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2022 NFL Draft Grades - Round: Picks 1-16
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Los Angeles Chargers: Zion Johnson, G/C, Boston College - C- Grade
I like Zion Johnson more than Kenyon Green, but I'm not a fan of this pick. The Chargers had a much bigger need at tackle, and Trevor Penning was available. Jermaine Johnson would've been an excellent pick as well. This selection has little value and doesn't fill the biggest need. Not good.
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Tennessee Titans: Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas - B Grade
The Titans acquired this pick from the Eagles for A.J. Brown. They obviously needed to replace him, and Treylon Burks is the best receiver on the board. He was considered the fifth of the top five receivers even though he was the sixth wideout chosen, but I didn't think that was fair. Burks is very close to the other four receivers, so I love this value for Tennessee. Surrendering Brown is a tough pill to swallow though.
New Orleans Saints: Trevor Penning, OT, Northern Iowa - A- Grade
The Saints landed a nice bargain in Trevor Penning. There was some speculation that Trevor Penning would go as high as No. 9. I thought that was too rich for him, but the 13-17 range seemed right. Penning is a nice pick for the Saints, who desperately needed to replace the departed Terron Armstead.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Kenny Pickett, QB, Pittsburgh - D- Grade
I have to wonder if the owners called this one in because they regretted passing on another Pittsburgh quarterback, Dan Marino, back in the early '80s. This makes no sense otherwise. Pickett didn't generate any interest from anyone else in the first round, and he doesn't have the mobility the Steelers want from the position. He'll also have massive fumbling problems with his small hands once the calendar flips to December and January. Yuck.
Kansas City Chiefs: Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington - A Grade
I imagine the Chiefs were shocked that Trent McDuffie was available. They didn't need to leap the Packers necessarily, but going ahead of Baltimore was essential. I love this pick, as Kansas City had to fill a huge hole at cornerback, and McDuffie is arguably the best player available after Jermaine Johnson. The Chiefs moved up to get McDuffie, but with 12 picks, they almost had to do so.
Green Bay Packers: Quay Walker, LB, Georgia - B+ Grade
I had Quay Walker going to the Packers in my mock draft, but I'm shocked they selected him over Jermaine Johnson. Still, Walker is a solid pick. He's a very athletic linebacker who will fit extremely well right next to De'Vondre Campbell. The Packers value linebacker very highly in their scheme, so I like this selection.
Buffalo Bills: Kaiir Elam, CB, Florida - B Grade
With Kaiir Elam and Andrew Booth on the board, it didn't seem necessary for the Bills to give up a fourth-round pick to move up for a cornerback. I think this pick is solid though. Elam could have gone earlier than this, and he fills a huge need across from Tre'Davious White.
Dallas Cowboys: Tyler Smith, OT, Tulsa - B Grade
This is a fine pick, but why not Jermaine Johnson to replace Randy Gregory? The Cowboys had to be a bit depressed with their top three options - Zion Johnson, Treylon Burks, Kenyon Green - all off the board, but Tyler Smith is a solid tackle who should be a decent replacement for the departed La'el Collins.
Baltimore Ravens: Tyler Linderbaum, C, Iowa - A- Grade
Once upon a time, I had Tyler Linderbaum slotted to the Ravens at No. 14. I thought that was a bit early for him, but I loved the fit. Linderbaum fills a huge need, but thought Baltimore needed to trade down for him. Well, the Ravens did that (sort of), and they got their man. Linderbaum should be an excellent starter for the Ravens over the next decade.
New York Jets: Jermaine Johnson, DE, Florida State - A+ Grade
What is this, my Backward Mock Draft? How did Jermaine Johnson fall this far? There were some reports out there that Jets were considering Johnson at No. 4 - incorrect, but still - and yet they were able to land him at No. 26, which is insane. Johnson is a top 10-caliber player and fills a huge need. He has character concerns, but there was just way too much value to pass on him after moving up. This is an A+ grade.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah - A Grade
Devin Lloyd could have gone 10 picks earlier than this without any complaints, so I like Jacksonville's decision to move up a few spots to obtain him. Lloyd is a terrific linebacker who is very versatile. He's a good player, and the Jaguars don't have many of those on their defense.
Green Bay Packers: DeVonte Wyatt, DT, Georgia - C Grade
If you want to talk character concerns, DeVonte Wyatt certainly has a worse problem with it than Jermaine Johnson. Wyatt has been removed from numerous boards for repeated domestic violence. I don't know how the Packers could spend a first-round pick on someone who could easily be suspended repeatedly throughout his career. The talent is obviously there, but this is so risky.
New England Patriots: Cole Strange, G, UT-Chattanooga - MILLEN Grade
Our first Millen grade of the 2022 NFL Draft is by ... the Patriots!? Wow! I don't get this at all. Bill Belichick easily could've made this selection in the second round, or maybe even the third. I had Cole Strange 144th in my mock draft. I looked around to see if I was just way off, and Charlie Campbell had Strange 115th. Going off-side, Dane Brugler had Strange 93rd. Did Belichick think we were in the third round? I don't understand this pick at all.
Kansas City Chiefs: George Karlaftis, DE, Purdue - A Grade
I'm mad about the Bengals not getting George Karlaftis, but the Chiefs are making a great value pick. Karlaftis has the talent to be a top-15 pick. I'm not sure why he fell - the upside isn't huge, I suppose - but the Chiefs won't complain. He'll fill a huge need for Kansas City's poor edge rush.
Cincinnati Bengals: Daxton Hill, CB/S, Michigan - A- Grade
The Bengals really wanted George Karlaftis, but they'll settle for Daxton Hill to fill a big need. The Bengals have a weak group of cornerbacks, and Hill can be used everywhere. He easily could've been drafted 10 picks earlier than this, so the value is certainly there.
Minnesota Vikings: Lewis Cine, S, Georgia - B+ Grade
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I absolutely hated the Vikings' trade with the Lions. This selection, however, is much better. Minnesota easily could've drafted Kyle Hamilton at No. 12. They needed a safety, so they'll settle for Lewis Cine, who definitely fits the range at the end of the first round.
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