2022 NFL Free Agent Draft: Picks 17-32

Posted March 11, 2022.

I’ve done this the past 11 years, and I thought it would be fun to do it again. It’s exactly what it sounds like – if free agency occurred in a draft format, who would be the top picks? I’ve excluded all the free agents who are either restricted or previously franchised prior to the published date.

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2022 NFL Free Agent Draft: Picks 1-16


  1. Los Angeles Chargers: Calais Campbell, DE/DT, Ravens. Age: 36.
    The Chargers could use a veteran presence on their defensive line to help stop the run. It was ridiculous that Rex Burkhead looked like the second coming of Earl Campbell in a victory over the Chargers.

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  2. New Orleans Saints: Marcus Maye, S, Jets. Age: 28.
    The Saints lost Marcus Williams in this scenario, so they’d have to replace him with another capable safety. Marcus Maye isn’t as good, but he would be a decent substitute.

  3. Philadelphia Eagles: Amari Cooper, WR, Cowboys. Age: 28.
    The Eagles addressed their defense with their first two picks. With this selection, they can steal a talented player from their arch rival. Amari Cooper fades down the stretch, but he would be a huge upgrade over Jalen Reagor.



  4. Pittsburgh Steelers: Duane Brown, OT, Seahawks. Age: 37.
    The Steelers are looking for a veteran quarterback to guide the team while the rookie they choose in the 2022 NFL Draft develops. However, they need protection for both quarterbacks before anything else.

  5. New England Patriots: Jordan Whitehead, S/CB, Buccaneers. Age: 25.
    Bill Belichick is always looking for versatile, talented players to add to his defense. Jordan Whitehead seems like a great fit in Belichick’s scheme.



  6. Las Vegas Raiders: Alexander Johnson, LB, Broncos. Age: 30.
    The Raiders have needed linebacker help for quite some time. They could do well to pilfer a talented player from a divisional rival.

  7. Arizona Cardinals: Carlton Davis, CB, Buccaneers. Age: 25.
    The Cardinals had problems at cornerback last year because of Malcolm Butler’s surprise retirement. They’ll be looking for multiple players at the position in free agency and/or the draft.

  8. Dallas Cowboys: De’Vondre Campbell, LB, Packers. Age: 29.
    Micah Parsons is a versatile player who can be stationed anywhere. He was used as an edge rusher often in 2021, so if that remains the case, Dallas will be interested in another linebacker.






  9. Buffalo Bills: Rob Gronkowski, TE, Buccaneers. Age: 33.
    There’s been some talk of the Bills signing Rob Gronkowski, giving them a pair of talented tight ends for Josh Allen to have at his disposal.

  10. Tennessee Titans: Charvarius Ward, CB, Chiefs. Age: 26.
    The Titans had a great defense last year, but there were some issues at cornerback. Given how many great quarterbacks there are in the AFC, teams in that conference will need as many talented corners as possible.

  11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Brian Allen, C, Rams. Age: 26.
    Ali Marpet retired, while Ryan Jensen is an impending free agent. The Buccaneers will be looking for offensive line help, and Brian Allen is even better than Jensen.



  12. Green Bay Packers: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Rams. Age: 29.
    Will the Packers finally give Aaron Rodgers the receiving help he needs beyond Davante Adams!?

  13. Miami Dolphins: Trent Brown, OT, Patriots. Age: 29.
    The Dolphins have major offensive line woes. They may not be able to get one of the first-round prospects at No. 29 overall, so they could settle for a tackle from their rival.

  14. Kansas City Chiefs: Devin McCourty, S, Patriots. Age: 35.
    The Chiefs may lose Tyrann Mathieu this offseason, so they could add a defensive stud to put them over the top.

  15. Cincinnati Bengals: Connor Williams, G, Cowboys. Age: 25.
    The Bengals have some offensive line issues that they must remedy. Ja’Marr Chase has been incredible, but Cincinnati didn’t address its blocking problems last spring.

  16. Detroit Lions: Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Dolphins. Age: 28.
    The Lions just cut Trey Flowers, so they’ll be looking for plenty of pass-rushing help.



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