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2022 NFL Mock Draft by jvkeb 2.0
Published at 4/16/2022 9:07:32 PM

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Round 1

Picks 1-16
1. Jaguars: Aidan Hutchinson, Defensive End, Michigan

Paraphrasing Pat McAfee from a recent episode here, but the pick is Tee'd up. Just swing down the fairway. Safest pick at #1 in a draft that is not extremely top heavy. Aidan... I hope you find solace in Jacksonville.

2. Lions: Travon Walker, Defensive End, Georgia

Travon Walker can be molded in a few ways by gaining or losing weight. We shall see how he is utilized at the next level, but he is flying up the boards more than any other player. I think the Lions can get value by trading out of this pick. Someone is going to make the mistake of overpaying for a QB in the Top 5 or 10 picks. Other candidates for Pick #2 are the Steelers, Seahawks, and the Panthers.

Previously: Seahawks trade up for Malik Willis

3. Texans: Ahmad Gardner, Cornerback, Cincinnati

A protégé of Gucci Mane, and a stellar CB. We've heard he's a lock-down performer and seen his stats, but he has not consistently gone up against top talent. The Texans have a lot of great options here, which could be good or bad. They will not trade down, and they will select the best player available to them. I do like Neal here a lot, but they already have Tunsil and need to improve almost everywhere. They could move Tunsil, but his return may be subpar due to his big contract.

Previously: Travon Walker

4. Jets: Kayvon Thibodeaux, Defensive End, Oregon

The Jets have been drafting well lately, and this pick will help their poor defense. Saleh is also a defensive-minded coach. I project him to be a Jadeveon Clowney type. Decent chance he will be the type to demand a massive contract, may have character or injury concerns down the line - but a great prospect to select here a #4, especially one that was mocked at #1 for a long time.

Previously: Ahmad ‘Sauce’ Gardner

5. Giants: Evan Neal, Offensive Guard, Alabama

An offering to the Football Gods by the Giants to save Saquon’s career. IMO, the best lineman in the draft. He has a generational body, was coached by Nick Saban, and seems like a smart and hard-working dude. Kyle Hamilton or Evan Neal could be choices here as well. The Giants have not been the same since the departure of Tom Coughlin. Andrew Thomas can move over, this guy is better.

6. Panthers: Malik Willis, Quarterback, Liberty

Matt Rhule can call himself the Jay-Z of football all he wants, but he ain't. He will look to add the top QB to try to extend his head coaching career another year or two. This pick could be a lot of different things, and there could certainly be some trades by other teams to nab a Quarterback in the Top 5 picks. QB is definitely the greatest positional need in the NFL, but teams need not mortgage their future for a pick that could just stall your team’s potential success. The Panthers need some offensive line help, so they could take someone like Ekwonu here or draft a lineman later.

Previously: Kenny Pickett

7. Giants: Kyle Hamilton, Safety, Notre Dame

(Original Pick from Bears)
The Giants have been quietly building a decent defense. With the best secondary player available, the Giants get good value here. Kyle Hamilton has some unclear attributes in relation to his NFL on-field performance, but he is a Football Player. This will be a good addition to Xavier McKinney and Julian Love. This pick could also be a corner in Gardner or Stingley Jr. The Giants have this pick from the Bears, who traded up last year to draft Justin Fields. If someone wants a QB here, we could see a trade if the reward is enough.

Previously: Kayvon Thibodeaux

8. Seahawks: Ikem Ekwonu, Offensive Tackle, N.C. State

*Projected trade with Falcons for Pick #9 + more*
(Original pick from Broncos)
The Seahawks require a starting Left Tackle, and take the best one available. They don’t need to give up much to move up one spot, even if it’s in the Top 10 picks. The Falcons could also use this pick to draft a Quarterback or another prospect they like. I remember hearing about the potential sale of the Seahawks. I am wondering what they will do business/roster-wise as a result. Will Seattle tank with no QB, trade for someone like Baker Mayfield, or will they choose a QB in this draft? Will Pete Carroll embrace a rebuild? Drew Lock cannot be the answer for Seattle and its coach.

Previously: Falcons select Garrett Wilson

9. Falcons: Garrett Wilson, Wide Receiver, Ohio State

The Falcons are really bad across the board. They're obviously tanking after trading (and retaining paid salary of) Matty Ice. Wilson and Pitts become a dual threat for the "electric" Marcus Mariota. I think Pitts could reach Gronk-level production if he can stay healthy and get a supporting cast. It won’t hurt them to move down a pick here. This pick could also be traded out, or used to get a QB here or earlier. If they do get a QB, they’re going for Malik Willis. If not, they’re joining the sweepstakes for a top QB in the 2023 draft. Things haven't been the same for the Falcons since Super Bowl LI.

Previously: Lions trade down and select Kyle Hamilton

10. Jets: Derek Stingley, Cornerback, LSU

(Original Pick from Seahawks)
The Jets are patient and add a punch to their secondary with Derek Stingley Jr. This CB could end up being the draft's best secondary player, though he has some injury and drive concerns. If he can get back to playing like he did early in his college career, the Jets are smooth sailing. New York could also look to get a WR here for Zach Wilson. The Jets got some great picks in this draft, huh? Interesting stuff going on in the AFC East.

Previously: Texans trade up for Ikem Ekwonu

11. Redskins: Drake London, Wide Receiver, USC

The Commanders take the most overrated WR in this year's class. Though his stats this year were fantastic for the games he played in, I don't think he has the speed needed in the NFL (think N'Keal Harry). He had an insane 88 receptions in 8 games as a Junior this year, but only averaged 12.3 yards per reception. That is a decent margin less than the other Top 5 receivers in this class. He is also a bit soft in my opinion.

12. Steelers: Kenny Pickett, Quarterback, Pittsburgh

*Projected trade with Vikings for Pick #20 + more*
The Steelers do not want to miss an opportunity to get some type of talent at QB. They give some picks to the Vikings to move up eight spots. I think people have amnesia about Mitch Trubisky, and I’m going to leave it there. The Steelers still need a QB. Pittsburgh is a winning city with a winning coach that probably doesn’t want to start tanking with players like TJ Watt on the roster. Pickett comes from the local Pitt, and would be an easy fan conversion to the Steelers as a professional. The Steelers could also move up further, or hold back to draft someone like UNC’s Sam Howell. Would the Browns trade Baker Mayfield to a Division Rival? The Vikings could also hold on to and use Pick #12 to get an EDGE or CB.

Previously: Vikings select Derek Stingley Jr.

13. Texans: Jermaine Johnson, Defensive End, Florida State

(Original Pick from Browns)
The Texans could go for a better EDGE at Pick #3, but they can still get Jermaine Johnson, Jordan Davis, or George Karlaftis here. A former UGA Bulldog, Johnson transferred to Florida State for the 2021 season. He has been climbing up draft boards, and could give some defensive talent to the lacking Texans.

Previously: Jets trade down for Jameson Williams

14. Ravens: Charles Cross, Offensive Tackle, Mississippi State

I keep hearing that the Ravens want a tackle. I’ve heard they like Trevor Penning, but Cross is most likely the better player available to Baltimore here. He’s a pretty good tackle to pair with the rest of this offensive line. A starting tackle making mid-First round contract money isn't so bad in relation to the salary cap.

15. Eagles: George Karlaftis, Defensive End, Purdue

(Original Pick from Dolphins)
The Eagles bolster their defensive line with the addition of Karlaftis. David Ojabo could go higher than expected, but I feel the Eagles want a healthy and active player for the upcoming season. Despite not having many sacks in college, folks around the NFL believe that he'll blossom into a good EDGE player.

Previously: Jermaine Johnson

16. Saints: Jameson Williams, Wide Receiver, Alabama

(Original Pick from Eagles via Colts)
The Saints break my heart and select my favorite WR in the draft, in an effort to patch their offensive woes. Jameson is a stud and has a Baller mentality. I enjoy his interviews, he is a bit shy - but himself. He'll get his eventually. I also hear he is an all-in Team kind of guy. The Saints are not going anywhere fast, so it is not so bad to take an injured player here. The Saints will probably be in full rebuild mode soon. Michael Thomas could want out, which would place Jameson Williams at the top of the depth chart with Marquez Callaway.

Previously: Chris Olave

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