What you might want to know for all 32 groups

There are simply 4 weeks left within the 2022 NFL season, and whereas some groups are fascinated about making the playoffs, others are waiting for the 2023 NFL draft. Let’s flip our consideration there for a second.

The ESPN Soccer Energy Index (FPI) tasks the Houston Texans and the Chicago Bears to choose 1-2 in April. The Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions are projected to get top-five picks due to trades, with the Seahawks getting the Denver Broncos’ decide for Russell Wilson and the Lions getting the Los Angeles Rams’ decide for Matthew Stafford. The Texans, Seahawks and Lions are amongst groups with a number of first-round picks, together with the 12-1 Philadelphia Eagles (from the New Orleans Saints). The Miami Dolphins had their first-round decide forfeited as a part of their tampering punishment.

We requested our NFL Nation reporters for early perception into each group’s draft plans. What place(s) ought to every group give attention to on account of the 2022 season? Who might be available in the market for a quarterback in a 2023 class with loads of high-end choices?

There may be nonetheless a bunch of time between now and when Spherical 1 begins on April 27, however let’s begin the draft dialog with the AFC East.

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Projected first-round decide: No. 28

The Payments haven’t got a surplus of picks on this draft, with the group buying and selling away two late-round picks on the deadline for working again Nyheim Hines and security Dean Marlowe. They’ve an extra fifth-round decide after buying and selling offensive lineman Cody Ford to the Cardinals, nonetheless. The Payments’ greatest wants will rely on what they do in free company, with linebacker Tremaine Edmunds and security Jordan Poyer — two key defensive gamers — set to be free brokers. They will not must do main roster work within the draft, however there are positions that they’ll seemingly want to handle, with the offensive line being one other candidate. — Alaina Getzenberg

Projected first-round decide: None

The Dolphins as soon as owned two first-round picks on this draft however traded one to the Broncos for linebacker Bradley Chubb, and the NFL stripped them of the opposite as a part of its punishment for unlawful tampering. They do, nonetheless, nonetheless have a second-round decide and two third-rounders, which could possibly be sufficient to commerce up into the late first spherical if there is a prospect with which they’re enamored. Extra seemingly, Miami will keep put and handle wants that embrace offensive line, tight finish and cornerback. — Marcel Louis-Jacques

Projected first-round decide: No. 16

The Patriots are stocked with picks — an extra third-rounder from a 2022 draft-day commerce with Carolina, an additional fourth-rounder from beforehand dealing working again Sony Michel to the Rams and two extra sixth-rounders from trades involving Stephon Gilmore and Jarrett Stidham — so that may present loads of flexibility to make trades. If an offensive deal with is in putting distance early, that will be a slam dunk. Shaky play at that place, partly because of a run of accidents, has contributed to the offense rating twenty fifth within the NFL in sacks taken per go play. — Mike Reiss

Projected first-round picks: No. 17

The Jets must be again to having a “normal” draft. After stockpiling picks within the final two drafts — that they had six whole picks within the high 36 — they’ve just one in every of the highest rounds. That makes it tougher to fill wants, however they clearly haven’t got as many as in earlier years. It places extra stress on basic supervisor Joe Douglas and his scouting division as a result of the margin for error is slimmer than within the high-volume years, but it surely’s an indication of progress of their rebuild. — Wealthy Cimini


Projected first-round decide: No. 25

Whereas there might be loads of clamoring for the Ravens to handle broad receiver within the first spherical due to an absence of productiveness, nobody must be stunned if Baltimore makes use of its high decide on a cornerback. Marcus Peters is a free agent after a season wherein he has clashed with coach John Harbaugh on the sideline and has not seemed like himself on the sphere. Baltimore might want to discover one other starter to pair with Marlon Humphrey. The Ravens have lengthy prioritized the cornerback place however have not chosen one within the first spherical since 2017. — Jamison Hensley

Projected first-round decide: No. 26

With quarterback Joe Burrow’s contract extension looming, the Bengals seemingly will want a plug-and-play starter within the draft to offset Burrow’s impending salary-cap hit. Cincinnati might handle tight finish or slot receiver, which might come up as wants this offseason. Discovering high-leverage contributors on this class might be key to Cincinnati’s success for the following couple of years. — Ben Child

Projected first-round decide: None

The Browns despatched out three years’ value of first-round picks within the Deshaun Watson commerce, together with their 2023 choice. Nonetheless, they’ve a number of points to handle. The largest is a lean defensive entrance that has been overpowered too many occasions this season. Getting a beefy, difference-making defensive deal with within the second spherical must be the precedence for a franchise with restricted draft assets shifting ahead. — Jake Trotter

Projected first-round decide: No. 10

The Steelers are projected have their highest decide since 2014, after they had the No. 15 choice after a rebuilding season. They’ve a number of quick positions of want they may fill after addressing the quarterback place in 2022. On the high of their want record must be cornerback, offensive deal with, inside offensive line and defensive deal with. Since Pittsburgh parted methods with Joe Haden after final season, a real lockdown cornerback hasn’t emerged. And on the offensive line, 2021 fourth-round choice Dan Moore Jr. has been one of many most-penalized tackles and has allowed six sacks. — Brooke Pryor


Projected first-round picks: Nos. 1, 12

The Texans’ rebuild is caught within the mud. Why? As a result of they’re nonetheless trying to find their quarterback of the long run. There was optimism earlier than the season that Davis Mills might turn out to be the long-term reply, however he was benched after 10 begins (and 11 interceptions). Going into this draft, Houston should discover its franchise signal-caller to provide its rebuild any legitimacy. — DJ Bien-Aime

Projected first-round decide: No. 7

The Colts have drafted simply two quarterbacks within the first spherical since 1998: Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck. With their want on the place as dire as ever, search for a heightened give attention to the passers on this class. The Colts produce other points to kind out — like who might be their coach going ahead — however there is no such thing as a debate in regards to the important scenario at quarterback given Matt Ryan’s age (37) and efficiency and the unproven standing of Sam Ehlinger. — Stephen Holder

Projected first-round decide: No. 13

Regardless of spending $128 million in assured cash on seven defensive free brokers and choosing 5 defensive gamers within the first three rounds the previous two offseasons, protection stays the Jaguars’ high precedence. The go rush has largely been ineffective (2022 No. 1 decide Travon Walker and 2019 No. 7 decide Josh Allen have mixed for simply 7.5 sacks) and the inside of the line of defense wants an improve, too. Cornerback could possibly be the highest goal if the Jaguars aren’t prepared to maneuver Darious Williams, signed this 12 months to be the nickelback, outdoors completely. — Michael DiRocco

Projected first-round decide: No. 22

The Titans might be making draft picks with out basic supervisor Jon Robinson for the primary time since 2015. This draft might be important for a group caught in a cycle of early playoff exits. Tennessee has invested closely within the protection and gotten the specified outcomes, however the offense lacks established dynamic playmakers outdoors of working again Derrick Henry, so this draft must yield gamers who will help put factors on the board. — Turron Davenport


Projected first-round decide: No. 24

With solely three wins, many people marvel how excessive the decide the Broncos despatched to the Seahawks as a part of the Russell Wilson commerce final March might be. It tasks to land within the high three, so Wilson has loads of work to do to point out that he was well worth the draft capital the Broncos despatched to amass him — two firsts, two seconds and a fifth-round decide. And the Broncos have loads of work to do to construct an offense wherein Wilson can succeed. They did get a first-round decide again after they traded Bradley Chubb to the Dolphins, however Wilson continues to be the important thing piece. — Jeff Legwold

Projected first-round decide: No. 30

Relying on the variety of compensatory picks they’re awarded, the Chiefs might have as many as 11 decisions. That makes this draft extra about amount than high quality, significantly because the Chiefs have just one decide in every of the primary three rounds. They are going to have the pliability to maneuver up for a specific participant in the event that they so select, nonetheless. They’ve accomplished a pleasant job of drafting within the late rounds lately, so they may discover a productive participant or two on the third day in the event that they preserve all their picks. — Adam Teicher

Projected first-round decide: No. 9

A 12 months after ready till the third spherical to make its first choice — the brand new regime of basic supervisor Dave Ziegler and coach Josh McDaniels dealt first- and second-round picks to Inexperienced Bay for wideout Davante Adams — Las Vegas once more must get just a little little bit of the whole lot. Little has modified, even with stars corresponding to Adams, working again Josh Jacobs and defensive finish Maxx Crosby on the roster. The wild card, although, is quarterback. As a result of although Derek Carr signed a three-year, $121.5 million extension with a no-trade clause final offseason, the Raiders have a three-day window after the season to maneuver on with a comparatively low cost $5.6 million salary-cap hit. — Paul Gutierrez

Projected first-round decide: No. 23

The Chargers have used first-round picks the previous two years to construct safety for quarterback Justin Herbert, choosing left deal with Rashawn Slater in 2021 and proper guard Zion Johnson final April. That pattern might proceed, with a have to solidify the fitting deal with spot, the place starter Trey Pipkins III is scheduled to turn out to be an unrestricted free agent. The Bolts have seven draft picks regardless of sending a 2023 sixth-round choice to the Bears as a part of the commerce for Khalil Mack. Through the draft, the Bears despatched a 2023 sixth-round again in change for 2 2022 seventh-round picks. — Lindsey Thiry


Projected first-round decide: No. 29

There are a number of positions the Cowboys might goal this offseason, corresponding to working again, tight finish, linebacker and doubtlessly even a quarterback for the long run. Cornerback is a significant want, nonetheless. Jourdan Lewis suffered a Lisfranc damage in October that would have an extended highway for rehab. Anthony Brown, who is ready to be a free agent, suffered a torn Achilles in December. The Cowboys have Trevon Diggs below contract by means of 2023 however want to lengthen his contract. With Brown out for the 12 months, 2021 second-round decide Kelvin Joseph has an opportunity to point out if he generally is a full-time participant. If he does not, cornerback seems to be like the largest place to focus on going into the draft. — Todd Archer

Projected first-round decide: No. 20

The large query for the Giants might be whether or not they can — or will — take a quarterback within the first spherical. Certain, it will not be simple in the event that they resolve to go in that route, however Buffalo (the place basic supervisor Joe Schoen and coach Brian Daboll labored beforehand) had the twenty first general decide within the 2018 draft, traded up twice and landed Josh Allen at No. 7 general. The Giants have 9 picks in April’s draft and may add two extra compensatory picks. That offers them one thing to work with. — Jordan Raanan

Projected first-round picks: Nos. 6, 31

The 12-1 Eagles have a legit probability to make a deep run within the playoffs and nonetheless find yourself with a top-10 decide. That is as a result of they maintain the rights to not solely their very own first-rounder in 2023 however the Saints’ as properly, because of a deal earlier than this April’s draft that despatched the Nos. 16 and 19 general picks to New Orleans, together with a 2022 sixth-round decide, for the No. 18 general decide, a 2023 first-round decide, a 2022 third-round decide, a 2022 seventh-round decide and a 2024 second-round decide. With Jalen Hurts solidifying his spot because the beginning quarterback, Philadelphia can give attention to the offensive line, line of defense and secondary. — Tim McManus

Projected first-round decide: No. 21

The Commanders have eight picks within the draft, three coming within the seventh spherical. They don’t have a third-round decide due to the Carson Wentz commerce however seemingly will get one for shedding guard Brandon Scherff to free company final offseason. They’re in a great place to handle a number of areas. Washington wants extra depth at nook and will use its first decide there. Quarterback could possibly be an possibility relying on how the place shakes out — Wentz has no assured cash and could be reduce; Taylor Heinicke might be a free agent and Sam Howell is an unknown. The Commanders want extra high quality inside offensive linemen and velocity in every single place. — John Keim


Projected first-round decide: No. 2

There might be loads of quarterback-needy groups seeking to commerce as much as the Bears’ spot within the high three picks. A 12 months after not having a first-round choice, Chicago might come away with a number of firsts by buying and selling again, permitting basic supervisor Ryan Poles to handle wants at line of defense, broad receiver and offensive line. The Bears rank final within the NFL in sacks (16) and pressures (70). Bolstering their go rush is precedence No. 1, and if it does not come by signing free brokers, they may discover that assist atop the draft. — Courtney Cronin

Projected first-round picks: Nos. 4, 15

Ever since he arrived in Detroit, basic supervisor Brad Holmes has proven a watch for draft expertise, choosing gems corresponding to fourth-round receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown, who’s off to a record-breaking begin to his profession. There might be robust choices made on this draft, and the Lions seemingly must handle quarterback and cornerback. Sure, Jared Goff is having an important season, however they must safe younger expertise at that spot, and the secondary is the Lions’ largest want on protection. — Eric Woodyard

Projected first-round decide: No. 14

Nonetheless ready for that first-round receiver? Will probably be Yr 21 with out one, particularly because it seems the Packers hit on second-rounder Christian Watson and fourth-rounder Romeo Doubs this 12 months. But the Packers nonetheless have to get their quarterback — whether or not it is Aaron Rodgers or Jordan Love — assist. That should come within the type of a deal with and a good finish. Who is aware of how for much longer David Bakhtiari will maintain up at left deal with? And it is nonetheless not a provided that Yosh Nijman is a long-term starter. At tight finish, Robert Tonyan is their solely playmaker, and he is on an expiring contract. — Rob Demovsky

Projected first-round decide: No. 27

One in all these years, the Vikings must take into consideration life after Kirk Cousins. He’ll flip 35 earlier than subsequent season, and barring one other contract extension, will enter 2023 within the closing 12 months of his present deal. The Vikings’ unexpectedly profitable season makes it unlikely that they will be able to pick out one of many high quarterbacks on this draft, but it surely’s a central team-building situation that’s solely going to accentuate shifting ahead. — Kevin Seifert


Projected first-round decide: No. 8

Whereas a few of this can rely on how rookie quarterback Desmond Ridder manages the final 4 video games of the common season, the Falcons may be well-served by specializing in defensive linemen and edge rushers within the draft regardless. They as soon as once more are towards the underside of the league in sacks and stress proportion, and the group desperately wants to search out gamers to encompass star deal with Grady Jarrett. It was Atlanta’s greatest want final 12 months — and stays its greatest want this offseason, solely this time there’s additionally cap cash to play with. — Michael Rothstein

Projected first-round decide: No. 11

The Panthers have not taken a quarterback within the first spherical since Cam Newton with the highest decide in 2011. With a great shot at a top-10 decide, it’s time to finish the quarterback turmoil the group has been in since halfway by means of the 2018 season, when Newton suffered a shoulder damage. Basic supervisor Scott Fitterer has positioned himself with the commerce of working again Christian McCaffrey to the 49ers to have the picks to maneuver up for a quarterback if needed. — David Newton

Projected first-round decide: None

The Saints traded their first-round decide to the Eagles, and the timing could not be worse. Andy Dalton is on a one-year deal, and the group has twice seemed previous Jameis Winston in favor of different quarterbacks, which means it clearly does not see him as a long-term possibility. New Orleans hasn’t discovered its successor to Drew Brees, and it is badly wanted, however the choices could possibly be restricted with no Spherical 1 decide on this draft. — Katherine Terrell

Projected first-round decide: No. 18

All the things the Bucs will do that offseason facilities on whether or not quarterback Tom Brady returns, as his contract expires on the finish of the season. If he returns, the quarterback scenario can have safety, and they are going to be seeking to contend. If he does not, and so they cannot discover a veteran substitute, the Bucs will shift to “rebuild” mode. — Jenna Laine


Projected first-round decide: No. 5

First, it will rely on who’s making the decide — will or not it’s longtime basic supervisor Steve Keim or another person? Keim has been the GM since 2013. Arizona can have a plethora of wants within the first spherical, and sticking to its “best player available” philosophy hasn’t at all times benefitted the group. This draft might be about making quarterback Kyler Murray blissful and giving him extra items to work with, whether or not that is an offensive lineman or an offensive weapon. If that does not occur, the discord behind closed doorways will proceed, particularly as Murray will get set for rehab and surgical procedure for the season-ending knee damage he suffered Monday. — Josh Weinfuss

Projected first-round decide: None

This might be Sean McVay’s first shedding season because the Rams employed him in 2017, however the group will not profit from it early within the draft. The Rams have not made a first-round choice since 2016, and that may proceed except they commerce up. Their seemingly top-five decide will go to the Lions as a part of the commerce that introduced quarterback Matthew Stafford and a Tremendous Bowl to Los Angeles. Los Angeles has six picks on this draft, however three are within the sixth spherical. — Sarah Barshop

Projected first-round decide: None

The Niners haven’t got a decide within the first or second rounds and, barring a commerce up, will not choose till the top of the third, the place they’ll have compensatory picks. Nonetheless, they mission to have as much as 9 picks relying on how the compensatory system shakes out. That ought to assist replenish a roster that’s going to wish reinforcements in every single place. San Francisco has one other profitable extension to get accomplished within the offseason, with defensive finish Nick Bosa due for a large payday, which suggests it is necessary for the group to proceed hitting on mid- to late-round picks who can change free brokers it’s going to inevitably lose. — Nick Wagoner

Projected first-round decide: Nos. 3, 19

The Russell Wilson commerce has basic supervisor John Schneider and the Seahawks sitting fairly. With the Broncos at 3-10, the first-round decide they owe Seattle seemingly will land within the high 5. Selecting that early provides the Seahawks a uncommon probability at including the impression defensive lineman they badly want upfront, however they’d additionally want a quarterback in the event that they let Geno Smith stroll in free company. Additionally they personal Denver’s second-rounder, which means they’re more likely to have three top-40 picks. — Brady Henderson