2022 Two-Round NFL Mock Draft

With the 2021-22 season over, it is now officially mock draft season. This two-round mock draft is a mix of what I think will happen and what should happen. In this mock, we see three teams find their franchise quarterbacks in round one, as well as two more teams finding potential franchise quarterbacks in round two. One thing worth noting, that is a part of the predictive aspect of mock drafts, is that I take into account previous draft trends.

Last year, I had two round-one graded centers in Landon Dickerson and Creed Humphrey, both of whom fell into round two. Centers slide; safeties slide. That is just how it is. You will see guys like center, Tyler Linderbaum and safety, Kyle Hamilton go day one in this mock, but you may be disgusted by the fact that I don’t think Linderbaum will go top ten. If I have a player slide, based on, not only positional value, but also just because they slide, that doesn’t necessarily mean I think lowly of them. With that being said, enjoy the mock, and Happy Draft Season!

 

Round 1:

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars:

Ikem Ekwonu, OT, North Carolina State

The Jaguars need to protect Trevor Lawrence ASAP; Ekwonu would provide instant protection at the LT position. Ekwonu is a stout run blocker who dominates his opposition. While still not a complete pass protector, he has shown constant improvement and projects to continue to progress.

 

  1. Detroit Lions:

Malik Willis, QB, Liberty

Willis, despite being smaller than Josh Allen, provides a similar skillset and upside. He is an insane runner with excellent arm talent who needs to improve his lower-body mechanics and his processing. Willis is a hard-working guy, and it’s fair to assume Dan Campbell will fall in love with Willis as a person, as well as a player. Willis will instantly uplift the Lions offense once he’s given the opportunity, and as he progresses, the Lions will be put in a position to contend within about three years.

 

  1. Houston Texans:

Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE, Michigan

The Texans could opt to go with an offensive lineman to protect their QB of the future whether it be Davis Mills or someone else. Though, for a rebuilding squad, they should go best player available, and that is Aidan Hutchinson.

 

  1. New York Jets:

Evan Neal, OT, Alabama

The 6’7” 350 lb. athletic freak, Evan Neal, will be an instant impact player on the Jets offensive line. He will likely play RT or RG year one, but with LT Mekhi Becton, reportedly having weight issues, Neal might be the LT of the future in New York.

 

  1. New York Giants:

Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon

And just like that, Kayvon Thibodeaux has fallen into the Giants’ lap for their taking. Thibodeaux is an insane athlete who is still developing in multiple aspects of his game. While he should be drafted higher, there are concerns regarding his ankle flexibility, and whether he is a high-effort guy.

 

  1. Carolina Panthers:

Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State

Carolina, despite finishing as the sixth worst team in football, doesn’t have a ton of holes to fill. The two primary holes on the team are at the QB position, and at left tackle. While it’d be great to take a QB here, and it is likely that they will, there are concerns about this quarterback class and its long-term upside. Last year the Panthers opted to not take Justin Fields; why take an arguably worse prospect, earlier, in Pickett? Cross is a ready-to-go left tackle, who should be able to pair up with RT, Taylor Moton, beautifully.

 

  1. New York Giants (Via CHI):

Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State

Recently hired, Giants general manager, Joe Schoen made it clear that he will look to help build around QB, Daniel Jones. While it’d be a blessing for the Giants to take an offensive lineman here, it doesn’t make sense to reach on an interior lineman. The Giants have Kenny Golladay, along with two slot receivers, in Sterling Shepard and Kadarius Toney. If they want to build a core to surround Daniel Jones, they need to get an elite wideout, and Wilson should be that guy.

 

  1. Atlanta Falcons:

Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame

The Falcons are in a situation where they really need help all over their roster. While an edge rusher is their number one need, Kyle Hamilton is widely considered a generational safety prospect and has the versatility, athleticism, and intelligence to be an elite player for the next decade.

 

  1. Denver Broncos:

Kenny Pickett, QB, Pittsburgh

The Broncos land their franchise quarterback in Kenny Pickett. The Broncos have a respectable roster and adding a QB of Pickett’s caliber is huge. He isn’t going to necessarily be a Patrick Mahomes or a Joe Burrow, where he will hugely uplift his supporting cast, but he is absolutely an upgrade over what they have on the roster, and he will serve as a high-end game manager similar to Kirk Cousins or Derek Carr. On the right roster, he has the potential to push a team over the hump, and the Broncos have the right roster.

 

  1. New York Jets (Via SEA):

Drake London, WR, Southern California

After landing a franchise offensive tackle, the Jets continue to help out QB Zach Wilson by taking an elite wide receiver prospect in Drake London. While London is mostly discussed as a “contested catch” receiver, he is an excellent route running and has adequate speed considering his size. London will have an instant impact at the wide receiver position, similarly to Ja’Marr Chase did, this season in Cincinnati.

 

  1. Washington Commanders:

Sam Howell, QB, North Carolina

Washington selects the team’s first quarterback under the new name. Howell has been a very solid college quarterback for the past three seasons and has the traits to be an elite pro QB as well. The UNC QB would be pairing up with former teammate, Dyami Brown, while also having an elite target to begin with, in Terry McLaurin. While Howell isn’t necessarily a complete product yet, the hope is for him to develop, with the pieces around him, and be the guy of the future in Washington.

 

  1. Minnesota Vikings:

Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati

The cornerbacks slide down the board, and the Vikings draft their guy at twelfth overall. The Vikings have one of the worst secondaries in football and adding a guy like Gardner could completely change the outlook of that cornerback core. While LSU cornerback, Derek Stingley, is also a possibility to be picked here, teams may be scared off by injury concerns, laziness concerns, and also concerns in regard to the drop-off of his play and production.

 

  1. Cleveland Browns:

Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas

Without a doubt, the Browns biggest need outside of quarterback is wide receiver. With Garrett Wilson and Drake London already off the board, the Browns take the Arkansas kid, who is often compared to a bigger Deebo Samuel.

 

  1. Baltimore Ravens:

Derek Stingley, CB, Louisiana State

General manager, Eric DeCosta, reportedly views a defensive back who can create turnovers as one of their top needs. Lo and behold, Derek Stingley falls right in the Ravens’ lap. Stingley has been viewed as one of the nation’s best cornerbacks over the past three seasons, and the Ravens landing him at fourteenth overall is possibly the steal of the draft.

 

  1. Philadelphia Eagles (Via MIA):

David Ojabo, EDGE, Michigan

With Brandon Graham aging, the Eagles should look to add an edge rusher opposite of Josh Sweat. Ojabo had an excellent season at Michigan, showing constant improvement. While the Eagles have a handful of more pressing immediate needs outside of an edge rusher, Ojabo is arguably the best player available.

 

  1. Philadelphia Eagles (Via IND):

Tyler Linderbaum, C, Iowa

The Eagles snag the best center (by far) in this draft class, taking Iowa’s Tyler Linderbaum. Linderbaum often draws comparisons to the Eagles current center, Jason Kelce. Once Kelce retires, Linderbaum should be the center of the future in Philly, with Landon Dickerson at guard.

 

  1. Los Angeles Chargers:

Travis Jones, IDL, Connecticut

After a huge senior bowl week, Travis Jones has found himself as a potential first rounder. While this might not be the sexiest pick, nor much of an expected one, Jones would not only fill a major hole for the Chargers but would also be an instant impact player both in run defense, as well as in disrupting the passing game. Jones will look to take some pressure off of Joey Bosa who is the only major threat on the Chargers defensive line.

 

  1. New Orleans Saints:

Trevor Penning, OT, Northern Iowa

With current left tackle, Terron Armstead, set to hit free agency, the Saints biggest need becomes building up the offensive line. While Penning ideally should play guard year one, due to his stiffness and current football IQ, the Saints may be forced to plug Penning into left tackle immediately. Kenyon Green is the better player, but with Penning having a solid showing at the senior bowl, it is fair to assume he jumps Green in the draft.

 

  1. Philadelphia Eagles:

Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington

While it may be draft smoke, there are reports that teams LOVE Trent McDuffie. The Eagles close out their first round taking the versatile defensive back from Washington who can be a plug-and-play guy anywhere in the defensive back core.

 

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers:

Kenyon Green, OT, Texas A&M

Whether you view Green as a tackle or guard, the Steelers need an instant starter on their offensive line. Green has played four of five of the offensive line positions and has proven to be successful at each of them.

 

  1. New England Patriots:

Andrew Booth, CB, Clemson

The Patriots need a cornerback, whether JC Jackson returns or not. Andrew Booth has the skillset to be a number one corner in the NFL, with the upside to be an elite one, at that.

 

  1. Las Vegas Raiders:

Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama

Two drafts ago, the Raiders looked to open up their offense by drafting Alabama’s speedster, Henry Ruggs. That unfortunately didn’t necessarily workout. Williams provides similar speed to what Ruggs possessed, but with arguably a more complete skillset.

 

  1. Arizona Cardinals:

Kyler Gordon, CB, Washington

The Cardinals have a history of drafting Washington defensive backs in recent years. Kyler Gordon is an athletic cornerback who is efficient, both in man and zone. He is the perfect corner to plug in opposite of Byron Murphy.

 

  1. Dallas Cowboys:

Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia

With Micah Parsons being used often as a pass-rusher/blitzer, the Cowboys need a pure middle linebacker. Dean fills what they need perfectly. Nakobe Dean reportedly may slide in the draft because many evaluators consider him to be undersized. Whether he slides or not, at the end of the day, Dean can play football at a high level. Dan Quinn will have a lot of fun scheming up blitz packages involving that duo, too.

 

  1. Buffalo Bills:

Tyler Smith, OG, Tulsa

The Bills don’t have too many holes to fill. You could argue that Buffalo could upgrade at cornerback or defensive tackle, but they have a bottom six run blocking unit in the NFL. Tyler Smith was one of the best run blockers in college football last season. Josh Allen is an excellent quarterback; now imagine him with a more consistent rushing attack to keep defenses on their heels. Smith will be a huge addition if they want to make a Super Bowl run right now.

 

  1. Tennessee Titans:

Travon Walker, EDGE, Georgia

The Titans are another team that really doesn’t have any major holes on their roster, although they have room for improvement at multiple positions. Travon Walker is an athletic freak who could be a versatile piece along the Titans defensive line.

 

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

Wan’Dale Robinson, WR, Kentucky

With Antonio Brown, and likely Chris Godwin, out of the picture, the Buccaneers need to add a receiver to pair with Mike Evans. Wan’Dale Robinson boasts a similar skillset to Antonio Brown and should help open up a lackluster-looking offense.

 

  1. Green Bay Packers:

Jermaine Johnson, EDGE, Florida State

Johnson, who had a very solid season, showed out at the senior bowl practices, and has since been getting first round hype. With Za’Darius Smith being a cut-candidate, Jermaine Johnson should fill the edge role well, opposite of Rashan Gary. While it’d be ideal to go wide receiver here, come on, it’s the Packers; they’re not going wideout round one.

 

  1. Miami Dolphins:

George Pickens, WR, Georgia

Newly hired head coach, Mike McDaniel, will make it a priority to build around Tua Tagovailoa. While Miami needs offensive line help, it’d be best if they land a veteran in free agency. George Pickens, who without injury, is arguably the best WR in this class, gets swooped up by the Dolphins at twenty-nineth overall. With DeVante Parker getting older and less productive, adding a true number one receiver to compliment Jaylen Waddle would be huge for the development of Tua.

 

  1. Kansas City Chiefs:

Daxton Hill, S, Michigan

Plain and simple, the Chiefs need to add a defensive back early in this draft, preferably at free safety. Daxton Hill has the ability to line up at any DB position and, in Kansas City, he will be able to flex that versatility.

 

  1. Cincinnati Bengals:

Zion Johnson, OG, Boston College

It is imperative that the Bengals draft the best offensive lineman available. While taking a right tackle is of more importance for Cincinnati, Zion Johnson is a much better prospect than any of the tackles available. While it is likely Johnson is a guard-only player in the NFL, he does have tackle experience and may be able to play right tackle.

 

  1. Detroit Lions (Via LAR):

George Karlaftis, EDGE, Purdue

Why is Karlaftis this low when everyone is projecting him to be a top fifteen pick? This edge class is loaded with high-upside freak athletes. It was in consideration to even plug Minnesota’s Boye Mafe here, as he is a better scheme fit for Detroit. George Karlaftis isn’t much of a high-upside guy, he lacks the bend necessary to be an elite edge rusher, and he doesn’t play like he is meant to play based on his body type/size. With that being said, he has relatively technical hands and footwork, and should be a capable starter at the next level.

 

Round 2:

 

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars:

Romeo Doubs, WR, Nevada

 

  1. Detroit Lions:

Roger McCreary, CB, Auburn

 

  1. New York Jets:

Boye Mafe, EDGE, Minnesota

 

  1. New York Giants:

Bernhard Raimann, OT, Central Michigan

 

  1. Houston Texans:

Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah

 

  1. New York Jets (Via CAR):

Trey McBride, TE, Colorado State

 

  1. Chicago Bears:

Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State

 

  1. Denver Broncos:

Arnold Ebiketie, EDGE, Penn State

 

  1. Seattle Seahawks:

Kaiir Elam, CB, Florida

 

  1. Washington Commanders:

Lewis Cine, S, Georgia

 

  1. Atlanta Falcons:

Desmond Ridder, QB, Cincinnati

 

  1. Cleveland Browns:

Devonte Wyatt, IDL, Georgia

 

  1. Baltimore Ravens:

Chad Muma, LB, Wyoming

 

  1. Minnesota Vikings:

Myjai Sanders, EDGE, Cincinnati

 

  1. Indianapolis Colts:

Matt Corral, QB, Mississippi

 

  1. Los Angeles Chargers:

Christian Harris, LB, Alabama

 

  1. New Orleans Saints:

Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn State

 

  1. Miami Dolphins:

Kenneth Walker, RB, Michigan State

 

  1. Philadelphia Eagles:

Jaquan Brisker, S, Penn State

 

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers:

Derion Kendrick, CB, Georgia

 

  1. Las Vegas Raiders:

Darian Kinnard, OG, Kentucky

 

  1. New England Patriots:

Quay Walker, LB, Georgia

 

  1. Arizona Cardinals:

Jordan Davis, IDL, Georgia

 

  1. Dallas Cowboys:

Sean Rhyan, OG, UCLA

 

  1. Buffalo Bills:

Mario Goodrich, CB, Clemson

 

  1. Atlanta Falcons (Via TEN):

Kingsley Enagbare, EDGE, South Carolina

 

  1. Green Bay Packers:

Christian Watson, WR, North Dakota State

 

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

Cameron Thomas, IDL, San Diego State

 

  1. San Francisco 49ers:

Martin Emerson, CB, Mississippi State

 

  1. Kansas City Chiefs:

Logan Hall, EDGE, Houston

 

  1. Cincinnati Bengals:

Max Mitchell, OT, Louisiana-Lafayette

 

  1. Denver Broncos (Via LAR):

DeMarvin Leal, IDL, Texas A&M

 

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