April 13, 2024

2022 NFL Mock Draft

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2022 NFL Mock Draft

By Bob Miller

 

1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Aidan Hutchinson, Edge - Michigan

There have been rumors of Jacksonville going offense here at pick #1, but they just can’t pass on Hutchison. He has elite talent and a motor that never stops. He reminds me of Joey Bosa. Great pick for the Jags. Hutchison will be a leader on this defense for years to come.

 

2. Detroit Lions: Travon Walker, Edge - Georgia

There is talk of Walker going 1st overall. He's a wrecking crew with phenomenal talent making him too good to pass up here. Home run pick for the Lions.

 

3. Houston Texans: Derek Stingley Jr, CB - LSU

The first surprise of the draft. Stingley is a star in waiting. His talent and experience playing against top talent in the SEC tilts in his favor. He is the first defensive back off the board. 

 

4. New York Jets: Sauce Gardner, CB - Cincinnati

At 6’3” 190 lbs with 500 lbs of swag. The Jets get the guy they want. He their new franchise cornerback. Easy pick.

 

5. New York Giants: Evan Neal, OT - Alabama

The Giants biggest need is the offensive line, especially right tackle. Neal’s best position is right tackle. No-brainer here for New York.

 

6. Carolina Panthers: Ickey Ekwonu, OT - NC State

There is talk of taking a QB here or Carolina even moving this pick. In the end the Panthers take the best all around tackle in the draft. Ickey will protect their QB for the next 10 years.

 

7. New York Giants (via Bears): Kayvon Thibodeaux, Edge - Oregon

The Giants fill a huge void they’ve had since losing Jason Pierre-Paul. The talent here is too good to pass up. Great start for the G-Men. 

 

8. Atlanta Falcons: Garrett Wilson, WR - Ohio State

Another team that's considering taking a QB, but no quarterback in this draft should be a top 10 pick. Instead the Falcons grab their new franchise wide receiver. With their lack of WR depth.. let’s face it, they may have no choice. 

 

9. Seattle Seahawks (via Broncos): Charles Cross, OT - Mississippi State

The Seahawks consider Kenny Pickett here, but they may end up with Baker Mayfield. That allows them to focus on quite possibly their biggest need.. left tackle.

 

10. New York Jets: Drake London, WR - USC

The Jets have been shopping for a wide receiver all off-season with no success. Drake London gives Zach Wilson a tall receiver with a large catch radius. He reminds me of Mike Evans. Solid pick for New York. 

 

11. Washington Commanders: Kyle Hamilton, S - Notre Dame

Hamilton's fall stops right here. He is the defensive playmaker that Washington so desperately needs.

 

12. Minnesota Vikings: Jordan Davis, DT - Georgia

The Vikings need to address the vacancy leftover after Michael Pierce signed with Baltimore. Davis is a unicorn of an athlete at nose tackle. The scary thing is that he hasn’t even hit his potential yet.

 

13. Houston Texans: Jermaine Johnson, Edge - Florida State

The Texans considered Thibodeax with the 3rd pick, but are absolutely thrilled with taking Jermaine Johnson here at pick #13. He was a standout at the Senior Bowl workouts, and Houston is loving their draft after taking Derek Stingley earlier in the round.

 

14. Baltimore Ravens: Jameson Williams, WR - Alabama

A big surprise here. The Ravens would have possibly taken Jermaine Johnson had he been available here. George Karlaftis is in play as well, but Baltimore takes the best player available on their draft board. Williams is elite and considered by most to the best wide receiver in this draft. Fortunately for the Ravens they have depth at WR, so they can afford to let him heal properly. Another thing to consider is that Hollywood Brown is represented by Agent Tony Dandy, who also represents AJ Brown, Deebo Samuel, and DK Metcalf. Who knows how that could possibly go. The thought of having Rashod Bateman and Jameson Williams is too good to pass up for GM Eric DeCosta.

 

15. Philadelphia Eagles (via Dolphins): Devin Loyd, LB - Utah

Loyd is a great player that will instantly improve Philly’s defense. He is a field general and an excellent pass defender. He can line up against tight ends with no problem. He starts day one.

 

16. New Orleans Saints (via Eagles): Kenny Pickett, QB, Pittsburgh

Finally.. Our first quarterback is off the board. Pickett is a strong leader and has great arm talent. He can start day one and run a similar offense that Drew Brees ran. 

 

17. LA Chargers: Trevor Penning, OT - Northern Iowa

The Chargers have a need at right tackle. Penning is a big nasty mauler that will instantly improve that offensive line. Slam dunk pick here.

 

18. Philadelphia Eagles: George Karlaftis, Edge - Purdue

Philly could go wide receiver here, but Karlaftis just adds to their defense. He is an absolute bully and has a high motor. He will be a much welcomed addition in Philly. The Eagles will address wide receiver later in the draft. 

 

19. New Orleans Saints: Chris Olave, WR - Ohio State

 The Saints can’t wait to turn in this draft card. Olave gives them a wide receiver with incredible speed and tremendous upside to pair with the returning Michael Thomas.

 

20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Malik Willis, QB - Liberty

Taking Willis here doesn’t spell doom for Mitchell Trubisky just yet. They get their quarterback of the future. Being in the AFC North, you need a mobile quarterback with a big arm to combat those opposing defenses and cold weather. Great value here for Pittsburgh.

 

21. New England Patriots: Trent McDuffie, CB - Washington

This may be the easiest pick of the 1st round. McDuffie is considered by some as the best cornerback in this draft, so New England getting him at pick 21 is an absolute steal. They fill the void left by JC Jackson. This is the perfect pick for New England.

 

22. Green Bay Packers (via Raiders): Treylon Burks, WR - Arkansas

With the biggest surprise in the draft, the Packers actually take a wide receiver. Seriously though, Burks gives Aaron Rodgers a big bodied receiver that’s a great red zone target. Something Green Bay needs after trading away star wide receiver Devante Adams.

 

23. Arizona Cardinals: Devonte Wyatt, DT - Georgia

The Cardinals need help on the defensive line, and Wyatt is an absolute value here at pick 23. He was often overshadowed by teammate Jordan Davis at Georgia which is a benefit in Arizona’s favor. 

 

24. Dallas Cowboys: Zion Johnson, IOL - Boston College

Dallas needs all kinds of help in their interior offensive line. They can insert Zion Johnson day one. Solid pick.

 

25. Buffalo Bills: Andrew Booth Jr, CB - Clemson

Andrew Booth is a ball hawk, and he fills an immediate need for Buffalo. Booth and Tre’Davious White will be a fantastic tandem for quite some time.

 

26. Tennessee Titans: Tyler Smith, OT - Tulsa

Tennessee has holes at wide receiver, linebacker, and offensive line. Tyler Smith is the pick here as they can address the other positions later on due to depth. 

 

27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Nakobe Dean, LB - Georgia

Tampa could go safety or defensive line here, but the thought of pairing Nakoba Dean alongside Devin White pushes them to make this pick.

 

28. Baltimore Ravens (Trade with Packers): Tyler Linderbaum, C - Iowa

Ladies and gentlemen, we have our first trade. Baltimore trades back into the 1st round to take center Tyler Linderbaum. Linderbaum is considered a better prospect than Creed Humphrey was last year, and we know how good Humphrey turned out. Baltimore addresses a major need and also keeps Linderbaum away from the Cincinnati Bengals. 

 

29. Kansas City Chiefs (via 49ers): Boye Mafe, Edge - Minnesota

Kansas City gets a much needed pass rusher. Mafe is explosive. Not much more to say.

 

30. Kansas City Chiefs: Kyler Gordon, DB - Washington

The Chiefs respond to the AFC West  arms race by adding another defensive back. Gordon is extremely underrated. Some teams like him just as much as his Washington teammate, Trent McDuffie

 

32. Cincinnati Bengals: Kenyon Green, IOL - Texas A&M

The Bengals have addressed the offensive line in free agency and continue to do so in the draft. Protecting Joe Burrow is their top priority. This pick does nothing but help.

 

32. Detroit Lions (via Rams): Matt Corral, QB - Ole Miss

The Lions take Corral here, so they can have that 5th year option. This is a no-brainer for Detroit as they can bring him along slowly behind Jared Goff.

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