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2022 NFL schedule set for May release, plus Cardinals shoot down any possibility of a Kyler Murray trade – CBS Sports

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Welcome to the Friday edition of the Pick Six newsletter!
It’s Earth Day, which got me thinking, how on earth are we less than one week away from the NFL Draft
Although we’ve been talking about the draft nonstop over the past few weeks, we won’t have as much draft talk today and that’s because the NFL had a big non-draft-related day on Thursday: The league finally announced when the 2022 schedule will be released. We’ll be covering that and more in today’s newsletter, plus I promise we’ll also be including some draft stuff because how can you expect people to take you seriously if you send out an NFL newsletter in April without mentioning any draft stuff. 
As always, here’s your weekly reminder to tell all your friends to sign up for the newsletter. All you have to do is click here and then share the link. Alright, let’s get to the rundown. 
The NFL Draft is now LESS THAN ONE WEEK AWAY and because of that, I’m guessing you can figure out what we talked about on today’s podcast and if you can’t figure it out, the answer is the NFL Draft. That was the answer yesterday, that’s the answer today and it will probably be the answer for every show next week. 
For today’s episode, Will Brinson was joined by two draft experts — Ryan Wilson and Emory Hunt — and the three of them spent nearly the entire podcast ranking every offensive prospect in the draft by position. Since we ranked the defensive prospects yesterday, we thought it made sense to rank the offensive ones today. From wide receivers to offensive linemen to tight ends to running backs, Wilson and Hunt offered their top-five players in each position group.
Wilson was in charge of ranking the top-five wide receivers in the draft and here’s what he came up with:  
1. Garrett Wilson (Ohio State)
2. Drake London Jr. (USC)
3. Jameson Williams (Alabama)
4. Treylon Burks (Arkansas)
5. Chris Olave (Ohio State)
After Wilson gave his rankings, Brinson said that he thought that Williams should be No. 1, which is an assessment that Wilson didn’t disagree with. Wilson said he dropped the Alabama receiver because he’s going into the draft coming off a season where he tore his ACL. 
“If he were healthy, he’d definitely be the top guy in my rankings and you’d just move everyone down one spot,” Wilson said. “Jameson Williams is electric. He was just destroying SEC cornerbacks week in and week out.”
If you want to listen to today’s episode and hear the guys rank the top-five players at each offensive position, be sure to click here. You can also watch today’s episode on YouTube by clicking here.   
If I had to rank my favorite events on the NFL offseason calendar, the draft would come in second and that’s because my favorite day of the offseason is when the schedule gets released. Seriously, I don’t think anyone enjoys the schedule release more than me. It’s a national holiday at my house and I only celebrate three holidays (Flag Day, Earth Day and Schedule-Release Day). 
This year’s schedule release will be coming with a few twists and the biggest one is that the NFL will be releasing several games before May 12. 
Although we don’t know much else about the 2022 schedule, here are a five things we do know: 
The NFL schedule release has become a major offseason event for the league and this year is no exception. Schedule leaks have also become a major offseason event and I will be poring over the internet over the next three weeks to hunt down as many of them as possible. 
With all the drama surrounding Kyler Murray this offseason, there have been a lot of questions about how much longer he’s going to be in Arizona. There’s been some serious trade speculation over the past few weeks but I guess we can go ahead and throw that out the window now because the Cardinals made it clear on Thursday that they don’t have any plans of trading their QB
Based on the latest round of comments, it sounds like the Cardinals’ front office has assured Murray that he’ll be getting a new contract at some point this offseason, but it probably won’t be until after the draft and most likely not until June or July. 
Earlier this week, I promised that I would be putting a new mock draft in this newsletter every day until the actual draft and I never break a promise, so we’ve got another mock draft for you today. This one comes from college football writer Tom Fornelli, who also happens to write the afternoon newsletter here (If you need another newsletter in your life, you can subscribe to Fornelli’s by clicking here). 
Fornelli actually has a pretty wild mock draft and here are a few nuggets from his piece: 
With that in mind, let’s check out the top-10 picks in Fornelli’s mock: 
If you want to see how the rest of the first round plays out — and trust me, you do — then you’re going to want to click here
Every Friday, we close out the week here by taking a look at the biggest names still available in free agency. Once all the big names are signed, we’ll stop doing this, but surprisingly, there are quite a few talented names left on the market. 
Before free agency started, Pete Prisco made a list of his top 100 free agents for 2022. As we get ready to enter the SIXTH week of free agency, seven of his top-35 players are still available. 
For the second straight week, the biggest prize left on the market is Tyrann Mathieu, who has clearly decided that he’s going to take all the time he needs before signing. Over the past week, we didn’t see a single player on our top-10 list sign. The last player off the list to sign a new deal was Stephon Gilmore, who signed with the Colts last Friday.  
With that in mind, let’s check out the 10 highest-ranked players from Prisco’s top 100 list who are still available (they’re listed with the team they played for last season): 
1. FS Tyrann Mathieu (Chiefs)
2. DL Akiem Hicks (Bears)
3. EDGE Jadeveon Clowney (Browns)
4. OL Duane Brown (Seahawks)
5. TE Rob Gronkowski (Buccaneers)
6. WR Odell Beckham (Rams)
7. EDGE Melvin Ingram (Steelers)
8. OT Eric Fisher (Colts)
9. S Jaquiski Tartt (49ers)
10. DE Jerry Hughes (Bills)
Although free agency slowed down some over the past two weeks, don’t be surprised if we see a signing or two before the start of the draft. If a team can fill a need in free agency, that’s one less need it has to worry about when the draft rolls around. 
It’s been a wild 24 hours in the NFL, and since it’s nearly impossible to keep track of everything that happened, I went ahead and put together a roundup for you. 
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