2022 NFL Mock Draft- Mike’s 1st Round Mock for tonight’s Draft

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars – Evan Neal OT, Alabama -I know the Jaguars have signed Cam Robinson to an extension but they still have a hole on the right side of their offensive line. Jawaan Taylor who was drafted in the second round in 2019 has had trouble at right tackle. Drafting Neal will provide Trevor Lawrence the protection he needs to develop as a franchise Quarterback.
  2. Detroit Lions – Aidan Hutchinson Edge, Michigan -The Lions need to drastically improve their defense. It ranked at the bottom of the league in most defensive categories. Adding Hutchinson will improve their pass rush in a division that includes Aaron Rodgers, Kirk Cousins, and Justin Fields.
  3. Houston Texans – Ikem Ekwonu OT, North Carolina State -It seems the Texans are content with having QB Davis Mills be their starter for the foreseeable future, so getting him some protection should be an important move to keep his development going. Ikem Ekwonu is one of the most powerful offensive linemen in this draft class.
  4. New York Jets – Kayvon Thibodeaux Edge, Oregon – Thibodeaux will help Leonard Williams and Carl Lawson generate a pass rush that they were supposed to have during the 2021 season. Look for the Jets pass rush to improve this year,
  5. New York Giants – Charles Cross OT, Mississippi State – Cross is the best pass blocker in the draft in my opinion. This comes from playing Mike Leach’s pass happy system. He rarely lost a rep on a passing down.
  6. Carolina Panthers – Kenny Pickett QB, Pittsburgh – The Panthers continue to add resources to the quarterback position. I believe if this pick is made, both QBs will compete for the starting position.
  7. New York Giants – Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner CB, Cincinnati – Gardner is a special corner. He has not gave up a touchdown in years. He is a true shut down corner who can help change a defense right away.
  8. Atlanta Falcons- Garrett Wilson WR, Ohio State– Wilson is a dynamic receiver that can get open anytime. His route running is arguably the best in the class next to his teammate Chris Olave.
  9. Seattle Seahawks – Derek Stingley Jr. CB, LSU – Stingly may have had injury issues, but those have went away since seeing him move at his pro day. I believe teams will take a chance on his upside of being a shut down corner.
  10. New York Jets – Chris Olave WR, Ohio State – Olave is a smooth route runner who can create space and catch the ball consistently. He will prove to be Zac Wilson’s number one target by the time the regular season starts.
  11. Washington Commanders – Kyle Hamilton S, Notre Dame – The Commanders add Hamilton to secondary that lost Landon Collins earlier this offseason. Hamilton will start and be a playmaker in Ron Rivera’s defense instantly.
  12. Minnesota Vikings – Travon Walker Edge, Georgia – Walker has a high upside. The Vikings have holes on their defensive line. Walker can come in day 1 and help improve the defense instantly.
  13. Houston Texans – Jameson Williams WR, Alabama –  The Texans can afford to spend this pick of Jameson Williams. The team may not be contending this year so it should be no problem waiting on Williams to get healthy.
  14. Baltimore Ravens – Jordan Davis DT, Georgia – The Ravens draft Davis to control the middle of the defensive line just as Haloti Ngata did when he played for them
  15. Philadelphia Eagles – Drake London WR, USC – London will be another big body target for Jalen Hurts to throw to. There are questions about his ability to create separation but I believe he can overcome that.
  16. New Orleans Saints – Trevor Penning OT, Northern Iowa – Penning is a nasty offensive lineman with the attitude to match. He made his name well known at the Reese’s Senior Bowl when he was tossing guys around left and right. He may have crossed the line a few times but I feel that can be controlled with coaching.
  17. Los Angeles Chargers – Bernhard Raimann OT, Central Michigan – The Chargers add more protections for Justin Herbert. The right side of the line was terrible and needs to be improved. Raimann is good at pass protection and gave up the least amount of pressures last season.
  18. Philadelphia Eagles – George Karlaftis Edge, Purdue – The Eagles add to their aging defensive line. George Karlaftis has a high motor with the power to go with it. He packs a punch to stun offensive lineman and the hand technique to execute his rip move.
  19. New Orleans Saints – Trent McDuffie CB, Washinton – The Saints lose out of getting another Wide Receiver but they add a shut down corner across from Marcus Lattimore. McDuffie has great coverage skills. He is able to stick with his man at all times.
  20. Pittsburgh Steelers – Malik Willis QB, Liberty – Willis falls to the Steelers in my mock draft. I believe if he falls this far some team will try to jump the Steelers before they are on the clock. Willis is raw and still needs some development, but his upside is to good to pass up on.
  21. New England Patriots – Jermaine Johnson ll – This is a Bill Belichick pick. Picking up a guy that is versatile and plays all over the defensive line if he needs him to. Johnson had a breakout season for the Florida State Seminoles which earned him ACC Defensive Player of the Year.
  22. Green Bay Packers – Treylon Burks WR, Arkansas – Aaron Rodgers will like this pick but not love it. I’m sure he’d rather have Devonte Adams. Burks is a physical receiver with solid breakaway speed. He will fit well with the Packers once he and Rodgers get on the same page.
  23. Arizona Cardinals – Tyler Linderbaum C, Iowa – The Cardinals choose to improve their interior offensive line to keep Kyler Murry protected. Linderbaum will help the run game improve with the return of James Conner. In my opinion, Linderbaum is the best interior offensive lineman in this class. I see being a perennial pro-bowler for the next few years
  24. Dallas Cowboys – Devin Lloyd LB, Utah – The Cowboys will jump for joy is Devin Lloyd is sitting here at the 24th I feel Lloyd fits perfectly here. Drafting him now gives the team the versatility to move Parsons and Vander Esh around.
  25. Buffalo Bills – Breece Hall RB, Iowa State – The Bills chose to take Hall because they don’t have many holes on their roster except for running back. Devin Singletary and Zack Moss have been ok but neither has been able to take full control of the starting running back position. Hall is the perfect combination of patience, speed, and acceleration. He can also is the best in the class at catching the ball out of the backfield.
  26. Tennessee Titans – Zion Johnson G, Boston College – Johnson is versatile. He can play as a guard or center. He showed teams at the Reese’s Senior Bowl that he was not afraid to take on the challenge at playing center for the first time. The Titans are a run-heavy team that needs to continue to add to their offensive line to create running lanes for running
  27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Kenyon Green G, Texas A&M – The Buccaneers added Shaq Mason earlier this offseason, adding Kenyon Green would help solidify the offensive line and give Tom Brady the protection he needs at the age of 44.
  28. Green Bay Packers – Devonte Wyatt DT, Georgia – The Packers released edge rush Za’Darius Smith earlier this offseason and still need to find a way to replace him. Wyatt may be listed as a defensive tackle, but he has the ability to play on the edge.
  29. Kansas City Chiefs – Jahan Dotson WR, Penn State – Dotson would be the possible replacement for recently traded WR Tyreek Hill. Dotson has the speed and elusiveness to cause problems deep down the field. He also has the ability to run jet sweeps, and turn screen passes into long gains. Patrick Mahomes will have another deep threat to add to his arsenal of weapons.
  30. Kansas City Chiefs – Arnold Ebiketie Edge, Penn State – The Chiefs need to improve the pass rush and Arnold Ebiketie is the guy they are looking for. He has a quick first step and the speed the wreak havoc coming off the edge. Frank Clark did not perform well this season, getting a young talent to push him will improve the defense.
  31. Cincinnati Bengals – Tyler Smith OT, Tulsa – Even though the Bengals have added some help on the offensive line they still need to find depth and possibly a starter. Tyler Smith is listed as a tackle but has the ability to kick inside and play guard as well.
  32. Detroit Lions – Matt Corral QB, Ole Miss- The Lions take Corral here to get the 5th year option on his rookie contract. Corral has a quick release and good accuracy. He could challenge Jared Goff for the starting spot this season, but I believe Goff will start the season. Corral may see the field if Goff gets off to a slow start to the season.

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