Every NFL Team’s Most Exciting 2022 Offseason Addition

This NFL offseason has seen a myriad of game-changing talents enter the league through the draft or change teams via free agency and blockbuster trades.

Many of these acquisitions will shape their new squad’s plans or raise the ceiling of what the team is capable of. These standout stars will be exciting to watch due to factors like their recent production, high-level athleticism and projected role in 2022.

With that in mind, here’s a look at the most thrilling offseason pickup by each of the league’s 32 teams.

Arizona Cardinals: WR Marquise Brown

The Cardinals had one of the deepest receiving corps last year, but it took a hit when Christian Kirk left in free agency.

With Kirk gone and No. 1 wideout DeAndre Hopkins set to serve a six-game suspension to start the 2022 campaign, Arizona made a splashy move to ensure its receiver room remains one of the league’s most dangerous.

The club made headlines when it flipped the No. 23 overall pick to the Baltimore Ravens for Marquise “Hollywood” Brown and a third-rounder.

The deal landed the Cardinals a big-play wideout who put up respectable numbers but never seemed to be an ideal fit in Baltimore’s run-heavy offense that doesn’t emphasize receivers much.

Brown confirmed as much when discussing why he requested a trade, saying the system wasn’t right for him.

Arizona added a wideout who is just 24 years old and coming off a career-best season, one in which he racked up 1,008 yards and six touchdowns—the third straight season he notched at least that many receiving scores.

Expect Brown to quickly become one of Kyler Murray’s top targets, assuming a big role for the Cardinals and putting up some massive numbers to match.

 

Atlanta Falcons: WR Drake London

The Falcons desperately needed to revamp their receiving corps after losing Russell Gage in free agency and seeing Calvin Ridley get hit with at least a yearlong gambling suspension after he took a leave of absence last year.

They added a major piece of the puzzle near the top of the 2022 draft, securing USC wideout Drake London with the No. 8 overall pick.

London was the first receiver selected in a class that saw a record-breaking six of them come off the board within the top 20.

The 20-year-old is a big, 6’4″ possession wideout with the ability to go over the top of his defenders and consistently come up with contested catches.

London was the ideal first-round pick for a team now making the transition to a new quarterback after having Matt Ryan under center for the past 14 years.

Along with second-year tight end Kyle Pitts, London projects to be one of the team’s top targets regardless of whether free-agent pickup Marcus Mariota or rookie third-rounder Desmond Ridder wins the QB1 job.

It would be a surprise if London isn’t in the thick of the Rookie of the Year race at the end of the 2022 season due to the sheer volume of looks he’s in line to get and the big plays he is poised to make.

 

Baltimore Ravens: S Kyle Hamilton

The Ravens traded away one of their most exciting players in Marquise Brown, but they added a playmaker on the other side of the ball that same evening.

Baltimore pulled off one of the biggest steals of the draft when it landed Kyle Hamilton at No. 13 overall. Considered a top prospect by many—including the Bleacher Report Scouting Department, which ranked him No. 7 overall on its final big board—the Notre Dame star is one of the best players at the safety position to enter the draft in years.

Standing over 6’4″ and weighing 220 pounds, Hamilton has a rare combination of size, speed and athleticism that will make him a nightmare for opposing offenses to deal with.

He’s great in coverage and changes direction quickly, reading quarterbacks’ eyes and getting to the ball quickly to break up passes and snare interceptions. He’s strong against the run and a good tackler who will get a chance to show his stuff as an immediate starter in Baltimore.

The Ravens should boast one of the NFL’s top secondaries this year, pairing Hamilton with free-agent acquisition Marcus Williams and a pair of veteran corners in Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters.

All those defensive backs are capable playmakers, but none have as much upside as Hamilton.

Author: Lucy Green