Since the players from 2022 have not played a single down in the NFL I am not using any NFL production. In fact, I am going to completely forget about their non-existent professional success up to this point. This exercise will be solely based on their prospects coming into the NFL draft.
I’m going to rank the players based off of positional value, key attributes, collegiate careers and potential upside.
I am drafting the round in the order it was in 2020. Individual teams will draft according to the roster as it was in 2020. If the player wasn’t drafted in the first round of their respective drafts then they don’t qualify.
Re-drafting the last three NFL draft first rounds into one single round but what should the Seahawks do?
The top 3 picks
1.) Cincinnati Bengals – Trevor Lawrence – Original draft spot: 2021 1st overall
Widely regarded as the best QB prospect since Andrew Luck. It’s no secret that Trevor is destined to be the number 1 draft pick at the top of any draft that doesn’t have Andrew Luck in it.
2.) Washington Commanders – Joe Burrow – Original draft spot: 2020 1st overall
“Joe Cool”, “Smoking Joe”, whatever nickname you have for him only falls behind Trevor because Joe seemingly came out of nowhere when he transferred to LSU. So there were question marks around whether or not what he was putting on tape was temporary. Whereas Trevor Lawrence has been groomed his whole career to be drafted with the first pick in whatever draft he entered.
The Commanders entered the year with an aging Alex Smith who was coming off a leg injury that almost took his life. In reality, they took Chase Young but had Joe Burrow been available they most certainly would’ve taken him.
3.) Detroit Lions – Chase Young – Original Draft spot: 2020 2nd pick
Chase was far and away from the most polished edge rusher. He showed burst, power, speed, agility, and bend. He began his collegiate career as a consensus 5-star recruit. Pro Football Focus gave him a pass-rushing grade of 96.5 which is the single best season ever recorded by an edge defender in the PFF College recording era 2014-2019. At the time of this selection, the Lions had Matthew Stafford and did not intend to trade him until his injury-riddled 2020 season.