2022 NFL Vikings Draft First Round Live Blog: Updates, Analysis, Pick Tracking
The first round of the 2022 NFL Draft is officially underway from Las Vegas, with the Jaguars clocked in first overall for the second year in a row.
Stay tuned here for updates throughout the evening. The Vikings are expected to choose No. 12 overall in the first draft of Kwesi Adofo-Mensah.
8:50 p.m. — Nearly 30 minutes later, I’m still a bit confused by the Vikings’ exchanges so far. Some business value graphs say they won the deal, others say they lost it. But the reality is they fell 20 spots on each of their top two picks to add pick No. 34. Time will tell if that happens, but passing on a group of potential game changers to 12 is a risky decision.
8:47 p.m. — Two more: the Texans took G Kenyon Green at 15 and the Commanders took WR Jahan Dotson at 16. And the Ravens traded Hollywood Brown to the Cardinals for the 23rd pick!
8:45 p.m. – Catching up with some recent picks: Lions took WR Jameson Williams at 12 with the Vikings’ pick, Eagles traded to take DT Jordan Davis at 13 and Ravens took S Kyle Hamilton at 14.
8:23 p.m. — The Vikings trade with the Lions. They won’t choose until 32 tonight. They got picks 32, 34 and 66 for 12 and 46. Here is the story of the case.
8:16 p.m. – A market! Saints have increased to 11, trading for the choice of commanders. New Orleans had 16 and 19.
8:14 p.m. – The Jets take Ohio State WR Garrett Wilson. One more choice until the Vikings are there.
8:08 p.m. – The Seahawks win the final big three offensive tackles, Charles Cross of Mississippi State. The Vikings pick is fast approaching, with Kyle Hamilton, Jermaine Johnson, Jameson Williams, Trent McDuffie and Garrett Wilson all still on the board. Two other choices to make.
20:00 – The first wide receiver comes off the board at 8, with USC’s Drake London going to the Falcons.
7:54 p.m. –The Giants’ second selection is Alabama tackle Evan Neal. Thibodeaux and Neal is a pretty impressive first-round run.
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7:47 p.m. –The Panthers finally take the first offensive player in the draft, but it’s not a quarterback, it’s NC State offensive tackle Ikem Ekwonu. What is Carolina’s plan at QB?
7:39 p.m. – The Giants take on Oregon EDGE Kayvon Thibodeaux. That’s five straight defensive players to open the draft, which is incredibly rare. Expect a run on offensive players to start with the Panthers at 6.
7:32 p.m. – The Jets take Sauce Gardner, which means the top two cornerbacks are gone in the top four picks. It wasn’t planned, but that’s not entirely surprising given what we’ve heard recently. The Vikings must have known they probably weren’t going to give it a shot either.
7:25 p.m. – The Texans take LSU CB Derek Stingley Jr. at 3. That’s not good news for the Vikings, who were hoping Stingley would be available at 12. He would have been a perfect fit in Minnesota. Will Sauce Gardner or Kayvon Thibodeaux fall at all?
7:20 p.m. –The Lions get Michigan EDGE hometown kid Aidan Hutchinson. It’s a great result for Detroit.
7:15 p.m. –Georgia EDGE Travon Walker becomes No. 1 overall for the Jaguars, which had become the expectation recently. His physical tools were too difficult to pass up.
7:00 p.m. — Check out these last-minute Vikings rumors.
Vikings Draft Selections
- First Round, No. 12
- Second Round, No. 46
- Third Round, No. 77
- Fifth round, n°156 (Crows, Yannick Ngakoue exchange)
- Sixth Round, No. 184
- Sixth round, No. 191 (from Chiefs, traded Mike Hughes)
- Sixth round, No. 192 (from the Jets, trade Chris Herndon)
- Seventh round, No. 250 (from the Broncos, Stephen Weatherly trade)
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