Well, we thought the Detroit Lions were going to have nine picks in the upcoming 2022 NFL Draft but that will not be the case.
Chris Burke of The Athletic has confirmed that the Lions do not hold the No. 234 overall pick as we thought they did as it is the property of the Denver Broncos by virtue of the Trinity Benson trade that took place just before the start of the 2021 season.
Also have confirmed this. The full draft order the league posted this week had the Lions with pick 234, but it belongs to Denver. So, Detroit has eight overall picks and no seventh rounder. https://t.co/Ryhos5YKT5Featured Videos
— Chris Burke (@ChrisBurkeNFL) April 14, 2022
With that news coming in, here is the updated draft order for the Lions.
- Round 1, Pick 2
- Round 1, Pick 32 via Los Angeles Rams
- Round 2, Pick 2 (No. 34 overall)
- Round 3, Pick 2 (No. 66)
- Round 3, Pick 33 (No. 97) compensatory selection
- Round 5, Pick 34 (No. 177) compensatory selection
- Round 6, Pick 2 (No. 181)
- Round 6, Pick 39 (No. 217) compensatory selection
It looks like everyone (including us) has to update their full seven-round NFL mock drafts!
NFL Draft Betting: How Early Will the Top Edge Rushers Be Drafted?
There’s a fairly well-accepted adage that “the most valuable football positions are quarterback and anyone who can get to the quarterback.” We all know that the passing game — both on offense and defense — has become the premier phase of NFL play, so it makes sense that prospects who affect it should demand attention in the NFL Draft. Especially in an NFL prospect cycle with no clear-cut, superstar-to-be quarterbacks, the edge-rushing talent is the show in town for 2022 draftniks.
Edge rusher is also a position you should be paying attention to if you want to bet the NFL Draft this year. FanDuel Sportsbook has player draft position props available for a number of NFL prospects: they give an overall draft slot number and you can bet on whether that prospect will be selected “over” (later in the draft) or “under” (earlier) that pick.
All four edge rushers with draft slot props have lines suggesting they’ll be top-10 selections. Will the top picks be dominated by defensive ends, or will any of these elite edge players slip down the board in the 2022 NFL Draft?
I use a combination of data sources, including mock drafts and my own draft pick model to help project players into draft slots. The mock draft data I use sources the “pulse of the people” via Grinding the Mocks and their Expected Draft Position (EDP), as well as an “expert consensus mock” of the nine most accurate mockers over the last five years, per The Huddle Report.