The Jacksonville Jaguars took Georgia pass rusher Travon Walker the first overall selection in the 2022 NFL draft, but the New York Jets made the biggest splash on day one with three picks who could become starters this season.
The Jets, 41/4 to make the play-offs, grabbed Cincinnati cornerback Ahmad 'Sauce' Gardner with the No. 4 pick, before adding Ohio State wideout Garrett Wilson six selections later and then trading back into the first round to take edge rusher and former Florida State standout Jermaine Johnson II.
The first five selections made in Las Vegas were all on the defensive side of the ball, with the Detroit Lions delighted to snag Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson at No.2 and the Houston Texans springing a surprise by taking LSU corner Derek Stingley Jr one pick later.
The New York Giants swooped for Oregon pass rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux with the first of their two top-10 selections as teams then focused on offensive playmakers and linemen for the next seven picks.
While Walker, who analysts slated to be a mid-first-round pick early in the pre-draft process, was the big winner of the night, several highly-rated prospects slipped down the board.
Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton fell to the Baltimore Ravens at No.14, while Scottish linebacker David Ojabo - who tore an Achilles tendon at Michigan's pro day last month - remains undrafted heading into day two.
Alabama star Jameson Williams, who suffered an ACL injury while playing in the national championship game against Georgia, perhaps didn't slip as far as many thought, after the Lions ensured he was the third wide receiver to hear his name