The Three Most Surprising Picks of the 2022 NFL Draft

Pick 3 – Houston Texans draft Derek Stingley Jr, CB, LSU

The Texans went ahead and drafted one of the top cornerback and player prospects of the 2022 NFL draft. Derek Stingley has been debated to be the best cornerback in the draft even after missing most games of his 2020 and 2021 season the past two years. In his freshman year of college at LSU he had six interceptions and gave up little to no touchdowns. Most mock drafts didn’t even have Stingley picked in the top ten of the draft. Stingley is going to help the Texans’ pass defense which was 22nd in the league last year. 

Pick 8 – Atlanta Falcons draft Drake London, WR, USC

The Atlanta Falcons offseason didn’t go exactly how they planned it to. While they did get their new quarterback in Marcus Mariota, they lost their number one wide receiver Calvin Ridley to suspension due to some off field issues. Nobody really expected Drake London to go this early in the draft. Drake London is a big bodying receiver who will go up and get the ball whenever the quarterback throws it up to him. The one downfall people are afraid of him transitioning into the NFL is getting separation from corners, such as people saw happen to former Philadelphia Eagles first round pick in 2019 JJ Arcega-Whiteside who has been none the less than a draft bust. 

Pick 9 – Seattle Seahawks draft Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State

Mostly everyone was expecting the Seahawks to draft a quarterback whether it was Malik Willis or Matt Corral. But they went with the safe option and drafted a top tackle in the draft that gave up less than ten sacks during the season. The Seahawks just lost Russel Wilson to a trade with the Broncos which also acquired them quarterback Drew Lock who is nothing spectacular. The Seahawks could possibly stick with Drew Lock and wait another year till they draft a new quarterback.

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