NFC Power Rankings: Where do the Vikings rank after the 2022 NFL Draft?

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14. Seattle Seahawks

It only makes sense that the Seahawks would use a first-round draft pick on an offensive tackle for the first time since 2011 as they prepare for their first season without Russell Wilson as their starting quarterback since 2012.

Seattle went with former Mississippi State offensive tackle Charles Cross with their top draft selection this year. If Cross earns a starting job as a rookie, he’ll be protecting someone from a Seahawks quarterback room that includes Drew Lock and Geno Smith.

For the first time in a long time, we could be heading into a very ugly season of football in Seattle.

13. Detroit Lions

The Lions certainly made some of the most intriguing moves in the 2022 NFL Draft. Detroit played it safe with the No. 2 overall pick when they added former Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson.

But then they convinced the Vikings to trade with them and the Lions selected former Alabama wide receiver Jameson Williams with the No. 12 pick in the first round.

Detroit still has a long way to go before they can become a contender in the NFC. But the Lions made some strides at the end of the 2021 campaign and the pieces that they added in this year’s NFL Draft should help them continue to move forward next season.