NFL Draft 2022 Round 1 picks: Shock $130m draft trade has NFL in meltdown
A “blockbuster” trade has shaken up the NFL Draft on a crazy night where the No. 1 draft pick became engulfed in a car crash storm.
The 2022 NFL Draft was forecast to be the “craziest draft in 30 years” — and it delivered on the hype.
A record nine trades were made in the first round as teams carved up the talent on offer.
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Defensive rusher Travon Walker was picked at No. 1 just one hour after a betting market plunge on the Jaguars picking him with the top selection.
The Georgia University product was described as a “rare” talent by NFL commentators on ESPN.
American football icon Booger McFarland said “My goodness” when asked to describe what the physical beast will add to the Jaguars’ defence.
However, just minutes later it was revealed Walker had recently been involved in a car crash that the Jaguars were aware of.
NFL insider Ian Papaport first revealed the shocking news on Twitter.
You can read on below to see the details of the crash.
Minutes later Detroit wasted no time by picking defensive end Aidan Hutchinson.
That was followed by the first big surprise of the night with cornerback Derek Stingley being picked by the Houston Texans.
Stingley has battled an ongoing Lisfranc injury for more than two years, but his raw explosive talent made him too irresistible for the Texans to say no to.
The next headline moment came when the Saints made an aggressive move to trade with Washington for the No. 11 pick in order to take wide receiver Chris Olave.
It triggered a flurry of trades.
Blockbuster trade sends NFL into meltdown
Former Tennessee receiver A. J. Brown has made a sensational move to the Philadelphia Eagles in a trade that has the league in meltdown.
The Eagles were able to get a deal done by forking out its No. 18 overall pick and a third round selection. The Titans used that pick to snatch receiver Treylon Burks off the board.
Brown is coming off a red-hot year, but he has just one more year remaining on his contract.
It means the Eagles are rolling the dice on trying to sign Brown to a contract extension as he enters free agency in one year’s time.
The news was announced by an ESPN commentator, who said on the live broadcast: “Wow, I have a stunning announcement”.
ESPN’s Dianna Russini first reported the Titans made the move because the writing was on the wall.
“Brown wanted a massive contract extension from the Titans with a year left on his deal and didn’t receive it,” she posted on Twitter.
“He didn’t attended voluntary workouts and stopped communicating with the team, per sources The Titans made an offer, but it wasn’t enough for Brown, now he’s an Eagle.”
NFL journalist Ian Rapaport reported Brown will receive a four-year extension for up to $100 million, with $57 million guaranteed.
That is more than $140m in Aussie dollars.
Shock as top NFL Draft pick in ‘serious’ car crash
NFL Insider Ian Rapaport and Walker have given contrasting reports of how serious the No. 1 draft pick’s car crash was.
“A big-time scare before the Draft: #Georgia’s Travon Walker was in a serious car accident in Athens, GA before the draft, crashing into two parked cars.
“He emerged without injuries somehow. No citations. But a scare for sure.”
Walker was asked about the incident after being picked and said it occurred nearly two weeks prior to the draft.
“It wasn’t anything serious. It was just a fender bender,” he said.
“There aren’t really any details to give.”
Rapaport revealed one hour before the start of the draft that the Jaguars had held onto their secret for several days, having made the decision privately earlier this week to settle on Walker as their guy.
“They are set. This does not seem to be a decision that was difficult for them,” he said.
“The people I speak to, most of them believe it’s going to be Trayvon Walker.
“This is the first time in a few years we don’t know for sure. But they are set.”
NFL Draft 2022 order, results
1) Jacksonville Jaguars — Travon Walker
2) Detroit Lions — Aidan Hutchinson
3) Houston Texans — Derek Stingley
4) New York Jets — Ahmad Gardner
5) New York Giants — Kayvon Thibodeaux
6) Carolina Panthers — Ickey Ekwonu
7) New York Giants (from Chicago Bears) — Evan Neal
8) Atlanta Falcons — Drake London
9) Seattle Seahawks (from Denver Broncos) — Charles Cross
10) New York Jets (from Seattle Seahawks) — Garrett Wilson
11) New Orleans Saints — Chris Olave
12) Detroit Lions — Jameson Williams
13) Philadelphia Eagles — Jordan Davis
14) Baltimore Ravens — Kyle Hamilton
15) Houston Texans — Kenyon Green
16) Washington Commanders — Jahan Dotson
17) Los Angeles Chargers — Zion Johnson
18) Tennessee Titans — Treylon Burks
19) New Orleans Saints — Trevor Penning
20) Pittsburgh Steelers — Kenny Pickett
21) Kansas City Chiefs — Trent McDuffie
22) Green Bay Packers (from Las Vegas Raiders) — Quay Walker
23) Buffalo Bills — Kaiir Elam
24) Dallas Cowboys — Tyler Smith
25) Baltimore Ravens — Tyler Linderbaum
26) New York Jets — Jermaine Johnson
27) Jacksonville Jaguars — Devin Lloyd
28) Green Bay Packers — Devonte Wyatt
29) New England Patriots — Cole Strange
30) Kansas City Chiefs — George Karlaftis
31) Cincinnati Bengals — Daxton Hill
32) Minnesota Vikings — Lewis Cine
Coach slams ‘fake’ report
Evan Neal’s personal coach slammed a report that claimed the offensive tackle had a “medical issue” just days before he was projected to go in the top 10 of the 2022 NFL Draft.
“FAKE NEWS!” offensive line coach Duke Manyweather tweeted this week, in response to a report that said some teams “medically flunked” the Alabama product, who could be a target of the New York Giants at pick number five or seven overall.
“Neal WAS NOT a medical re-check and was medically cleared at combine. Dude hasn’t missed a workout since the national Championship!”
Manyweather went on to tweet a number of videos showing Neal dominating Georgia defensive end Travon Walker — another top draft prospect who’s now the favourite to go No. 1 overall to the Jacksonville Jaguars — in the national title game.
Pro Football Talk confirmed Neal was not asked to return to Indianapolis for the Scouting Combine’s medical re-check. Neal missed only one game in college, and that was due to Covid.
On Wednesday, Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer said “a handful of teams” had raised knee and hip issues about Neal, and that “a good number of clubs” are considering him to be a notable medical risk.
Neal is one of three offensive tackles, along with Ikem Ekwonu and Charles Cross, widely predicted to go in the top 10.
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