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What To Know About The 2022 NFL Draft

Here’s what you should know about the 2022 NFL Draft, including who the top picks might be and how you can watch this weekend’s event.

The 2022 NFL Draft begins on Thursday and runs through Monday. This year’s draft will be aired on multiple networks, with ABC, ESPN and NFL Network all airing coverage of the draft.

Looking to watch this year’s draft? fuboTV has all the networks that be airing live draft coverage, so if you’re not already subscribed, start a free trial to make sure you’re able to watch the NFL Draft from every angle.

Let’s try to answer all of the questions you might have about this year’s draft.

What’s The Television Coverage Look Like For The Draft?

With so many options, it can be hard to decide which network to watch. You could use your fuboTV trial or subscription to bounce around between channels, but if you want an idea of what to expect from each network, here’s the breakdown:

ESPN: ESPN’s pre-draft coverage begins at 3 p.m. on Thursday. Louis Riddick, Mike Greenberg, Mel Kiper Jr. and Booger McFarland will lead the network’s coverage, with Jeff Darlington, Kimberley Martin, Sal Paolantonio and Dianna Russini reporting from team facilities.

ABC: ABC features numerous voices, including Robert Griffin III, Todd McShay, Rece Davis, Desmond Howard, Sam Ponder and Laura Rutledge. Suzy Kolber will interview prospects following their selection. On Saturday, ABC will simulcast the ESPN feed.

NFL Network: NFL Network will air pre-draft coverage all week and will begin draft coverage on draft day at 11:00 a.m. Rich Eisen, Daniel Jeremiah, Charles Davis and David Shaw will be on location, while Kurt Warner and Joel Klatt will also provide commentary. NFL Network will make use of many of the network’s reporters.

What Team Picks First On Thursday?

For the second year in a row, the Jacksonville Jaguars have the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft. Last season, the team drafted Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence with that pick. Lawrence struggled as a rookie, throwing 12 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. At one point, Lawrence had an eight-game span in which he threw just one total touchdown pass.

Still, the Jaguars won’t be taking a quarterback. Lawrence is their future. Instead, look for the team to target either an offensive lineman like NC State’s Ikem Ekwonu or an edge rusher like Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson or Georgia’s Travon Walker.

When Will The First Quarterback Be Drafted?

This isn’t a draft class that’s got a stud quarterback in it. The last four No. 1 picks have been quarterbacks, but that won’t be happening this year.

In fact, this is likely to be just the third time since 1998 that the first quarterback taken didn’t go in the first three picks:

The best guess for when a QB could go off the board will be Carolina with the sixth pick, but the Panthers could easily wait. Atlanta at No. 8 and Seattle at No. 9 could go quarterback, but neither is a lock. The latest the first QB goes is like at No. 16 to the Saints.

It’s still not clear if that first QB will be Liberty’s Malik Willis, Ole Miss’ Matt Corral, North Carolina’s Sam Howell or Pitt’s Kenny Pickett, though Willis seems to be the most likely to be taken first of the four.

Who Are The Top Non-QB Prospects?

If a QB won’t go first, who could?

A handful of names are in play at the top of the board. Three edge rushers—Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson, Oregon’s Kayvon Thibodeaux and Georgia’s Travon Walker—are possibilities, as are two offensive tackles in Alabama’s Evan Neal and NC State’s Ikem Ekwonu.

Not in play at No. 1 but still options in the top 10 include Cincinnati corner Sauce Gardner, LSU corner Derek Stingley Jr., Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton, Mississippi State offensive tackle Charles Cross and three wide receivers: Drake London (USC), Jameson Williams (Alabama) and Garrett Wilson (Ohio State).

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