The 2022 NFL Draft is 10 days away and I am very excited as the draft is one of my favorite parts about sports. As a hype up for the draft, many including myself, love to make mock drafts predicting where which player will be taken. This is my 3rd version of my Mock Draft for the 2022 NFL Draft. Similar to my first and second mocks, I will not be including draft day trades as I feel it is too early for analysts to predict. So, here we go and we will start with the Jacksonville Jaguars, who are now on the clock…
1. Jacksonville Jaguars – DE/EDGE Aidan Hutchinson (Michigan)
I am going to keep saying this, it makes zero sense why the Jaguars would take an offensive tackle with this pick. I have legit seen hundreds of analysts projecting the Jaguars to select an offensive tackle when they forget Cam Robinson and Jawaan Taylor are still great tackles for the team and are going to play for them next season. This pick has to be on defense, as it was a mess last season. The Jaguars could add another pass rusher to pair with Josh Allen, as the K’Lavon Chaisson pick has been a disaster. This is still a 50-50 between Aidan Hutchinson or Kayvon Thibodeaux, but I believe Hutchinson is more consistent than Thibodeaux. So, I will not change this pick from the last mock, keeping Hutchinson going 1st overall.
V(1) Mock Draft – DE/EDGE Kayvon Thibodeaux
V(2) Mock Draft – DE/EDGE Aidan Hutchinson
2. Detroit Lions – DE/EDGE Kayvon Thibodeaux (Oregon)
No change with this pick as the Lions desperately need help on defense, especially at the edge position, as the Lions did nothing during free agency to improve it. This pick is either going to be Hutchinson or Thibodeaux. Since Hutchinson went first overall, I have Thibodeaux once again being selected by the Lions. So no change with this pick.
V(1) Mock Draft – DE/EDGE Aidan Hutchinson
V(2) Mock Draft – DE/EDGE Kayvon Thibodeaux
3. Houston Texans – OT Evan Neal (Alabama)
This pick could be anyone at this point due to how silent this team has been during free agency (Excluding trading Watson). Thank Jack Easterby for that, remind me why he is still a part of the Texans organization again? Anyway, I am still going to stick with my selection from my last mock by taking OT Evan Neal as it never hurts to build the offensive line and he is a genetic freak. I still think this team may want to move on from Laremy Tunsil soon, for some reason as he was the best player on the Texans offense last season.
V(1) Mock Draft – DE/EDGE George Karlaftis
V(2) Mock Draft – OT Evan Neal
4. New York Jets – CB Derrick Stingley Jr. (LSU)
Not changing the pick here either, as the Jets desperately need cornerback help and Stingley is the best cornerback in this class in my opinion. The cornerback crew is still a mess and while they improved it by signing DJ Reed, there is still more work that has to be done. I don’t see the Jets having a shutdown cornerback on their roster currently so why not change that now with this selection.
V(1) Mock Draft – CB Derrick Stingley Jr.
V(2) Mock Draft – CB Derrick Stingley Jr.
5. New York Giants – OT Charles Cross (Mississippi State)
I would be shocked if this pick is not an offensive lineman, due to Carolina still holding the 6th pick. The Giants did next to nothing fixing the offensive tackle situation during free agency. I like Ikem Ekwonu, but like I said in my last mock, Ekwonu is more of a guard than a tackle. The Giants, with this pick get Charles Cross who has a more solidified position at tackle.
V(1) Mock Draft – OT Evan Neal
V(2) Mock Draft – OT Charles Cross
6. Carolina Panthers – OT Ikem Ekwonu
This pick just makes all the sense in the world. Carolina needs to protect QB Sam Darnold or PJ Walker (The starting QB spot is still wide open for Week 1). The Panthers guards last season were abysmal and that changes by selecting Ikem Ekwonu with this selection.
V(1) Mock Draft – OT Ikem Ekwonu
V(2) Mock Draft – OT Ikem Ekwonu
7. New York Giants (From Chicago Bears) – DE/EDGE Travon Walker (Georgia)
The Giants, due to being in cap hell, could not afford to spend money during the offseason. Thinking about it now, I can’t remember if the Giants actually signed anybody on defense. Thankfully, there is the NFL Draft and I just don’t see how the Giants not go defense with one of their 1st round picks. I won’t change this selection, as the Giants desperately need to get pass rushing help and I feel the best DE/EDGE rusher is Travon Walker.
V(1) Mock Draft – DE/EDGE David Ojabo
V(2) Mock Draft – DE/EDGE Travon Walker
8. Atlanta Falcons – S Kyle Hamilton
I just don’t see how Atlanta passes on Hamilton with the 8th pick. The Falcons are going to be tanking next season as there are a lot of good QB prospects next season. The best place to start the rebuild on defense is in the secondary. Excluding CB AJ Terrell, their secondary is a complete train-wreck and that changes by selecting Kyle Hamilton.
V(1) Mock Draft – S Kyle Hamilton
V(2) Mock Draft – S Kyle Hamilton
9. Seattle Seahawks (from Denver Broncos) – IOL Tyler Linderbaum (Iowa)
The Seahawks are entering rebuild mode. While they currently have weak options at QB, every rebuild must always start at growing the offensive line. I am extremely high on Tyler Linderbaum and it would be a great starting point for Seattle to take a guy like him who is the best center prospect in this draft class. Excluding blindside tackle, it is very important to get a good center and this pick would be the Ethan Pocic replacement.
V(1) Mock Draft (*At the time Denver had the Pick)- DT Jordan Davis
V(2) Mock Draft – QB Malik Willis
10. New York Jets (from Seattle Seahawks) – WR Treylon Burks (Arkansas)
I really would love the Jets to take Tyler Linderbaum here, but in this mock, he is being taken by the Seattle Seahawks. So, since Linderbaum is gone, the Jets need to give more targets for Zach Wilson to throw the ball to. I love Elijah Moore and Braxton Berrios re-signed (thank goodness). I don’t know about Corey Davis, as he can’t stay healthy, and Denzel Mims should be cut. They need another #2 receiver on this team and I feel Treylon Burks would be the likely pick. I mean, Joe Douglas was reportedly gushing over Treylon Burks, so I think if the Jets go receiver with this pick, it is likely Burks.
V(1) Mock Draft – IOL Tyler Linderbaum
V(2) Mock Draft – IOL Tyler Linderbaum
11. Washington Commanders – WR Garrett Wilson (Ohio State)
Not going to change the pick. Washington absolutely needs to get another consistent receiver on this team, excluding Terry McLaurin. Speaking of which McLaurin’s, contract has one more year left, and he may be gone next season. Let’s be real, with all the stuff coming out regarding the organization and how “good” this culture is, do you expect McLaurin to stay here? I honestly don’t, so this selection should be an insurance policy if McLaurin does leave next season and so Washington can give Carson Wentz more targets to throw the ball too.
V(1) Mock Draft – QB Kenny Pickett
V(2) Mock Draft – WR Garrett Wilson
12. Minnesota Vikings – CB Ahmad Gardner (Cinncinati)
Again, I can’t change this selection for the Minnesota Vikings. Their secondary was abysmal last season and they lost Xavier Woods via free agency. The Vikings failed to invest in improving the secondary and are looking at the NFL Draft to get better in the secondary. Ahmad Gardner would be a great fit in Kevin O’Connell’s defense and again impressed many teams with his combine performance. The Vikings would make a big mistake not taking a cornerback with this pick.
V(1) Mock Draft – CB Ahmad Gardner
V(2) Mock Draft – CB Ahmad Gardner
13. Houston Texans – DE/EDGE George Karlaftis (Purdue)
I can’t change this pick from the last mock draft, as the Houston Texans have ignored the need getting a pass rusher for some reason. Then again, this is the same team that still has Jack Easterby as a part of their organization for some reason. Can someone please explain why again? Anyways, Karlaftis would be a great fit in Lovie Smith’s defensive system and can be a leader in the locker room.
V(1) Mock Draft (*At the time Cleveland had the Pick)- WR Garrett Wilson
V(2) Mock Draft – DE/EDGE George Karlaftis
14. Baltimore Ravens – CB Andrew Booth (Clemson)
This pick is either going to be on the offensive line or at cornerback. Last season, both positions got derailed by injuries and it showed that the Ravens need to bolster the depth. The offensive tackle class is deep so the Ravens can wait until the 2nd or 3rd round to take an offensive lineman. Booth is too good for the Ravens to pass up due to how athletic he is and how strong he is in both zone and man coverage. Booth is better than the scrubs that were on the field last season and he would strengthen the Ravens secondary.
V(1) Mock Draft – OT Daniel Faalele
V(2) Mock Draft – CB Andrew Booth
15. Philadelphia Eagles (from Miami Dolphins) – DT Jordan Davis (Georgia)
The Eagles with the whole Fletcher Cox saga, cutting then resigning him, tells me one thing. The Eagles may look to move on from him next season. So why not find his replacement by selecting Jordan Davis as he has a ton of strength and can be a wrecking ball. He shines as a run stopper and would be a great replacement for Fletcher Cox the moment he is no longer on the team.
V(1) Mock Draft – OG Kenyon Green
V(2) Mock Draft – DT Jordan Davis
16. New Orleans Saints (From Indianapolis Colts via Philadelphia Eagles) – WR Chris Olave (Ohio State)
The Saints need to ensure that they have a number 1 receiver this season. I have no idea what the Saints plan is with the whole Michael Thomas debacle. It has largely stayed silent in free agency but even if he has been a locker room distraction, he has a risk of durability concerns with his ankle. Marquez Callaway is a solid receiver, but I don’t see him as a number 1. I had a lot of hope for Tre’Quan Smith being the #1 receiver, but he is inconsistent and can’t stay healthy. The Saints change that by giving Jameis Winston another target for him to throw the football too by selecting Olave, who has potential being a number 1 receiver.
V(1) Mock Draft (*At the time Philadelphia had the Pick)- CB Trent McDuffie
V(2) Mock Draft (*At the time Philadelphia had the Pick)- CB Trent McDuffie
17. Los Angeles Chargers – CB Trent McDuffie (Washington)
This is a wildcard pick as the Chargers could go anybody and be justified. Well, excluding if this pick is at QB, as Justin Herbert is great, and the Chargers would be fools if they did that. If it were me making this pick, it either has to be at Wide Receiver or at Cornerback. But with Olave, Burks, and Wilson gone, the Chargers work on improving and bolstering the secondary by selecting Trent McDuffie.
V(1) Mock Draft – CB Andrew Booth Jr
V(2) Mock Draft – WR Chris Olave
18. Philadelphia Eagles (via New Orleans Saints) – Devin Lloyd (Utah)
The Eagles have to go linebacker with one of their 1st round picks in this draft class. It was a clear weakness for the Eagles last season and in the playoffs, it got exposed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That changes in the draft, as the Eagles take Devin Lloyd. He is very athletic and would pair well with Haason Reddick.
V(1) Mock Draft (*At the time New Orleans had the Pick) – OT Charles Cross
V(2) Mock Draft (*At the time New Orleans had the Pick) – OT Trevor Penning
19. New Orleans Saints (via Philadelphia Eagles) – QB Kenny Pickett (Pittsburgh)
I will admit, this pick is likely not going to happen, but I have no Idea what the Saints are doing trading next year’s 1st in a QB rich class along with other picks for this selection. This has to be QB, as I don’t see Jameis being the long-term option, Taysom Hill already will no longer be the full time QB, and Ian Book is a scrub. So, the Saints get that long term QB with this selection by taking Kenny Pickett who is going to need a year to develop to clean his weaknesses but has tremendous upside.
V(1) Mock Draft (*At the time Philadelphia had the Pick)- LB Devin Lloyd
V(2) Mock Draft (*At the time Philadelphia had the Pick)- LB Devin Lloyd
20. Pittsburgh Steelers – QB Malik Willis (Liberty)
Even though the Steelers signed Mitch Trubisky and still have Mason Rudolph on the team, I still don’t see them as long-term starters for the team. Plus, at this spot, if Malik Willis falls to them, he would have too much upside for the Steelers to pass on. Willis would take this opportunity to adapt and learn behind Trubisky through his time as the backup as well.
V(1) Mock Draft – QB Malik Willis
V(2) Mock Draft – QB Kenny Pickett
21. New England Patriots – CB Roger McCreary (Auburn)
Still makes no sense why the Patriots decided to not franchise tag CB J.C. Jackson. He was one of the main parts of the New England Patriot defense and, with him gone, there is a hole at cornerback. So, I am going to stick with my last mock and select CB Roger McCreary with this selection as he has strong coverage and ball skills.
V(1) Mock Draft – DT DeMarvin Leal
V(2) Mock Draft – CB Roger McCreary
22. Green Bay Packers (from Las Vegas Raiders) – WR Drake London (USC)
This pick has to be receiver, as the Packers lost a lot of players as they had entered cap hell. It also led to Davante Adams being traded to Las Vegas. It would be poetic if this pick was made to select a wide receiver and since the big 3 (Burks, Wilson, and Olave) have been drafted, the Packers go with Drake London. London has the size you want in a receiver along with his smooth route running and hands. No change with this selection.
V(1) Mock Draft (*At the time Las Vegas had the Pick)- WR Chris Olave
V(2) Mock Draft – WR Drake London
23. Arizona Cardinals – DE/EDGE Jermaine Johnson (Florida State)
Not changing the pick, as Arizona needs to find the replacement for Chandler Jones. The Cardinals, for some reason, did not re-sign him as despite him being of the best defensive players last season. JJ Watt is also past his prime and is not getting any younger. So, Arizona selects Jermaine Johnson with this selection as he is similar to Jones as Johnson and can also play at linebacker. Johnson has a lot of foot quickness and has solid pass rushing techniques.
V(1) Mock Draft – DE/EDGE Travon Walker
V(1) Mock Draft – DE/EDGE Jermaine Johnson
24. Dallas Cowboys – CB Tariq Woolen (UTSA)
I thought this pick was for sure going to be an offensive lineman but with the whole Kelvin Joseph situation going on, I have to change this pick to cornerback. Yes, Dallas still has Trevon Diggs and Jourdan Lewis, but Kelvin Joseph was supposed to be the main slot piece to Dallas’s defense for years to come. If the allegations about him being involved in a murder are true, then not only will his career be over, but he may spend the rest of his life in prison. Dallas selects Woolen, who would be a great fit in Dallas’s defense as a slot corner.
V(1) Mock Draft – OT Trevor Penning
V(2) Mock Draft – OT Daniel Faalele
25. Buffalo Bills – OT Daniel Faalele (Minnesota)
As many have seen my mock drafts, I am high on two offensive linemen. One is Tyler Linderbaum and the other is of course Daniel Faalele. I think if he falls to Buffalo at 25 and there is no great Guard or Cornerback available, Faalele would be way too good for the Bills to pass up. He would be a great piece on the O-line and can play tackle or guard. You can’t teach size and he has it along with how well he moves around the pocket. The Bills O-line would be scary if they draft Daniel Faalele.
V(1) Mock Draft – CB Roger McCreary
V(2) Mock Draft – CB Kaiir Elam
26. Tennessee Titans – OT Trevor Penning (Northern Iowa)
I know the Titans need help at guard, but I am not confident in Dillon Radunz as the right tackle. Look, I like Radunz, but I believe he is more of a fit at guard than at tackle. So, the Titans with this selection select Trevor Penning here and the Titans can move Radunz to guard. Penning is nasty, he has smooth footwork, strong punch/hand usage, and has solid awareness.
V(1) Mock Draft – WR Treylon Burks
V(1) Mock Draft – OG Kenyon Green
27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – OG Kenyon Green (Texas A&M)
The Buccaneers desperately need to get a guard after they lost Alex Cappa via free agency and Ali Marpet suddenly retiring. Plus, it never hurts strengthening the offensive line and protecting the quarterback. Kenyon Green would be a great selection as he can pull well, has strong awareness, and has a great blocking technique.
V(1) Mock Draft – S Jaquan Brisker
V(2) Mock Draft – S Jaquan Brisker
28. Green Bay Packers – LB Nakobe Dean (Georgia)
I can’t change this pick as the Packers linebacker core has been a mess since Blake Martinez left years ago. With this pick, the Packers build up the defense by getting Nakobe Dean. This guy is athletic, has strong awareness, and is a playmaker. He can line up either as an inside or outside linebacker on any defense.
V(1) Mock Draft – WR Drake London
V(2) Mock Draft – LB Nakobe Dean
29. Kansas City Chiefs (from Miami Dolphins via San Francisco 49ers) – WR Jameson Williams (Alabama)
One of their two 1st round picks is going to be a wide receiver after they traded Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins. There have been reports on the Chiefs being very high on Jameson Williams and even brought him in for a visit recently. If Williams is available at this spot, then there is no question that they take him at this spot as he is athletic, runs smooth routes, and has solid hands.
V(1) Mock Draft (*At the time Miami had the Pick) – OT Rasheed Walker
V(2) Mock Draft – WR Treylon Burks
30. Kansas City Chiefs – DE/EDGE David Ojabo (Michigan)
I know Ojabo is injured, but like I said in my latest mock draft, his talent when healthy is too good for the Chiefs to pass on. Plus, even though it is a Torn Achilles, he still has a possibility of playing next season. I mean, look at Cam Akers of the Rams. He came back a lot earlier than what many expected, so if Ojabo’s injury is not a bad Torn Achilles and he rehabs right, then the Chiefs may get another good pass rusher on their team. The Chiefs need pass rushing help alongside Frank Clark and Ojabo can fit the Chiefs defense easily and be another player to provide pressure to the quarterback.
V(1) Mock Draft – DE/EDGE Jermaine Johnson
V(1) Mock Draft – DE/EDGE David Ojabo
31. Cincinnati Bengals – S Jaquan Brisker (Penn State)
I still believe the Bengals go safety with this pick in order to get leverage in contract negotiations with S Jessie Bates. In my opinion, I believe Brisker has more upside than Daxton Hill does. Both are great players, but I would rather select Brisker. I feel Brisker is a bit more physical than Hill, plus Brisker has solid coverage and ball skills.
V(1) Mock Draft – OT Nicholas Petit-Frere
V(2) Mock Draft – S Daxton Hill
32. Detroit Lions (from Los Angeles Rams) – WR George Pickens (Georgia)
If Pickens did not suffer a torn ACL during his last college season. He would absolutely be hyped as a 1st round draft pick. He has the tools that you want in a wide receiver. He has the size, excellent hands, smooth footwork, and runs great routes. The Lions need more receivers to surround Jared Goff. Excluding Kalif Raymond and maybe Amon-Ra St. Brown, the receivers were abysmal. So that is why they signed DJ Chark and are drafting George Pickens.
V(1) Mock Draft – LB Nakobe Dean
V(2) Mock Draft – WR Jameson Williams