2022 NFL Mock Draft - Corey Long



By Corey Long - @CoreyLong
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Last update: Thursday, April 28, 2022. Round 1 added.




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1. NFL Team Logo for Jaguars Jacksonville Jaguars: Aidan Hutchinson, DE, Michigan

As much as I believe the Jaguars should go with offensive tackle Evan Neal here, they won't do it. That makes Hutchinson the pick right now despite all the smoke we're hearing about Travon Walker. The expectation is that Hutchinson (6-7, 260) will be an anchor on the defensive line offering years of double-digit sacks.



2. NFL Team Logo for Lions Detroit Lions: Travon Walker, DE, Georgia

It feels like Hutchinson and Walker are going 1-2 in some order, and in this case the Lions grab Walker, who shot up the draft boards at an incredible pace after the combine. Physically and athletically, Walker (6-5, 272) is a marvel. I mean guys who look like him and run 4.51 40s at the combine just don't fall out of trees. Not everyone is sold on Walker, but he fits the mold of a top-end pass rusher.



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Rd: 1 Pk: 32

3. NFL Team Logo for Texans Houston Texans: Evan Neal, OT/G, Alabama

The good thing about being a team that needs everything is that you can pick nearly anyone and no one should complain about it. Houston might have itself a decent quarterback in Davis Mills, and Neal (6-7, 337) is probably the best of a very good group of offensive tackles who could protect him over the long term. As this stage of Houston's rebuild, a franchise tackle is a good investment.



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Rd: 1 Pk: 13

4. NFL Team Logo for Jets New York Jets: Kayvon Thibodeaux, DE, Oregon

The way I see it, the Jets have four options here - pass rusher, defensive back, offensive tackle or wide receiver. In this mock, they go with a pass rusher and quite possibly the most talented one in the 2022 NFL Draft. Thibodeaux (6-5, 254) has questions swirling about his attitude toward football and other silly things that draftniks tend to make up this time of year, but I don't buy any of it.


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Rd: 1 Pk: 10

5. NFL Team Logo for Giants New York Giants: Ahmad 'Sauce' Gardner, CB, Cincinnati

The Giants need some real playmakers on the back end of their defense, and Gardner (6-2, 190) can be that guy. He has the size, length, speed and ball skills you want, plus he's a big-time competitive player who I believe will thrive in a big city. He will immediately make the Giants a tougher team against the pass.



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Rd: 1 Pk: 7

6. NFL Team Logo for Panthers Carolina Panthers: Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State

There's very little that can make up for the Panthers' failure to take a quarterback in last year's draft. But there's no need to compound the problem by overreaching for one this year. Instead, Cross (6-5, 307) is here and adding some protection for Darnold ... or Baker Mayfield or whoever will be quarterback in Carolina is a good idea. With Cross in the fold, the Panthers can focus on quarterback in 2023 through free agency or the 2023 NFL Draft.



7. NFL Team Logo for Giants New York Giants: Ikem Ekonwu, OT, N.C. State

I had the Giants taking Ekwonu at No. 5 in my first mock, they still take the player, but a few spots down. Ekwonu (6-4, 310) gives the Giants a little scheme versatility on the offensive front because he could play guard or tackle immediately. Eventually, he'll be the left tackle, but it might not happen immediately. His aggressive nature as a run blocker will make Saquon Barkley happy.


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Rd: 1 Pk: 5

8. NFL Team Logo for Falcons Atlanta Falcons: Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama

Williams (6-1, 179) is still recovering from a torn ACL he suffered in the CFP championship game, but I think the reports on his recovery have been so good that any apprehension about selecting him around what would have been his draft area before the injury is gone. Williams was at Alabama for one year after transferring from Ohio State. He made the most of his one year with 79 catches, 1,572 yards and 15 touchdowns.



9. NFL Team Logo for Seahawks Seattle Seahawks: Derek Stingley, CB, LSU

Stingley (6-0, 190) had an amazing pro day that quieted any concerns about him not working out at the combine. Even though Stingley hasn't played much football in the past two seasons, he was an All-American and All-SEC performer as a freshman - yes, a freshman. He could go in the top five with his skill set, and he provides good value for the Seahawks at No. 9.



10. NFL Team Logo for Jets New York Jets: Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State

The Jets were definitely interested in the wide receiver trade market, but I don't think they were willing to give up this pick for Tyreek Hill or D.K. Melcalf - Deebo Samuel might be another story. Staying patient here, the Jets landed one of the top wideouts on the board. Wilson (5-11, 183) is a big-play machine who should fit well with Zach Wilson's desire to throw deep.


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Rd: 1 Pk: 4

11. NFL Team Logo for Commanders Washington Commanders: Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State

The Commanders are the latest to stop in the Carson Wentz rehabilitation project and will offer some more wide receiver help with the speedy Olave (6-0, 188). I think Olave is a little faster than the 4.39-second 40 he ran at the combine, and paired with Terry McLaurin, Washington will have a nice pass-catching duo for Wentz to target.



12. NFL Team Logo for Vikings Minnesota Vikings: Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame

Even though he didn't test well, I still believe Hamilton is worth a top-10 pick in the 2022 NFL Draft because he can give you something at all three levels, and safeties whp can track the ball like him just don't come around too often. No one can argue with the football smarts and physical talent that Hamilton (6-4, 220) has, and I believe dropping to No. 12 will make him even more eager to prove any doubters wrong.



13. NFL Team Logo for Texans Houston Texans: Jermaine Johnson, DE, Florida State

I wouldn't be surprised if Johnson (6-5, 254) doesn't get outside the top 10. Johnson transferred to the Seminoles from Georgia for the 2021 season and completely transformed their defense, bringing back memories of the great Florida State pass rushers of previous decades. Johnson is better against the run than the other pass rushers with first-round projections.


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Rd: 1 Pk: 3

14. NFL Team Logo for Ravens Baltimore Ravens: Jordan Davis, DT, Georgia

Davis' combine is going to be the stuff of legends. He measured in at 6-foot-6, 341 pounds and ran a 4.78-second 40. When you think about the Baltimore Ravens' history with interior defensive linemen and a need for another big-body in the middle, this seems like one of the best player-to-team fits in the whole 2022 NFL Draft.


15. NFL Team Logo for Eagles Philadelphia Eagles: Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington

There have been some good corners coming out of Washington over recent years, and McDuffie (5-11, 193) looks to be as good as any of them. He can work in the press or the zone, plus has that long speed necessary to protect against the deep ball. McDuffie is a competitive kid with a little bit of aggression to his game. I think the fans in Philly will love his mentality.


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Rd: 1 Pk: 18

16. NFL Team Logo for Saints New Orleans Saints: Drake London, WR, USC

London (6-4, 219) gets comparisons to Mike Evans - that's a pretty high bar, but Saints quarterback Jameis Winston threw a lot of touchdown passes to Evans in his career and would take advantage of a big downfield target like London. With concerns about London's ability to achieve separation, I believe middle of the first round is good value for him.



Click links to see the Saints' picks across all rounds:
Rd: 1 Pk: 19

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