Draft Insiders’ – NFL Power Poll – Playoff Week 19

Draft Insiders’ – NFL Power Poll – Playoffs Week 19
NFL Power Poll – Wild Card Week

Bills Bomb Patriots, Bucs Crush Eagles
Ram’s Matthew Stafford Burns Cardinals

Teams of the Week 
Bills Behind Josh Allen Crushes Patriots, 47-17
49ers Clinch Playoff spot with Win over Rams – 27-24 OT
Raiders Get Wild Card Spot with Win over Chargers – 35-32 OT
Players of the Week
  Offense – QB Josh Allen – Bills        
  Defense – LB Von Miller – Rams
Games of Week 20 – Divisional Playoff Week  
Saturday – Jan. 22
Bengals @ Titans
49ers @ Packers
Sunday – Jan 23
Rams @ Bucs
Bills @Chiefs

NFL Team Power Poll – Draft Insiders’ Staff

Ranking /Record /Team

#1 – 13-4 Packers
The Packers sat out week 1 with a playoff bye. Hosting the banged up 49ers this Saturday night. Packers played with purpose this season and look to take care of business.

#2 – 14-4 Bucs
Bucs toasted the outmanned Eagles in the opening round. Host the Rams in the divisional round, relying on the Brady magic to continue their repeat march.

#3 – 13-5 Chiefs
Chiefs bombed the Steelers on Sunday night behind Patrick Mahomes. Host the hot Bills in a terrific matchup of gun slinging QBs.

#4 – 12-5 Titans
The Titans are rested after their playoff bye. Host the surging Bengals in a matchup of different styles.

#5 – 12-6 Bills
Bills rocked the Patriots with their explosive offense behind Josh Allen. They scored at will vs the veteran Pats’ defense and hope to retain their offensive pace vs the equally hot Chiefs’ attack.

#6 – 13-5 Rams
Rams crushed the Cardinals behind the hot hand of QB Matthew Stafford who dissect their defense.
They travel to Tampa to face Tom Brady, hoping to repeat their early season 34-24 victory.

#7 – 11-7 Bengals
Bengals jumped the Raiders early and walked away with their first postseason win in 31 years. Travel to Nashville, looking to keep their momentum vs the AFC leader.

#8 – 11-7 49ers
The 49ers beat the Cowboys behind a strong ground game and tough defense. Their defense is banged up for their trip to Titletown to face Aaron Rodgers on Saturday night.

#9 – 11-7 Cardinals
Cardinals lost to the Seahawks to complete their rocky closing stretch. QB Kyler Murray struggled in the spotlight and failed in big spots repeatedly over the late season.

#10 – 12-6 Cowboys
The overrated Cowboys played lousy vs the balanced 49ers. QB Dak Prescott was erratic as usual vs a good defense. Boys imploded with little discipline especially when they were behind.

#11 – 10-8 Patriots
The Pats defense was smoked by Buffalo’s Josh Allen. They never got their offense in motion and the defense failed repeatedly to contain the potent Bills attack.

#12 – 10-8 Raiders
The Raiders tried to comeback vs the Bengals, but lacked the firepower to deliver in the red zone.
Club hung together through a difficult second half to make the playoffs.

#13 – 9-8-1 Steelers
Steelers were outmatched vs the Chiefs. It ended the Ben Roethlisberger era that included two Super Bowl titles.

#14 – 9-9 Eagles
The Eagles were crushed by Tom Brady and the Bucs who jumped to a 31-0 lead. Eagles went much further than expected this season and have a foundation to build upon for next season.

Hula Bowl Starts All-Star Postseason

Hula Bowl 2022

Saturday January 15, 2022 – 12 pm noon EST
UCF Bounce House Stadium
Orlando, Florida – CBS Sports Network

Team Aina – Head coach: Mike Smith
Team Kai – Head coach: Brian Billick


Hula Bowl Heads New All-Star Postseason

A full schedule of postseason All-star games return this year with the Hula Bowl kicking off the prime postseason events. Many All-star games were closed down last year except the Senior Bowl Classic. The Covid 19 virus cancelled a wide range of events, making the scouting process very difficult and limited. The past NFL Draft 2021 class will be interesting to evaluate in a few more seasons and seeing if a higher number of early draft selection bust out and more late round sleepers emerge over their first three or four seasons.

Both dates and locations of several events have changed in many cases for the major All-star venues, in addition to several small college All-star events. DraftInsiders.com scouting staff will be at many All-Star events plus the NFL Combine 2022 and school Pro Days. Each All-star event will have announcements thru the postseason with player and coaching updates.

The 2022 Hula Bowl is a postseason college football all-star game scheduled for January 15, 2022, with kickoff at 12:00 noon EST, at Bounce House in Orlando, Florida. It will be the first all-star contest of the 2021–22 bowl games and, while not restricted to FBS players, one of the final games of the 2021 FBS football season. Television coverage will be provided by CBS Sports Network. This will be the first playing of the Hula Bowl outside of Hawaii, due to Aloha Stadium near Honolulu being closed for renovations.[2] The games rosters players into Aina and Kai teams, the words for land and sea in the Hawaiian language.

Hula Bowl Players to Watch
QB Cole Kelley | Southeastern Louisiana | 6066 | 248
QB Anthony Brown | Oregon | 6013 | 227.8
RB Julius Chestnut | Sacred Heart | 5111 | 224.4
RB Isaih Pacheco | Rutgers | 5102 | 208
RB Stephen Carr | Indiana | 5113 | 210.9
WR Jalen Virgil | Appalachian State | 6001 | 211
WR Mike Harley | Miami (FL) | 5103 | 172.9
WR Isaiah Weston | Northern Iowa | 6033 | 208
WR Keith Corbin | Jackson State | 6006 | 188.5
WR Lujuan Winningham | Central Arkansas | 6030 | 189.3
TE Jamal Pettigrew | McNeese State | 6062 | 251
TE Daniel Imatorbhebhe | Kansas State | 6031 | 241
TE Andrew Ogletree | Youngstown State | 6053 | 256.1
OT Sam Schlueter | Minnesota | 6057 | 313
OG Cain Madden | Notre Dame | 6021 | 316
OG Cole Schneider | Central Florida | 6031 | 309.1
OC Liam Shanahan | LSU | 6042 | 305
OC Matt Allen | Michigan State | 6023 | 311.8
DE Isaiah Chambers | McNeese State | 6035 | 260
DE Scott Patchan | Colorado State | 6043 | 257.7
DE Owen Carney | Illinois | 6031 | 265.5
LB Isaiah Graham-Mobley | Boston College | 6006 | 223
LB Teddy Gallagher | Coastal Carolina | 6000 | 234.9
LB Drew White | Notre Dame | 6002 | 228 |
CB Christian Benford | Villanova | 6003 | 196
CB Deane Leonard | Ole Miss | 6007 | 182 |
CB Tristin McCullom | Sam Houston State | 6004 | 190.4
CB Tayler Hawkins | San Diego State | 5117 | 198
CB Deane Leonard | Ole Miss | 6007 | 182
S Bydarrius Knighten | Auburn | 5114 | 196
S Tariq Carpenter | Georgia Tech | 6024 | 227

NFL Postseason Playoff Schedule

NFL Postseason Schedule – 2022
Wild Card Playoff Starts New Postseason Format

The opening week of the NFL playoffs begins with the Wild Card weekend. This year the NFL playoffs has been expanded with the addition of one more Wild card team per conference. The format expands to six games this weekend including a triple header on Saturday and the first Monday night playoff game in history. There is only one team per conference who received an opening week bye – the Packers in the NFC and the Titans in the AFC. Both teams will retain the home field advantage throughout their conference playoffs.

   Saturday, January 15

AFC Wild Card Playoffs
Matchup                                  Time (est)         TV        Location
Las Vegas vs Cincinnati             4:30 PM            NBC     Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati
New England vs Buffalo             8:15 PM            CBS     Highmark Stadium, Orchard Park

   Sunday, January 16

NFC Wild Card Playoffs
Philadelphia vs Tampa Bay        1:00 PM            FOX     Raymond James Stadium, Tampa
San Francisco vs Dallas             4:30 PM            CBS     AT&T Stadium, Arlington

AFC Wild Card Playoffs
Pittsburgh vs Kansas City          8:15 PM            NBC     GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City

   Monday, January 17

NFC Wild Card Playoffs
Arizona vs Los Angeles             8:15 PM            ESPN/ABC SoFi Stadium, Inglewood

NFL Power Poll – Wild Card Playoff Week – New Format

Draft Insiders’ – NFL Power Poll – Week 19
NFL Power Poll – Wild Card Playoff Week

Raiders & 49ers Clinch Wild Card Berths
Steelers Win in OT vs Ravens for Final Wild Card Place

Teams of the Week 
49ers Clinch Playoff spot with Win over Rams – 27-24 OT
Raiders Get Wild Card Spot with Win over Chargers – 35-32 OT

Upset of the Week
Detroit Lions (3-13-1) Edge Green Bay Packers (13-4) – 37-30
Players of the Week
  Offense – QB Dak Prescott – Cowboys        
  Defense – LB Uchenna Nwosu – Chargers
Games of Week 19 – Wild Card Playoff Week – Saturday thru Monday
Postseason Begins with New Format

NFL Team Power Poll
Draft Insiders’ Staff

Ranking /Record /Team

#1 – 13-4 Packers
The Packers gained #1 seed and sat out several starters in loss to Lions. Earned bye week and will host lowest winner in Titletown.

#2 – 13-4 Bucs
Bucs begin their SB title defense with the Eagles coming to town. Brady is still money especially in the postseason.

#3 – 12-5 Chiefs
Chiefs host the Steelers on Saturday. Club began to peak over 2nd half and looks to strong run in the postseason.

#4 – 12-5 Titans
The Titans edged the Texans in the finale to earn the #1 seed and bye. Host the lowest winner looking to get healthy for a run at the title.

#5 – 12-5 Rams
Rams lost to the 49ers in OT in the finale that matches them up with AFC West rival the Cardinals. They host the first Monday night playoff game in NFL history.

#6 – 11-6 Cardinals
Cardinals lost to the Seahawks to complete their rocky closing stretch. Face the Rams in LA and must improve or expect a quick postseason exit.

#7 – 12-5 Cowboys
The Cowboys look like world beaters vs mediocre clubs. Host the hot 49ers in a game that will test their meddle to the fullest.

#8 – 11-6 Bills
Bills host the Patriots in their three peat matchup. Weather could define this again. Interesting coaching battle between Belichick and McDermott.

#9 – 10-7 Bengals
Bengals rested veterans with their home playoff game secure. Rematch with Raiders who are coming off a thrilling OT game vs Chargers.

#10 – 10-7 Patriots
Pats return to Buffalo where their late December victory highlighted once again the brilliance of Bill Belichick.

#11 – 10-7 49ers
The 49ers beat the Rams to claim an NFC Wild card berth. Travel to Big D to face the Cowboys looking for postseason victory for first time since losing SB in 2020.

#12 – 10-7 Raiders
The Raiders hung together for a wild stretch run and won a huge game vs the Chargers. Travel to Cincinnati hoping to rebound from being crushed by Bengals at midseason.

#13 – 9-8 Eagles
The Eagles were crushed by Cowboys in finale but had claimed a Wild card spot. Travel to Tampa to face Tom Terrific hoping to give a strong performance vs the defending champions.

#14 – 9-7-1 Steelers
Steelers slipped into the postseason in Ben Roethlisberger’s final season. Travel to KC where their defense will be fully tested by the explosive Chiefs attack behind Patrick Mahhomes.

#15 – 9-8 Chargers
The hot and cold Chargers lost a thriller in OT to the Raiders that eliminated them from postseason. They have the core talent to press for a SB title, though not a finished product yet.

#16 – 9-8 Colts
The Colts crushed over final two weeks. Losing in Jacksonville in finale will linger during the postseason.

#17 – 9-8 Dolphins
Dolphins were eliminated despite beating Patriots in finale. The firing of HC Brian Flores makes no sense.

#18 – 9-8 Saints
The Saints stayed alive for the postseason through finale beating the Falcons but came up short. Club played hungry despite starting four QBs

#19- 8-9 Ravens
Ravens lost another close one this time in OT to the Steelers. First sub .500 season since 2015.

#20 – 8-9 Browns
Browns beat the undermanned Bengals in finale. They came up short again this year with key injuries and a lack of cohesion on both sides of the ball that must be addressed.

#21- 7-10 Broncos
The Broncos finished with another close loss and must address the QB problem. They actually have playoff talent throughout and might look for a blockbuster move for a veteran star QB.

#22 – 7-10 Vikings
Vikings fired both HC Zimmer and GM Spielman to begin a new era. Expect many roster moves this offseason.

#23 – 7-10 Falcons
Falcons come up flat vs the Saints to finish sub .500 for the three consecutive season. Ready for a complete rebuild after trying to unsuccessfully fix different areas.

#24 – 7-10 WFT
The WFT failed to repeat in the East and will look to address the QB position this postseason. They struggled keeping pace in high scoring games.

#25 – 7-10 Seahawks
Seahawks finished with a few wins, but could face a big turnover of talent especially if they part ways with QB Russell Wilson.

#26 – 6-11 Bears
The Bears have begun their house cleaning with both HC Nagy and GM Pace fired. They have a tough road with no #1 pick, but have a big overhaul to get to playoff levels.

#27 – 5-12 Panthers
Panthers collapsed after a good opening month. They have to make a decision on QB Sam Darnold and have to improve a struggling offense to compete in the NFC South.

#28 – 4-13 Texans
Texans fell to the Titans in the finale to complete a horrible season. More major changes expected prior to training camp and they must answer the question of QB Deshaun Watson.

#29 – 4-13 Jets
Jets completed their development season and actually improved over the late season. They hope they have the foundation inline to build on with a critical postseason to take another step.

#30 – 4-13 Giants
The Giants finished with a 6 game losing streak behind an inept offense. The house cleaning has started with firing of HC Judge and retirement of Gettleman.

#31 – 3-13-1 Lions
Lions beat the Packers sub package to complete a difficult season. They played hard throughout, but must improve their talent level to take a step up.

#32 – 3-14 Jaguars
Jaguars earned the top overall selection again this year off a horrible performance that included firing first year coach Urban Meyer at midseason. Trevor Lawrence is the foundation despite a challenging rookie season.

NFL Draft First Round Selection Order – Jaguars are ‘On the Clock’

NFL Draft 2022 Selection Order – The Jaguars are ‘On the Clock’ (Again)!

Jaguars Lions, Texans, Jets & Giants Hold Current Top 5 Selections
                         Eagles Hold Three #1 Selections,
               Giants and Jets Hold Two #1 Draft Choices

The Jacksonville Jaguars are ‘On the Clock’ with the first overall selection for the NFL Draft 2022. They earned the top overall draft choice again currently off a horrible 3-14 record. Rookie head coach Urban Meyer was fired in early December. Their recent overall draft decisions have been weak.

Detroit currently holds the 2nd overall selection off a poor 3-13-1 record with the Texans, Jets and Giants completing the top five selections. There is a logjam with nine clubs between 4-13, 7-10 and 9-8 that will impact the top  selections.

Jets (#4 & #10) and Giants (#5 & #7) hold two first round picks each with both top ten selections. The Eagles hold three #1 selections (#15, 16 & 19) with all from the middle of the round back.

A teams’ opponent’s W-L record will determine all tie situations. Teams that are still tied will flip though none necessary this year. Playoff teams will shuffle according to their postseason results to determine the final top 32 selections.

NFL teams look to both the veteran Free Agency period and the NFL Draft 2022 to improve their rosters. The salary cap went up after  in years with a $175 million cap range per team expected. It will dictate the movement of many veteran players this offseason and have an impact among the premier draft selections.

        Playoffs – Super Bowl game will determine final position
                postseason determines the final two positions

#            Team               W-L / Opp W-L %
1          Jacksonville          3-14     .512
2          Detroit                  3-13-1  .528
3          Houston                4-13     .498
4          NY Jets                 4-13     .512
5          NY Giants             4-13     .529
6          Carolina                5-12     .512
7          NY Giants (Chic)   6-11   .524
8          Atlanta                  7-10     .476
9          Denver                  7-10     .484
10         NY Jets (Seattle)   7-10   .519
11         Washington           7-10   .529
12         Minnesota             8-9     .507
13         Cleveland              8-9      .517
14         Baltimore              8-9     .528
15         Phil (Miami)         9-8      .464
16         Phil (Indianapolis) 9-8    .495
17         LA Chargers      9-8          .510
18         New Orleans     9-8          .512
19         Philadelphia      9-8          .472
20         Pittsburgh         9-7-1       .521
21         Cincinnati          10-7        .472
22         New England    10-7        .481
23         Miami (San Fran) 10-7   .500
24         Las Vegas        10-7          .510
25         Buffalo            11-6           .472
26         Detroit (Rams)   11-6     .490
27         Dallas               12-5         .491
28         Arizona            12-5        .483
29         Kansas City      12-5       .538
30         Tampa Bay       13-4      .460
31         Tennessee        12-5        .472
32         Green Bay        13-4       .479
               *** April 28-30 – NFL Draft 2022 – ***
Team tie-breaking procedure for the NFL Draft
If two or more clubs are tied in the selection order, the strength-of-schedule tie breaker is applied, subject to the following exceptions for playoff clubs: The Super Bowl winner is last and the Super Bowl loser next-to-last. Any non-Super Bowl playoff club involved in a tie shall be assigned priority within its segment below that of non-playoff clubs and in the order that the playoff clubs exited from the playoffs. Within a tied segment a playoff club that loses in the Wild-Card game will have priority over a playoff club that loses in the Divisional playoff game that in turn will have priority over a club that loses in the Conference Championship game. If two tied clubs exited the playoffs in the same round, the tie is broken by strength of schedule. If any ties cannot be broken by strength of schedule, the divisional or conference tie breakers, when applicable, are applied. Any ties that still exist are broken by a coin flip.

Senior Bowl Names Lions & Jets Staffs for 2022 All-Star Classic

Senior Bowl Names Lions & Jets Staffs for All-Star Classic

The Reese’s Senior Bowl today announced that NFL Football Operations has assigned the Detroit Lions and New York Jets as the coaching staffs for the 73rd annual Reese’s Senior Bowl to be played on Saturday February 5, 2022, at Hancock Whitney Stadium on the campus of the University of South Alabama.

The game will be aired live on the NFL Network at 1:30 CT.  The Lions own the No. 2 pick, while the Jets own the Nos. 4 and 10 selections in the 2022 NFL draft. NFL teams are offered the opportunity to coach the two Senior Bowl squads based on draft order, unless they are transitioning coaching staffs. The Jaguars hold the No. 1 pick of the draft but with the club in search of a coach did not quality. The Lions hold the #2 overall pick, while the Jets have the #4 overall selection. The Lions last coached the Senior Bowl in 2020 under then-coach Matt Patricia. The Jets have not coached a Senior Bowl team since 1979 under coach Walt Michaels.

       Go to   seniorbowl.com   for this years Player list

Draft Insiders.com will attend all events and have in-depth coverage in Feb Newsletter

The Senior Bowl is coming off a record-breaking year in which 106 players were selected in the 2021 NFL draft, which represents 41% of the entire class. Over the past three drafts (2019-2021), 88.4% of the players wound up making an active 53-man NFL roster at some point during their rookie season.

The Senior Bowl has long been the nation’s most prestigious college all-star game and it is the only one coached by entire staffs from two NFL clubs.  NFL Football Operations smartly uses the draft order to select participating clubs because it serves as a valuable mechanism of parity for competitive balance in the league each year.

For the first time in the game’s rich history, head coaches will serve in more an advisory capacity while promoting select assistants into leadership roles on the staff (e.g. running backs coach to head coach, secondary coach to defensive coordinator, etc.). This new change will offer position coaches and coordinators developmental opportunities in a setting that showcases their skills in front of peers from all 32 clubs.

In addition, Senior Bowl leadership is excited to announce that four coaches from Historically Black Colleges & Universities will be a part of Senior Bowl coaching staffs in this year’s game. Coaches selected to take part in this minority fellowship program will be a part of on-field coaching, position meetings, and nightly staff evaluations.  The primary goal of this new initiative is to connect HBCU coaches with NFL decision-makers in hope that it leads to future career opportunities, while also giving the rest of the league’s teams four individuals to contact for information on Senior Bowl participants.

The three recent rosters have included the following standouts: QB Justin Herbert (Chargers), QB Mac Jones  (Patriots), QB Jalen Hurts (Eagles),  DS Jeremy Chinn (Panthers), WR Deebo Samuel (49ers), WR Chase Claypool (Steelers), WR Brandon Aiyuk (49ers), (Eagles), DB Kyle Dugger (Patriots), RB Elijah Mitchell (49ers), RB Antonio Gibson (WFT), WR Terry McLaurin (WFT), OL Chris Lindstrom (Falcons),  OL Elgton Jenkins (Packers), DL Montez Sweat (WFT), RB Najee Harris (Steelers), RB Rhamondre Stevenson (Patriots), RB Michael Carter (Jets), WR Kadarius Toney (Giants), WR Devonta Smith (Eagles), OL Quinn Meinerz (Broncos), and OL Creed Humphrey (Chiefs).



CFP Championship – Bama vs Bulldogs in Classic Title Matchup

College Football Playoff National Championship
Bama vs Bulldogs in Classic Title Matchup

The 2022 College Football Playoff National Championship game is set for Lucas Stadium in Indianapolis Indiana. It’s a rare rematch of the SEC title game between Alabama and Georgia just four weeks ago. Bama had a dominant title game winning 41-24 with the score no indication of the matchup. The final features #1 vs #2 with both clubs 13-1. Georgia was undefeated entering the SEC title game and is quietly looking for revenge for the disappointing performance. Each team had an impressive Semi-final win, Bama vs Cincinnati 27-6 and Georgia 34-11 over Michigan. Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young outclassed the Bulldogs QB Stetson Bennett in the title game and had Georgia trailing from early in the contest. Young gives the Tide the trump card that has spelled the difference in big matchups.

The college football season comes down to the Crimson Tide and Bulldogs squaring off in the College Football Playoff National Championship presented by AT&T (Monday, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN).

The eighth final of the College Football Playoff will truly represent the top two teams. The Tide is seeking their 7th national championship in the past 13 seasons and their second back to back title. The Bulldogs are seeking their first since 1980. Georgia HC Kirby Smart hopes to break a winless streak (0-4) against his former boss, Alabama coach Nick Saban. Georgia lost to Bama in the 2018 Championship game after leading at halftime 13-0. Bama behind Tuo Tagovailoa spearheaded the comeback in overtime with a thrilling 41 yard TD pass to another Bama Heisman Trophy winner wideout DeVonta Smith.

It will be Alabama’s 6th appearance in the national final in the past seven years, including last year’s title-winning contest. The Tide has won the last seven meetings between the teams under legendary coach Nick Saban. Tide rolls behind the magic of QB Bryce Young.

Prediction: Alabama 27 – Georgia 13

NFL Draft 2022 – First Round Mock Draft  1.0

NFL Draft 2022 – First Round Mock Draft  1.0

 January, 2022
* Underclassmen –   Selection order with 1 regular season game to go
Pre All-Star games

All underclassmen had until Jan. 17th to declare for the NFL Draft 2022. Players have three days to rescind their decision and return to school and still retain their college eligibility.

Exact draft order to be determined at close of the postseason

NFL  Mock Draft

1st Round

  #         Team             W/L      Player                          Pos      Ht/WT               School             Class
1         Jacksonville      2-14      Aidan Hutchinson          DE       6-6/265             Michigan           Jr
2         Detroit              2-13-1   Derek Stingley               CB        6-1/195             LSU         Jr
3         Houston            4-12      Kayvon Thibodeaux       DE       6-5/260             Oregon             Jr
4         Jets                  4-12      Kyle Hamilton               S          6-4/220             Notre Dame      Jr
5         Giants               4-12      George Karlaftis         DE       6-4/275             Purdue        Jr
6         Jets (Seattle)     6-10      David Ojabo               DE       6-5/250            Michigan           RSoph
7         Carolina            5-11      Kenny Pickett             QB       6-3/220             Pittsburgh     Sr
8         Giants (Chicago) 6-10    Evan Neal                   OT        6-7/350             Alabama           Jr
9         Washington       6-10      Ikem Ekwonu              OT        6-4/320             North Carolina St Jr
10         Atlanta              7-9        DeMarvin Leal           DT        6-4/290             Texas A&M       Jr
11         Denver              7-9        Devin Lloyd            ILB       6-3/235                Utah              Sr
12         Minnesota         7-9        Matt Corral               QB       6-2/205             Mississippi       Jr
13         Cleveland          7-9        Garrett Wilson         WR       6-0/190             Ohio State        Jr
14         Phil (Miami)       8-8        Treylon Burks           WR       6-3/225            Arkansas        Jr
15         New Orleans     8-8        Kaiir Elam                 CB        6-2/195             Florida         Jr
16         Baltimore          8-8        Tyler Linderbaum        C          6-3/290             Iowa      Jr
17         Pittsburgh         8-7-1     Charles Cross         OT        6-5/310             Mississippi St   RSoph
18         Philadelphia      9-7        Jordan Davis           DT        6-6/340             Georgia        Sr
19         Miami (San Fran) 9-7     Kenyon Green               OG       6-4/325             Texas A&M       Jr
20         Las Vegas        9-7        Andrew Booth               CB        6-0/195                Clemson           Jr
21         Phil (Indianapolis) 9-7    Ahmad Gardner            CB        6-3/200            Cincinnati          Jr
22         LA Chargers      9-7        Drake London               WR       6-5/210             Southern Cal     Jr
23         Cincinnati          10-6      Nicholas Petit-Frere       OT        6-5/315          Ohio State        Jr
24         New England    10-6      Jameson Williams         WR       6-2/190           Alabama           Jr
25         Buffalo             10-6      Kenneth Walker             RB        5-11/210            Michigan State Jr
26         Tennessee        11-5      Nakobe Dean                ILB       6-0/225             Georgia            Jr
27         Arizona             11-5      Drake Jackson             OLB      6-4/250             Southern Cal     Jr
28         Dallas               11-5      Christian Harris             ILB       6-2/235                Alabama          Jr
29         Kansas City      11-5      Jermaine Johnson         DE       6-5/265             Florida State     Sr
30         Tampa Bay       12-4      Jahan Dotson               WR       5-11/185            Penn State        Sr
31         Detroit (LA Rams) 12-4  Chris Olave                   WR       6-1/190             Ohio State        Sr
32         Green Bay        13-3      Jalen Wydermyer          TE        6-5/255             Texas A&M       Jr

X – The Colts #1 pick goes to the Eagles as QB Carson Wentz participated in 75% of the Colts offensive plays this season and they made the playoffs.

Currently four teams, the Bears, 49ers, Seahawks and Rams do not have a 1st round selection.
Teams 19-32 make the playoffs if the season ended today and are playoff clubs in the draft order. The draft order for playoff teams is determined by the results through postseason play.

April 28-30 – NFL Draft 2022 – Las Vegas, Nevada.

NFL Power Poll – Bengals & Titans Clinch AFC Division Titles

NFL Power Poll – Titans Clinch AFC South Title
Draft Insiders’ – NFL Power Poll – Week 18

Bengals Clinch AFC North Title for First time in Six Years
Titans Earn AFC South Title For 2nd Year in a Row

Team of the Week 
Bengals Take AFC North Title in Chiefs Win 34-31
QB Joe Burrows outshines Patrick Mahomes to win a great shootout that may be a postseason preview.

Upset of the Week
Las Vegas Raiders (9-7) Edges Indianapolis Colts (9-7) – 23-20
Players of the Week
  Offense – QB Joe Burrow – Bengals        
  Defense – LB TJ Watt – Steelers
Rookies of Week
    Offense – WR Ja’Marr Chase – Bengals
    Defense – S Jevon Holland – Dolphins  
Game of Week 18 
   LA Chargers (9-7) at Las Vegas Raiders (9-7)
      Winner Earns Wild Card spot in playoffs.

NFL Team Power Poll
Draft Insiders’ Staff

Ranking /Record /Team

#1 – 13-3 Packers
The Packers maintain the best record in the league for bye and homefield advantage. Face Lions in their finale.

#2 – 12-4 Bucs
Bucs bounced back vs the Jets behind late dramatics by Tom Brady. Host the Panthers this Sunday.

#3 – 11-5 Chiefs
Chiefs lost a shootout vs the Bengals with their secondary toasted by Joe Burrow. Travel to Mile High for finale.

#4 – 12-4 Rams
Rams beat the Ravens behind late game heroics by QB Matthew Stafford.  Host the 49ers this Sunday hoping to clinch the NFC West and high playoff seating.

#5 – 11-5 Titans
The Titans drilled the Dolphins to clinch the AFC South title. Travel to Houston for their finale hoping to earn AFC bye with a victory.

#6 – 11-5 Cardinals
Cardinals end a three game losing streak with a big Sunday night win over the Cowboys.  It was their best performance on the season. Hosting the Seahawks this week.

#7 – 10-6 Patriots
Pats bounced the weak Jaguars to clinch a playoff berth. Travel to Miami for hoping to win the AFC East with a victory.

#8 – 11-5 Cowboys
The Cowboys came up short vs the Cardinals. Travel to Philly for Saturday night finale that will dictate both club’s playoff positions.

#9 – 10-6 Bills
Bills took care of business vs the Falcons. Host the Jets looking to repeat with an AFC East title.

#10 – 10-6 Bengals
Bengals outshot the Chiefs for an impressive late season victory. Winning the AFC North behind another strong performance by QB Joe Burrow. Travel to Cleveland looking to maintain momentum.

#11 – 9-7 Colts
The Colts lost tough thriller to the Raiders in last one. Travel to Jacksonville this Sunday and needs a victory and help to claim a Wild card berth in the AFC logjam.

#12 – 9-7 Chargers
Chargers rebound and blasted the Broncos. They face the Raiders in a must win situation for both clubs with the winner in for the playoffs.

#13 – 9-7 49ers
The 49ers beat the Texans to stay alive for the postseason. Travel to LA to face the Rams looking for victory to claim the final Wild card NFC position.

#14 – 9-7 Eagles
The Eagles claimed a Wild card spot off a victory over WFT. Host the Cowboys on Saturday night
hoping to get a favorable playoff matchup.

#15 – 8-7-1 Steelers
Steelers beat the Browns in Ben Roethlisberger’s home finale to keep their faint playoff hopes alive. Travel to Baltimore hoping to earn final Wild card spot.

#16 – 9-7 Raiders
The Raiders hung together for the stretch run and won a huge game vs the Colts. Host the Chargers Sunday night with the winner going to the Show.

#17 – 8-8 Dolphins
Dolphins were eliminated after coming up empty vs the Titans. Play out the string playing on pride with the Patriots coming to town.

#18 – 8-8 Saints
The Saints stayed alive for the postseason edging the Panthers. Travel to Atlanta for finale looking for victory to claim a Wild card berth.

#19- 8-8 Ravens
Ravens lost a close one to the Rams that put their postseason hopes as only a longshot. Host the Steelers looking to end their playoff hopes.

#20 – 7-9 Vikings
Vikings lost to arch rival the Packers Sunday night ending any playoff hopes. Host the Bears in finale with a postseason of many changes coming.

#21 – 7-9 Browns
Browns came up short again this time vs the Steelers. They were eliminated from playoffs and play out the string hosting Bengals without QB Baker Mayfield.

#22- 7-9 Broncos
The Broncos continue to lack the firepower to beat the top clubs. They fell to the Chargers last week. Host the Chiefs playing only on pride after their 5th consecutive sub .500 season.

#23 – 7-9 Falcons
Falcons come up flat vs the Bills. Host rival the Saints hoping to end their playoff hopes.

#24 – 6-10 WFT
The WFT lost to the Eagles in another close game where they come up short offensively. Play Giants in an NFC East game of disappointing clubs.

#25 – 6-10 Seahawks
Seahawks crushed the Lions. Travel to Arizona hoping to make a final statement in the NFC West.

#26 – 6-10 Bears
The Bears beat the Giants for their first two game win streak since 2020 season. Face the Vikings in their finale where both clubs expected to have major overhauls.

#27 – 5-11 Panthers
Panthers lost to the Saints. They travel to Tampa playing out the string in a season where they collapsed after a good first month.

#28 – 4-12 Texans
Texans fell to the 49ers with a weak offensive performance. Host the Titans to complete a horrible season and major changes expected prior to training camp.

#29 – 4-12 Giants
The Giants offense scored another FG in loss to Bears. Host WFT in a merciful finale of season that never got off the ground.

#30 – 4-12 Jets
Jets pushed the Bucs to the limit before falling on Tom Brady’s late heroics. Travel to Buffalo where they can impact the AFC East winner with a top performance.

#31 – 2-14 Jaguars
Jaguars were blasted by the Patriots in another mismatch. Host the Colts in a must win for them in the finale in a season where little progress was made.

#32 – 2-13-1 Lions
Lions were toasted by the Seahawks. Host the Packers looking to establish respect for next season.



NFL Draft 2022 – First Round Selection Order

NFL Draft 2022 –

– The Jaguars are ‘On the Clock’ (again)!
Jaguars, Lions, Texans, Giants & Jets Hold Current Top 5 Selections

                     Eagles Have Three #1 Selections,
            Giants & Jets Hold Two #1 Draft Choices

The Jacksonville Jaguars are ‘On the Clock’ with the first overall selection for the NFL Draft 2022. They could earn the top overall draft choice again currently off a horrible 2-14 record if they maintain this position over the Lions. Rookie head coach Urban Meyer was fired in earlier December. Their recent overall draft decisions have been weak and slow to develop. Detroit currently holds the 2nd overall selection off a poor 2-13-1 record and could still land the top overall selection if they lose and the Jaguars win in the final week. Texans, Jets and Giants complete the top five selections with 4-12 records. There is a logjam with eight clubs between 5-11 and 7-9 that will impact the top 12 overall selections.

Jets and Giants hold two #1 picks with both probable top ten selections. The Eagles hold three #1 selections with all from the middle of the round back.

First Round Selection Order – after 16 Games

#   Team                       Record             Strength/schedule

1 Jacksonville               2-14                  .522
2 Detroit                       2-13-1               .539
3 Houston                     4-12                  .496
4 NY Jets                      4-12                  .515
5 NY Giants                  4-12                  .537
6 Carolina                     5-11                  .507
7 NY Jets (Seattle)        6-10                  .518
8 NY Giants (Chicago)   6-10                  .520
9 Washington                6-10                  .533
10 Atlanta                     7-9                    .461
11 Denver                     7-9                    .478
12 Minnesota                7-9                    .513
13 Cleveland                 7-9                    .524
14 Phil (Miami)              8-8                    .467
15 New Orleans             8-8                    .515
16 Baltimore                 8-8                    .531
17 Pittsburgh                8-7-1                 .520
18 Las Vegas                9-7                    .517
19 Philadelphia             9-7                    .461
20 Phil (Indianapolis)     9-7                    .489
21 LA Chargers             9-7                    .509
22 Miami (San Fran)      9-7                    .509
23 Buffalo                     10-6                  .469
24 New England            10-6                  .474
25 Cincinnati                 10-6                  .465
26 Arizona                    11-5                  .483
27 Dallas                      11-5                  .493
28 Kansas City             11-5                  .542
29 Tampa Bay              12-4                  .474
30 Detroit (LA Rams)     12-4                  .480
31 Tennessee               11-5                  .469
32 Green Bay                13-3                  .469

X – The Colts #1 pick goes to the Eagles as QB Carson Wentz participated in 75% of the Colts offensive plays this season and they made the playoffs.

Currently four teams, the Bears, 49ers, Seahawks and Rams do not have a 1st round selection.

Teams 19-32 make the playoffs if the season ended today and are playoff clubs in the draft order. The draft order for playoff teams is determined by the results through postseason play.

April 28-30 – NFL Draft 2022 – Las Vegas, Nevada.