Five key stats for the 2022 NFL Draft –

Welcome to the 2022 NFL Draft from Las Vegas, Nevada. Here are five key stats from the annual event as we wait for the first round.

The first NFL draft was held in 1936. Today’s league selection meeting is a three-day extravaganza taking place in Las Vegas this year. Unless unforeseen, a quarterback does not appear at the top of the general classification. But there are plenty of defensive stars and a whole group of wide receivers. So here’s a little preview of what could happen and what happened during the Common Draft Era.


Including compensatory selections, there are 262 choices in the 2022 NFL Draft. The Jacksonville Jaguars and Kansas City Chiefs lead the way with a dozen choices. These teams are followed by the Green Bay Packers and Houston Texans with 11 picks. The Baltimore Ravens, Los Angeles Chargers and Philadelphia Eagles have 10 selections, so seven teams with double-digit picks. Meanwhile, the Miami Dolphins have a choice of four NFL picks.


The NFL Common Draft era began in 1967. There have been a total of 1,615 players chosen in the first round since then. So which school has provided the league with the most first-round picks? It’s a tie between the University of Southern California and Ohio State University with 72 players. Third on that list is the University of Alabama (64), which has had at least one player selected every year since 2009 and has a total of 39 caps over the past 13 years.

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As mentioned earlier, there are 262 picks in this year’s draft. The Jaguars and Chiefs have 12 top NFL selections. But that doesn’t mean they’ll end up with a dozen players. And there is no guarantee that each team will still have as many choices at the end of the procedure. The current NFL draft with seven rounds began in 1994. The Minnesota Vikings’ 15 selections in 2020 are the record for most picks in the seven-round format.


Picking a wide receiver in the first round has been very popular for the past couple of years. A combined total of 11 wides have been first-round picks since 2020. That includes last year’s NFL Rookie of the Year in Bengals star Ja’Marr Chase. There may be at least five wide receivers selected Thursday night in Las Vegas. As for the record for a draft, you have to go back to 2004 when seven fumbles went in the first round – led by Larry Fitzgerald (Cardinals).


A total of 10 of the top 55 overall picks since 1967 are enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame (by draft year). Tackle Ron Yary (1968), running back OJ Simpson (1969), quarterback Terry Bradshaw (1970), defensive end Lee Roy Selmon (1976), running back Earl Campbell (1978), quarterback John Elway (1983), defensive end Bruce Smith (1985), quarterback Troy Aikman (1989), tackle Orlando Pace (1997) and quarterback Peyton Manning (1998).

Karen J. Nelson