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 p.m., with Rounds 2-3 beginning Friday at 7 p.m. 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.)

Jacksonville Jaguars
Detroit Lions
Houston Texans
New York Jets
New York Giants
Carolina Panthers
New York Giants (via Chicago Bears)
Atlanta Falcons
Seattle Seahawks (via Denver Broncos)
New York Jets (via Seahawks)
Washington Commanders
Minnesota Vikings
Houston Texans (via Cleveland Browns)
Baltimore Ravens
Philadelphia Eagles (via Miami Dolphins)
New Orleans Saints (via Indianapolis Colts)
Los Angeles Chargers
Philadelphia Eagles (via Saints)
New Orleans Saints (via Eagles)
Pittsburgh Steelers
New England Patriots
Green Bay Packers (via Las Vegas Raiders)
Arizona Cardinals
Dallas Cowboys
Buffalo Bills
Tennessee Titans
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Green Bay Packers
Kansas City Chiefs (via San Francisco 49ers)
Kansas City Chiefs
Cincinnati Bengals
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 scouting profile:


Malik Willis of Liberty (No. 28 overall)
Kenny Pickett of Pittsburgh (No. 32)
Desmond Ridder of Cincinnati (No. 42)
Matt Corral of Ole Miss (No. 44)
Sam Howell of North Carolina (No. 56)
Carson Strong of Nevada (No. 99)

Wide receiver

Garrett Wilson of Ohio State (No. 10)
Drake London of Southern California (No. 12)
Jameson Williams of Alabama (No. 13)
Chris Olave of Ohio State (No. 17)
Treylon Burks of Arkansas (No. 21)
Jahan Dotson of Penn State (No. 31)
George Pickens of Georgia (No. 46)
Christian Watson of North Dakota State (No. 49)
Skyy Moore of Western Michigan (No. 50)

Running back

Breece Hall of Iowa State (No. 37)
Kenneth Walker III of Michigan State (No. 43)
Isaiah Spiller of Texas A&M (No. 63)
James Cook of Georgia (No. 89)
Brian Robinson Jr. of Alabama (No. 105)
Dameon Pierce of Florida (No. 107)

Tight end

Trey McBride of Colorado State (No. 52)
Greg Dulcich of UCLA (No. 73)
Jeremy Ruckert of Ohio State (No. 82)
Isaiah Likely of Coastal Carolina (No. 97)
Jelani Woods of Virginia (No. 98)

Offensive linemen

Evan Neal of Alabama (No. 2)
Ikem Ekwonu of North Carolina State (No. 5)
Charles Cross of Mississippi State (No. 9)
Tyler Linderbaum of Iowa (No. 14)
Zion Johnson of Boston College (No. 20)
Trevor Penning of Northern Iowa (No. 23)
Kenyon Green of Texas A&M (No. 25)
Bernhard Raimann of Central Michigan (No. 39)
Tyler Smith of Tulsa (No. 47)


Ahmad Gardner of Cincinnati (No. 6)
Derek Stingley Jr. of LSU (No. 7)
Trent McDuffie of Washington (No. 19)
Andrew Booth Jr. of Clemson (No. 22)
Kaiir Elam of Florida (No. 30)
Kyler Gordon of Washington (No. 36)
Roger McCreary of Auburn (No. 45)


Kyle Hamilton of Notre Dame (No. 4)
Daxton Hill of Michigan (No. 26)
Lewis Cine of Georgia (No. 33)
Jaquan Brisker of Penn State (No. 38)
Jalen Pitre of Baylor (No. 41)
Nick Cross of Maryland (No. 81)


Devin Lloyd of Utah (No. 16)
Nakobe Dean of Georgia (No. 24)
Quay Walker of Georgia (No. 51)
Chad Muma of Wyoming (No. 54)
Christian Harris of Alabama (No. 57)
Leo Chenal of Wisconsin (No. 61)
Troy Andersen of Montana State (No. 69)

Edge rusher

Aidan Hutchinson of Michigan (No. 1)
Kayvon Thibodeaux of Oregon (No. 3)
Travon Walker of Georgia (No. 8)
Jermaine Johnson II of Florida State (No. 11)
George Karlaftis of Purdue (No. 18)
David Ojabo of Michigan (No. 29)
Arnold Ebiketie of Penn State (No. 34)
Boye Mafe of Minnesota (No. 35)
Drake Jackson of Southern California (No. 59)

Defensive linemen

Jordan Davis of Georgia (No. 15)
Devonte Wyatt of Georgia (No. 27)
Travis Jones of Connecticut (No. 40)
Logan Hall of Houston (No. 48)
Perrion Winfrey of Oklahoma (No. 53)
DeMarvin Leal of Texas A&M (No. 55)
Phidarian Mathis of Alabama (No. 68)
Josh Paschal of Kentucky (No. 70)

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:

Why Georgia DL Jordan Davis could be more than an elite run-stuffer
Why Northern Iowa offensive tackle Trevor Penning might be too good a fit to pass up at No. 14
The pass rush needs a spark, and Florida State’s Jermaine Johnson II shows elite flashes
Why versatile cornerback Trent McDuffie might be the perfect player to fill out a thin secondary
Why a wide receiver, a safety and a running back might be tempting in the early rounds

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

The NFL draft is prime time for the Ravens to beef up and get back to their roots | COMMENTARY
Ravens’ old-school approach to the NFL draft still works. Don’t expect it to change. | COMMENTARY
Do the Ravens need to upgrade at linebacker? It’s open to debate. | COMMENTARY
Chip on shoulder about to pay off for former Friends School star Tyler Badie in NFL draft | COMMENTARY
For Gilman grad Thomas Booker, versatility on and off the field might get him to the NFL | COMMENTARY
‘Off-the-charts smart’ Chance Campbell, a former Calvert Hall and Maryland standout, is an NFL draft hopeful | COMMENTARY

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

Ravens roundtable: Predicting the first round, prioritizing needs and defining a successful draft

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

Dueling Ravens mock drafts: A lot of picks, a few trades and two very different first-round choices

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

2022 NFL mock draft (Version 4.0): Four-round projections show the big picture

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

Five NFL draft questions that could shape the Ravens’ first round

Are there any local players who could get picked?

Here are the prospects with ties to Maryland.


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