LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 28: View of the 2022 NFL Draft Stage at the Bellagio Hotel & Casino on April 28, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mindy Small/Getty Images)

Defense 1st, then offense, with receivers a focal point
By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer
LAS VEGAS (AP) — In an NFL draft focused early on stoppers, it was the goers — wide receivers — who stole the spotlight Thursday night. Not simply prospects, either. Yes, the first five selections came on the defensive side of the ball, including edge rushers Travon Walker of national champion Georgia to Jacksonville and Aidan Hutchinson of Michigan to Detroit at Nos. 1 and 2. It was the first time in 31 years that no player on offense went in the opening five picks. So, naturally, the next five choices were on offense. And those kept coming: right through No. 12. And the theme throughout the first 20 picks was to get guys who could catch the ball — including Philadelphia acquiring standout A.J. Brown from the Titans, and Arizona getting veteran Marquise Brown from the Ravens.

Plenty of tantalizing possibilities in Round 2 of NFL draft
By ARNIE STAPLETON AP Pro Football Writer
Among the top players on the board for Round 2 of the NFL draft Friday night is former University of Georgia linebacker Nakobe Dean. He watched a half dozen of his former teammates get drafted in the first round Thursday night, including Jermaine Johnson, who transferred from the Bulldogs to Florida State in 2021. Liberty’s Malik Willis is the top quarterback available after Pittsburgh’s Kenny Pickett was the only QB taken in Round 1. Among the best players available on Day 2 is Colorado State tight end Trey McBride.