Top prospects, draft order, how to watch, what to read and more – The Mercury News

Here’s everything you need to know before the 2022 NFL draft kicks off Thursday night in Las Vegas.

What time is the draft, and how can I watch it?

The first round gets underway Thursday at 8 pm, with Rounds 2-3 beginning Friday at 7 pm and Rounds 4-7 starting Saturday at noon. Coverage of all three days will be broadcast on ESPN, ABC and the NFL Network.

What is the draft order?

After some big trades last year and throughout the offseason, eight teams — the Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts, Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders, Miami Dolphins and Los Angeles Rams — do not have first-round picks, while eight other teams — the Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, New York Jets, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs — have two. The top 32 looks as follows: (Here’s the full order of all 263 picks.)

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

Who are the top prospects?

Here are some of the top players at each position, with their consensus big board ranking and a link to their NFL.com scouting profile:

Quarterback

wide receiver

running back

tight end

Offensive linemen

Cornerback

Safety

linebacker

edge rusher

Defensive linemen

What about the Ravens? What do they need?

The Ravens have 10 picks in the draft, including four in the top 100:

  • Round 1, No. 14 overall
  • Round 2, No. 45
  • Round 3, No. 76
  • Round 3, No. 100 (compensatory)
  • Round 4, No. 110 (via New York Giants)
  • Round 4, No. 119
  • Round 4, No. 128 (via Arizona Cardinals)
  • Round 4, No. 139 (compensatory)
  • Round 4, No. 141 (compensatory)
  • Round 6, No. 197

Cornerback, defensive line, edge rusher and offensive line are the team’s biggest needs. The Baltimore Sun previewed those positions and several others:

Here’s what columnist Mike Preston has to say about the Ravens’ draft plans and a few local prospects:

Here’s what Baltimore Sun reporters Childs Walker and Jonas Shaffer and editor CJ Doon make of the Ravens’ draft approach and this weekend’s stakes.

Here are two divergent views of how the Ravens should spend their picks:

Here are The Baltimore Sun’s final projections for all 143 picks in the first four rounds:

And here are some of the biggest Ravens storylines entering the draft:

Are there any local players who could get picked?

Here are the prospects with ties to Maryland.

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