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

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4. San Francisco 49ers

Last season, the 49ers earned an appearance in the NFC Championship for the second time in the last three years. Unlike their appearance in 2019, however, San Francisco was unable to get a win, and they fell one game short of playing in the Super Bowl.

The 49ers didn’t have a pick in the first round of this year’s NFL Draft after they traded for Trey Lance last year. Still, San Francisco was able to add a talented linebacker in the second round in USC’s Drake Jackson.

The most exciting news to come out of this year’s draft for 49ers fans though is that the team didn’t end up trading wide receiver Deebo Samuel. It appears that Samuel will remain with San Francisco for at least one more season, which is great for the team’s chances to be successful in 2022.

3. Green Bay Packers

After trading Davante Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders earlier this offseason, the Packers went out and used each of their two first-round picks in this year’s draft on two former Georgia teammates from the defensive side of the ball in linebacker Quay Walker and defensive tackle Devonte Wyatt.

Green Bay did end up using their selection in the second round on former North Dakota State wide receiver Christian Watson. But is he going to make a big enough impact as a rookie to help make up for the loss of Adams?