Top 10 Biggest Losers of the 2022 NFL DraftJust because a team lost the draft doesn't always mean they have already lost the season. Some of these teams are fairly loaded on both sides of the ball while lacking the effort of grabbing the smallest needs possible. Heck, sometimes overreaching does not fall on your side of the pendulum. Here are teams I felt like they could have done better or just felt like they were at a standstill.
This one is perhaps the most obvious if you watched all the days of draft coverage. Almost every pick felt like a reach in some ways than one. Sure they fill out critical needs and all. You wonder if the game for Bill Belichick is losing major rust by this point. These guys don't surprise this upcoming season it could mean a surprising last place finish with a rising Miami and Jersey team right behind them.
Bengals had a good free agency to make sure to protect Joe Burrow. In the draft, however, the focus was slated on the secondary which is understandable while ignoring your weakest area of all at Linebacker. Still, a mystery why this was never addressed with Logan Wilson asking for help in a bad way.
I was contempt to put them second honestly. I see two starters in this draft. Jahan Dotson obviously, but that felt like a reach to me. Percy Butler could wind up being the best player of this draft class. They needed to address safety after cutting Landon Collins. Sam Howell falling in the 5th round was intriguing. 3 Headed Quarterback philosophy never does a team good don't believe me. Da Bears are a good example of what I meant last year. If that doesn't how about the Broncos and Cardinals a few years back. It's nice to have a backup in place, but having too many is a nightmare that doesn't equal enough wins. Not to mention what the other NFC East teams did overall.
I know what you're thinking. A team that had only four picks is only right here and not in the top 3? Well, those two picks might have a chance to contribute as nice supporting players on both as a weapon to pass to. Or a tackling beast on the other end. Seeing they did focus a lot of their needs in Free Agency. It was predictable to see them wind up on the other end of the spectrum.
Raiders passed the test in Free Agency. Here they didn't have a lot of draft capital to work with. One pick that will be a nice helping hand is Dylan Purham to protect upfront for Josh Jacobs. Outside of that the rest are all at best backups for the starters they acquired in free agency.
Eventually, the 49ers addressed the Guard position by getting two of them late. One of these two or perhaps both would have a chance to get the nod. Another pick that has a chance to help out on defense is Drake Jackson. Niners fans have to be a bit disappointed that Neither Jimmy G or even Deebo Samuel to dealt in exchange for a replacement in mind. They got beat to the punch by the Lions.
Logan Hall is a great selection with that massive potential next to Vea. A slight surprise comes with the next pick when they take Goedeke over Raimann. Donovan Smith is okay at best. While a need for sure. Losing Ali Marpet was much bigger to find at that point in the draft. Maybe Cade Otton could be an okay supporting Tight End. Other than that the rest of the picks are kinda up in the air.
While the Saints did address the critical needs early. Are they good fits in that scheme? Trevor Penning's strength feels more like to the right than left. Chris Olave being taken as the 3rd Wide Receiver off the board is a bit of a surprise seeing the next pick after him was Jameson Wiliams. For a slot WR 3, you gotta hope Michael Thomas plays ball this time around. As for the other picks. Defensive interior depth isn't too bad. The safety pick though just felt like a wasted ideal.
This felt like a very below-average draft by the Browns. Their best pick though could wind up being David Bell. As long as Watson is in the clear to play. He would have Amari Cooper, and David Bell potentially as the 2. Donovan People's Jones is in the slot. Perrion Winfrey, I kinda like just based on his introduction alone. If he can be like a Michael Myers transition. What a steal that could be.
The super bowl champs didn't have a lot to work with. Two picks that I like were the first selection getting Guard to help for the running game. Along with taking a chance on Derion Kendrick. Who for years was viewed as a 1st round pick before pulling out on many occasions. If anything those two picks could wind up being useful. Rams also brought back Troy Hill after a stint with Cleveland. Not a bad idea just not one that will wow either. Still, this doesn't affect what they do this season regardless.