2022 NFL Mock Draft 1.0

As the NFL Combine begins tomorrow, Draft Season is in full swing. So, here’s my first, long overdue mock for 2022.

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  1. Jacksonville Jaguars – Evan Neal, OT, Alabama

Priority #1 needs to be to protect Trevor Lawrence, so Neal first overall makes sense.

  1. Detroit Lions – Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE, Michigan

Hutchinson is as powerful as they come, as he brings back memories of a young J.J. Watt.

  1. Houston Texans – Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame

Hamilton could bring his special blend of size (he’s about 6’4”, 220 lbs) and athleticism to a lackluster Texans defense.

  1. New York Jets – Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon

Robert Saleh knows what it’s like to have a young, elite edge rusher (Nick Bosa), and he wouldn’t pass up on the chance to bring in Thibodeaux.

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  1. New York Giants – Ikem Ekwonu, OT, NC State

Ekwonu is a great run-blocker who could free up a ton of space for Saquon Barkley.

  1. Carolina Panthers – Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State

The Panthers have multiple glaring holes on their offensive line, so Cross could fill one of them.

  1. New York Giants (from Chicago Bears) – Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah

Athletic, versatile linebackers are becoming more and more popular in the NFL, and Lloyd fits that mold.

  1. Atlanta Falcons – Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU

Stingley has been a shutdown corner since his first year at LSU when they won a national championship.

  1. Denver Broncos – Jermaine Johnson, EDGE, Florida State

Johnson is one of the biggest risers so far in this year’s draft season.

  1. New York Jets (from Seattle Seahawks) – Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner, CB, Cincinnati

The Jets continue to add to their defense by taking Gardner, who is fantastic in the red zone. 

  1. Washington Commanders – Malik Willis, QB, Liberty

Willis has a huge arm and electric running ability, and in the right situation, he could become a top QB in the league.

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  1. Minnesota Vikings – Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington

The Vikings haven’t found a true CB1 since the glory days of Xavier Rhodes, so maybe a player from this year’s draft like McDuffie can fill that role.

  1. Cleveland Browns – Drake London, WR, USC

At 6’5”, 210 lbs, London can dunk on defenders and be the field stretcher the Browns need. 

  1. Baltimore Ravens – Travon Walker, EDGE, Georgia

The Ravens bet on the physical tools of Jayson Oweh in last year’s draft, and they do the same here with Walker.

  1. Philadelphia Eagles (from Miami Dolphins) – David Ojabo, EDGE, Michigan

The Eagles’ front seven is aging, so taking a young, talented edge rusher like Ojabo makes sense.

  1. Philadelphia Eagles (from Indianapolis Colts) – Andrew Booth Jr., CB, Clemson

Booth has superior anticipation skills, and he’d pair with Darius Slay in Philly well.

  1. Los Angeles Chargers – Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas

If the Chargers lose Mike Williams in free agency, Burks would be the perfect replacement for him.

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  1. New Orleans Saints – Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State

Wilson is the playmaker the Saints need, although they do need a quarterback, too.

  1. Philadelphia Eagles – Kenyon Green, IOL, Texas A&M

Green is massive (6’4”, 325 lbs) and versatile, although his best fit is probably inside. 

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers – Tyler Linderbaum, IOL, Iowa

The Steelers need to find their future at QB soon, but it’s such a shallow class that I think their first priority should be to build their offensive line.

  1. New England Patriots – Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama

The Patriots are missing a true WR1, and Williams’s speed should allow him to play that role for an NFL team. 

  1. Las Vegas Raiders – Jordan Davis, IDL, Georgia

Davis’s movement skills at 6’6”, 340 lbs are simply incredible. 

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  1. Arizona Cardinals – Kyler Gordon, CB, Washington

The Cards desperately need help at corner, so they take an athletic freak in Gordon.

  1. Dallas Cowboys – George Karlaftis, EDGE, Purdue

Lining Karlaftis up on the opposite end of DeMarcus Lawrence would be a dream for the Cowboys. 

  1. Buffalo Bills – Devonte Wyatt, IDL, Georgia

Wyatt is another explosive Georgia DT, although he doesn’t have the immense size of Jordan Davis.

  1. Tennessee Titans – Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia

At 6’0”, 225 lbs, Dean is small for a traditional LB, but that only adds to his intrigue as a multi-dimensional defender.

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Matt Corral, QB, Ole Miss

Corral has an unorthodox release, but it’s obviously worked just fine for him. 

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  1. Green Bay Packers – Trevor Penning, OT, Northern Iowa

Penning is a small-school gem who is a great run-blocker at 6’7”, 321 lbs. 

  1. Miami Dolphins (from San Francisco 49ers) – Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State

Olave is a proficient route-runner who would work well with Tua Tagovailoa. 

  1. Kansas City Chiefs – Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn State

The safe-handed Dotson would complement Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce well

  1. Cincinnati Bengals – Bernard Raimann, OT, Central Michigan

After their Super Bowl appearance, the Bengals must do anything they can to revamp their O-Line.

  1. Detroit Lions (from LA Rams) – Kenny Pickett, QB, Pittsburgh

Pickett had a superb 2021 season at Pitt, landing him behind Jared Goff in Detroit.

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