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Here are our winners and losers from all seven rounds of the 2022 NFL Draft

 By Jordan Dajani | CBS Sports

The 2022 NFL Draft has come to a close, and it was one for the books. Las Vegas saw NFL draft records broken, multiple star wide receivers traded in the first round and quarterbacks suffer historic falls into the third round. There were also punters being drafted as soon as the fourth round!

There were winners and losers. Some front offices are celebrating their draft hauls while other players are now more nervous about their place on the depth chart thanks to their team’s dealings this weekend. There’s plenty to discuss, so let’s break down our winners and losers from the 2022 NFL Draft (check out our tracker of every single pick along with grades and analysis here). 

Winner: New York Jets

General manager Joe Douglas crushed this draft. The Jets landed cornerback Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner at No. 4 overall, and then Ohio State wide receiver Garrett Wilson at No. 10. They were seen by many as the top players at their respective positions, and both will be immediate-impact guys. The Jets weren’t done there, however, as they traded back into the first round to select Florida State pass-rusher Jermaine Johnson. This was a player mock draft experts had in the top 10, and some in the top five.

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As he continued his mysterious fall down draft boards, the Jets couldn’t help but squeeze in at the end of the round to pick him up. New York scored what may be three top 10 players on Day 1!

The Jets also made a couple of other intriguing picks. They took former Iowa State running back Breece Hall in the second round, who may be the No. 1 back in this class, and then Ohio State tight end Jeremy Ruckert in the third round, who is considered by some to be the top tight end in this draft class. 

Loser: The rookie quarterbacks

Most mock drafts had at least two quarterbacks being selected in the first round. When Thursday night came, however, we saw just one quarterback selected in the opening round with Kenny Pickett to the Pittsburgh Steelers at No. 20 overall. The next quarterback didn’t come until the third round at No. 74 overall, as Desmond Ridder went to the Atlanta Falcons. A dozen picks later, Malik Willis went to the Tennessee Titans, and then Matt Corral was picked by the Carolina Panthers

To put all of this in perspective, there was only one quarterback taken in the first 50 picks. This is just the sixth time in the common draft era that has happened, and the first time since 2000. There were 54 picks made since the first quarterback was selected, which makes it the second most picks between the first two quarterbacks being selected. The record was set in 1975, when 63 picks elapsed from first to second signal-caller. In all, nine quarterbacks were selected, with five coming on Day 3. 

Winner: The University of Georgia

The year of the Dawg. Georgia won the College Football Championship this past season thanks to one of the best defenses in college football history, and they were well represented in the NFL draft. UGA had five defensive players drafted in the first round — including No. 1 overall pick Travon Walker — which is the most by a single school in NFL history. Two more defenders were drafted in the third round, which set another record with the most defensive players selected from a single school in the first three rounds of any NFL draft. 

In all, 15 players from Georgia were selected in the 2022 NFL Draft. That is also an NFL draft record.  

Loser: Baker Mayfield

It was thought maybe Mayfield could be moved during the NFL draft depending on which quarterback-needy teams missed out on prospects. The perceived favorite to land Mayfield was the Panthers, as NFL Media reported that they and the Cleveland Browns had continued to discuss a potential swap. Instead of trading for Mayfield, the Panthers traded up into the third round and selected former Ole Miss signal-caller Matt Corral with the No. 94 overall pick.

Mayfield has been waiting for a trade for over a month, as the Browns won the Deshaun Watson sweepstakes earlier this offseason. Mayfield is due $18.85 million in 2022, and the Browns have probably realized by now that they will have to eat some of that money. Then, there’s also the compensation question. 

Who is going to want Mayfield? Maybe the Detroit Lions?  

Winner: Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles were a huge winner in the 2022 NFL Draft. On opening night, they traded for Titans star wideout A.J. Brown, and gave him a four-year, $100 million deal that includes $57 million guaranteed, per ESPN. The Eagles were a team expected to be in the mix for a wide receiver in the first round, but after trading for Brown, Howie Roseman turned his attention to the defense, drafting 6-foot-6, 340-pound defensive tackle Jordan Davis out of Georgia. Running the football against him and Fletcher Cox is going to be nearly impossible.

Philly wasn’t done there. In the second round it stole Nebraska offensive lineman Cam Jurgens, who figures to be Jason Kelce’s successor at some point. Then, the Eagles recorded what may be the steal of the draft in Georgia linebacker Nakobe Dean. The first-round talent fell to No. 83 overall due to reports of a pectoral strain that some thought may require surgery. However, he’s expected to be a full participant in OTAs next week!

Every year, there are talented prospects who fall for what are truly stupid reasons. There’s a great chance teams will be kicking themselves for passing on Dean multiple times. 

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