The first round 2022 Mock Draft is here
The 2022 NFL draft class displays rare talent at the quarterback, running back, and wide receiver position. There are also numerous 2022 defensive prospects that could be future defensive players of the year. With the NFL and CFB season approaching, it’s enticing to know where the prospects stand among the NFL eyes. With that said, I’m going to untwine a full two 2022 NFL Mock draft and project where each prospect should land. Let’s begin.
- Detroit Lions – Kavyon Thibodeaux
The Lions will rebuild the team the right way. The Lions showed a franchise worst defense in 2020. Expect things to majorly turn around with this draft pick.
- Houston Texans – Derek Stingley Jr.
The Texans opt to not go QB after already carrying a young QB amid a disastrous roster. Stingley will be the next Patrick Peterson, not a rookie version of Jeffery Okudah.
- Jacksonville Jaguars – Justyn Ross
The Jaguars reach for an elite wideout so Trevor Lawrence can take the next step in his career. Justyn Ross can be a special and safe player.
- Philadelphia Eagles – Spencer Rattler
Many Philadelphia fans are eager to see Jalen Hurts grow in the system. Hurts can be a quality QB, but Philly is gifted a decade like talent with Rattler at No. four.
- Cincinnati Bengals – Kyle Hamilton
The Bengals select the top player available at number five. Kyle Hamilton is the perfect pick for a team in countless shootouts.
- New Orleans Saints (trade with NYJ) – Sam Howell
The New England Patriots picked Mac Jones to replace Tom Brady and now the Saints find their “long term” QB with the pick of Sam Howell. Winston’s ceiling isn’t impressive and Hill isn’t the answer, so Sean Payton makes the aggressive trade to acquire Howell.
- New York Giants – Evan Neal
The Giants are still average at best on the OL. Daniel Jones should be in the Big Apple for at least one more season. A fantastic offensive lineman will help Barkley and Jones evolve their careers.
- Atlanta Falcons – Kaiir Elam
The Falcons clearly see a few quality years left out of Matt Ryan. They elect to go with a position of need (CB) and aim to win more shootouts in 2022.
- Denver Broncos – Drake Jackson
Von Miller won’t live forever. Drake Jackson can help create a monster pass rush rotation in Denver. Mahomes will need to be stopped at all costs.
- New York Giants – Christian Harris
Joe Judge finds his leader on defense with MLB Christian Harris. The improving defensive unit takes a step closer to elite with this draft pick.
- Washington Football Team – Isaiah Spiller
A surprise pick at number 11. I believe Ron Rivera wants to ground and pound his way to another Super Bowl appearance. Spiller and Gibson would edge out Cleveland for the best 1-2 punch at the RB position.
- Las Vegas Raiders – Chris Olave
Henry Ruggs may improve, but it’s not foreseen that he will be an elite talent. Chris Olave can be the franchise number one WR, which they’ve desperately missed.
- Carolina Panthers – Carson Strong
Sam Darnold will likely be a step ahead of Teddy Bridgewater and a step below Pro Bowl caliber. It would be wise to acquire a young, talented QB to compete with Darnold in the brutal NFC South.
- Minnesota Vikings – Treylon Burks
Adam Thielen is no longer the Adam Thielen we’re accustomed to seeing. The Minnesota Vikings pass on a QB to grab a true complement to Justin Jefferson at wideout.
- Arizona Cardinals – DeMarvin Leal
The Cardinals continue to bulk up the defense, particularly on the aging defensive line. DeMarvin Leal is the perfect pick and could be a speculator plugger at DT right away.
- Pittsburgh Steelers – D’Eriq King
D’Eriq King shows a lot of similarities between himself and Big Ben. King can be the QB to step in right away and utilize the elite WR talent to its fullest.
- New England Patriots – Garrett Wilson
Belichick grew weary of avoiding skill weapons for TB12. With Mac Jones in town, he continues to bulk up the weapons for the young talent.
- LA Chargers – Sevyn Banks
The Chargers get a unique talent at CB spot to pair with Derwin James in the secondary.
- Dallas Cowboys – Zach Harrison
The Cowboys add a talented edge player out of Ohio State to continue building the front seven.
- Philadelphia Eagles – Ahmad Gardner
Darius Slay won’t remain in Philly beyond a couple more seasons. Ahmad Gardner can be a quality chess piece for a defense that will lose numerous pieces in the next couple of seasons.
- Tennessee Titans – Aidan Hutchinson
Aidan Hutchinson can be the true replacement for Jurrell Casey.
- Indianapolis Colts – Kedon Slovis
Carson Wentz could score lots of points next season, but his injury issues and inconsistencies are too much to be underlooked. Kedon Slovis could be the best backup available and a potential starter down the road.
- New York Jets – Jalen Wydermyer
Chris Herndon hasn’t been the slightest of spectacular. He should remain on the roster, but the Jets could use an upgrade at TE for Zach Wilson. Wydermyer could help an excellent TE duo form in the Big Apple.
- New York Jets (trade with NO) – Breece Hall
The Jets could have a superb rushing attack for years to come with Michael Carter and now Breece Hall.
- Cleveland Browns – Drake London
The Browns can’t roll the dice forever with Odell Beckham. Jarvis Landry is reliable, but not a WR that can put up multiple 150+ yard games in a season. Drake London is the perfect addition to the Baker Mayfield offense.
- Miami Dolphins – Kyren Williams
The Dolphins went out and acquired Jaylen Waddle this offseason. It’s now time to get the franchise RB.
- Baltimore Ravens – Isaiah Likely
The Ravens add on weaponry for Lamar Jackson by drafting TE Isaiah Likely. Likely can help out the run and pass game.
- Detroit Lions – Matt Coral
The Lions go with the top prospect number one overall then follow back with a QB that could beat Jared Goff for the starting job right away.
- Green Bay Packers – Zay Williams
The Packers opt to draft a WR after Aaron Rodgers exits the building.
- Buffalo Bills – Eric Gray
The Bills didn’t get the Clemson star halfback in the 2021 draft, so they wait until 2022 to get a RB that can eat up the clock against the Chiefs in future championships.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Marvin Mims
The Bucs are stacked at the WR position, but AB will be gone after 2021 and they have a Super Bowl window open for a few more years. Garrett Wilson can be heavily involved on Day 1.
- Kansas City Chiefs – Kenyon Green
The Chiefs signed Joe Thuney in this FA period, but the right side of the line remains modest. Kenyon Green can be a great fit and potential Pro Bowl player in his rookie season.