CBS Sports Predicts Biggest Surprises of 2022 NFL Draft

And just like that, it’s NFL Draft Eve.

The 2022 installation of the three-day event will kick off Thursday night from Las Vegas, with Minnesota slated to have the 12th overall pick.

In advance of the draft, CBS Sports ‘Ryan Wilson predicted the’five biggest surprises“He could see it coming out of Round 1. He topped his list of predictions by saying seven receivers will be off the board Thursday night. Wilson wrote:

We’ve long pegged five wideouts in the first round and those five, in some combination, are Garrett Wilson, Drake London, Jameson Williams, Treylon Burks and Chris Olave. And there are a lot of natural landing spots: the Texans, Jets, Falcons, Seahawks, Commanders, Eagles, Saints, Steelers, Patriots, Packers and Chiefs. That’s 11 teams, which means demand could very well outstrip supply, assuming, of course, these teams don’t address other first-round needs.

The other math to consider: Even if, say, the Packers are targeting an offensive lineman with one of their two first-round picks, there may be more value in taking WR6 over OT5. The same holds for the Chiefs, who could be deciding between a wideout and, say, an edge rusher or defensive back.

You have to go back to 2004 to find a class with seven wide receivers going in the first round. That group included future Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald, Roy Williams, Reggie Williams, Lee Evans, Michael Clayton, Michael Jenkins and Rashaun Woods. With the perspective of hindsight, this year’s group feels deeper at the top – but that’s also why the draft is decidedly more art than science.

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