2022 Mock Draft - ROUND 1
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1) Texans - Sam Howell | QB | North Carolina
The Need: Davis Mills may end up being their guy, but for now the QB position poses more questions than it does to provide answers.
The Selection: Howell's thrown for over 3,500 yards and 30+ TD passes in back to back years. He's not real big, but he produces with moxie.
2) Lions - Spencer Rattler | QB | Oklahoma
The Need: If the Lions are drafting here, you have to think that Goff didn't do enough to secure his spot.
The Selection: Rattler took ahold of the reins last year, amassing 3,00 yards with a 28:7 TD to INT ratio. He's feisty, and the ball zips off his hand.
3) Bengals - Derek Stingley Jr. | CB | LSU
The Need: Based on where their roster sits right now, CB might be the weakest position for them. They don't have a lock-down guy on their roster.
The Selection: Stingley is the CB1 on most every draft board right now, deserving of a top-5 selection.
4) Jets - Kayvon Thibodeaux | DE | Oregon
The Need: The Carl Lawson acquisition should play out nicely, but you can't say there's much star-depth beyond him.
The Selection: After a monster 2019, his play levelled off last year, but assuming a strong rebound he should be the first EDGE player taken.
5) Jaguars - Kyle Hamilton | SAF | Notre Dame
The Need: Andre Cisco was a solid selection, but the remodeling of the secondary is not yet complete.
The Selection: Built like a smallish LB, Hamilton equally adept at making tackles and defending the back-half. He'll pace the Irish defense in 2021.
6) Eagles - George Karlaftis | DE | Purdue
The Need: You have to think that this is Brandon Graham's last year, at least in Philly. It might be the same fate for Derek Barnett.
The Selection: Karlaftis is a treat to watch, as he's relentless off the edge and is impossible to hem up at times. 9.5 sacks in past two years.
7) Giants - Evan Neal | OT | Alabama
The Need: This is being rather presumptuous, but if the O-line doesn't take a big step forward after last year, help will be sought after
The Selection: Neal has really passed the eye test thus far, is the outright OT1 right now.
8) Falcons - Kair Elam | CB | Florida
The Need: They drafted a CB in Rounds 4 and 5 this past draft, but neither player can really be looked upon as anything more than depth.
The Selection: Elam is an excellent CB, a guy who can match up against the opposing team's WR1.
9) Raiders - Christian Harris | LB | Alabama
The Need: They may look okay on paper as far as their LB corps is concerned, but an upgrade at one spot would certainly be welcomed.
The Selection: Unlike some of the other 'Bama LBers that have flopped, Harris is a rare breed worthy of a rare top-10 pick.
10) Panthers - Garrett Wilson | WR | Ohio State
The Need: We'll see how the Sam Darnold experience plays out, but for now will assume Robby Anderson isn't retained.
The Selection: In 2020, Wilson caught 43 balls for 723 yards, 6 TDs. That stat line, while respectable, is expected to blow up in 2021.
11) Giants (via Bears) - DeMarvin Leal | DT | Texas A&M
The Need: Austin Johnson is an UFA, and while he most likely could be retained, there's little backing him up regardless.
The Selection: One couldn't watch the Aggies play last year and not notice Leal wreaking havoc. 2020 was a down DT year, and he benefits.
12) WFT - Malik Willis | QB | Liberty
The Need: Ryan Fitzpatrick was brought in to be their bridge QB, is no means a long-term play.
The Selection: Willis is still raw in terms of being a pure QB, but he's insanely athletic and makes great things happen.
13) Vikings - Drake Jackson | DE | USC
The Need: The Vikings drafted Jones and Robinson in the 3rd and 4th respectively, but they could be more depth players than anything.
The Selection: With the size and versatility to excel out of a 2-point or with his hand in the dirt, Jackson will be a commodity, a challenge to block.
14) Cardinals - Zach Harrison | DE | Ohio State
The Need: Chandler Jones is an UFA, while JJ Watt will have just one year remaining thereafter.
The Selection: Harrison has posted just 5.5 sacks over the past two seasons, but he has the size and ability to really come on this year.
15) Steelers - Kedon Slovis | QB | USC
The Need: Big Ben will be 40-years old when the 2022 draft kicks off, and he's an UFA. It's time.
The Selection: Slovis has been well-coached and may be the most pro-ready QB in this draft. 2021 should resemble 2019, in a good way.
16) Broncos - JT Daniels | QB | Georgia
The Need: The fact that the Broncos brought in Teddy Bridgewater at an $11.5MM price tag more evidences their concern with Drew Lock.
The Selection: Daniels was a top-shelf recruit who's hit some bumps in the road, but he has all the tools to get early looks given team needs.
17) Chargers - Tyler Davis | DT | Clemson
The Need: Linval Joseph will be a 34-year UFA at this juncture.
The Selection: Davis is a very gifted interior player, displays strength and a levelled burst off the snap.
18) Patriots - Chris Olave | WR | Ohio State
The Need: The additions of Kendrick Bourne and Nelson Agholor isn't enough in my book.
The Selection: Olave's a very smooth, reliable producer. He should pair well with Garrett Wilson and show his worth.
19) Saints - Sevyn Banks | CB | Ohio State
The Need: The Saints have three CBs set to become free agents, and the likelihood that all be be back is slim to none.
The Selection: Banks is the next great CB talent to hail from Ohio State. He has the ability to jump into the starting rotation as a rookie.
20) Eagles (Via Dolphins) - Bubba Bolden | SAF | Miami
The Need: Three safeties are UFA's. This team will look to upgrade the position regardless.
The Selection: Bolden was a bit up and down last season, but he's a former top-shelf recruit with strong potential.
21) Cowboys - Jalen Wydermyer | TE | Texas A&M
The Need: Outside of Jason Witten, the Cowboys haven't had much recent success at the TE position.
The Selection: After looking very good in back to back season, this kid could emerge as the best TE in the nation, worthy of a 1st-rounder.
22) Jets (via Seahawks) - Rasheed Walker | OT | Penn State
The Need: Assuming Vera-Tucker fills in at OG, and upgrade could be had at the RT spot.
The Selection: Provided that Walker can work through some technical flaws, I fully expect him to hear his name called on Day 1.
23) Titans - Brenton Cox | EDGE | Florida
The Need: The Titans are sitting on some expiring contracts within the LB corps, one of which is Harold Landry.
The Selection: This DE/EDGE class is shaping up to be quite good, and Cox does nothing but substantiate as much.
24) Eagles (Via Colts) - Aidan Hutchinson | DE | Michigan
The Need: As stated above, the Eagles could be parting ways with Graham and Barnett. You can't have too many pressure guys.
The Selection: Hutchinson is an absolute beast, would've been a top-45 pick had he declared in 2021.
25) Browns - Kingsley Enagbare | DE | South Carolina
The Need: Jadeveon Clowney and Tak McKinley are both set to become UFA's. I don't see them retaining both, maybe neither.
The Selection: Engabare has flashed enough times to where he certainly looks like a 1st-Rounder.
26) Packers - Justyn Ross | WR | Clemson
The Need: As Aaron Rodgers goes, Davante Adams may follow. The latter is an UFA, and even if he's retained, grabbing a WR makes sense.
The Selection: This selection of course assumes a clean medical. Ross was very good in 2018-2019, so talent isn't the question.
27) Dolphins (via 49ers) - Isaiah Spiller | RB | Texas A&M
The Need: A RB wasn't a priority for the Dolphins in the 2021 FA period. But, that will change in 2022 unless Gaskin goes nuts.
The Selection: Spiller has great size, production and is versatile as a pass-catcher. He's a perfect fit for what Flores wants at the position.
28) Ravens - Perrion Winfrey | DT | Oklahoma
The Need: UFA's Calais Campbell and Brandon Williams are both well beyond 30-years old. While an extension is possible, depth is needed.
The Selection: Winfrey doesn't have much of a resume, yet. That said, he showed glimpses of how good he can potentially be.
29) Bills - Kenyon Green | OG | Texas A&M
The Need: The Bills are set at O-line for now, but grabbing a guy to challenge early on and provide depth is a sound decision.
The Selection: Green is a monster of a blocker who doesn't miss on assignments. He may be the nation's best interior.
30) Lions (via Rams) - John Metchie III | WR | Alabama
The Need: The Lions lost Kenny Golladay, and I simply don't see a guy on their roster who'll adequately replace him.
The Selection: DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle grabbed all the attention last year, but Metchie was very good in his own right.
31) Buccaneers - Zion Nelson | OT | Miami
The Need: The Bucs simply don't have any immediate needs, but would be wise to secure some O-line depth.
The Selection: Many think that Nelson could emerge as one on the nation's best perimeter blockers this year. He certainly has the talent.
32) Chiefs - Ahmad Gardner | CB | Cincinnati
The Need: I still think this team is lacking at the CB position. They absolutely should target a player to come in and challenge for starter reps.
The Selection: Cincy had a very good safety tandem last year, but Gardner often shined brighter. He'll pace the Bearcat defense.