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When is the 2022 NFL Draft?

With the NFL season nearly at its peak and the NCAA Senior Bowl on top of us, we have a look at when and where the 2022 NFL Draft will take place

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NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - JANUARY 22: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell walks on the field before the start of the AFC Divisional Playoff game between the Tennessee Titans and Cincinnati Bengals at Nissan Stadium on January 22, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee.   W
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With the NCAA’s Senior Bowl just around the corner, things are getting down to the wire for the 2022 NFL Draft. After this last opportunity to showcase their skills in a game situation, there is only the combine left which is more about mining raw data for the scouts. Of course, some great players don’t perform well at the combine, Tom Brady was famously average in every category, so it is the intangibles that count for more than data once the draft actually rolls around.

Hollywood films aside, the draft is not actually a day. It is three days. This year’s Draft is scheduled to take place between Thursday the 28th of April until Saturday the 30th of April in Paradise, Nevada. Further giving lie to the myth is the fact that these “days” are actually evening events.

The format of the draft is that each team gets to pick a player from the current crop of college leavers, traditionally graduating seniors but in recent years of redshirts and transfers this can include anyone who is more than four years out of high school and declares their eligibility. The teams pick in reverse order to how they finished the season, so the bottom team picks first and the Super Bowl winner picks last. However, teams can buy, sell, and trade their pick to other teams so it can quickly get very complicated indeed.

The world’s focus will be firmly on the the Thursday evening when Round 1 will take place. Each team will have a strictly-enforced 10 minutes to get their selection in, for a total of 320 minutes or 3 hours 40 minutes per round. Friday will see Rounds 2 and 3 take place and the Saturday will host Rounds 4 through 7.

Team Draft Order

1

Jacksonville
2

Detroit

3Houston
4New York Jets
5New York Giants
6Carolina
7Chicago (traded to NYG)
8Atlanta
9Denver
10Seattle (traded to NYJ)
11Washington
12Minnesota
13Cleveland
14Baltimore
15Miami (traded to PHI)
16Indianapolis (traded to PHI)
17Los Angeles Chargers
18New Orleans
19Philadelphia
20Pittsburgh
21New England
22Las Vegas
23Arizona
24Dallas
25Buffalo
26Tennessee
27Tampa Bay
28Green Bay
*Cincinnati
*San Francisco (traded to MIA)
*LA Rams (traded to DET)
*Kansas City

* order not yet decided

While the draft is not the be-all and end-all for NFL success, teams can stake a claim to some of tomorrow’s hottest players and franchises can be turned around with the picks made on these days. You only need to have a look at Cincinnati to see that. Two years ago, they finished dead last and took Joe Burrow as the first overall pick. The club turnaround is well underway and they stand a strong chance of making it to the Super Bowl as a result of that pick.

Dan Marino, Terry Bradshaw and John Elway were all taken in the first round and turned into fantastic franchise players, so there is always a scramble to get in while the getting is good. With heavy needs at teams like the Saints and the Steelers, expect some movement in picks traded and bought right up until the wire.

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