2022 NFL Draft: B1G receivers headline historic first-round run on WRs
The first round of the 2022 NFL Draft wrapped up on Thursday night. While defense headlined the start of the draft – including Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson at No. 2 – it was a group of receivers that dominated the first round.
USC’s Drake London was the first wide receiver off the board, going to Atlanta at No. 8 overall. His selection started a run at the position with Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson not far behind at No. 10 and 11 overall.
When it was all said and done, 6 receivers came off the board inside the top 20 with Penn State’s Jahan Dotson giving the B1G 3 of those receivers. Including Alabama’s Jameson Williams – who transferred to the Crimson Tide after starting his career at Ohio State – the conference had connections to 4 of the 6 receivers taken early in the first round.
According to ESPN’s Field Yates, it was the first time in the common draft era that 6 receivers came off the board that quickly:
Last night marked the first time in the Common Draft era that six WRs were taken in the Top 20:
8. Falcons: Drake London
10. Jets: Garrett Wilson
11. Saints: Chris Olave
12. Lions: Jameson Williams
16. Commanders: Jahan Dotson
18. Titans: Treylon Burks
A position on the rise.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) April 29, 2022
Now, it will be interesting to see which receiver has the strongest rookie season in 2022.