Pupo’s way-to-early 2022 Mock Draft

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You thought Mock Draft season was over didn’t you? Think again!! Now that the dust has settled on this year’s Draft, it’s time to put out a way-to-early Mock for next year. Here is my early look, at how the 1st and 2nd Round will play out next year. The order is how I project the season to go. I hope you enjoy!

  1. Houston = Sam Howell (Jr) QB – North Carolina
  • New Head Coach David Culley, is having his work cut out so far. With Deshaun Watson wanting out, to go along with his legal troubles, Culley might be the busiest Head Coach in the NFL. Even though they selected Davis Mills in the 3rd Round, if they earn the first overall pick, I see them going Quarterback again. Howell’s stats will inflate, with him loosing Javonte Williams, Michael Carter, Dyami Brown, and Dazz Newsome, but it will still be good enough for him to be the first player off the board. Howell becomes the new face of the franchise in Houston.

2. New York Jets = Kayvon Thibodeaux (RSo) EDGE – Oregon

  • The Jets picking here might be a head scratcher for most, but I just feel that they should have provided Zach Wilson with better weapons, in order for him to have more success. A trade down could be in play here, but not with a player like Thibodeaux on the board. If he was eligible for this year’s Draft, he most likely would have been the top pass rusher drafted. He’s a true No.1 Edge rusher, with a chance to be one of the top five players at the position for the next decade.

3. Detroit = Derek Stingley Jr. (Jr) CB – LSU

  • General Manager Brad Holmes, was with the Rams when they drafted Jared Goff with the first overall pick, back in 2016. With that being said, I don’t see them drafting somebody to replace Goff, when Holmes has a really good relationship with him. They took Jeffrey Okudah 3rd overall last year, and they could use somebody opposite him. If Derek Stingley was eligible to enter the Draft after his remarkable true Freshman year, he might have leapfrogged Okudah, as the first Cornerback taken. Ironically, their now teammates. Stingley has everything you want in a Corner, and it would be a surprise if he’s not a super star. I’ll be sure to tell my kids, that Stingley was the best true Freshman CB ever. Stingley and Okudah, will give the Lions the best young Secondary in the league.

4. Washington = J.T. Daniels (RJr) QB – Georgia

  • Your probably thinking to yourself, ”No way Washington is the fourth worst team in Football after winning the NFC East last season”. We all know Ryan Fitzpatrick is an up and down Quarterback, and everybody knows Washington will be in the hunt for a Quarterback next offseason. I’ve always been a J.T. Daniels fan, and I’m still confused as to why it took so long for Kirby Smart to announce him as the starter. Daniels started 4 games last season, and the Bulldogs were 4-0. He threw for 1,231 Passing Yards, and 10 Touchdowns, foreshadowing what he can do next season as the team’s full time starter. Don’t be surprised, if Daniels leads the Bulldogs to a National Championship victory next January.

5. Jacksonville = Evan Neal (Jr) OT/G – Alabama

  • The Jags had one of the best Drafts this year, and they will be looking to build off of that success, in next year’s Draft. Walker Little was a nice pick, but they could use more help along that Offensive Line, in order for Trevor Lawrence to have more success. Neal played left Guard as a true Freshman, then moved to RT as a Sophomore, and should move to LT next season, with the departure of Alex Leatherwood. Either at Tackle or Guard, Neal will carve out a nice career, and would help keep Lawrence upright.

6. Cincinnati = Christian Harris (Jr) LB – Alabama

  • The Bengals took Jackson Carman, and D’Ante Smith in this year’s Draft, and that’s good enough for them to address another need with their pick here, and address the Offensive Line on Day 2. It takes a special type of Linebacker to start as a true Freshman under Nick Saban, and that’s what Harris did in 2019, starting 12 of 13 games. The Bengals Linebackers aren’t great, and they could use a stud like Harris in the middle. Harris should easily be the most coveted ILB next Spring. Harris would be the signal caller on that Bengals Defense.

7. Philadelphia = Kyle Hamilton (Jr) S – Notre Dame

  • Is Jalen Hurts the franchise in Phily? Hurts threw for 1,061 Passing Yards, 6 Touchdowns, while throwing 4 Interceptions, in his 4 starts last season. Those aren’t relatively great numbers, but keep in mind, he never had a full offseason last year, and he gets that this year. I don’t think he’s going to have a great year, but it will be good enough for the Eagles to give him another year as the starter, to see what they got in him. Nick Sirianni is an Offensive minded Coach, which could do wonders for Hurts’ game. With that being said, they can address the Safety position, which is in dire need of an upgrade. If Kyle Hamilton was eligible this year, he most likely would have been the first Safety off the board. Hamilton would instantly give that Eagles Secondary a much-needed boost.

8. Carolina = Charles Cross (RSo) OT – Mississippi State

  • The Panthers are in a similar situation along with the Eagles. Their still curious as to if, their starting Quarterback is the long term answer. Sam Darnold struggled in New York, but was it a combination of his poor supporting cast and himself? We will see and find out. I see him having a fine year, and I don’t think they will give up on him, after only 1 season. He could use some more protection up front. Cross is an ascending prospect, who I see having a similar rise like Christian Darrisaw did. He would help keep Darnold upright.

9. Las Vegas = Chris Olave (Sr) WR – Ohio State

  • Is it time for the Raiders to replace Derek Carr? Carr is often scrutinized by many, and the Raiders seem to block out that noise. I see him returning as the starter in 2022. Is he a guy that’s going to throw for 40 Touchdowns in a season? Probably not, but he’s still capable of having success. Ruggs disappointed last season, but let’s not label him as a bust just yet. They can use another WR opposite him. Olave surprised most by returning for his Senior year, but it might have been the right decision, because he has a chance to be the first WR off the board next year. This reminds me of when DeVonta Smith passed on the 2020 Draft, in order to return for his Senior year. He would most likely have been a late round pick, and it turned out, it was the right move. Same goes for Olave.

10. Atlanta = Nik Bonitto (RJr) EDGE – Oklahoma

  • Rumours have been swirling around, that Julio Jones could be traded, but I just don’t see them trading one of the best WR’s in the past little while. They drafted Kyle Pitts to complete their Offense, and it wouldn’t be right to trade Julio. The Falcons need some pass rush help, and Bonitto can give them that. He broke out as a Redshirt Sophomore last season, collecting 32 total tackles, and 8.5 sacks. Even with that impressive season, he’s flying under people’s radars, but it won’t be long until they start noticing him.

11. Green Bay = Kaiir Elam (Jr) CB – Florida

  • Aaron Rodgers has announced his frusturation with the Packers organization, and I don’t think he will be back in Green Bay. So now, it’s Jordan Love’s team. Nobody really knows, how he’s going to perform, in his first season as a starting Quarterback. Regardless what type of year he has, it wouldn’t be right to give up on him, after only 1 season. The Packers just aren’t a fan of drafting WR’s in the 1st Round. They haven’t done so since 2002, when they selected Javon Walker. Kevin King was only brought back on a 1 year deal, and even if he’s retained, they could use a player like Elam in that Secondary, relegating King to Slot duties. Elam and Alexander, would form one of the best CB tandems in the league.

12. New York Giants = Kenyon Green (Jr) OT/G – Texas A&M

  • This is a make or break year for Daniel Jones. If he plays bad, he will most likely be replaced next Spring. I see him having a similar year as he did in 2019 (3,027 Passing Yards, 24 Touchdowns, 14 Interceptions), resulting in the Giants giving him another year. He can use some more protection up front. Green has just played Guard, so far during his time in College Station, but was recruited as a Tackle, meaning he offers versatility. Whether at Guard or Tackle, he woud his Quarterback upright.

13. Minnesota = Spencer Rattler (RSo) QB – Oklahoma

  • The Kirk Cousins era in Minnesota is officially over. He’s a fine Quarterback, but I just don’t know if he’s the guy that can get you to the promise land. He will be 34 next year, and it’s the appropriate time to move on from him. At the end of the day, it wouldn’t surprise me, if Spencer Rattler winds up as the #1 overall pick. Rattler has crazy arm talent, and makes impressive off-platform throws. Last season he threw for 3,031 Passing Yards, 28 Touchdowns, while throwing 7 Interceptions, in his first season as a starter, after sitting behind Jalen Hurts as a true Freshman. He will be looking to build off of that success this upcoming season. Rattler’s upside is enormous. 

14. Indianapolis = Zion Nelson (Jr) OT – Miami

  • Carson Wentz is reunited with his former Offensive Coordinator Frank Reich, and he should perform better this upcoming season. He can use more help in front of him. Eric Fisher will be 31 next year, and is coming off a torn Achilles. He simply can’t be relied upon, as the long term answer at Left Tackle. Nelson can step in and start right away, protecting the blindside of Carson Wentz.

15. New York Giants (from Chicago) = DeMarvin Leal (Jr) DL – Texas A&M

  • The Giants could use another WR, but that can be addressed on Day 2. Getting help along their Defensive Line is more of a priority. Danny Shelton can be replaced. Leal has experienced playing inside and outside, and would fit in perfectly with the Giants. Williams, Lawrence, and Leal, would give Defensive Coordinator’s fits.

16. New Orleans = George Pickens (Jr) WR – Georgia

  • I wouldn’t rule out a Quarterback here, but ultimately I believe the Saints will go in a different direction. Michael Thomas has needed a running mate opposite him for quite some time, and they get him here with the selection of Pickens. Pickens tore his ACL in March, and might miss some time early in the season, but I see him coming back with a vengeance. Him and Michael Thomas, would instantly form, one of the best WR tandems in the league.

17. Tennessee = Jordan Davis (Sr) DT – Georgia

  • This Titans team is talented enough to go all the way. They need a few more pieces to solidify their team. They could stand to upgrade the interior of their Defensive Line. Davis, who surprised many by returning to School for his Senior season, is a massive nose tackle who would fit perfectly with the Titans 3-4 scheme. Him and Jeffery Simmons, would form a nice tandem, that would anchor that Defense.

18. Los Angeles Chargers = Justyn Ross (RJr) WR – Clemson

  • Justin Herbert may very well become the best Quarterback to come out of last year’s Class. He’s just starting to come into his own, and his ceiling is through the roof. Mike Williams is an impending free agent next offseason, and might not be back. Here’s his replacement. Ross missed last season with a spinal condition, and should return right back to his old form. Ross was arguably the Tigers’ best WR as a true Freshman and Sophomore. Ross and Allen, would be scary together.

19. Philadelphia (from Miami) = Rasheed Walker (RJr) OT – Penn State

  • Were not going to give up on Andre Dilliard just yet. It wouldn’t be right to. They selected him in the 1st Round, just 2 years ago. Lane Johnson only played 7 games last year, and will be 32 next year. Here’s some insurance for both Dilliard and Johnson. Walker is an ascending Tackle prospect, who might start as a backup, then can take over a starting spot in the near future.

20. New England = Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner (Jr) CB – Cincinnati

  • Stephon Gilmore was being shopped during the season, and there’s a chance, he won’t return. So drafting a Corner here at 20 makes sense. The man they call “Sauce” was one of the top CB’s in all of College Football last season, collecting 3 Interceptions, while breaking up 9 passes. Gardner and J.C. Jackson would form a nice CB tandem.

21. Miami (from San Francisco) = Breece Hall (Jr) RB – Iowa State

  • General Manager Chris Grier and Head Coach Brian Flores deserve a lot of credit, for turning this Dolphins team around. Miami finished 10-6 last season, just falling short of the playoffs. They just need a few more pieces, to complete their team. A bell cow back is needed, and it would take pressure off of Tua. Hall rushed for 1,572 Rushing Yards last season, which was the most in College Football, and scored 23 total Touchdowns. This Offense just got even more scary.

22. Pittsburgh = Daniel Faalele (Sr) OT – Minnesota

  • This season may be Big Ben’s last. If not 2022, will surely be his last. They could take a Quarterback here, but I think their gonna give Dwayne Haskins a shot, at some point. They can use some help at Tackle, with Alejandro Villanueva out the door. Faalele is a massive Tackle prospect, standing at 6’9 400 pounds, who would come in and start right away at either Tackle spot.

23. New York Jets (from Seattle) = Jalen Wydermyer (Jr) TE – Texas A&M

  • Like I mentioned earlier, I feel the Jets should have provided Zach Wilson with better weapons, in order for him to have more success. Well their providing him with another weapon, here with this selection. Wydermyer has put together 2 productive seasons so far, and he will be looking to build off of that success, this upcoming season. He just might be, the best TE in all of College Football.

24. Arizona = Andrew Booth Jr. (Jr) CB – Clemson

  • I had the Cardinals selecting Jaycee Horn with their 16th pick this year, but he was off the board, and they went with Zaven Collins. Collins was a good pick, but they need to address the CB position next year. Patrick Peterson is out the door, and Byron Murphy is better in the Slot. Booth only started 4 games last season, but he flashed first round potential. He will be a full time starter this season, and will be one of the top CB’s in all of College Football.

25. Green Bay (from Denver) = Aidan Hutchinson (Sr) EDGE – Michigan

  • Their were talks of Aaron Rodgers going to Denver, and that’s where I believe he will end up. Meaning, this pick will belong to Green Bay. I gave them Kaiir Elam earlier, and their going to stay on the Defensive side of the ball, with this pick. They have needed a strong 5 technique DE for quite some time, and they get it here. If he didn’t break his ankle last season, Hutchinson might have entered this year’s Draft. Hutchinson would start, and would make an immediate impact right away.

26. Buffalo = Ventrell Miller (RSr) LB – Florida

  • This Bills team is really close, as evinced by their trip to the AFC Championship game, this past January. They don’t have a lot of holes, but they could upgrade their Linebacking core. Matt Milano was resigned this offseason, but A.J. Klein can be upgraded. Miller, Edmunds, and Milano would form a great LB core, which would be one of the league’s best.

27. Dallas = Haskell Garrett (RSr) DT – Ohio State

  • If it wasn’t for Dak Prescott going down last season, who knows how far the Cowboys would have went. They have the capability to go deep in the playoffs, and this pick helps that. Trysten Hill hasn’t performed the way they expected him to, and Neville Gallimore only flashed a little bit last season. Here’s an upgrade. Most thought Garrett would have came out this year, but decided to return to Columbus for another season. He would give the Cowboys some stability, along the interior of their Defensive Line.

28. Baltimore = Perrion Winfrey (Sr) DT – Oklahoma

  • The Ravens weakest link of their Defense, is their Defensive Line. Calais Campbell, Brandon Williams, and Derek Wolfe, are all aging, and the Ravens need help. Winfrey is a former JUCO star, who had a fine first season in Norman. He could be in for a monster year this season. He would be welcomed with open arms, in Baltimore.

29. Kansas City = Garrett Wilson (Jr) WR – Ohio State

  • Another stud WR for the Chiefs eh? Demarcus Robinson was only brought back on a 1 year deal, and they might not bring him back in 2022. If you didn’t already know, Wilson made an unreal catch as a true Freshman in the playoff game 2 years ago against Clemson. He’s been one of the most productive WR’s in College Football, in his first 2 years at Ohio State, and I expect him to continue that success this upcoming season. Patrick Mahomes is going to love him. Garrett Wilson, Tyreek Hill, and Mecole Hardman, would be very diffcult to stop, game in and game out.

30. Detroit (from Los Angeles Rams) = Treylon Burks (Jr) WR – Arkansas

  • As mentioned above, I don’t see the Lions taking a Quarterback in 2022. Their WR core includes; Breshad Perriman, Quintez Cephus, Tyrell Williams, and now Amon-Ra St. Brown. Simply put, Goff needs more help around him. Burks broke out last season, hauling in 51 passes, for 820 Yards, and scored 7 Touchdowns. He would instantly be the Lions new #1 WR.

31. Cleveland = D.J. Dale (Jr) DT – Alabama

  • This is probably a surprise to almost all, that I have the Browns knocking off the Chiefs, in the AFC Championship game, to advance to the Super Bowl. It’s really hard to make it to the Super Bowl 3 years in a row, and I feel the Browns are ready for the next step. They have few holes on their roster, one of them being the interior of their Defensive Line. Dale can step in and start right away, and help get Myles Garrett singled.

32. Tampa Bay = Ty Fryfogle (RSr) WR – Indiana

  • An 8th Super Bowl for Tom Brady eh? There’s a good chance he goes down, as the greatest athlete of all-time. They placed the franchise tag on Chris Godwin, but he might not be back in 2022. Fryfogle had his best year in 2020, catching 37 passes, for 721 Yards, scoring 7 Touchdowns. Instead of entering this year’s Draft, he decided to use his extra year of eligibility, and the decision was probably for the better. He has a chance to elevate his Draft stock. He would immediately replace Chris Godwin.


2nd Round

33. Houston = George Karlaftis (Jr) EDGE – Purdue

34. New York Jets = Josh Jobe (Sr) CB – Alabama

35. Detroit = Owen Pappoe (Jr) LB – Auburn

36. Washington = Wanya Morris (Jr) OT – Oklahoma

37. Jacksonville = Myjai Sanders (Sr) EDGE – Cincinnati

38. Cincinnati = Abraham Lucas (RSr) OT – Washington State

39. Philadelphia = Sevyn Banks (Sr) CB – Ohio State

40. New York Jets (from Carolina) = David Bell (Jr) WR – Purdue

41. Las Vegas = Zion Johnson (RSr) G – Boston College

42. Atlanta = Drake Jackson (Jr) EDGE – USC

43. Green Bay = Nick Broeker (Jr) OT – Ole Miss

44. New York Giants = Bubba Bolden (RJr) S – Miami

45. Minnesota = Tyler Davis (Jr) DT – Clemson

46. Philadelphia (from Indianapolis) = Devin Lloyd (RJr) LB – Utah

47. Chicago = Jahan Dotson (RJr) WR – Penn State

48. New Orleans = Nyles Pinckney (RSr) DT – Minnesota

49. Tennessee = Jeremy Ruckert (Sr) TE – Ohio State

50. Los Angeles Chargers = Jordan Battle (Jr) S – Alabama

51. Miami = Cory Durden (RJr) DT – North Carolina State

52. New England = Zay Flowers (Jr) WR – Boston College

53. San Francisco = Sheridan Jones (Jr) CB – Clemson

54. Pittsburgh = Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson (Jr) CB – TCU

55. Seattle = Chase Lucas (RSr) CB – Arizona State

56. Arizona = Charlie Kolar (RSr) TE – Iowa State

57. Denver = Jaxson Kirkland (RSr) OT/G – Washington

58. Buffalo = Cade Mays (Sr) OT/G – Tennessee

59. Dallas = Thayer Munford (RSr) OT – Ohio State

60. Baltimore = Darian Kinnard (Sr) OT – Kentucky

61. Kansas City = Kingsley Enagbare (Sr) EDGE – South Carolina

62. Los Angeles Rams = Dylan Wonnum (Sr) OT – South Carolina

63. Cleveland = Brenton Cox Jr. (RJr) EDGE – Florida

64. Tampa Bay = Zion Tupuola-Fetui (RSo) EDGE – Washington

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