2022 NFL Draft: No quarterbacks among top 19 selections for first time since 1997 – ZellaNews

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All all through the 2021 soccer season, the discuss was that this yr’s draft class featured one of many weakest crops of quarterbacks in latest reminiscence. On Thursday evening, that discuss seemingly proved itself out. 

For the first time since 1997, there was not a single quarterback chosen among the top 19 picks. Instead, the Jacksonville Jaguars made Georgia edge rusher Travon Walker the No. 1 general choice, and the remainder of the top 10 went No. 2) Aidan Hutchinson (edge rusher) to the Lions; No. 3) cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. to the Texans; No. 4) cornerback Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner to the Jets; No. 5) edge rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux to the Giants; No. 6) offensive lineman Ikem Ekwonu to the Panthers; No. 7) offensive lineman Evan Neal to the Giants; No. 8) broad receiver Drake London to the Falcons; No. 9) offensive lineman Charles Cross to the Seahawks; No. 10) broad receiver Garrett Wilson to the Jets (you possibly can take a look at our draft tracker with each choose and grades right here).

The non-QB run continued with the following 9 picks, till the Steelers lastly ended the streak by taking Pitt’s Kenny Pickett at No. 20.

There hadn’t been a draft with no QB within the top 10 since again in 2013, when the first passer didn’t come off the board till the No. 16 choose, which the Buffalo Bills acquired through a commerce-down from No. 8 with the then-St. Louis Rams. They took Florida State’s E.J. Manuel with that choose. 

The final time a QB lasted previous No. 19 was the 1997 NFL Draft, when the first QB off the board did not come till No. 26, when the 49ers took Jim Druckenmiller. No different QBs went within the first spherical that yr, and the following one did not come off the board till Jake Plummer to the Cardinals within the second spherical at No. 42 general.