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It’s NFL Draft Season For A Handful Of Teams: Here’s A Look At The Order If Season Ended Today

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It’s Week 15 in the NFL which means for at least a handful of teams, it’s time to prepare for the 2022 NFL Draft in Las Vegas.

The Lions, Jaguars, Texans and Jets are the four teams that have been eliminated from playoff contention thus far. As we countdown to the draft on April, 28, 2022, here is how things stand: *Denotes teams in playoff position

  • 1. Detroit Lions (1-11-1)
  • 2. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-11)
  • 3. Houston Texans (2-11)
  • 4. New York Jets (3-10)
  • 5. New York Giants (via Bears)
  • 6. New York Giants (4-9)
  • 7. New York Jets (via Seahawks)
  • 8. Carolina Panthers (5-8)
  • 9. Atlanta Falcons (6-7)
  • 10. Philadelphia Eagles (via Dolphins)
  • 11. Philadelphia Eagles (6-7)
  • 12. Minnesota Vikings (6-7)
  • 13. New Orleans Saints (6-7)
  • 14. Las Vegas Raiders (6-7)
  • 15. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-6-1)
  • 16. Denver Broncos (7-6)
  • 17. Cincinnati Bengals (7-6)
  • 18. Cleveland Browns (7-6)
  • 19. Washington Football Team (6-7)*
  • 20. Buffalo Bills (7-6)*
  • 21. Philadelphia Eagles (via Colts)*
  • 22. Miami Dolphins (via 49ers)*
  • 23. Los Angeles Chargers (8-5)*
  • 24. Detroit Lions (via Rams)*
  • 25. Baltimore Ravens (8-5)*
  • 26. Dallas Cowboys (9-4)*
  • 27. Kansas City Chiefs (9-4)*
  • 28. Arizona Cardinals (10-3)*
  • 29. Tennessee Titans (9-4)*
  • 30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (10-3)*
  • 31. New England Patriots (9-4)*
  • 32. Green Bay Packers (10-3)*

With the Lions in prime position to have the first overall pick, the first time since selecting quarterback Matthew Stafford in 2009, the likely pick would appear to be Oregon defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux, as reported by CBSSports’ Josina Anderson.

In any other year, a quarterback would surely be the pick for Detroit. Jared Goff is 1-16-1 in his career without Sean McVay and has struggled throughout the season. However, there doesn’t appear to be a consensus No. 1 quarterback option coming out. Pittsburgh’s Kenny Pickett and Ole Miss’ Matt Corral are arguably the best options, with Cincinnati’s Desmond Ridder and Liberty’s Malik Willis not too far behind.

The rest of the top prospects include: LSU cornerback Derek Stingley Jr., Alabama offensive tackle Evan Neal, Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson and Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton.

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Written by Nick Geddes

Nick is a 2021 graduate of the University of Central Florida with a bachelor's degree in journalism and a minor in political science. Nick is a life-long sports fan who is proud to say he suffered through 15 years of Bucs futility to witness a Super Bowl victory in 2020. Nick has a passion for writing and is proud to represent OutKick. Follow me on Twitter @NickGeddesNews and on Instagram @nick.geddes.

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