There are more than two months until the 2022 NFL Draft and six first-round picks have already been traded. CBSSports.com revisits each of these deals and explores how they’ve fared so far.
No. 7 overall: Bears via Giants
The Giants are given numbers 20 (Kadarius Toney) and 164 overall in 2021; No. 7 overall and 2022 4th round pick
Bears receive No. 11 overall in 2021 (Justin Fields)
Toney played nine games for an anemic offense in New York. He has shown flashes of his potential and fans are hoping new head coach Brian Daboll can unlock him full time. The Giants have a second top-10 pick as a result of the trade and should be able to take an offensive or defensive lineman.
If Fields is able to pull through and become the franchise quarterback Chicago was hoping for by going on the trade, then the Bears will emerge victorious from this trade, especially if Daniel Jones continues to be a disappointment in the Big Apple. There is no substitute for elite quarterback play.
No. 10 overall: Jets via Seahawks
Jets get safety Bradley McDougald, No. 23 and 86 overall in 2021; N°10 overall in 2022
Seahawks receive safety Jamal Adams, 2022 4th round pick
McDougald spent one season with the Jets. He recently spent the 2021 season with Tennessee and Jacksonville. New York used the No. 23 overall pick to move up and take USC interior offensive lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker to No. 14 overall. As part of that deal, general manager Joe Douglas sent No. 66 and No. 86 overall to Minnesota in exchange for No. 143 overall and the pick that resulted in Vera-Tucker.
If Seattle had the chance to go back in time, most believe, and rightly so, that the franchise wouldn’t make this trade a second time. The Seahawks doubled down by giving Adams a four-year contract extension worth up to $70 million. He failed to register a sack in 2021 after registering 9.5 the previous year. He posted his first two interceptions since 2019.
No. 15 overall: Eagles via Dolphins
Dolphins receive numbers 6 (Jaylen Waddle) and 156 overall in 2021
The Eagles receive numbers 12 and 123 overall (Zech McPhearson) in 2021; N°15 overall in 2022
Waddle broke Anquan Boldin’s record for receptions by a rookie. His 104 catches were eighth in the league. He also finished in the top 25 for receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. The other choice was involved in a separate exchange.
Philadelphia used the No. 12 overall pick as a starting point to earn two spots for the right to select Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith. In the process, they passed the rival Giants, who fell back to take Toney. Smith had a remarkable rookie campaign in which he posted 64 receptions for 916 yards and five touchdowns. McPhearson appeared in all but one game, recording 16 tackles and one pass deflection.
The trade was and remains a home run for the Eagles. They clinched a top-15 selection in the 2022 NFL Draft while falling six spots and still getting a first pass.
No. 16 overall: Eagles via Colts
Colts get quarterback Carson Wentz
Eagles receive No. 84 overall in 2021 and No. 16 overall in 2022
It was a roller coaster ride of a season for Indianapolis. After starting with three straight losses, the Colts won nine of their next 12 games before losing the last two, including one to the owner of the No. 1 overall pick. Wentz took much of the blame for how the season went. He was responsible for a few grueling turnovers and the Colts’ aspirations are too high to depend on his play. There’s already been a lot of smoke that the franchise could blow from him this offseason. The owner’s public comments did nothing to extinguish the fire creating said smoke.
Philadelphia traded last year’s third-round pick from Indianapolis to Dallas. Wentz’s trade earns the third of three first-round picks for the Eagles. The trade terms originally stated that Indianapolis would send a second-round pick to Philadelphia in exchange for Wentz, but it would become a first-round pick if the quarterback played in at least 75% of the team’s offensive snaps. .
No. 29 overall: Dolphins via 49ers
49ers receive No. 3 overall (Trey Lance) in 2021
Dolphins receive No. 12 overall in 2021; No. 29 overall in 2022, 3rd round pick in 2022; 1st round pick in 2023
Lance has only played six games this season. He was basically an insurance policy for Jimmy Garoppolo, but the keys to the kingdom should be Lance’s advance. There’s a complex discussion to be had over whether San Francisco should have used their first-round pick on a non-quarterback given that they qualified for the NFC Championship Game for the second time. in three years with Garoppolo.
Shortly after completing the trade, Miami moved up six spots in a separate trade described above.
No. 32 overall: Lions via Rams
Lions receive quarterback Jared Goff, No. 101 overall (Ifeatu Melifonwu) in 2021; No. 32 overall in 2022; 1st round pick in 2023
Rams welcome quarterback Matthew Stafford
Goff missed three games and played substitute-level football while on the pitch. Detroit can do more to surround him with talent, but his lift may never reach the penthouse with the former No. 1 overall selection under center. That being said, the Lions could do worse and many franchises did in 2021. As general manager Brad Holmes rebuilds this franchise, it won’t be completely complete without a quarterback who inspires confidence for the future.
Melifonwu appeared in seven games, amassing 15 tackles, two fumble recoveries and three pass deflections.
Although there were times during the season when it looked like Los Angeles’ aggressiveness wouldn’t pay off, the Rams were able to complete their mission by winning the Super Bowl. Stafford has played at a level worthy of MVP consideration at times. Had the team failed, general manager Les Snead’s willingness to compromise long-term goals for short-term reward would have come under criticism. Because it paid off with a Super Bowl win, Snead’s decision making was validated and it could inspire more teams to follow a similar strategy in the future.