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2022 NFL Mock Draft by C.J.inVic -5.0
Published at 4/28/2022 7:16:11 PM

Final Edition Draft Day Team Needs, Salary cap, PFF Player Rankings used, Trades 3 rounds.

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Round 1

Picks 1-16
1. Jaguars: Travon Walker, Defensive End, Georgia

1. Team Needs: OT-DT-WR-TE-OC-CB-FS-OG-RB
Cap Space +$7,406,552
The Jags had a disaster of a season, starting with the hiring of Urban Meyer and continuing with the inability to protect or support 1st overall pick Trevor Lawrence. In fact he best thing about the entire year was knocking divisional rival Indianapolis out of the play off picture with a week 18 win while retaining the 1st overall pick.
Protecting Lawrence and giving him weapons has to be the first order of business. Here's the problem, in a normal year the first overall pick is worth a kings ransom in trade compensation to teams looking to draft a franchise Quarterback, unfortunately there may be no team willing to pay the price to trade up for any of this years QB class so the Jags will have to find the very best player in a position of need with this pick.
LT Cam Robinson 26 played on a franchise tag last and has been resigned for 3 more years, Jawaan Taylor and Walker Little will compete for RT but that could end up pretty much the same as last year. The additional of free agent Guard Brandon Schreff is an up grade over departed guards Cann and Norwell while Ben Bartch and center Tyler Shatley would round out the O-Line probably taking O-Line off the table at #1.
Although edge rusher is not a weakness for the Jags adding a freakish pass rusher like Hutchinson or a versatile D lineman like Travon Walker to the mix of Josh Allen new comers Arden Key and Foley Fatukasi and replacing the disappointing K'Lavon Chaisson can not be viewed as a bad thing, also Sauce Gardner would be a nice piece.
Walker has outstanding size, athleticism and speed and is devastating vs the run, at Georgia he was under used as a pass rusher, but the tools are there to excel in that capacity.

2. Lions: Aidan Hutchinson, Defensive End, Michigan

2. Team Needs: QB, DL, EDGE, WR, S, CB, LB, IOL, TE
Cap Space + $18,033,648
Charles Harris and the Okwara brothers are the highest ranked edge rushers on the Lions still under contract. Trey Flowers had a miserable season and was cut but a memorable parting gift of $12,112,376 dead cap hit.
Not hard to see anyone other than Michigan boy Aidan Hutchinson here, staying at home and giving the Lions a pass rusher with no off switch and the freakish athleticism to be a rookie pro-bowler.

3. Texans: Ikem Ekwonu, Offensive Tackle, N.C. State

3. Team Needs: EDGE, OT, S, CB, DL, QB, IOL, RB, WR LB, TE
Cap Space +$22,327,806
The Texans seem to have solved there QB issue in that Davis Mills showed he is able to play at an acceptable level while developing, and the trade of DeShaun Watson and his legal issues, plus that 230 mil guaranteed contract to Cleveland for #13 and 107 this year a 3rd 2023 and a fourth in 2024. Giving the Texans some draft capital to replenish a team with a variety of holes.
The Texans have 25 UFA's the most of any team so drafting players to build around is pretty much the target,
Ekonwu can play tackle or guard and is a generational talent at his position who could eventually give the Texans the type of elite play that Quenton Nelson provides the Colts and is exactly the type of player to build around.

4. Jets: Kayvon Thibodeaux, Defensive End, Oregon

Team Needs: EDGE, WR,CB, DL,OT, LB, RB, TE, S
Cap Space $15,424,364
The Jets can go in a few direction's here. After some strong free agent acquisitions, CB D.J. Reed, OG Laken Tomlinson, S Jordon Whitehead and TE's Tyler Conklin and C.J. Ozumah the Jets have fewer spots to fill than one would think.
On defense DT Sheldon Rankins needs to be replaced he was ranked 95 out of 109 DT's and had only 17 tackles in 15 starts and has seemingly forgotten how to tackle, Walker would have been a perfect pick for the Jets.
Edge is always a need and another spot is a #1 WR, most other positions are in need of depth and player's to compete to start.
Franklin-Myers had a great season at LDE and has the size to move inside as a replacement for Rankins. So adding a freak rusher on the opposite side of the returning Carl Lawson makes a lot of sense.
Thibodeaux is the best pure pass rusher in this draft, he lives in opposing teams backfields, his combination of speed, explosiveness, athleticism and an arsenal of spins, stunts and hand chops make him incredibly hard to stop.
There have been some story's about poor interviews and his self promoting personality, but the tape don't lie he's a beast off the edge.

5. Giants: Evan Neal, Offensive Guard, Alabama

Team Needs: OT, EDGE, OG, SS, LB,TE, CB, QB, WR
Cap Space +$6,754,475
The Giants have to replace Matt Peart at ROT as a run blocker he is adequate but in pass protection he is a turnstile, the Giants may choose to move Peart to LG where Max Garcia was terrible.
The Giants will run this pick to the podium as Neal is the perfect solution to there RT problem.
At 6-foot-6 and 360 pounds Neal uses his massive frame and power to move defenders off the line of scrimmage when run blocking and is quick and explosive for a man his size. Neal uses his extreme power and strength to overpowers edge rushers in pass defense and re-direct speed rushers from there path. With Thomas at LT and Neal at RT the Giants should be set for a long time at the offensive tackle position. Daniel Jones should have no more excuse's with a power running game and an adequate receiving core its time to prove he's the Giants franchise QB.

6. Panthers: Charles Cross, Offensive Tackle, Mississippi State

Team Needs: QB,OT, IOL,TE, DL, LB, CB, WR,
Cap Space $30,859,004
If the Panthers are not targeting a QB here they should trade back an get additional draft picks, as there next pick isn't until #137, that being said there is a strong feeling LT is the target and Charles Cross would fill that need exceptionally.
Charles Cross is my #1 LT prospect in this class, his tape in Mike Price's air raid system speaks for it self, Cross was asked to pass protect on over 80% of the snaps and his work reads like a left tackle tutorial, smooth movement, great hand placement, solid power and anchor, in short all the tools.
Cross should be a future all pro and reward the Panthers with elite blindside protection for years to come.

7. Saints: Malik Willis, Quarterback, Liberty

TRADE: Saints trade #16 & #19 for #7 & #182
Team Needs: QB,OT, WR, EDGE, LB, IOL, DL, S, TE
The Saints make a huge move to secure there QB of the future.
Willis is the most physically gifted quarterback prospect in the 2022 NFL Draft and with several QB hungry teams ahead of the Saints they make the move for there guy.
With Winston and Dalton on the roster for now there is no hurry to start Willis as he will need some time to acclimate himself to the NFL after coming from Liberty University a big leap to be sure.
Firstly Willis has a cannon for an arm which he showed off at his pro day and is a natural leader. A duel threat option Willis has all the traits of teams are looking for in a modern day QB and is ultimately coachable. New Orleans my be the perfect landing spot for him.

8. Falcons: Jordan Davis, Defensive Tackle, Georgia

Team Needs: WR, EDGE, DL, QB, LB, LG, RB, OT
Cap Space $2,320,417
The Falcons receiver room is a mess no team has less talent and there D-Line is not much better the number 8 pick will probably not go to a QB with the signing of Marcus Mariota but expect Atlanta to pick one somewhere with there 4 remaining picks in the top 100.
As much as this roster screams for a receiver I'm going with the unicorn.
Davis is an anomaly, no human his size ( 6’6?3/8 and 341 pounds) has ever tested even close to what he did at the combine his 4.72 forty time and his 10'3" broad jump were records for anyone 300 lbs or over.
Grady Jarrett has needed help and it has arrived, expect Davis's presence on the line to improve the whole front seven, just as it did for Georgia.
Davis replaces Ta'Quon Graham who had the 3rd worse DT rating in PFF (47.3) in the NFL.
He is the best interior run defender in the class. He simply cannot be single-blocked on run plays. Even when he is double-teamed, he still makes plays in the run game. His combination of speed, size, power, strength and athleticism are pretty much unmatched by any player since Reggie White.

9. Vikings: Ahmad Gardner, Cornerback, Cincinnati

Trade Seattle trades #9 for #12,#46 &#192
Team Needs: CB, EDGE, DL, WR, LB, QB, S, OT, TE
Cap Space $-4,592,636
The Vikings move ahead of the jets to get Sauce Gardner, with Patrick Peterson 32 and posting his worst PFF ranking of his career 63.1 good enough for the 57th ranked CB in the NFL and with UFA McKenzie Alexander apparently pricing himself out of the Vikings reach.
Gardner is the consensus CB1 in this class with excellent speed, size and instincts he should be an instant starter and perhaps moving Petersen to a nickel roll.

10. Jets: Drake London, Wide Receiver, USC

Team Needs: CB,EDGE, IOL, WR, DL, LB, TE, RB
Previous Picks: DE K. Thibodeaux
The Jets need to address there WR room but the
the entire linebacker core was abysmal with Davis Nasirildeen posting defensive grades under 30 on PFF some of the worst in the league and C.J Mosley not much better.
The signing of D.J. Reed at CB to start across from Bryce Hall makes the position less urgent although there's little depth.
As its too early for a LB I'll start the rush on receivers here and try and get the Jets a WR1 to join Corey Davis and Elijah Moore.
London gives the Jets a receiver type they don't have a big strong contested catch guy in the mold of a Mike Evans.

11. Redskins: Garrett Wilson, Wide Receiver, Ohio State

Team Needs: LB, WR, RB, K, CB, S, EDGE, OT
Cap Space $10,379,688
Washington like Denver was another ascending team trying to pry a proven QB out of a team. Denver hit the ball out of the park with the Wilson trade, while Cleveland landed Watson, Washington ..... not so much.
With Wentz the team killer now on the roster at a minimal loss of draft capital but a 20 million loss of cap space I suspect the Commanders will take a wait and see approach at QB. Brandon Scherff left as a UFA and was replaced by 30 year old Andrew Norwell so OG is a need.
The Commanders receiver room lost DeAndre Carter and has not resigned resigned Humphries.
Adding Wilson to Terry McLaurin and Curtis Samuel will give Wentz a trio of high quality targets.
Garrett is a 3rd down converter, his ability to create immediate separation in the slot and his run after the catch skills are concepts that can't be overlooked when grading this years class of receivers. WR1 in this class.

12. Seahawks: Jermaine Johnson, Defensive End, Florida State

TRADE: Minnesota trades #12,#46 &#192 for #9
Team Needs: OTx2, QB, CB, EDGE, LB, IOL, RB, WR
Cap Space $12,944,954
The Seahawks after the stunning trade of Russel Wilson and the release of Bobby Wagner are now flush with draft capital and holes to fill all over.
OT is the greatest need but with all 3 were gone by pick 5 the next one would be a huge reach. CB Derek Stingley Jr. is a possibility but the Hawks find there CB's later in the draft historically so I'll go with edge.
The Hawks are moving to a 3-4 based defense and need prolific edge rushers and Johnson fills that criteria. Johnson is explosive off the line and can win with speed or power and is equally efficient as a pass rusher or defending the run. Johnson will join the competition with
Darrell Taylor and Uchenna Nwosu on the Edge.

13. Texans: Kyle Hamilton, Safety, Notre Dame

Team Needs: EDGE, S, CB, DL, QB, IOL, RB, WR
Previous Picks: OT/G I. Ekwonu
The Texans make off like bandits in this round securing 2 corner stone building blocks one on each side of the ball.
Hamilton will be the strong safety sending Eric Murray to the bench, Hamilton is another freakish athlete who dropped down some boards due a slower than anticipated 40 time at the combine and positional value, but if you watch his tape he's a football player that makes plays all over the field continually,

14. Ravens: Derek Stingley, Cornerback, LSU

Team Needs: DL,WR,OT,CB, IOL, EDGE, S, LB, TE
Cap Space $9,792,591
The Ravens under achieved last season mostly because of a rash of injury's to there starting roster throughout the season.
The Ravens could address the Left side of there O-Line where both LT Ronnie Stanley before injury and LG Tyre Phillips who is just unable to move his feet underachieved noticeably. Another area of concern is ILB where Malik Harrison and Patrick Queen struggled. CB Marcus Peters should return from his ACL injury that cost him the whole 2021 season and Marlon Humphrey at CB position are solid but with Derek Stingley on the board how do the Ravens no pull the trigger on that.
Stingley may be one of the most talented players in this draft, but injury's have dampened the enthusiasm around him. Ravens are a perfect fit for Stingley, and would give the Raven's the best set of corners in the League.

15. Eagles: Jameson Williams, Wide Receiver, Alabama

Team Needs: CB, LB, WR, EDGE, IOL, DL, S, QB, TE
Cap Space $20,861,126
The Eagles just miss grabbing Stingley so WR could be the target, also both Green Bay and Kansas City could be looking to trade up for a receiver before there gone at 15.
Williams is coming off an injury suffered in the national championship, adding more fuel to the conversation of draft eligible Sr's skipping bowl games.
Williams would most likely would be WR1 in this class had he not been injured. Reports are that he should be good to go by October are encouraging.
With Williams you get a polished product with great speed and precise route running, with his quick-twitch he can break off routes anywhere on the field and is seemingly always open. Williams and Devonte Smith are similar in stature but is that a problem really ?

16. Giants: George Karlaftis, Defensive End, Purdue

TRADE: Giants trade #7 & #182 to Saints for #16 & #19
Previous Picks: 5- OT E. Neal
Team Needs: EDGE, SS, LB,TE, CB,OG, QB, WR
The Giants need to improve there pass rush and Karlaftis should be able to help.
George Karlaftis might be the best power rusher in this year’s class with a motor that never shuts off. The Greek Freak 2 fits the Giants 4-3 defense as a leo rusher and should be an upgrade on the Giants line.

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