManus

16. Philadelphia Eagles(via 9-8 IND)

This pick comes to the Eagles as a result of their trade with the Colts for quarterback Carson Wentz.Wentz had to play at least 75% of the snaps for the pick to become a first-rounder. Philadelphia also received a third-round pick in the 2021 draft, which it used to trade up two spots with Dallas in Round 1 to take wide receiver DeVonta Smith. — ESPN staff

17. Los Angeles Chargers(9-8)

The Chargers are fortunate to have a pick in every round in April’s draft. They might want to find a better complement to linebackerJoey Bosaand fix their run defense. They are among the NFL’s worst against the run. The defensive line will be a priority this offseason, as will the O-line. — Shelley Smith

18. New Orleans Saints(9-8)

Quarterback will be an obvious consideration, since 2021 starter Jameis Winston is a pending free agent and is now rehabbing from a torn ACL. But it will be hard for the Saints to land a surefire QB prospect in the draft considering the talent pool and where they’ll be picking.

So perhaps they should focus instead on finding a desperately needed pass-catcher to help their 2022 quarterback. The Saints are one of the few teams who have missed out on the historic wide receiver draft classes over the past three years, drafting only one, a seventh-rounder. — Mike Triplett

19. Philadelphia Eagles(9-8)

The Eagles finished with six wins in their final eight games, pushing them into a wild-card spot in the playoffs. They were blown out by the Bucs, however. Through Week 7 of the season, this pick was projected to land at No. 10 by the FPI.– ESPN staff

20. Pittsburgh Steelers(9-7-1)

The Steelers need a quarterback. Whether through free agency, a trade or the draft, there will be a new starting quarterback next season. With a thin quarterback class, the Steelers are in an interesting spot. In addition to QB, the offensive line is once again a top priority, as is the D-line.

Before compensatory picks, the Steelers have just six picks and lack selections in the fourth and fifth round. General manager Kevin Colbert needs to get the most out of every single selection to avoid a complete rebuild. — Brooke Pryor

21. New England Patriots (10-7)

After trading Stephon Gilmore–and with his replacement,J.C. Jackson, scheduled for unrestricted free agency — the Patriots should have cornerback high on their priority list.

And from a big-picture standpoint, after hitting on several picks in the 2021 draft — led by quarterback Mac Jones, defensive tackle Christian Barmore and running back Rhamondre Stevenson — the team must continue to feed the pipeline as it rebounds from a few subpar drafts from prior years. — Mike Reiss

22. Las Vegas Raiders(10-7)

The Raiders have had seven first-round picks since 2018, and only one — running backJosh Jacobs — has been named to a Pro Bowl. Left tackleKolton Miller is just the third Raiders first-rounder since 2005 to be signed to a second contract by the team; defensive endClelin Ferrell is a special teams ace as a No. 4 overall pick; and safetyJohnathan Abram is a hit-and-miss defender.

23. Arizona Cardinals(11-6)

With their top selection and a pair of Day 2 picks, the Cardinals can look to address a variety of positions that are scheduled to be hit hard by free agency, including running back, wide receiver, tight end and cornerback.

Arizona’s top running backs, Chase Edmonds and James Conner, are slated to be free agents, as are wide receivers A.J. Green and Christian Kirk, tight ends Zach Ertz, Maxx Williams and Darrell Daniels, and cornerbacks Robert Alford and Antonio Hamilton. More than a few of those players are likely to re-sign in free agency, but the Cardinals will have the draft capital to replace them, if needed. — Josh Weinfuss

24. Dallas Cowboys(12-5)

The Cowboys’ first six picks in 2021 were on defense, highlighted by linebackerMicah Parsons. They might need to take an early look at the offense in 2022, notably at every position along the line.

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The real measure of the draft will be conducted by what they do in re-signing their own free agents, however. Defensive line and linebacker will be needs. In addition to the O-line, wide receiver could be a top need. The past two drafts have produced high-end talents in CeeDee Lamb, Trevon Diggs and Parsons. More of that will be in order, regardless of which side of the ball. — Todd Archer

25. Buffalo Bills(11-6)

The Bills prioritized the pass rush in the 2021 draft, but this season has shown that the interior of both the offensive and defensive lines could use some help. On the D-line, there are multiple older players whom the team might choose to move on from, and the O-line could use upgrades after recent draft picks haven’t worked out, including 2019 second-rounderCody Ford. Getting bigger up front on both sides of the ball should be a priority heading into the draft. — Alaina Getzenberg

26. Tennessee Titans(12-5)

The Titans need to add a vertical playmaker to their offense. A speedy deep threat who can play the slot — such as Penn State’s Jahan Dotson, who went No. 29 in Todd McShay’s debut mock draft– would be a perfect fit. The Titans also should benefit from an ample tight end class. — Turron Davenport

27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers(13-4)

The Bucs will have 24 unrestricted free agents in 2022 — including several starters — and they could go any number of directions; they will take the best available player who fits some of their weaker areas.

They did themselves a favor last year by grabbing outside linebacker Joe Tryon-Shoyinka, who has been terrific in their rotation and could take over for Jason Pierre-Paul. But there really isn’t a set direction on needs right now. They’d be wise to inject some more youth in their defensive line. — Jenna Laine

28. Green Bay Packers(13-4)

It all hinges on Aaron Rodgers. If he returnsfor another season, the draft is about surrounding him with the players who can make an immediate impact. If he’s gone but doesn’t retire, the Packers would then have a haul of draft picks via trade with which to rebuild. And they could even take another quarterback. Remember, when Rodgers was set to take over as the starter in 2008, Green Bay drafted two quarterbacks that year: Brian Brohm in the second round and Matt Flynn in the seventh. — Rob Demovsky

29. Miami Dolphins (via 10-7SF)

Once upon a time this season, it appeared the Dolphins made a horrible mistake by trading their first-round pick to the Eagles. But after a seven-game win streak late in the year, that decision is a lot more palatable.

Miami still owns the 49ers’ first-round pick and needs help on the offensive line, but it also will be flush with cash this offseason, and it might be wiser to solve the problem through free agency. Don’t be surprised to see general manager Chris Grier take a linebacker or simply the best player available when it comes to the Dolphins’ first selection. — Marcel Louis-Jacques

30. Kansas City Chiefs(12-5)

The Chiefs have mostly drafted for value rather than need the past couple of years, and they might want to continue that philosophy because it has served them well. The team again faces a tight salary-cap situation in 2022 and will have to rely more on the draft than free agency for impact players. That effort will be aided by merely having a first-round draft pick; the Chiefs have traded theirs in three of the past four years. — Adam Teicher

31. Cincinnati Bengals (10-7)

Cincinnati bolstered its passing attack over the past two seasons with premium first-round picks. After taking quarterbackJoe Burrow in 2020 and wide receiverJa’Marr Chase in 2021, the Bengals might look at using their first pick this time to improve an offensive line that has been bad for multiple seasons. Cincinnati also could look at improving its secondary and drafting a long-term cornerback to pair alongside Chidobe Awuzie. — Ben Baby

32. Detroit Lions (via 12-5LAR)

This pick comes to the Lions from the Matthew Stafford-Jared Goff swap with the Rams last year. The Lions received first-round picks in 2022 and 2023 along with pick No. 101 in the 2021 draft, which they used on cornerbackIfeatu Melifonwu.– ESPN staff

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