The 2022 NFL Draft is just around the corner. When the NFL Draft is close, there seems to be numerous rumors that come out around that time. Well, it is officially that time. The 2022 Senior Bowl is underway and there are a ton of prospects rising up NFL organizations’ draft boards. This mock will be compiled of what I am hearing/what I think is the best thing the organization should do for their future. Mock Drafts are what viewers like to see, so I say let us roll!
1.) Jacksonville Jaguars: Evan Neal OT, Alabama
Trevor Lawrence is the future of the Jaguars. When is the last time a Quarterback was selected to the Jaguars and everyone was confident in that Quarterback? This is the first example of building towards your future. Is it the best player available? Not at all, however, the Jaguars do not need Aidan Hutchinson or Kayvon Thibodeaux. I think Josh Allen and K’Lavon Chaisson are future pro bowlers so I would take Neal.
2.) Detroit Lions: Aidan Hutchinson EDGE, Michigan
I don’t know how you all feel but I love Dan Campbell. If I was a fan of the Lions, I would be very excited for the Detroit Lions and their future. This pick is Best Player Available(BPA), Hutchinson was a borderline 1st round pick in the preseason. His Heisman campaign is what put him on the radar for football fans.
3.) Houston Texans: Kayvon Thibodeaux EDGE, Oregon
This is where the draft will get interesting. The Texans are in a deep hole with their roster. Maybe they trade back and gain more picks for the 2023 NFL Draft. Do they take a QB? I don’t think so, I can see Houston trading a mid round pick this draft to the 49ers for Jimmy G. Have Davis Mills and Jimmy G compete for the starting role. If Mills beats out Jimmy, then build through Mills. If Jimmy beats out Mills, go after a QB with those extra picks in 2023. Kayvon Thibodeaux is the real deal, as he is my #2 ranked prospect for this draft so this is good value for Houston.
4.) New York Jets: Ikem Ekwonu IOL, NC State
Zach Wilson struggled early in 2021, but he showed out his last few games. I think it’s safe to say the Jets have their franchise Quarterback. Now my philosophy to building a team is by protecting your QB and getting him weapons. Well, here is the protection, Ikem Ekwonu has been FLYING up draft boards since the midway point of the College Football Season. I can see him being an OT but I have him listed as a Guard.
5.) New York Giants: Charles Cross OT, Mississippi State
New General Manager, Joe Schoen made it well known that Daniel Jones is the starting Quarterback for the Giants in 2022. Charles Cross is the most versatile Offensive Tackle in this years Draft. The Giants already have Andrew Thomas locked in at Left Tackle, Cross will establish the pass protection for Daniel Jones and the New York Giants.
6.) Carolina Panthers: Malik Willis QB, Liberty
Malik Willis has been the talk of the Senior Bowl this year. He had a decrease in productivity in the 2021 season but he still showed some flashes. Ben McAdoo might not be a great Head Coach but he is a great offensive mind and someone I can see help Malik Willis with his development early in his career.
7.) New York Giants via Chicago: Kyle Hamilton SAF, Notre Dame
Remember how Joe Schoen said he wants to help build the OLine this offseason? Well, there isn’t great value here for another offensive lineman. I’m sure Giants fans would want Iowa’s Tyler Linderbaum here but I don’t think it’s the smart thing to do for a rebuilding Giants team. Kyle Hamilton is an absolute menace on the field. I also would love this in case the Giants move on from Jabrill Peppers. The duo of Xavier McKinney and Kyle Hamilton would be amazing to watch.
8.) Atlanta Falcons: DeMarvin Leal DL, Texas A&M
This is one of those smokescreens that I don’t believe. DeMarvin Leal is a top 10 player in this draft. I see him being a top 15 pick on draft night. This pick isn’t BPA but it is a huge need for the Falcons. Arthur Smith saw what the Titans did with Jeffery Simmons when he fell in the 2019 Draft. He won’t let that happen to Leal.
9.) Denver Broncos: David Ojabo EDGE, Michigan
I hate to do this but if Aaron Rodgers leaves Green Bay, this is where I see him landing. So I’m going to use this pick as Denver not selecting a Quarterback. Aidan Hutchinson was most of the talk for the Wolverine defense but David Ojabo was really good as well. He will fill Von Miller’s role immediately and help Bradley Chubb dominant opposing offenses.
10.) New York Jets via Seattle: Nakobe Dean LB, Georgia
The C.J. Mosley experiment has been a failure. The Jets need to get their act together and realize they need a true leader on the defense. Nakobe Dean is a Roquan Smith clone and would fit right in with Robert Saleh’s defense.
11.) Washington Commanders: Matt Corral QB, Ole Miss
New name? Got it. New Quarterback? Here he is. Matt Corral was personally my Heisman winner this year. Not one player in the nation meant more to their team than Matt Corral. Will he start day 1? I don’t know if Washington goes that route, I think they go out and get a veteran to mentor Corral until he is ready. Washington has needed a Quarterback for the longest time and here he is.
12.) Minnesota Vikings: Ahmad Gardner CB, Cincinnati
Vikings are in a weird spot, do they continue trying their luck with Kirk Cousins or do they blow it up and rebuild? This is a competitive selection, with the Packers folding and the Bears and Lions looking below average, 2022 could be the Vikings year. Adding a player that never gave up a touchdown his entire collegiate career is a huge win.
13.) Cleveland Browns: Garrett Wilson WR, Ohio State
Is Baker the problem or no? Cleveland needs to give Baker one more year so I’m putting my #1 WR in this draft here. Garrett Wilson can do it all, he has the route running, run after catch ability, and can moss you when he wants. Maybe a young WR leader could rejuvenate this offense.
14.) Baltimore Ravens: Jermaine Johnson EDGE, Florida State
Another player viewers might not know. Jermaine Johnson is lighting up the Senior Bowl this week. Baltimore is known for taking prospects earlier than normal. Back to back years of selecting a pass rusher is a win in my book.
15.) Philadelphia Eagles via Miami: Derek Stingley Jr. CB, LSU
Derek Stingley was said to be a top 5 lock for a few years. Now, his injury history is pushing him down draft boards. Stingley is still a lockdown corner but will his health keep him on the field to show his lockdown skills?
16. Philadelphia Eagles via Indianapolis: George Karlaftis EDGE, Purdue
The Eagles have a chance to set their future up nicely in the 2022 Draft. Landing a top Corner and Pass Rusher in the same draft is a huge deal. Karlaftis is a straight power rusher that would help dominate the Eagles front 7. Not only does he help the front 7 but his ability to get to the Quarterback is a huge deal for the lackluster of secondary the Eagles currently have.
17.) Los Angeles Chargers: Trent McDuffie CB, Washington
Chris Harris Jr. could have a new team in 2022 or maybe retire. Replacing Harris with McDuffie is a must if McDuffie is still here. Is it the most important need? Maybe not but McDuffie isn’t someone you pass on. That Chargers secondary of Derwin James, Asante Samuel Jr., and Trent McDuffie would be a tough task to beat.
18.) New Orleans Saints: Jameson Williams WR, Alabama
The Saints are not going to be a good team next season. They probably need to move on from Michael Thomas this offseason. Jameson Williams has the chance to go the distance on every catch, so why not excite Saint fans with this pick?
19.) Philadelphia Eagles: Devin Lloyd LB, Utah
Eagles going all out on the defensive side of the ball is what I am expecting to see on Draft night. But can they hit it out of the park like this mock is shaping up to be? It will be hard but the scenario of landing a top LB, EDGE, and LB can happen and it will increase the Eagles chances of winning every week.
20.) Pittsburgh Steelers: Kenny Pickett QB, Pittsburgh
Recent reports say the Steelers prefer Malik Willis, which I believe. Willis is making the case for being QB1 in this class but Kenny Pickett isn’t far behind and I don’t see Mike Tomlin running Mason Rudolph or Dwayne Haskins out on the field week 1.
21.) New England Patriots: Treylon Burks WR, Arkansas
The Patriots have their guy in Mac Jones. We all knew this would happen if Bill Belichick landed his Quarterback. The one thing New England is missing is a true #1 WR. Burks gives me Kenny Golladay vibes as he can make impressive catches and break free on any route.
22.) Las Vegas Raiders: Tyler Linderbaum IOL, Iowa
Raiders are in a weird spot, maybe they move on from Derek Carr. I doubt it but if they run with Carr again I would love to see them select Tyler Linderbaum. Linderbaum is labeled as a “Generational Talent” which is starting to become a term used every year. However, I think Linderbaum could be that guy.
23.) Arizona Cardinals: Roger McCreary CB, Auburn
What is one thing every team in the NFC West has? A #1 WR that bullies the Cardinals secondary. Roger McCreary would be an amazing addition to the Cornerback room to help stop those NFC West Wide Receivers.
24.) Dallas Cowboys: Travon Walker EDGE, Georgia
Sorry Cowboy fans, unfortunately you can’t select a new Head Coach here. Demarcus Lawrence is showing he isn’t worth $105M over 5 years. Micah Parsons on the other hand, well he’s a stud. Getting rid of Lawrence and pairing Parsons with a better pass rusher for the future of the Dallas defense is what should happen.
25.) Buffalo Bills: Zion Johnson IOL, Boston College
Zion Johnson is showing out at the Senior Bowl and is showing true first round potential. Buffalo is in need of another IOL and if an injury occurs, Johnson is ready enough to take over any IOL role.
26.) Tennessee Titans: Carson Strong QB, Nevada
Ryan Tannehill is not the answer long term for the Titans. Drafting a Quarterback to sit behind him is what should happen. Strong is the guy I would take for the scheme of the Titans. I really like Strong and think he can be a top 15 QB in the NFL at some point in his career.
27.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Sam Howell QB, North Carolina
Tampa Bay is in need of a Quarterback after the retirement of Tom Brady. Sam Howell was the potential #1 Overall Pick last season but now he falls to the end of the 1st round. Some traits I like from Howell are his: mobility, deep throw, and ball placement. He’s not an A+ pick now but for the future he can be.
28.) Green Bay Packers: Desmond Ridder QB, Cincinnati
Aaron Rodgers is in Denver for this mock. I don’t see the Packers going with Jordan Love for their future but if they do, taking a Quarterback to compete with Love is the way to go. If Love beats out Ridder then the Packers could turn this pick into knowing for sure that Jordan Love is the guy and trade Ridder for a 2nd round pick. Ridder might be the most underrated QB coming out in the last few years. He gives me Patrick Mahomes vibes with some of his throws but that’s the problem, it’s “some” of his throws.
29.) Miami Dolphins via San Francisco: Drake London WR, USC
Miami has a superstar in Jaylen Waddle but pairing him with a 6’5 future superstar would be a dream for Tua Tagovailoa. London is the best at tracking the ball against tough coverage and would help the Miami offense in tremendous ways. A former projected top 15 player falls down to the end of the 1st round due to injury concerns. This would be an amazing get for the Miami Dolphins.
30.) Kansas City Chiefs: Sam Williams EDGE, Ole Miss
Another riser from the Senior Bowl is Sam Williams. Williams took over the SEC in 2021. In the best season of his career, Williams dominated every week against tough offensive lines. He just needs to ace the interviews in the draft process. If this happens, Williams might be a pick in the 20-27 range.
31. Cincinnati Bengals: Kenyon Green IOL, Texas A&M
The #1 goal for the Bengals this offseason is to protect Joe Burrow. They have the offense to go far as we are witnessing this season. Green not only helps the passing game but he will help Joe Mixon as well. But the most important thought process of this pick is they need to have Burrow standing up and not getting mauled by 350lb men.
32.) Detroit Lions via LA Rams: Chris Olave WR, Ohio State
The Lions have a great Wide Receiver in Amon-Ra St. Brown. Taking another Wide Out and having a 5th year option would pair St. Brown and Olave for the next 4 years. Not only is it great for contract purposes but it gives Jared Goff or whoever will be the Quarterback in 2022 that one guy you can always trust to make a play.