Offensive Tackles Drafted in the 2022 NFL Draft

    Which offensive tackles were drafted in the 2022 NFL Draft, and how does the latest class compare to other OT classes in the past 10 years?

    Offensive Tackles Drafted in the 2022 NFL Draft

    Which offensive tackles were drafted in the 2022 NFL Draft? Who were the teams that drafted those OTs, and how does the 2022 class compare to previous years?

    Which Offensive Tackles Were Drafted in the 2022 NFL Draft?

    Let’s take a look at the OTs drafted in the 2022 NFL Draft. Things got off to a fast start at the position, with three tackles selected inside the top 10.

    Ikem Ekwonu, NC State | Carolina Panthers

    Round 1, Pick 6

    Ekwonu became the first tackle drafted in 2022 when the Carolina Panthers selected him with the sixth pick. He played his college ball in the same state at North Carolina State University. The Panthers selected Ekwonu with the hopes he can be a franchise cornerstone.

    Evan Neal, Alabama | New York Giants

    Round 1, Pick 7

    Immediately following the Ekwonu selection, the Giants doubled down on the very next pick and selected Evan Neal out of Alabama. Both Neal and Ekwonu were considered the two best tackles in the class, and the Giants were pleased to get one of them.

    Charles Cross, Mississippi State | Seattle Seahawks

    Round 1, Pick 9

    Charles Cross did not start the 2021-2022 college football season as a top-10 selection, but as the season went on, his stock rose fast.

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    That eventually landed him as the third tackle selected at the top of the 2022 NFL Draft. The Seahawks needed the help and believed Cross could provide it.

    Trevor Penning, Northern Iowa | New Orleans Saints

    Round 1, Pick 19

    Penning showed his nastiness throughout the pre-draft process with all of the fights he got into at Senior Bowl practices. As a small-school prospect, sometimes you have to do a little extra to get noticed. Penning did, and he became the fourth tackle selected in Round 1.

    Tyler Smith, Tulsa | Dallas Cowboys

    Round 1, Pick 24

    Dallas’ selection of Tyler Smith caught many by surprise on draft day, but he quickly emerged as the right choice as a rookie. Smith was the fifth tackle selected in the first round and is a projected starter heading into Year 2 for the Cowboys, setting up many questions in need of answers on Dallas’ offensive line.

    Rounds 3-7

    6) Nicholas Petit-Frere, Ohio State
    Round 3, Pick 69 | Titans

    7) Abraham Lucas, Washington State
    Round 3, Pick 72 | Seahawks

    8) Bernhard Raimann, Central Michigan
    Round 3, Pick 77 | Colts

    9) Sean Rhyan, UCLA
    Round 3, Pick 92 | Packers

    10) Daniel Faalele, Minnesota
    Round 4, Pick 110 | Ravens

    11) Max Mitchell, Louisiana
    Round 4, Pick 111 | Jets

    12) Spencer Burford, UTSA
    Round 4, Pick 134 | 49ers

    13) Cordell Volson, NDSU
    Round 4, Pick 136 | Bengals

    14) Zach Tom, Wake Forest
    Round 4, Pick 140 | Packers

    15) Darian Kinnard, Kentucky
    Round 5, Pick 145 | Chiefs

    16) Matt Waletzko, North Dakota
    Round 5, Pick 155 | Cowboys

    17) Braxton Jones, Southern Utah
    Round 5, Pick 168 | NFL Team

    18) Vederian Lowe, Illinois
    Round 6, Pick 184 | Vikings

    19) Zachary Thomas, San Diego State
    Round 6, Pick 186 | Bears

    20) Nick Zakelj, Fordham
    Round 6, Pick 187 | 49ers

    21) Jamaree Salyer, Georgia
    Round 6, Pick 195 | Chargers

    22) Austin Deculus, LSU
    Round 6, Pick 205 | Texans

    23) Luke Tenuta, Virginia Tech
    Round 6, Pick 209 | Bills

    24) Ja’Tyre Carter, Southern
    Round 7, Pick 227 | Bears

    25) Andrew Stueber, Michigan
    Round 7, Pick 245 | Patriots

    26) Rasheed Walker, Penn State
    Round 7, Pick 249 | Packers

    27) AJ Arcuri, Michigan State
    Round 7, Pick 261 | Rams

    How Many Offensive Tackles Were Drafted in 2022?

    There is an increased premium being placed on the offensive tackle position. The 27 offensive tackles drafted in the 2022 NFL Draft are tied for the most players taken at the position in the last decade. There were also 27 OTs taken in 2021, with nine being taken in the first two days and 18 on Day 3.

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    Typically, three to four tackles are taken in Round 1 each year, but the 2022 NFL Draft topped that with five. As the league continues to move towards more and more passing, getting athletes to protect the quarterback is ever more important.