Who were the three biggest losers of the 2022 NFL Draft?

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2022 NFL Draft
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – DECEMBER 20: Justin Fields #1 of the Chicago Bears is seen during warm-ups before a game against the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field on December 20, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. The Vikings defeated the Bears 17-9. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

The 2022 NFL Draft has now come and gone, as teams will now begin to sign their rookie picks. Which three players were the biggest losers of the weekend?

The 2022 NFL Draft was filled with a ton of drama, intense draft day trades, and everything in between.

What made this draft extra special was the uncertainty of the quarterback class, with some going as high as the first round, and other big names going as low as the fifth round or even going undrafted.

Like any draft, some teams hit it out of the park, and others struggled to put together a solid class.

This year was no different than the years prior.  There were big winners of draft weekend like the Baltimore Ravens, and some losers as well.

The draft, for other players, was a time when their replacements were drafted or where help was needed.

We’ve all talked about the biggest winners of the draft weekend.  They’ve gotten a ton of national air time as media figures talk endlessly about their draft classes.

But, what about the biggest losers of draft weekend?  Which players or teams were hurt the most from their rookie draft picks?

Three biggest losers of the 2022 NFL Draft

1. Justin Fields

I have not liked one thing Ryan Poles has done so far as the General Manager of the Chicago Bears.  His one job this offseason was to give Justin Fields some viable weapons on offense and put a respectable offensive line in front of him.

He’s barely done both, and the draft wasn’t much of a help.  He over-drafted a very unpolished receiver in Velus Jones, Jr, who also turns 25 before the season, and did not address the offensive line until the fifth round.

I get that most teams may employ the “best player available” draft strategy, but for teams like the Bears, there were clear roster deficiencies that needed to be filled for the future development of their young quarterback.

Their first two picks, at 39 and 48th overall were both secondary pieces.

While Kyler Gordon and Jaquan Brisker are talented players, the Bears could have easily targeted a quality pass catcher like Skyy Moore, Alec Pierce, or John Metchie with one of their two second-round picks, and perhaps could have taken Luke Goedeke or Abraham Lucas along the offensive line.

It was a puzzling draft for the Bears which did little to help Justin Fields.

He was a big loser of draft weekend.