NFL teams view the annual rookie draft differently.
Some teams feel that having more picks will help them build a competitive roster without breaking the salary cap.
That philosophy might be followed by the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Kansas City Chiefs, teams with the most selections in 2022 with 12 apiece.
In contrast, the reigning Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams usher in a different school of thought.
They don’t draft until the third round because they have traded away their first and second-round selections.
That round-three pick was even awarded to them when former Rams college scouting director Brad Holmes became the Detroit Lions general manager.
But both scenarios can lead to success if they play their cards and do their talent evaluation right.
However, some teams in this year’s draft will experience droughts within the entire seven rounds, as Sunday NFL Countdown Research Producer Evan Kaplan shared.
After all of the trades there are some wild stretches for teams without picks in the 2022 Draft.
-Pick 6th, then next pick is 137
-First pick is 102
-First pick is 104
-Pick 87th, then next pick is 201
-Pick 133rd, then next pick is 248
— Evan Kaplan (@EpKap) April 14, 2022
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Kaplan shared five teams that will have wild stretches due to a lack of draft picks.
Ironically, three of these teams made last season’s playoffs.
The Carolina Panthers have the earliest pick among teams on the list at number six, but they don’t get to select again until the fourth round.
Meanwhile, the Arizona Cardinals will have picks in the first three rounds before having another shot in the sixth round.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won’t have picks in rounds five and six.
Finally, the Rams and the Miami Dolphins will participate in the draft’s third round due to compensatory picks.
The Dolphins might not need that pick after bringing in a hoard of players in free agency.
The Rams’ roster is intact, and even added Bobby Wagner to their already-scary defense.
Finally, the Buccaneers are still competitive, with Tom Brady returning for a 23rd season.
Therefore, the Panthers are the only team on the list that should address this concern.