Hussam Patel’s Final 2022 Mock Draft

The 2022 NFL Draft is less than a week away, which means teams are finalizing their draft boards. Check out Hussam Patel’s 2022 NFL Mock Draft 2.0.

With the NFL Draft less than a week away we are in the final calls for mock drafts. Here is my 2022 NFL Mock Draft 2.0

2022 NFL Mock Draft 1.0

No. 1 Jacksonville Jaguars: EDGE, Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan

The Jaguars re-signed Cam Robinson and signed Brandon Scherff in free agency to protect franchise quarterback Trevor Lawrence.

In this 2022 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 the Jacksonville Jaguars select Aidan Hutchinson to serve as the leader of the defense and usher in a new era of Jaguars football.

No. 2 Detroit Lions: QB, Malik Willis, Liberty

While the Detroit Lions still have Jared Goof as their QB, it’s likely he is not in the Lions long term plans.

Head Coach Dan Campbell wants an electric team that can run the football well and have electric passing plays. Malik Willis can do both.

No. 3 Houston Texans: OT, Ikem Ekonwu, North Carolina State

A shocker as the consensus tackle is not chosen. I believe Ikem Ekonwu will be the first tackle taken in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Ekonwu fits well compared to what the Houston Texans blocking scheme calls for. A zone blocking scheme that calls for twitchy, smooth movers that can glide with excellent speed.

No. 4 New York Jets: EDGE, Travon Walker, Georgia

This pick riles up the Jets fan base on this 2022 NFL Mock Draft and is a classic projection vs production debate. Walkers projection at the NFL level outweighs his production levels at Georgia.

In a crowded yet star studded defense, Walker was still a bright spot opening up opportunities for his teammates.

Travon Walkers’ traits scream high upside. He has the ability to cover running backs and tight ends, is an excellent run defender. Furthermore, Walker showcases raw power and rushing ability throughout his tape. Robert Saleh will have fun with Walker.

No. 5 New York Giants: EDGE, Kayvon Thibodeuax, Oregon

Joe Schoen has legitimate interest in Oregon superstar Kayvon Thibodeuax and would be a fantastic pairing opposite Azeez Ojulairi.

Thibodeauxs’ explosiveness pops out on tape and consistently performs well against the run. He brings excitement into a defense that has been lacking it

While Thibodeaux has fallen down draft boards the last few weeks, the New York Giants should not over think this selection as he is a pure pass rusher that can also defend the run.

No. 6 Carolina Panthers: QB, Matt Corral, Ole Miss

Amidst the talk about the Carolina Panthers swinging big for a quarterback, Malik Willis is already off the table. Peter Schrager of Good Morning Football says to not be surprised if the Panthers select Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral.

Routinely we have seen quarterback needy teams bring in one to two year stop-gap veterans to make way for a franchise quarterback and Matt Rhule believes Corral is their guy.

One of the strongest arms in this years class, quick feet and pocket presence are a couple of traits the Panther organization are sold on.

No. 7 New York Giants: OT, Evan Neal, Alabama

The Giants continue to build through the trenches in this mock draft. Firstly, by pairing up Azeez Ojulari and Kayvon Thibodeuax on the defense.

Secondly, Daniel Jones has solid pass protectors and Saquan Barkley has valuable run defenders in Andrew Thomas and Evan Neal.

The Giants could pair up both Thomas and Neal on the left side or Neal could be their starting right tackle. Either way the Giants get the consensus number one tackle with terrific value.

No. 8 Atlanta Falcons: EDGE, Jermaine Johnson II, FSU

Former “Last Chance U” star turned Senior Bowl standout Jermaine Johnson is selected by the Atlanta Falcons in a rebuilding year.

He has massive upside as a pass rusher with all athletic tools you could wish for. Johnson is still relatively new to the position and was dominant in college.

I expect him to have a big impact at the next level, especially in Atlanta and possibly put up double-digit sack numbers

No. 9 Seattle Seahawks: DB, Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner, Cincinnati

Ahmad Gardner is a Cover 3 zone corner and the Seahawks with Pete Carroll are known for primarily utilizing Cover 3 scheme.

Gardner should bring the length, size, speed and swagger that the Seahawks secondary has been missing since the Legion of Boom days. This should help Seattle build up their defense.

No. 10  New York Jets: WR, Drake London, USC

The Jets have made it known that they are looking to add a premier wideout into their offense to help Zach Wilson.

Drake London is just the wide receiver that fits into their offense. London is known as a deep threat and is willing to put his body on the line around the middle of the field. This bodes well for Zach Wilson’s gun slinger mentality and strong arm as London has a big catch radius.

Not only can London gain yards after the catch but he will be a important piece in LaFluer’s offense as a run blocker.

No. 11 Washington Commanders: DB, Kyle Hamilton, Notre Dame

The Commanders released Landon Collins and have a void in their three-safety package on defense. Kyle Hamilton is versatile enough to play any position in the secondary.

The right player in Washington’s buffalo nickel package is Kyle Hamilton.

Never say never to a unicorn like Kyle Hamilton who is the consensus number one defensive back in this years draft class. He’s a swiss army knife.

No. 12 Minnesota Vikings: CB, Derek Stingley Jr., LSU

The Minnesota Vikings are privy to drafting LSU talent and I would not doubt them picking up Stingley in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Minnesota was 22nd in passing touchdowns allowed and 28th in passing yards allowed last year. They picked up Patrick Peterson to shore up the secondary and will get stronger if Stingley is the pick.

Stingley is terrific at press man, defending against the run and explodes in space.

No. 13 Houston Texans: WR, Jameson Williams, Alabama

The possibility exists for Williams to be ready by Week 1 of the 2022 NFL season; also, it feels like a good idea for the Texans to surround Davis Mills with offensive talent.

His blazing speed and stellar route running coupled with his ability to stretch the field vertically and track the deep ball would be an electric addition to a lackluster Texans offense.

No. 14 Baltimore Ravens: OT, Trevor Penning, Northern Illinois

Yes, the Baltimore Ravens do have Ronnie Stanley, Morgan Moses and Ju’wan James on the roster; however, Stanley’s ankle injuries have been a cause for concern.

Trevor Penning is a solid selection to develop in Baltimore and take part in a fearsome ground attack with Lamar Jackson, Mark Ingram and JK Dobbins, when healthy.

At worst, Penning can start as a left guard and then transition into the left or right tackle position. Undoubtly, it will help Lamar Jackson to have time in the pocket to throw more.

No. 15 Philadelphia Eagles: CB, Trent McDuffie, Washington

Trent McDuffie is one of the most versatile defensive backs in this years class and a reason as to why I have the Eagles drafting him in this 2022 NFL Mock draft 2.0.

Philadelphia is lacking corners badly. He might not be the best press corner in Jonathan Gannon’s scheme, but he will be critical in their zone looks. McDuffie can be moved to safety if needed as he has safety reps from his time in Washington.

No. 16 New Orleans Saints: OT, Charles Cross, Mississippi State

Charles Cross has elite potential as a pass protector and is one of the best in this years class.

The Saints get a fantastic pass protector to replace Terron Armstead who left in free agency. 

No. 17 Los Angeles Chargers: WR, Garrett Wilson, Ohio State

The Chargers always seem to have the best luck in the best players available. This time the Chargers fill a need and get one of the best route runners in the draft.

Wilson is a dynamic prospect at the receiver position that leverages his athleticism with equal success when the ball is in his hands. Helps that Justin Herbert is his quarterback.

No. 18 Philadelphia Eagles: EDGE, George Karlaftis, Purdue

Philadelphia has hosted numerous pass rush prospects for their private workouts and it is no secret they are looking to draft an EDGE rusher.

Karlaftis was not eye-opening on the stat sheet but his film speaks for himself. Routinely, the Boilermaker product would be double teamed. Thus, allowing other teammates to be free and make plays on the quarterback and backfield.

He is an athletic EDGE rusher that can play inside and outside, the Eagles could use his versatility to create opportunities on defense.

No 19. New Orleans Saints: QB, Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh

It’s the dawn of a new era in the bayou. The Saints are rumored to have interest in Kenny Pickett as their potential franchise quarterback.

Pickett possesses a good arm and is capable of making most NFL throw easily. The Panthers product fits the Saints offensive system as he can drive the deep ball out to the sideline from the opposite hash and has no problem threading the needle between closing defenders.

No 20. Pittsburgh Steelers: QB, Desmond Ridder, Pittsburgh

The Steelers are in the midst of finding a franchise quarterback after the retirement of Ben Roethlisberger. Pittsburgh opts to draft a high ceiling rising quarterback in this 2022 NFL mock draft 2.0.

Ridder is pro-ready coming from a pro-style offense in Cincinnati and fits what Matt Canada’s offensive scheme looks like for a quarterback.

No 21. New England Patriots: DB, Daxton Hill, Michigan

Drafting a cornerback seems like a relatively safe bet for the New England Patriots. Considering they lost J.C. Jackson in free agency and Stephon Gilmore last season, Daxton Hill is a perfect injection to their secondary.

Hill does everything, can be a slot corner, play center field, tackles well, gets after the quarterback and defends the run. Versatility is the name of the game in a New England defense.

No 22. Green Bay Packers: WR, Treylon Burks, Arkansas

Treylon Burks visited the Green Bay Packers for an individual workout, and history shows that the Packers draft players they usually bring in for workouts.

Green Bay has an obvious need at the pass catching position following the loss of MVS and the trade of Davante Adams.

Burks brings the YAC ability Aaron Rodgers has been missing since 2008 and a big bodied big play target.

No 23. Arizona Cardinals: CB, Andrew Booth Jr., Clemson

One component  Cardinals’ defensive coordinator Vance Joseph loves is physical cornerbacks, which makes Booth an option for the Cardinals.

Booth plays the ball well, fits a zone system and can be put on an island if needed.

Cornerback remains a critical position the Cardinals must address heading into the draft.

No 24. Dallas Cowboys: iOL, Tyler Linderbaum, Iowa

Linderbaum would be the best pick if the board falls this way and fills a need.

Linderbaum solidifies the interior offensive line and can be a replacement for Tyler Biadsz. The Cowboys value flexibility along the offensive line and the Hawkeye product could play guard and then transition to the center position.

No 25. Buffalo Bills: CB, Kyler Gordon, Washington

The Buffalo Bills love players with athletic potential and versatility. Kyler Gordon can play as a secondary cornerback and as a slot corner.

Levi Wallace left for Pittsburgh in free agency which leaves up a hole opposite Tre’davious White. Gordon would be a solid CB2 and the Bills staff will be able to coach him up.

No 26. Tennessee Titans: OL, Kenyon Green, Texas A&M

Kenyon Green has played all over the offensive line as an Aggie and it makes him a versatile weapon.

“Being able to play everything isn’t just to help you, but it’s also to helps your team out”

Kenyon Green

Green has all the potential in the world – he has elite strength, is very quick for his size that can help protect Ryan Tannehill and has tremendous drive in the running game.

No 27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: DL, Jordan Davis, Georgia

The Bucs’ four-man rush wasn’t the most effective in 2021. Per Sports Info Solutions, the Buccaneers defense was 17th in sack percentage when rushing four defenders and 29th in pressure rate  when rushing four defensive linemen.

This is where Jordan Davis comes into play. Davis, while a powerful defensive tackle can also beat people with speed and quickness inside the interior gaps.

A massive human such as Davis can engulf multiple blockers allowing teammates to get after the quarterback.

No 28. Green Bay Packers: OL, Zion Johnson, Boston College

Zion Johnson is a plug-and-play starter at guard, and has the versatility to kick out and play right tackle at the next level. 

He even took snaps at center during Senior Bowl week. That type of versatility could make him an attractive target for the Packers with the 28th overall pick in this 2022 NFL mock draft 2.0.

No 29. Kansas City Chiefs: WR, Jahan Dotson, Penn State

The Chiefs will look to draft a wide receiver after losing Byron Pringle and Tyreek Hill.

Jahan Dotson just gets open and is one of the better deep threats in this years draft class. He’s been productive with below average quarterback play.

Routinely, Dotson has shown the ability to make tough acrobatic catches. He’s got great burst, is an excellent route-runner, has dependable hands, and comes back to the ball well.

No 30. Kansas City Chiefs: LB, Devin Lloyd, Utah

Devin Lloyd is a tall athletic linebacker with great range and lean build. The loss of Melvin Ingram opens up a pass rush position for the Chiefs.

Lloyd could be the centerpiece of Steve Spagnulos defense with Nick Bolton in the linebacker core.

The Utes product can line up as a MIKE, outside, EDGE rusher and as a big slot defenders.

No 31. Cincinnati Bengals: CB, Kaiir Elam, Florida

The Bengals are expected to draft a cornerback in this years NFL Draft and do just that in this 2022 NFL Mock draft 2.0.

“A guy with length, a guy with speed, can change direction, go get the ball—those are some of the qualities you look for, especially higher in the draft”

Bengals Defensive Coordinator Lou Anaroumo

Elam has all of those traits and is suited towards a zone scheme, which Bengals run

No 32. Detroit Lions: LB, Nakobe Dean, Georgia

Nakobe Dean will be a culture changer in Detroit and someone Dan Campbell will love to have.

The Bulldog product is a matchup weapon on defense that can be utilized as a pass rusher, run defender and coverage linebacker.

2022 NFL Draft: Three wide receivers that fit the Miami Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins could add a Wide Receiver through the NFL Draft. Here are three Wide Receivers that fit the Miami Dolphins offense.

Building a wide receivers corps like the one the Miami Dolphins have is a lot like building the starting five of a basketball team. Pass catching units need players with a diverse skill set consisting of wide receivers whose skills levels are labeled as: Possession, Burner, Contested Catcher, Versatile, Blocker.

Bringing a fresh perspective is new head coach Mike McDaniel.

“I see aggressive plays as a problem-solving solution, I look like, ‘What is defense? What defense do they play? What issues do they have? Where are they vulnerable?’ and how to attack it. It’s all about finding solutions that defense presents. And then, well, how do we take advantage of our offensive personnel?”

Miami Dolphins HC Mike McDaniel

The Miami Dolphins are fresh off a trade that entailed Tyreek Hill as their new primary weapon at the receiver position, with Jaylen Waddle returning after a record breaking rookie year.

There could be more receivers added to the roster and one possibility is through the 2022 NFL draft. Here are three wide receivers who fit the Miami Dolphins offense.

Khalil Shakir, Boise State

Khalil Shakir was a multi-level threat at Boise State. In 2021, as a senior Shakir put up his best season yet. He chalked up 1117 yards on 77 receptions and hauled in seven TDs.

Skillset

At 6-feet 193 pounds, Shakir is a natural and crisp route runner. He has great body control and made some spectacular catches in his college career. He provides a good amount of versatility as he can line up in the slot and outside.

Though having a smaller frame with average arm length is not ideal, Shakir’s play style does not reflect that. He is a natural pass-catcher with reliable hands. He snatches balls out of the air, on tape his concentration on the ball makes acrobatic catches look easy.

Shakir willingly catches passes over the middle and is not afraid of contact. He’s a really good yards after catch play-maker who’s got excellent field vision and able to slip out of tackles. Shakir had 470 yards YAC in the 2021 season.

Although he lacks an initial burst off the line of scrimmage and has more build-up speed than burners, Shakir is able to beat press man with leverage and foot speed. Furthermore, he gets separation down the sideline and over the middle routes by extending his arms rather than with pure speed.

Boise State’s offense was more spread based compared to what the Miami Dolphins run — a wide zone scheme. Shakir did not get enough experience in diversifying his route tree, running a handful of routes. However, in those routes he has run, he executes those routes and sells others to gain separation and take advantage of space.

Projection

Shakir has experience running jet sweeps and motions, and is a valuable asset in the screen game. He also has experience as a returner, as the Dolphins may not want to use Jaylen Waddle in the return game. He’s considered to be a late Day two or early Day three prospect in the 2022 NFL draft.

Kyle Philips, UCLA

Kyle Philips was not so noticeable in UCLA’s offense, which was very much a run first attack — similar to what this new Dolphins offense might look like. At the NFL level, Philips is a great fit for a team that use West Coast offensive philosophy.

Skillset

At 5-foot-11 and 186 pounds, Philips is a prototypical slot receiver in the 2022 NFL draft, and the kind of prospect teams usually drool over. The Bruin product flashes the foot quickness and toughness to handle slot duties at the next level and lines up all over the field.

His route running is a legitimate weapon and he can be used to both take advantage of schemed separation and to create traffic for defenders. Philips is a fluid athlete with explosive burst and speed who makes full use of his considerable quickness and agility to breeze past defenders.

Defenders are put into difficult spots with Philips. He’s difficult to predict, as his understanding of how to use all phases of his routes is a weapon. His elusive footwork allows no wasted movements between the reception and burst upfield.

While Philips ran a 4.58 40 at the Combine, his play speed is much faster than that. His acceleration on vertical routes allows him to reach his top speed to stretch the field. He is a solid vertical option that can be used on deep crossers, down the sideline or the middle of the field.

What makes Philips intriguing to me as a potential fit in the Miami Dolphins wide receivers group is his blocking skills. Philips is a reliable blocker, coming from a run first system, and shows that toughness on film. He plays much bigger than his size and was frequently used as a lead blocker for UCLA’s running game.

Projection

Philips could well be buried on the depth chart if he is selected as a Miami Dolphin, but he should be able to work his way up due to the scheme fit he posses in a Mike McDaniel offense. He reminds me a little bit about current Dolphins wide receivers coach Wes Welker.

Philips current projection is an early Day 3 pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Tyquan Thornton, Baylor

NFL Combine sensation Tyquan Thornton shocked the world with his unofficial 4.21 40 time. Obviously, Thornton has blazing speed — his official 40 time came in at 4.28, just a hair under his unofficial 4.21. Thornton utilizes his blazing speed to create natural separation and opportunity in the passing game when the offense moves the ball downfield.

Skillset

Thornton couples that speed with his 6-foot-3 frame. Having that frame gives him the ability to pluck the ball in the air over defenders with little to no contest.

This makes the Baylor product an intriguing option in the vertical passing game as Baylor was more of a running team. He fits a zone system, can sift through oncoming traffic and explode through tiny creases and cutback lanes.

However, Thornton has concentration drops and does not secure catches, as he can be too focused on gaining yards after the catch. Baylor’s offense did not fully maximize Thornton’s skillset, which means whatever NFL team drafts him is based on projection.

Projection

Opportunities will come at the NFL level for Thornton but it will be at a learning curve as he has not had many reps to showcase his entire skillset.

Thornton does block well in his weight class as the blocking reps in Baylor’s offense helped develop him. I do think Thornton will start of as WR4 and make his way up on special teams as a gunner.

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Day 2 NFL Combine Takeaways

Day 2 of the 2022 NFL Scouting combine is in the books here are 3 takeaways from the second day of on-field workouts.

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Day 2 of the 2022 NFL Scouting combine is in the books here are 3 takeaways from the second day of on-field workouts.

40 times (again)

Remember Thursday night at the scouting combine, when the receivers blew the roof off like they were on the racetrack?

It extended to Friday’s offensive line drills, when we saw a display of pure speed from Hog Mollies we’ve never seen before.

It’s as if monster trucks beat Dale Earnhardt Jr. by one-tenth of a second

There were six offensive linemen with official sub-5.0 40 times in the first group, and six in the second. The previous record was six, and there were 11 sub-4.5 40-yard dashes overall in the last three combines.

Rutgers’ Isiah Pacheco and South Dakota State’s Pierre Strong tied for the fastest running back at the 2022 combine with 40 times of 4.37 seconds.

Notre Dame’s Kyren Williams caught flak for his 4.7 40 yard dash time as many expected him to run faster.

However for RB’s there are more important factors and measurables at play than 40 times.

Zion Johnson’s Big Day

Zion Johnson played tackle and guard at Boston College, and then took reps at center during Senior Bowl week. Johnson has showcased his versatility and followed it up with a fantastic combine performance.

Few offensive linemen are as undersized like Johnson at 6-foot-3 and 312 pounds, but few had better combines than Johnson. He ran a 5.18 40-yard dash aced other drills, and looked very smooth and powerful on the field.

Johnson needed to show some athleticism to go with his play strength, and he took care of that admirably. He led all lineman with 32 bench press reps and showed off his movement in space with the wave drill.

The Boston College product was showing an ability to create power without planting during on-field drills.

Johnson is an easy mover, and you can see how he’s able to gain power and efficiency from that. He has separated himself as one of the top interior offensive linemen.

James is Cooking

In today’s league, top running backs threaten defenses on third down with their receiving skills, and NFL teams loved what they saw in James Cook on Friday.

ESPN’s Jordan Reid summed up Cook’s traits with the best system fit for him on the pro level.

Cook ran a 4.42 40 times and made seamless cuts with the ball in his hands during the on-field drills. He looked natural in space, secured all of his passes and caught the ball with his soft hands like a natural receiver.

At Georgia, Cook only logged 230 carries, so he doesn’t have mileage on him; however, he can project as a featured ball-carrier primed to log 15-plus carries a game.

Furthermore, Cook can become a matchup nightmare on crucial downs either in the slot or on short routes in the middle of the field.

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Day 1 NFL Combine Takeaways

Day 1 of the 2022 NFL Scouting combine is in the books here are the 3 takeaways from the first day of on-field workouts.

Takeaways from day 1 at the NFL scouting combine
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Day 1 of the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine is in the books here are the three takeaways from the first day of on-field workouts.

40 times

The first night of on-field workouts was a speed thrill. In a city that celebrates speed with Indy cars, the wide receivers at the NFL Scouting Combine matched a record Thursday that would have NASCAR opening their eyes.

The group of pass catchers left dust, as the eight sub-4.4 clockings tied the most by the wide receivers at the combine in any year evaluated since 2006.

Tyquan Thornton had the only official time under 4.3, as Tennessee wide receiver Velus Jones Jr., had the second fastest official clocking at 4.31.

Many unofficial times had to be changed and chatter around the league was this years class of pass catchers is the fastest in NFL History — or the 40 times were off.

Kenny Pickett’s Hand Size

It is hands-down the most critiqued quality attached to NFL quarterback prospects each year.

As a potential first round pick, Pickett’s hand size has been scrutinized heavily. His hands officially measured in at 8 1/2″ at the NFL Combine. This makes Pickett’s hands the smallest of any quarterback in the NFL.

“The reason I didn’t measure at the Senior Bowl was just to have those extra couple weeks, just kind of a commonsense thing, to have more time working the exercises…Whatever it measures, it measures, I’m sure that won’t be the end of it, but that will be the last measurement I’m sure I’ll take of it.”

Kenny Pickett

According to ESPN Stats & Information data, average hand size for quarterbacks taken in the first round from 2008 to 2020 is 9 7/10 inches.

Christian Watsons big day

Watson won the day at the receiver position. He’s 6-4 and 210 pounds, one of the most sizable receivers in this class.

He ran 4.36 with a 38.5-inch vertical jump and an 11-foot, four-inch broad jump, one of the longest in combine history. 

““He’s a special dude. You can see that just physically, how big he is, how fast he is. Great person to be around, obviously one of my closest friends. Someone that helped me get to where I am right now. I wouldn’t be here without Christian.”

Trey Lance on Christian Watson

I wrote about Christian Watson last summer and how the Miami Dolphins should take a chance on him.

Now, I’m not sure if Watson lasts till the end of the 2nd round, he’s highly thought of in league circles.

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Important Dates in the 2022 NFL League Calendar

As the 2021 season comes to a conclusion, it’s time to look at important dates heading into the 2022 NFL season.

Important Dates in the 2022 NFL league calendar
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As the 2021 season comes to a conclusion, it’s time to look at important dates on the league calendar heading into the 2022 NFL season.

Dates to remember on the 2022 NFL league calendar

February

19th: HBCU Legacy Bowl

March

1-7: NFL Combine

8: Deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition tag players

14-16:

  • From noon EST on March 14 and ending at 3:59:59 p.m., EST on March 16, clubs can contact, and enter into contract negotiations with, agents of players who will become unrestricted free agents at 4:00 p.m. EST on March 16.
  • A prospective UFA who is not represented by an NFLPA Certified Contract Advisor is permitted to communicate directly with a new club’s front office officials, excluding the head coach and other members of the club’s coaching staff, regarding contract negotiations.
  • No prospective unrestricted free agent can sign a contract with a team until 4:00 p.m. EST, on March 16.

16: New league year and free agency begin

27-30: Annual league meeting

April

4: NFL teams who hired a new coach after the end of the 2021 regular season may begin offseason workout programs

18: Offseason workouts begin

20: Deadline to bring in draft-eligible prospects for physical examinations

22: Deadline for restricted free agents (RFA) to sign offer sheets

27: Deadline for prior NFL teams to exercise Right of First Refusal to restricted free agents. Deadline to time, test, and interview draft-eligible players.

28-30: NFL Draft

May

2:

  • Deadline for prior club to send “May 2 Tender” to its unsigned Unrestricted Free Agents.
  • If the player has not signed with a team by July 22, or the first scheduled day of the first NFL training camp, they may negotiate or sign a contract from that date until the Tuesday following the 10th weekend of the regular season, at 4:00 p.m., New York time, only with his prior club.
  • Deadline for clubs to exercise fifth-year option for players selected in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft.

6-9 OR 13-16: Rookie mini-camp

16: Rookie Football Developmental Program

19-22 (tentative): NFLPA Rookie Premier

23-25: Spring league meeting

June

1

  • Deadline for prior club to send “June 1 Tender” to its unsigned Restricted Free Agents who received a qualifying offer for a right of first refusal, only in order for such player to be subject to the CBA’s “June 15 Tender” provision.

15

  • Deadline for teams to withdraw qualifying offer to Restricted Free Agents and still retain exclusive negotiating rights by substituting “June 15 Tender” of one-year contract at 110 percent of the player’s prior-year Paragraph 5 Salary (with all other terms of his prior-year contract carried forward unchanged).

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