Race for first overall pick in 2022 draft: how Davis Mills could determine which team gets top pick


For most of the 2021 season, it seemed obvious the Texans would use their first-round pick at quarterback. But after back-to-back wins, including Sunday’s 41-29 win over the Chargers, it looks like the Texans could decide to stick with Davis Mills while dedicating their first pick to another position.

Mills will look to strengthen his record to be the Texans’ starting quarterback in 2022 with a strong 2021 end to the campaign. And if the Texans ultimately feel happy with Mills, it could create business opportunities, especially from the teams. looking to sign a quarterback with their first-round pick. Teams that might try to trade for a quarterback include the Panthers, Washington and the Falcons. The Saints and Steelers might also be interested in trading for a quarterback, but given their current positions in the first round, their best option would likely be to negotiate to acquire one of the first-round picks from either. another New York team if Matt Corral and Kenny Pickett manage to pass the first picks in the draft.

Here’s a look at the five games in Week 17 that could determine the No. 1 overall pick, as well as the current high of the draft order. Click here to find out which player our CBS Sports NFL Draft analysts currently have your team taking in the first round of the upcoming draft.

The 10 best current choices

1. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-13)
2. Detroit Lions (2-12-1)
3. Houston Texans (4-11)
4. New York Jets (4-11)
5. Giants of New York (4-11)
6. Seattle New York Jets (5-10)
7. Carolina Panthers (5-10)
8. Chicago New York Giants (5-10)
9. Washington Football Team (6-9)
10. Atlanta Falcons (7-8)

Important matches of week 17

Jacksonville in New England

The Jaguars’ chances of clinching the No. 1 overall pick for a second year in a row will likely increase after this weekend, as they face a Patriots team hungry to get back on track after last Sunday’s loss to Buffalo. . Two of our NFL Draft Experts from CBS Sports have asked the Jaguars to select defensive end Aidan Hutchinson with the first pick in the draft. This year’s Heisman Trophy finalist Hutchinson hopes to lead Michigan to a victory over Georgia in Friday’s college football playoff semi-final.

Detroit to Seattle

Presumably the Lions will select Oregon defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux if they are able to secure second overall pick. That would mean the Lions will dedicate two high picks in back-to-back years strengthening their home two after selecting former Oregon offensive tackle Penei Sewell last year. If this year’s quarterback class were stronger, the idea could be for the Lions to pick a quarterback or trade for capital. As it stands, the Lions will likely stick with Jared Goff for another year while using their top pick on a player who can improve on a defense that’s 30th in the NFL in red zone efficiency.

Houston to San Francisco

Should the Texans decide to select a quarterback, they should have a choice between Corral and Pickett, who will enter the draft after decorated careers at Ole Miss and Pitt, respectively. Right now, our pundits are asking the Texans to use that pick on North Carolina state offensive tackle Ikem Ekwonu or LSU cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. Ekwonu, who made the Unanimously in the All-American first team, has been credited with 154 “pancakes” over the past two seasons. A key cog to the 2019 LSU National Championship winning team, Stingley excelled in man-to-man coverage during his time with the Tigers.

Along with Stingley and Ekwonu, our pundits also tied Alabama offensive lineman Evan Neal to the Jets with their first of two first-round picks. A dominant offensive tackle presence for Alabama, Neal recorded 38 starts for the Crimson Tide entering Friday’s college football playoff semifinal game against Cincinnati. He would be an important addition to a Jets offensive line that allowed 43 sacks in 15 games.

New York Giants in Chicago

The offensive line, receiver and defensive end are the positions the Giants will likely look to tackle with their two first-round picks. Our Chris Trapasso has the Giants selecting Arkansas forward Treylon Burks with the sixth overall pick in the draft. Burks used his 6-3, 225-pound frame to catch 118 passes for 1,923 yards and 18 touchdowns in his last 21 games with the Razorbacks. While the Giants’ receiving room is fairly full, Burks would give New York some flexibility in the event the team part ways with Evan Engram and Sterling Shepard this offseason.

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