McShay’s NFL draft buzz: Surprise at No. 1? What could Seattle do at No. 9?

  • ESPN College Football and NFL Draft Analyst
  • Joined ESPN in 2006
  • Played quarterback in high school and was a backup QB for the University of Richmond.

The 2022 NFL draft promises to have plenty of intrigue. The class is littered with playmakers on both sides of the ball who can have an impact right out of the gate. Eight teams have multiple first-rounders, and two of them will double up on top-10 selections. An already wild offseason could get a whole lot more interesting when the clock starts in Las Vegas on Thursday night.

I’ve been talking with general managers, coaches, execs, scouts and other evaluators around the league to get the latest surrounding how each team might use their draft picks and which players each team likes more than others. Of course, we won’t know for sure how the board will fall until Thursday — there are always surprises — and you can always expect some smoke screens at this stage. And a majority of the conversations I’ve had with decision-makers over the past few days have begun with them saying, “This is going to be wild.”

Here’s what I’m hearing around the league and the current direction that the wind is blowing for teams with top-10 picks and a handful of other franchises with intrigue around their selections. Plus, we check in with the quarterback outlook and other prospects who are getting a lot of buzz in the final days before the draft.


Jacksonville Jaguars (Pick No. 1)

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