2022 Fall Mock Draft 2.0

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1. Detroit Lions

Kayvon Thibodeaux | Oregon, Edge

I think Thibodeaux is much more of a Jadaveon Clowney rather than a Miles Garrett, but he’s looking like the favorite in the clubhouse to go 1st overall. The Lions should add depth on defense and build up a young core through this draft.

2. Houston Texans

Sam Howell | North Carolina, QB

The Texans took a flier on Davis Mills last year, but this is their chance to replace Deshaun with a longterm option. Howell remains the top rated QB prospect on our Big Board.

3. Philadelphia Eagles (From Miami)

Jordan Davis | UGA, DT

The Eagles have shown signs of competitiveness with Jalen Hurts and as sloppy as his game has been, I think he will likely get another shot. Failed draft picks like Sam Darnold and Dwayne Haskins further emphasize why giving up on Hurts this early could be costly. Instead the Eagles land a generational DT that has been a huge key to UGA’s success.

4. New York Jets

Evan Neal | Alabama, OT

Zach Wilson has shown signs of promise, but the biggest issue this season has been the inability to keep him clean in the pocket. The Jets land a generational tackle prospect here that can pair with Becton to become one of the top OLs in the league.

5. Jacksonville Jaguars

Kenyon Green | Texas A&M, OL

Like the Jets, the Jags have struggled against opposing pass rush. The goal this offseason has to be to protect Trevor Lawrence and a guy like Green can elevate this entire unit.

6. Washington Football Team

Kenny Pickett | Pittsburgh, QB

The WFT has a great young core within this roster, but need to take another shot on QB after Haskins failed. The big armed Pickett brings loads of college experience and has the type of game that can make him a Day 1 starter.

7. Philadelphia Eagles

Derrick Stingley | LSU, CB

The Eagles landed DL depth with their first pick, but inject youth into the aging secondary with the top CB prospect here. Stingley has showcased an elite skillset and has the potential to be an All Pro corner.

8. New York Giants

Aiden Hutchinson | Michigan, Edge

It is encouraging to see the emergence of rookie DE Azeez Ojulari (5.5 sacks in 9 games), but the Giants can capitalize here by adding another high ceiling sack machine.

9. Miami Dolphins (from San Francisco)

Desmond Ridder | Cincinnati, QB

Tua has struggled to stay on the field and has been very disappointing when he has. Deshaun Watson rumors will swirl again after the season, but if they elect to draft a QB instead then Desmond Ridder is a good fit for their offense. The dual threat QB can add an element to the team on the ground, but also appears to have better arm talent than Tua as well.

10. New York Jets (From Seattle)

Garrett Wilson | Ohio State, WR

The Jets checked the OL box at 4, but can add to this young WR group by taking the top receiver overall. Wilson is a do-it-all talent that has true WR1 potential.

11. New York Giants (From Chicago)

Darian Kinnard | Kentucky, OT

The Giants have found their future LT in Andrew Thomas, but the RT spot is wide open as both Matt Peart and Nate Soldier have been a revolving door this season. Kinnard is a beast (6’5″ 345 lbs) and has been on of the highest grade tackles analytically throughout his career.

12. Minnesota Vikings

Roger McCreary | Auburn, CB

McCreary has become one of the top CBs in the SEC and the Vikings need to invest in some youth at the position. McCreary will be a sleeper that is high on many big boards and the Vikings can take a shot on Peterson’s apprentice.

13. Carolina Panthers

Drake London | USC, WR

Darnold is not the guy, but this QB class has little depth. The Panthers can’t afford to keep missing on QBs (despite David Tepper’s clear display of impulsive franchise moves) so instead opt to take one of the top receiver’s in the class. The Panthers have a lot of cap tied down for 2022 already and there is no guarantee that D.J. Moore will be back in 2023, so the Panthers must find a legitimate WR2 who has WR1 upside. That answer could already be on the roster (Terrace Marshall) but Drake London is on another level.

14. Philadelphia Eagles (From Indianapolis)

Nakobe Dean | UGA, LB

Nokobe Dean has been one of the highest risers in the class so far and could go even higher than 14. In this case, the UGA standout finds a new home in Philadelphia and joins his teammate Jordan Davis. The Eagles go ALL IN on defense with their three picks.

15. Denver Broncos

Tyler Linderbaum | Iowa, C

The Broncos are rather committed to the run game with Teddy B at the helm. The emergence of Javonte Williams has just begun, so imagine adding an elite caliber mauler to the interior offensive line.

16. Cincinnati Bengals

Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner | Cincinnati, CB

I’ve loved watching Gardner grow into his role as he has emerged as an elite lockdown cornerback. In this scenario the hometown Bengals roll the dice on Gardner and add much needed depth to their secondary.

17. Cleveland Browns

Kyle Hamilton | Notre Dame, S

The Browns have cut their chops by taking the elite defensive prospects who begin to slide on draft night (JOK, Greedy Williams). Some have hit and others have missed, but Kyle Hamilton has the playmaking ability that will keep him on the field, regardless of what position he fits best.

18. Kansas City Chiefs

Charles Cross | Mississippi State, OT

The Chiefs have been a massive disappointment this season and a lot of that falls on the defense. Offensively, the line has struggled since mid last year and will continue to until they can bring in more help for Mahomes. If Orlando Brown can’t prove his worth down the stretch, he may find his job in jeopardy already.

19. Atlanta Falcons

George Karlaftis | Purdue, Edge

The Falcons have shown signs of life as of lately, but their defensive line is nothing to brag about outside of Grady Jarrett. Karlaftis has struggled in the sack category this season, but the pressures have been there and he has proven his ceiling regardless of production.

20. New England Patriots

Demarvin Leal | Texas A&M, Defensive Line

Leal is another guy who could slide, but Belichick has always been one to take shots in the first round. Leal is a bit of a DT/Edge tweener, but the elite ability is clearly there.

21. Pittsburgh Steelers

Matt Corral | Ole Miss, QB

I am still not set on Corral as a 1st round talent, but teams reach every season. I think he falls in the mid 40s or early 50s in terms of overall talent, but the Steelers are a prime candidate for a QB.

22. New Orleans Saints

Chris Olave | Ohio State, WR

There are many questions revolving around if Mike Thomas will be back, but regardless of that, the Saints are DESPERATE for WR talent. Olave, like Garrett Wilson, is a polished do-it-all receiver who will be a day 1 NFL starter.

20. LA Chargers

Drake Jackson | USC, Edge

The Chargers are looking like legit contenders this season, but have one glaring weakness…defensive line. Joey Bosa has been great as always, but the one thing he has struggled with throughout his career is staying healthy. Drake Jackson is a versatile edge rusher who has done everything from pass rush to pick 6 and would be a huge upgrade to the Chargers D.

24. Tampa Bay Bucaneers

Breece Hall | Iowa State, RB

If there is one thing that Brady prioritizes it is running backs that catch the ball well and Breece Hall does just that. Through his career, Hall has 74 receptions and has 14 TDs on the ground this season and hasn’t gone a single game without one.

25. Buffalo Bills

Isaiah Spiller | Texas A&M, RB

The Bills were very high on Travis Etienne last year and have been looking for a feature back for some time now, so why not take the versatile RB from Texas A&M?

26. Las Vegas Raiders

Treylon Burks | Arkansas, WR

The Raiders missed on many 1st rounders in the Gruden era, but Burks will set them straight here. The dominant pass catcher could prove to be dynamic in an offense opposite of Darren Waller.

27. Dallas Cowboys

Zach Harrison | Ohio State, DL

The Cowboys D is much improved after selected Micah Parsons, but imagine Zach Harrison playing on the opposite side of that defensive line…

28. Green Bay Packers

Andrew Booth Jr. | Clemson, CB

Another year, another CB for Green Bay? I know it is hard to fathom Green Bay taking CBs in back-to-back drafts, but this is a front office that prioritizes value as much as any team in this league and if a stud like Booth is on the board at 28, then you best believe that the Packers will have done their homework. It is also worth mentioning that CB Kevin King is approaching free agency.

29. Baltimore Ravens

David Bell Jr. | Purdue, WR

The Ravens have constantly been searching for a big bodied receiver who can go up and win 50/50 balls for Lamar, a role that Mark Andrews has become accustomed to. Hollywood Brown has been one of the most improved players in the league and Rashod Bateman has shown so much promise already, but adding Bell as the third member of that three headed monster would absolutely capitalize on Lamar Jackson’s prime…and the value here is wild for a team with very few glaring weaknesses.

30. Detroit Lions (from LA Rams)

Jahan Dotson | Penn State, WR

The Lions could go QB here, but instead bring in a WR to headline the horrible group they have assembled right now. Thus far this season, Dotson has already amassed 71 receptions, 930 yards and 10 TDs.

31. Tennessee Titans

Devin Lloyd | Utah, LB

The red hot Titans are on fire right now, but their one weakness has been Linebacker depth. Lloyd has evolved into a strong linebacker for the Utes and has shown his promise as both a run stuffer (81 tackles) and pass defender (3 Int, 5 PD).

32. Arizona Cardinals

Sam Williams | Ole Miss, Edge

The Cardinals are off to an incredible 8-1 start, but looking towards the future there are many scenarios that point to Chandler Jones hitting the open market at age 32. If the team does part ways with their leading pass rusher, then they could bring in Sam Williams, who currently has dominated the SEC and is a late riser do to his incredible production as a senior with 10.5 sacks and 4 forced fumbles in just 9 games. Williams’ rise could be similar to that of Azeez Ojulari’s last season.

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