The 2022 NFL Draft wrapped up Saturday evening after an exciting three days of picks and trades. Las Vegas proved to be a fantastic home for the draft with their first crack at playing host. Of course, the evaluation period of this draft class will continue on beyond this immediate reaction. However, it’s important to still be in the moment and react with the information we know today. Hindsight will make everything clearer in a few years, but how a team addressed their needs and manipulated trades are easy to see right away.
Teams that correctly addressed needs and spent efficiently will earn a higher grade. Those that lost significant talent and failed to fill their needs will be lower. Consider a “C” average, and expectations should be for teams in that grade range to have a similar projection to their 2021 finish. After 262 picks and multiple trades, it’s time to hand out grades.