The wait for the 2022 NFL Draft is finally over. Tonight’s draft will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, with plenty of mystery surrounding where the top prospects will end up. Big Blue View will be covering it with live updates and analysis.
The first round of the draft will start live at 8 p.m. It will broadcast live on ABC, ESPN and NFL Network. Friday’s TV coverage of the NFL Draft will start at 7 p.m. ET while Saturday’s will begin at noon ET.
This post will provide updates, including surprising picks and trades, throughout the evening. The New York Giants have the fifth and seventh overall picks in Round 1. You can check out the odds for this year’s draft courtesy of our friends at DraftKings Sportsbook.
Live updates from Jeremy Portnoy:
[11:16 p.m.] At No. 28, the Packers take defensive tackle Devonte Wyatt. Green Bay is reloading on defense, but who’s going to replace Davante Adams?
[11:07 p.m.] The Jaguars get back on the clock in a trade with Tampa Bay and nab linebacker Devin Lloyd.
[10:57 p.m.] These trades are happening faster than I can type! The New York Jets are on the clock for their third first-round pick, and they’re taking edge rusher Jermaine Johnson.
Some mock drafts had Johnson going within the top five picks. He joins Sauce Gardner and Garrett Wilson in what’s got to be the best haul of the night. MetLife Stadium is going to be an exciting place to be this year.
The Titans trade: Pick 26, 101— Field Yates (@FieldYates) April 29, 2022
The Jets trade: Pick 35, 69, 163
[10:53 p.m.] The Baltimore Ravens steal center Tyler Linderbaum at No. 25.
Linderbaum and Kyle Hamilton are two of the strongest prospects in this class; they just don’t play premier positions. Looks like the Ravens don’t mind. Baltimore could come out as the biggest winners of the first round.
[10:45 p.m.] The Dallas Cowboys round out the NFC East’s first-rounders with offensive tackle Tyler Smith at No. 24. He’s only 21 years old and just as raw as his age suggests. But with time, his physical traits give him the potential to be a difference maker.
[10:38 p.m.] The Buffalo Bills fill a big need by trading up two spots with the Ravens to take Kaiir Elam. Baltimore nets a fourth-round pick in return.
That’s another cornerback off the board and one less for the Giants.
Also: reminder that Jermaine Johnson exists.
[10:31 p.m.] I take it back: my favorite draft tradition is now watching the Green Bay Packers refuse to draft a wide receiver.
Still, Quay Walker, the No. 22 pick, could emerge as a dominant run-stopping linebacker with some development. It’s a surprising move with linebacker Devin Lloyd still on the board.
[10:26 p.m.] The Kansas City Chiefs trade with the New England Patriots to take Trent McDuffie at No. 21. He’s a high-IQ, physical cornerback who Dane Brugler ranked above Derek Stingley Jr.
I was hoping McDuffie might slip to the Giants in the second round. Oh well.
[10:21 p.m.] The longest quarterback slide since 2013 ends with the Pittsburgh Steelers drafting Kenny Pickett at No. 20.
Pickett has less upside than Malik Willis but is probably the safest pick in this quarterback class. He leaves the University of Pittsburgh after besting Dan Marino’s records in almost every major statistical category.
Plus, he looks like a Justin Herbert doppelganger.
[10:14 p.m.] The New Orleans Saints take offensive tackle Trevor Penning with the nineteenth overall pick.
Penning fills a big need after the Saints lost All-Pro Terron Armstead to the Dolphins in free agency.
Malik Willis felt like a lock here, though. The Pittsburgh Steelers are on the clock...
[10:07 p.m.] And the Titans immediately replace A.J. Brown with Treylon Burks out of Arkansas. Feels like Tennessee got fleeced, even though Burks is a speedy weapon who has drawn comparisons to Deebo Samuel.
[10:01 p.m.] Oh, boy. A.J. Brown is now an Eagle.
The Tennessee Titans receive the No. 18 pick and a third-rounder for Brown, who has publicly been asking for a contract extension. Yesterday, reports emerged that Brown was working out with Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts.
Coming off back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons, the 24-year-old instantly becomes the best wide receiver in the NFC East.
Hey, at least this night is going terribly for the Dallas Cowboys.
[9:59 p.m.] The Washington Commanders take wide receiver Jahan Dotson at No. 16.
With no Sauce Gardner and James Bradberry likely on the way out, New York will have its hands full against Dotson and Terry McLaurin.
Still waiting on the first quarterback. Are the Saints waiting patiently at No. 19?
[9:56 p.m.] The first blockbuster trade is here!
The Baltimore Ravens are sending Marquise Brown and a third-round pick to the Arizona Cardinals for the No. 23 selection.
Brown is coming off his first 1,000-yard season. But the wide receiver market was reset this offseason, and someone is going to overpay for Brown once his rookie contract expires. I think the Ravens got good value.
[9:52 p.m.] The Houston Texans select guard Kenyon Green with the No. 15 pick.
The first guard off the board, Green might be a bit of a reach. He needs to clean up his mechanics a bit but could develop into a dependable starter.
[9:48 p.m.] Kyle Hamilton, considered by some to be the best overall player in the draft, goes to the Baltimore Ravens at No. 14.
I’ll be honest: I completely forgot Hamilton was on the board. I just assumed he would never be available this late in the draft. Baltimore’s former defensive coordinator Wink Martindale is now in New York, but the Ravens have a rich history of All-Pros on defense. Could be a very exciting fit.
[9:42 p.m.] The Philadelphia Eagles trade up to No. 13 and select defensive tackle Jordan Davis out of Georgia.
It’s the second year in a row the Eagles traded up a few spots to get their guy. The Houston Texans will receive the No. 15 pick along with a fifth-rounder and two fourth-rounders.
Davis weighs 340 pounds and ran a 4.78 second 40-yard dash. Hopefully, he won’t sack Daniel Jones too many times.
[9:39 p.m.] Kayvon Thibodeaux: “I’m hungry. I’m hungry. And New York is a dog-eat-dog world.”
[9:33 p.m.] The wide receiver run continues as the Lions draft Jameson Williams.
Maybe a bit of a reach to trade up for, but wide receiver has been a need for Detroit after Kenny Golladay came to New York.
Williams tore his ACL in the national championship game and may not be back on the field until later in the season. But once he’s healthy, Williams’ speed should make him a big deep play threat.
[9:29 p.m.] The Detroit Lions are back on the clock after a trade with the Minnesota Vikings, and their pick is already in. Six of the top 12 picks will go to three teams: the Giants, Jets, and Lions.
The Vikings trade: Pick 12, pick 46— Field Yates (@FieldYates) April 29, 2022
The Lions trade: Pick 32, 34, 66
[9:28 p.m.] Still no quarterbacks! With two wide receivers already off the board, the Saints moved up to grab Chris Olave.
Olave was ranked as the No. 68 wide receiver in the country out of high school. Now, he’ll be running routes alongside Michael Thomas.
[9:19 p.m.] Our first trade is here! The Washington Commanders move down, and the New Orleans Saints are on the clock. Washington receives pick Nos. 16, 98, and 120. Are the Saints about to draft this year’s first quarterback?
[9:17 p.m.] Garrett Wilson is headed to the New York Jets.
He’s Dane Brugler’s top ranked wide receiver and has elite after-the-catch skills. Along with Elijah Moore, the Jets now have one of the most intriguing young wide receiver corps in the league.
With no trades so far, four of the top ten draft picks are headed to MetLife Stadium. It’s a good day to be a New York fan.
[9:10 p.m.] The Seattle Seahawks take the last premier offensive tackle in Charles Cross.
Arguably the best pass protector in the draft, Cross drew buzz this week with some predicting he could be taken over Ikem Ekwonu or Evan Neal. No. 9 feels about right for the Mississippi State product, though.
Earlier today, ESPN’s Mel Kiper and Todd McShay both predicted the Giants would select Cross at No. 5.
Still no quarterbacks selected. Who’s going to be the team to break that streak?
[9:05 p.m.] The first wide receiver is off the board. Atlanta selects Drake London out of USC.
The last two times the Falcons drafted a first-round wide receiver, they hit on Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley. Matt Ryan is gone, but London still has big shoes to fill.
[8:50 p.m.] Some more from Big Blue View about Evan Neal and his fit with the Giants:
Giants draft picks 2022: New York selects OT Evan Neal at No. 7 https://t.co/hh8sIdiqOh— Big Blue View (@bigblueview) April 29, 2022
[8:56 p.m.] Offensive tackle Evan Neal will be suiting up for Big Blue!
Neal, considered to have the highest floor of this year’s offensive tackles, was seen as a potential No. 1 pick earlier in the draft season. He allowed only one sack as a left tackle last year at Alabama. He’ll likely shift over to right tackle with Andrew Thomas on the left side.
The Giants expressed willingness to trade out of the No. 7 pick. We don’t know yet if no offers came in or if they were too excited by Neal to move down. Either way, the Joe Schoen rebuild is officially in full swing.
[8:52 p.m.] The Carolina Panthers select Ikem Ekwonu at No. 6.
The Giants are on the clock. Evan Neal is right there for the taking...
[8:50 p.m.] Here’s BBV’s instant analysis of the Thibodeaux pick, as well as our prospect profile from earlier this week.
Giants draft picks 2022: New York selects edge Kayvon Thibodeaux at No. 5 https://t.co/R0e8nDv7hN— Big Blue View (@bigblueview) April 29, 2022
[8:45 p.m.] Defensive end Kavvon Thibodeaux is a New York Giant.
I don’t think most people saw that coming. Once the projected No. 1 overall pick, Thibodeaux fell down draft boards slightly the last few months after questions about his passion for football. For Joe Schoen and the Giants, those concerns are not an issue.
It’s been a long time since New York has had a truly dominant pass rusher. Is that about to change?
[8:35 p.m.] Well, there goes Sauce Gardner. Reportedly one of the top players on the Giants’ board, the cornerback out of Cincinnati will instead be playing for the other team in MetLife. At least we still get to hear all those Apple Sauce puns.
Gardner is the first University of Cincinnati player to go in the first round since 1971.
It’s been all defense so far. Will the Giants continue that trend or take an offensive tackle?
[8:30 p.m.] The Texans select ... cornerback Derek Stingley Jr! At No. 5, the Giants will get to choose between at least two of Evan Neal, Ikem Ekwonu, and Sauce Gardner.
Stingley has tremendous upside but comes with an injury history. Apparently, that did not scare off Houston.
[8:25 p.m.] Michigan native Aidan Hutchinson goes to the Lions at No. 2. For the second year in a row, Detroit lands a player many did not expect to fall to them Given how quickly the pick came in, gotta figure they’re popping bottles of champagne in that front office right now.
[8:20 p.m.] With the No. 1 pick of the 2022 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars select Travon Walker. This was the first time in a few years there was genuine intrigue surrounding the No. 1 pick, but Walker was the betting favorite over the last few weeks.
[8:07 p.m.] Ah, one of the best Draft Day traditions: booing Roger Goodell. Second only to watching the Raiders pick the worst player on the board.
[7:55 p.m.] ESPN is reporting that the Giants want to go best player available at No. 5 and would prefer to trade out of No. 7.
Round 1 pick tracker
1. Travon Walker - Jacksonville Jaguars
2. Aidan Hutchinson - Detroit Lions
3. Derek Stingley Jr. - Houston Texans
4. Sauce Gardner - New York Jets
5. Kavvon Thibodeaux - New York Giants
6. Ikem Ekwonu - Carolina Panthers
7. Evan Neal - Giants (via Chicago Bears)
8. Drake London - Atlanta Falcons
9. Charles Cross - Seattle Seahawks (via Denver Broncos)
10. Garrett Wilson - Jets (via Seahawks)
11. Chris Olave - New Orleans Saints (via Washington Commanders)
12. Jameson Williams Detroit Lions (via Minnesota Vikings)
13. Jordan Davis - Philadelphia Eagles (via Houston Texans)
14. Kyle Hamilton - Baltimore Ravens
15. Kenyon Green - Houston Texans (via Philadelphia Eagles)
16. Jahan Dotson - Washington Commanders (via Saints)
17. Zion Johnson - Los Angeles Chargers
18. Treylon Burks - Tennessee Titans (via Eagles)
19. Trevor Penning - Saints (via Eagles)
20. Kenny Pickett - Pittsburgh Steelers
21. Trent McDuffie - Kansas City Chiefs (via New England Patriots)
22. Quay Walker - Green Bay Packers (via Las Vegas Raiders)
23. Kaiir Elam - Buffalo Bills (via Baltimore Ravens)
24. Tyler Smith - Dallas Cowboys
25. Tyler Linderbaum - Baltimore Ravens (via Buffalo Bills)
26. Jermaine Johnson - New York Jets (via Tennessee Titans)
27. Devin Lloyd - Jacksonville Jaguars (via Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
28. Devonte Wyatt - Packers
29. Cole Strange - New England Patriots (via Kansas City Chiefs, San Francisco 49ers and Dolphins)
30. George Karlaftis - Chiefs
31. Daxton Hill - Cincinnati Bengals
32. Lewis Cine - Minnesota Vikings (via Detroit Lions and Los Angeles Rams)