Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson was drafted by the Lions with the second pick in the 2022 NFL Draft on Thursday night.AP
CLEVELAND, Ohio — The NFL world has descended upon the bright lights of Las Vegas for the 2022 NFL Draft, which began on Thursday night with the first round.
32 players heard their names called and fulfilled their lifelong dream of reaching the NFL and becoming first-round draft picks.
The Browns did not have a first-round pick, but it was a night full of drama.
It started with Georgia edge rusher Travon Walker going first overall to the Jaguars. What followed was a slew of trades and surprise picks, including an early run on receivers and A.J. Brown being dealt to the Eagles.
Relive the night as it happened with our live blog. We went through the top storylines and news from the first round.
The most recent updates were at the top of this post.
Check out the pick-by-pick results here. Also, see the best players left in the draft heading into Friday night.
The Vikings and new GM Kwesi Adofo-Mensah picked Georgia safety Lewis Cine with the 32nd pick, making him the fifth player from the Georgia defense to go in the first round. Cine plays a physical brand of football, but has some upside in coverage due to his athletic ability.
That wraps up the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft. Thanks for following along with us and stay with cleveland.com for the latest Browns and NFL draft news.
The two teams who met in the AFC Championship Game each bolstered their defense with their later first-round picks. Kansas City used the 30th pick to select powerful Purdue edge rusher George Karlaftis.
Cincinnati picked Michigan safety Daxton Hill at 31, adding a great athlete to a secondary that needed more help. He has great range and agility on the back end.
New England moved down eight spots and picked up two extra picks in the draft. The Patriots went on the clock at 29 and picked Chattanooga guard Cole Strange out of the FCS. He’s the second FCS player to be picked in this draft, but probably the biggest reach of the night. He has the size to start very quickly, but our consensus big board had him 84th.
Jacksonville started the 2022 NFL Draft with the selection of Georgia edge rusher Travon Walker. The Jaguars weren’t done as they traded up for Utah linebacker Devin Lloyd with the 27th pick.
Lloyd was the highest-ranked player left on my composite big board at the time at No. 14. He became a true three-down linebacker after he improved against the pass in 2021. Lloyd helped Utah reach the 2022 Rose Bowl.
Green Bay used its second first-round pick to select a second Georgia defensive player in defensive tackle Devonte Wyatt. He’s a powerful interior player and has good quickness for his position.
It has been a long wait for Florida State edge rusher Jermaine Johnson II. He was considered only a slight bit behind the edge rushers at the top of the draft. But his slide ended at pick 26 when the Jets traded up to get him.
Johnson transferred from Georgia to Florida State and had a sensational 2021 season with 11.5 sacks and 17.5 tackles for loss. Earlier in the draft, the Jets picked Cincinnati corner Ahmad Gardner and Ohio State receiver Garrett Wilson.
The Buccaneers are also trading down as the Jaguars acquired the 27th pick. NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported that the Buccaneers are getting picks 33, 106 and 180 to move down six spots and out of Day 1.
Baltimore reinforced its offensive line with the selection of Iowa center Tyler Linderbaum at pick 25. Linderbaum is far and away the best center in the draft, and he fills a need on a Ravens front that needs help in the middle. He is a very intelligent center who moves very well.
It’s a pick that makes a lot of sense given how Baltimore wants to run the football. They also took Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton at 13 in what has been another outstanding night for the Ravens in the draft.
However, Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson wasn’t as happy with how his team’s draft has gone.
Dallas made one of the more surprising picks of the first round at 24 by selecting Tulsa offensive tackle Tyler Smith. Right tackle was a need after La’El Collins signed with the Bengals. But this feels like a reach considering how raw Smith is. There were also numerous great defensive players on the board including Jermaine Johnson II and Devin Lloyd that they passed on.
On the Browns front, Bernie Kosar tweeted a photo of him having dinner with new quarterback Deshaun Watson.
Buffalo made its own move up the draft, trading up two spots with the Ravens to select Florida cornerback Kaiir Elam. After losing Levi Wallace to free agency and considering what happened vs. the Chiefs in the playoffs, corner was a huge priority. Elam adds good size to the position at 6-foot-1 and is fast.
The Bills sent the Ravens pick 130 to switch spots.
In classic Patriots fashion, New England traded down in the draft from the 21st spot. The Chiefs made the trade to move up from 29 to select Washington cornerback Trent McDuffie.
The two losses to the Bengals, including in the AFC Championship Game, showed that the Chiefs need help in the secondary. McDuffie is not a big corner at 5-foot-10, but makes up for it with great ball skills and athletic ability.
ESPN’s Field Yates reported that the Patriots are getting picks 94 and 121 from Kansas City in the deal.
The Packers were on the clock at 22 and used that pick to select Georgia linebacker Quay Walker, who was No. 44 on my composite big board, making him the lowest-rated player at this point to be selected.
Also, watch Ohio State reporters Nathan Baird and Stephen Means discuss the Jets’ selection of Ohio State receiver Garrett Wilson at No. 10.
The Steelers have their new quarterback, and it’s the hometown kid in Kenny Pickett. The Steelers kept the Pitt product in town with the No. 20 pick.
PIckett was a Heisman finalist in 2021 and helped lead the Panthers to an ACC title in his breakout season. He has some similarities in his profile to Joe Burrow, but to a lighter degree and Pickett has even smaller hands than Burrow had in his draft year.
The move is interesting because Liberty’s Malik Willis was also available.
No quarterback has been picked yet in this draft, and the Steelers will have their choice if that’s where they want to go at No. 20 after the Saints drafted Northern Iowa tackle Trevor Penning at No. 19.
Penning could essentially be considered a replacement for Terron Armstead, who signed with the Dolphins in free agency. He has a great build for the position, but needs a little work on his technique.
The run on receivers is continuing as the Titans used the newly-acquired 18th pick to select Arkansas receiver Treylon Burks. He is the sixth receiver to be selected in this year’s draft already.
Burks slid a bit down the board after he underwhelmed at the NFL combine. But he is a physical mismatch with his size and can replace some of what the Titans lost when they traded A.J. Brown.
Meanwhile, the Browns, who don’t pick until 44, tweeted out a GIF while all of the craziness was going on around them.
After trading down five spots in the draft, Washington used the 16th pick to select Penn State receiver Jahan Dotson. He is already the fifth receiver to be picked in this year’s draft, and the third from the Big Ten.
The 5-foot-10 Dotson plays bigger than his size and is very good when he gets the ball in his hands.
I had the Browns trading up seven spots in the second round to get Dotson in my final seven-round mock on Monday.
But there was another trade made and it’s a massive one. ESPN’s Dianna Russini reported that the Eagles traded the 18th pick and a third rounder to Tennessee for star receiver A.J. Brown. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that the Eagles are giving Brown a four-year deal worth $100 million.
The Chargers used the 17th pick to add to their offensive line and picked Boston College guard Zion Johnson. He transferred to BC from Davidson and played a lot of football. Johnson also has very good size and moves well.
The Texans traded the 13th pick, which belonged to the Browns, to the Eagles for the 15th pick and used that pick to draft Texas A&M guard Kenyon Green. He is the first interior offensive lineman to be picked in this year’s draft.
Green started at four different positions in college but is best served as a guard, where he can best utilize his strength. He will need to cut down on the penalties to be successful at the NFL level.
Houston used the third pick on LSU cornerback Derek Stingley Jr.
The Ravens missed out on Jordan Davis, but landed a player in Notre Dame’s Kyle Hamilton who may be the most talented player in this entire draft. Baltimore used the 14th pick on Hamilton, who is a unicorn because of his athletic ability and how well he plays in almost every facet of the game.
He now forms a very fun duo at safety alongside big free-agent signing Marcus Williams.
But the Ravens weren’t done making moves. ESPN’s Field Yates reported that the Ravens are trading receiver Marquise Brown to the Cardinals. Brown was the Ravens’ first-round pick in 2019. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport added that the trade is pick 23 to Baltimore for Brown and pick 100.
The Eagles leapfrogged Baltimore to take Georgia defensive tackle Jordan Davis with the 13th overall pick. Davis, who is 6-foot-6, 340 pounds, had one of the all-time performances at the NFL combine with a 40-yard dash time of 4.78 seconds.
Davis was the anchor of the Bulldogs’ historic defense and is incredibly difficult to move because of his sheer size.
Baltimore had the No. 14 pick, meaning the Eagles kept Davis out of the AFC North. But Florida State edge rusher Jermaine Johnson II is still on the board, and Baltimore needs pass-rush help.
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The run on receivers continued with the 12th pick as the Lions moved up 20 spots in a trade up with the Vikings. Detroit then used the pick to select speedy Alabama receiver Jameson Williams.
Despite tearing his ACL in the national championship game vs. Georgia in January, Williams, who transferred from Ohio State after the 2020 season, is considered one of the top receivers in the draft. He has elite speed, but showed throughout his only season in Tuscaloosa that he’s more than a speedster.
Former Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields, who threw to all three receivers in the 2020 season, shared his reaction to the run of receiver on Twitter.
Detroit sent picks 32, 34 and 66 to Minnesota for picks 12 and 44 in the deal.
The 13th pick is also on the move as the Texans traded down two spots with the Eagles. ESPN’s Field Yates reported that three Day 3 picks are heading to Houston in the deal.
Former Buckeyes go back to back with Chris Olave going to New Orleans with the No. 11 pick. He was the player the Saints traded up to get to pair alongside another former Ohio State receiver in Michael Thomas.
Olave goes one pick after Wilson went to the Jets. He was an effective and productive player throughout his collegiate career, and is a very good route runner.
In addition to the Saints’ selection, the NFL announced that the first Thursday night football game of the 2022 season will be the Chiefs vs. the Chargers. Amazon Prime will have exclusive coverage of the game.
We have our first trade of the draft as the Saints traded up to No. 11 with the Commanders. New Orleans had picks 16 and 19 in the first round, but moved up five spots.
Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer reported that the Saints are sending Washington a third- and fourth-round pick to move up.
The first Ohio State player is off the board as Garrett Wilson was picked by the Jets as the No. 10 pick. The former five-star prospect from Lake Travis, which is the same high school that Baker Mayfield went to, is the second receiver to be picked.
Wilson brings a complete game to New York as he can win with speed and elite body control. He is now paired up with Elijah Moore as top receivers for second-year quarterback Zach Wilson.
The @nyjets select @garrettwilson_v with the 10th pick!
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The Seahawks used the first of many picks they got in the Russell Wilson trade to draft Mississippi State offensive tackle Charles Cross. He is the last of the top three offensive tackles to go in this draft.
Cross is the lowest-ranked player on my composite big board to be selected as he was ranked No. 10. Notre Dame’s Kyle Hamilton at No. 2 is still the top player left as the Jets go back on the clock.
Mary Kay Cabot noted that the Seahawks could also be a potential trade destination for Baker Mayfield. The Seahawks did not go quarterback at 9, but have picks 40 and 41 on Friday night in case one of the quarterbacks slides.
The first receiver of the draft has been selected and it’s not one of the Ohio State receivers. The Falcons used the eighth pick to select USC wide receiver Drake London.
The 6-foot-3 London had almost 1,100 yards receiving and caught eight touchdowns last season. He moves better than someone with his size usually does. He also played some basketball at USC, which shows how good of an athlete he is and how good he can be in jump ball situations.
London and Kyle Pitts should be a fun duo to watch in the passing game.
First-year general manager Joe Schoen is off to a great start for the Giants. Minutes after picking Oregon’s Kayvon Thibodeaux, the Giants added Alabama offensive tackle Evan Neal at No. 7.
Neal looked like a possibility at No. 1, but falls here to No. 7 and forms a potentially great combo at tackle opposite Andrew Thomas, who took a step forward in 2021.
I will have draft grades later tonight, but I am giving the Giants an A+ for what they’ve done tonight.
The Carolina Panthers grabbed the first offensive player in this year’s draft at No. 6 with the selection of N.C. State offensive tackle Ikem Ekwonu. The Panthers are in need of a quarterback, but are also reportedly in the mix to trade for Baker Mayfield. The selection of Ekwonu keeps Carolina in that mix, as Mary Kay Cabot wrote.
But regardless of who plays QB for them, the Panthers got a great future left tackle in Ekwonu, who has outstanding physical tools and still room to grow. He’s also a native of Charlotte, meaning he is the second player to go to an in-state NFL team in this draft.
The Carolina #Panthers, who have expressed interest in trading for #Browns Baker Mayfield, have drafted North Carolina State OT Ickey Ekwonu. Keeps alive the possibility of a trade for Mayfield
The Giants used the fifth pick on another edge rusher in Oregon’s Kayvon Thibodeaux. He is the third edge rusher to be picked already behind Travon Walker and Aidan Hutchinson.
Thibodeaux had the potential to be the first overall pick but his 2021 season wasn’t quite as good as expected. He’s still a very dynamic force off the edge with the potential to lead a team’s pass rush.
Carolina’s now on the clock at No. 6. The Panthers have been linked to a potential Baker Mayfield trade, and the noise could get louder if they don’t take a quarterback.
Corners go back-to-back at 3 and 4 as Cincinnati’s Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner goes fourth overall to the Jets.
Gardner was third on my composite big board behind Aidan Hutchinson and Kyle Hamilton. He is big and physical in coverage. But he never allowed a touchdown in coverage during his entire collegiate career. Gardner’s play helped Cincinnati reach the College Football Playoff.
The Jets will be picking again soon at No. 10.
The Texans didn’t take long to make their pick at No. 3 after the Lions grabbed Aidan Hutchinson. Houston took LSU cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. with the third overall pick.
Stingley looked like he had No. 1 overall potential when he was a star for the Tigers when they won the national championship in 2019. But he hasn’t been the same, with injuries playing a big role. But Stingley is an elite talent when healthy and is the new face of the Houston secondary.
Detroit wasted no time after the Jaguars took Travon Walker with the first pick and selected edge rusher Aidan Hutchinson from Michigan with the No. 2 pick. Hutchinson was the top player on our composite big board and a player who played his high school and college football in the state of Michigan.
With the pick, the Lions ensured that Hutchinson will play all three levels of football in his home state. Detroit also has pick 32.
Hutchinson was the Heisman Trophy runner-up last season to Alabama’s Bryce Young, recording 14 sacks and 16.5 tackles for loss to lead the Wolverines to the College Football Playoff for the first time.
The recent buzz about Travon Walker going first overall came to fruition when the Jaguars took the Georgia edge rusher with the first pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Walker was eighth on our composite big board, but brings plenty of upside with him. He has tremendous athleticism to build off of a 2021 season in which he had six sacks and 7.5 tackles for loss.
The Lions are on the clock at No. 2, with Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson still available.
Roger Goodell opened the 2022 NFL Draft in Las Vegas with the help of current Raiders Derek Carr and Darren Waller, as well as Hall of Famer Marcus Allen. He even called up rapper Ice Cube to help get things started.
The Jaguars are now officially on the clock at No. 1.
Meanwhile, the Carolina Panthers are only a few picks away at No. 6. CBS Sports HQ’s Josina Anderson reported that the Panthers aren’t looking to trade the pick right now, especially if the lineman they want is there.
Carolina has been a team to watch for a potential Baker Mayfield trade, and it will be interesting to see if the Panthers indeed take a lineman or go for a quarterback like Liberty’s Malik Willis or Pitt’s Kenny Pickett.
The 2022 NFL Draft is finally underway from Las Vegas. Roger Goodell will come to the stage in Vegas shortly and open the draft.
Then, the Jaguars will have the first pick out of 262 to be made in the next three days. Georgia edge rusher Travon Walker is the favorite to go first overall. But this has been an unpredictable draft class, and tonight could feature more unpredictability. The picture will come clear starting in a few minutes.
The Jets, who pick fourth and 10th, are eager to get things going as this meme on their Twitter account shows.
The NFL took time before tonight’s draft to hold a moment of silence for the late Dwayne Haskins. The former Ohio State quarterback and first-round draft pick of Washington in 2019 died on April 9 after being struck by a truck in Florida.
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The draft is about 15 minutes away from getting started. Las Vegas was supposed to host the draft in 2020, but that was made virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
But the NFL awarded Las Vegas with the ability to host the 2022 NFL Draft. Here is a look at the draft setup from the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
During ESPN’s pre-draft show, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell joined host Mike Greenberg on set. Goodell was asked if there was a timeline for a potential suspension of Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson.
#NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said on ESPN from the #NFL Draft that the league’s investigation into Deshaun Watson is ongoing, they’re taking it very seriously and there’s no timetable for possible disciplinary action. Same as at NFL Meetings last month.
The biggest question coming into tonight’s draft is who the No. 1 overall pick will be. Georgia edge rusher Travon Walker has become the favorite over the past day or two.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported minutes ago that the decision for the Jaguars at No. 1 was not a difficult one to make. But we’ll know who the No. 1 pick officially is in about an hour.
From a Browns’ perspective, the first round of tonight’s draft will likely be quiet. But we could also get clues by the end of the night as to where Baker Mayfield could be dealt.
Teams like the Panthers, who hold the sixth pick, and the Seahawks, who pick ninth overall, are teams who could trade for the former No. 1 overall pick. Mary Kay Cabot reported where things stood earlier this afternoon in terms of a potential Mayfield trade in her Browns Insider.
This year’s draft will be an interesting one because eight teams will have two first-round picks. That also means that eight won’t take part in Thursday night’s opening round.
The 49ers, Bears, Broncos, Browns, Colts, Dolphins, Raiders and Rams all don’t have first-round picks.
The Browns are scheduled to pick at No. 44 on Friday night. The Bears have two second-round picks.
Conversely, the Rams don’t pick until No. 104 overall and the Dolphins have four total picks in this draft, including two in the seventh round. So those teams will likely be very quiet tonight.
One of the stories of the night is going to be what happens with the receivers in the first round. There are at least four who will go in the first round, including the Ohio State duo of Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave.
They both brought their A-games on the red carpet, including Wilson’s dual-colored suit.
Those @OhioStateFB WRs came through looking their best. 😎 (by @Invisalign)@chrisolave_ | @GarrettWilson_V
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USC’s Drake London was not to be outdone. Like Ahmad Gardner, London is sporting a personalized chain with his draft night suit.
Peep the ✌️ in the chain. #FightOn@DrakeLondon_ | @USC_FB
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The stars of this year’s draft class are out in Las Vegas tonight. Among them is Cincinnati cornerback Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner, who is expected to go very early in tonight’s draft.
Gardner is wearing his nickname on his chain on the red carpet. The chain also features what looks like a miniature sauce bottle.
What kind of sauce is @iamSauceGardner keeping in that chain? 🤔
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The NFL draft gets underway in two hours from Las Vegas. See who the top players in this year’s draft are with our composite big board.
Also, check out some of the stories you need to read about the Browns and the draft before Round 1 starts.
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* Cleveland’s Coby Bryant is carrying the Bryant way, and his entire family, into the NFL Draft: Doug Lesmerises
* Four years after drafting Baker Mayfield, some scribbles in my Browns notebook – Terry Pluto
* Browns war room podcast: We make their first three picks in the NFL Draft
* When will the Browns go on the clock for the first time? 2022 NFL mock draft 3.0
* Could Cleveland trade up to land the right receiver? Ashley Bastock’s Browns Mock Draft 5
* How Browns GM Andrew Berry did on the 2021 draft: Mary Kay Cabot
* The Browns fans’ guide to the NFL Draft 2022
* Browns continue targeting a receiver in final mock draft: Dan Labbe
* How Browns GM Andrew Berry did on his inaugural 2020 NFL Draft: Mary Kay Cabot
* Final Cleveland Browns mock draft, hitting several needs in seven rounds: Doug Lesmerises Browns Mock Draft 7
* Do the Browns need to trade up to get a receiver? Browns 2022 NFL Draft final 7-round mock
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