Jaguars are the best at being the worst.
Even with Sunday’s victory, the Jaguars will enter the offseason with a No. 1 overall finish in the NFL 2022, partly because the Lions secured the Packers’ victory in week 18.
It is the second highest choice of the Jaguars in a row: In 2021, the team chose defender Trevor Lawrence, who looked like a player many expected to come from Clemson.
Jacksonville was rescued by the Lions, who won their own win over the Packers in week 18. When both teams won, the order of the draft at the top remains the same as in week 18.
Here is an updated view of the NFL 2022 draft order for teams that currently hold tips 1-18 after week 18:
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Draft order NFL 2022
Here’s how the NFL 2022 draft standings stand after the 18th week of the NFL.
(Last updated after week 18 13:00 ET slate games. This story will be updated.)
|1||Jacksonville Jaguars *||3-14|
|2||Detroit Lions *||3-13-1|
|3||Houston Texans *||4-13|
|4||New York Jets *||4-13|
|5||New York Giants *||4-13|
|6||Carolina Panthers *||5-11|
|7||New York Giants (via CHI) *||6-11|
|8||Atlanta Falcons *||7-10|
|9||Denver Broncos *||7-10|
|10||New York Jets (via SEA) *||7-10|
|11||Washington football team *||7-10|
|12||Minnesota Vikings *||8-9|
|13||Cleveland Browns *||8-9|
|14||Baltimore Ravens *||8-9|
|15||Philadelphia Eagles (via MIA) *||9-8|
|16||Philadelphia Eagles (via IND)||9-8|
|17||New Orleans Saints||9-8|
* Design position secured
– The Eagles currently hold three selections in the first round, including a selection in the first round of the Colts within the Carson Wentz store. In order for the selection to turn into a first-round player, Wentz must play ≥75 percent of snaps this year OR Wentz will play ≥70 percent of snaps and Indianapolis will advance to the playoffs, conditions that have been met since week 16.
– The Giants currently hold a selection of Bears in the first round, which was sent as part of the Chicago Draft to pick quarterback Justin Fields in 2021.
– The Dolphins currently hold a selection of 49ers in the first round as part of the predraft trade. In 2021, San Francisco chose quarterback Treye Lance to third place overall.
– The Jets currently hold a selection of Seahawks in the first round of the Jamal Adams Exchange in 2020.
– Selection Nos. 19 to 32 are held by the teams currently in the NFL playoffs.
Defense is the name of the game in the NFL 2022 draft.
This year’s Defender class, highlighted by the top two pass rushers – Kayvon Thibodeaux of Oregon and Aiden Hutchinson of Michigan – could prove to be the basic pieces for teams looking to move to D.
After the fringe group, NFL teams could drool over secondary options: LSU corner defender Derek Stingley is a former All-American consensus – which includes gaining approval from Sporting News in 2019 – and could be in the top five in April. Scouts and analysts named Stingley by far the best CB candidate in this year’s draft.
King Hamilton of Notre Dame joins Stingley in a solid secondary group, who could also be a good bet that he will be the first DB off the board. The Fighting Irish safety was named a consensual All-American last season, and for good reason: He scored three hits for one of the best national defenses and in 2021 was named a finalist for the Bednarik Prize.
Teams looking for a quarterback will have a chance on the offensive side of the ball, although it remains to be seen whether bonafide number 1 will appear before the draft: Sam Howell of North Carolina was the last to be declared, with Kenny Pickett of Pittsburgh and Matt Corral of Ole Miss joining.
Desmon Ridder of Cincinnati and Malik Willis of Liberty are also expected to enter the NFL 2022 draft.