Ownership is typically pleased with the draft results immediately after, but these three teams should be having buyers remorse from their decisions in the 2022 NFL Draft.
We are still months from rookies from the 2022 NFL Draft class taking their first snaps of regular-season NFL football, but that shouldn’t stop us from thinking that there could be a few teams out there with buyer’s remorse.
Teams picking early in the NFL Draft typically have a very good idea of the players they want. They scout these guys for months prior to being on the clock. Yet somehow, teams manage to make the wrong decisions far too often. Here are three teams who should be having some serious buyers remorse right now:
I don’t care how much you might like the upside of Travon Walker, I still have a hard time wrapping my head around the decision to take him with the first overall pick. If anyone is wondering why the Jacksonville Jaguars have been a bad team for so long, look no further; it’s decisions like these.
Aidan Hutchinson and Kayvon Thibodeaux were two highly-touted edge defenders with both high floors and high upside thanks to their impressive athletic traits. They reached showed the ability to dominate the competition at the collegiate level.
Walker did not. In three combined seasons for the Bulldogs, Walker earned just 13.0 tackles for a loss and 9.5 sacks while forcing just one fumble. This production is well below the threshold teams look for in a first-round pick — let alone the top overall pick in the NFL Draft. If the Jaguars don’t have buyer’s remorse yet, I have a feeling they will soon.