Harris’s Mock Draft 5.0 | 2 Weeks Out

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1. Jacksonville Jaguars

Travon Walker | Georgia, Edge

Walker is the traits-iest prospect in this class with exceptionally high upside. The Jags already have built up some young talent on the DL, so drafting the higher upside prospect may prove to be the smart move and something worth investing in.   

2. Detroit Lions

Aidan Hutchinson | Michigan, Edge

The Lions land the in-state defensive stud here with Aidan Hutchinson, who likely is a solid high floor edge rusher who boasted tremendous production in his career.

3. Houston Texans

Ikem Ekwonu | NC State, OT

The Texans have holes throughout their roster and could go in many different directions but ultimately look to fortify the OL and give Davis Mills a fighting chance. Ekwonu is a talented run mauler that can develop into a fantastic do-it-all offensive lineman.

4. New York Jets

Kayvon Thibodeaux | Oregon, Edge

The more I think about it, the less I believe that Thibodeaux falls outside the top 5. The Jets have invested 1st round capital in offensive tackles in both of the last 2 draft and should take the best player available. Luckily for them, Kayvon Thibodeaux may trickle down to 4 and be a no brainer selection for this rebuilding team that invested most of their 2021 draft on the offense.

5. New York Giants

Evan Neal | Alabama, OT

The Giants could risk waiting for Neal at 7 but with the Panthers drafting 6th, they must select the do-it-all lineman. Neal likely has the ability to plug in at RT on day 1 and combine to be one of the best young tackle duos in the league with Andrew Thomas.

6. Philadelphia Eagles (from Carolina)

Ahmad Gardner | Cincinnati, CB

I try not to read too much into the tea leaves, but the Panthers traded back 4 times in 2021 in GM Scott Fitterer’s first draft with the team, not to mention they have just one top 100 pick this year. The Eagles know that the Giants are interested in CB1 Sauce Gardner and spend a handful of picks to lockdown their next lockdown.  

7. New York Giants

Jermaine Johnson II | Florida State, Edge

The Giants already fortified their offensive line and 5 but now add some much-needed star power to their pass rush. Jermaine Johnson II joins his former teammate, Azeez Ojulari, to form one of the scariest young tandems in the NFC East.

8. Atlanta Falcons

Malik Willis | Liberty, QB

The biggest surprise pick happens at 8, where the Atlanta Falcons invest in their next future QB and face of their franchise. Willis is an Atlanta native and will feel right at home, especially with Kyle Pitts as his top target.

9. Seattle Seahawks

Charles Cross | Mississippi State, OT

The Seahawks might be the worst team in the NFL but at least secured some capital after moving DangeRuss to the Broncos. Drew “Baby Hands” Lock is probably still Jim Nagy’s QB1 but he is likely nothing more than a bridge QB that can absorb the hits while this team rebuilds.

10. New York Jets

Garrett Wilson | Ohio State, WR

The Jets have reached out about DK Metcalf, AJ Brown and probably will even inquire about the “available at the right price” Deebo Samuel. Spending this pick on their potential WR1 may be a much cheaper option with very similar benefits in the future for Zach Wilson.

11. Washington Commanders

Derek Stingley Jr. | LSU, CB

The Commanders have solid players in their secondary but need to find a press man corner that can shut down the top WRs in the NFC. Stingley has been a bit slept on but I don’t see him falling past this range after showing off his speed (and more importantly his healthy foot) at the LSU Pro Day.

12. Minnesota Vikings

Devin Lloyd | Utah, LB

Anthony Barr is still a free agent, but the Vikings cap makes it nearly impossible that he will be back in 2022. Enter the cheaper and potentially more valuable pick here with Devin Lloyd. He is a do-it-all, sideline-to-sideline linebacker that has the potential to be great in the NFL.

13. Houston Texans

Kyle Hamilton | Notre Dame, S

Hamilton may slide a bit due to his positional value but teams like the Texans are too thin on star power to pass him with their second pick. Hamilton is my top overall prospect, but the safety position is the easiest to plug in the NFL, which makes his stock extremely volatile. Hamilton to the Texans just feels right and he can become face of this defense for years to come.

14. Baltimore Ravens

Trevor Penning | Northern Iowa, OT

The athletic FCS offensive tackle moves like a Tight End and is the size of a Madden Create-a-Player blindside tackle. The Ravens have decent tackle depth with Stanley and Moses, but they can move a tackle to the inside while Penning develops into a full-time starter.

15. Philadelphia Eagles

Jordan Davis | Georgia, DT

The Eagles brought back Fletcher Cox on a 1-year deal but have been reportedly enamored by Jordan Davis. The run stuffing nose tackle has dropped some weight and showed off his athletic and potential versatility at the Combine and would be a valuable piece for the Eagles D.

16. New Orleans Saints

Matt Corral | Ole Miss, QB

The Saints may have moved up for the potential to trade into the top 10 for a QB but if they stay put, then there could be better value for a tier 2 QB. I am not a fan of Corral here and have him graded as a mid-Day 2 prospect, but the Saints seem interested in finding their next Drew Brees.

17. LA Chargers

Devonte Wyatt | Georgia, DT

If the Chargers could’ve stopped the run, then they likely could’ve made a playoff push. All things are firing offensively for them, but Wyatt would be a versatile defensive lineman that could help against the run and add depth between Joey Bosa and Khalil Mack.

18. Carolina Panthers (from Philadelphia)

Kenny Pickett | Pittsburgh, QB

The Panthers follow the trend of NFC South teams drafting QBs and select Kenny Pickett at 18. Rumors state that the Panthers have similar R1 grades on Corral, Pickett and Willis, which would make trading back to 18 the smart move while also acquiring future R1 capital as well as Top 100 picks.

19. New Orleans Saints

Jameson Williams | Alabama, WR

The Saints need a burner on their offense to spread the field and can afford to wait for Jameson Williams to recover from his torn ACL.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers

Nakobe Dean | Georgia, LB

The Steelers would love to draft a QB here if the right guy is on the board, but Nakobe Dean is such a Steelers pick. Dean is an absolute pitbull that plays with the tenacity required to be a Pittsburgh Steeler. Kevin Colbert rides into the sunset feeling wonderful about this old school pick.

21. New England Patriots

Andrew Booth Jr. | Clemson, CB

Although I have McDuffie as the higher rated CB, Booth fits the Pats defensive scheme and have been connected to Andrew Booth throughout the draft process. Last year, J.C. Jackson played roughly 50/50 in man and zone, which is hard to find in a prospect, but Booth brings the best versatility in this range.

22. Green Bay Packers

Treylon Burks | Arkansas, WR

The Packers potentially would win the draft with this selection as Burks was built for this offense. The production won’t touch what they got out of Adams right away, but this gives the Packers a valuable building block in very uncertain times.

23. Arizona Cardinals

Trent McDuffie | Washington, CB

McDuffie is my top-rated zone cornerback in the 2022 class and would feel right at home with fellow Huskies Byron Murphy Jr. and Budda Baker.

24. Dallas Cowboys

Drake London | USC, WR

Will London slide to 24? I have London rated as a top 10 prospect on my Big Board, but some of the other receivers may be better scheme fits for the WR needy teams. If London falls to 24, expect the Cowboys to ecstatic to land the do-it-all, athletic WR that can do much more than being just a “contested catch specialist” that the media has pushed.

25. Buffalo Bills

Breece Hall | Iowa State, RB

The Bills NEED to find a bell-cow back in order to push this team over the top. The combination of Moss and Singletary has been fine but adding a dynamic back like Breece Hall will make their opponents wheels fall off.

26. Tennessee Titans

Zion Johnson | Boston College, IOL

This team is built around Derrick Henry and the run game, which heavily relies on the play between the tackles. Zion Johnson is the prototypical phone-booth guard that brings a high IQ mentality to a hard-nosed role.

27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jalen Pitre | Baylor, CB/S

The Bucs secondary is strong on paper with Winfield, Dean and Davis, but Jalen Pitre brings an entirely new mindset to this defense. Pitre played the versatile “star” position for the Baylor Bears and brings versatility to essentially be the rover of the Bucs D, contributing in the slot, out wide and deep.   

28. Green Bay Packers

Tyler Linderbaum | Iowa, C

The Packers drafted Josh Myers last year in the 2nd round but add depth here with Linderbaum. The Packers needed strengthen their interior line and add a much-needed starting caliber lineman here.

29. Kansas City Chiefs

Chris Olave | Ohio State, WR

Olave lacks the ideal YAC-ability of a 1st Round WR but is one of the best deep threats with exceptional ball tracking skills. Nobody in this class can replicate what Tyreek Hill can do but Olave meshes well with the Chiefs offense and is the perfect addition to add in the late 1st.

30. Kansas City Chiefs

Boye Mafe | Minnesota, Edge

With their second pick, the Chiefs roll the dice on the 5th year senior who turns 24 during his rookie season. Despite the experience, Mafe was a major late bloomer that is still a raw prospect but can immediately contribute from a wide 9 type roll on passing downs.

31. Cincinnati Bengals

Kenyon Green | Texas A&M, IOL

The Bengals secured their atrocious offensive line after it costed them a Super Bowl, but can never have enough protection for Joe Burrow.  

32. Detroit Lions

Daxton Hill | Michigan

The Lions need help in their secondary and bring in the versatile defensive back that can develop into their ace. Like Pitre and the Bucs, Hill can play a variety of roles and line up in the slot, wide or deep.

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