2022 NFL Mock Drafts

  • # Team Player Pos
    1 Kayvon ThibodeauxOregon, Soph DE

    Thibodeaux has battled an ankle injury early in the season but if Saturday's performance against UCLA is any indication, he's just about unstoppable when he's on the field -- to the point that it's almost unfair. He finished with nine tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble in Oregon's win.

    2 Aidan HutchinsonMichigan, Sr DE

    If the Texans move on from Deshaun Watson, they'll be in line for a boatload of high-round picks but Hutchinson makes sense here either way. He's had a huge season for the Wolverines and immediately improves Houston's defense against both the pass and the run.

    3 Derek Stingley Jr.LSU, Jr CB

    Jeffrey Okudah's career has been marred by injuries and while we liked Ifeatu Melifonwu coming out of Syracuse, he's injured, too. Put it another way: You can never have enough good young corners and Stingley is a CB1.

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    4 Evan NealAlabama, Jr OL

    The Jets have to protect Zach Wilson -- this should be the mantra to begin every draft meeting the team has. Neal is an athletic marvel who has excelled at several O-line positions for the Crimson Tide.

    5 DeMarvin LealTexas A&M, Jr DL

    Originally a defensive end, Leal, at 6-foot-4, 290, has the versatility and athleticism to play up and down the line, which should make him even an even more attractive option in New York where we're all familiar with Dave Gettleman's affinity for big guys.

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    6 Kyle HamiltonNotre Dame, Jr S

    Traded from: MIA

    Marcus Epps is the only Eagles free safety under contract after this season and, Hamilton, who suffered a knee injury vs. USC on Saturday, is expected to be OK, according to Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly. As for what he brings to the field, Hamilton is a 6-4, 220-pound version of Ed Reed, which makes him a Day 1 impact player.

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    7 Matt CorralOle Miss, Jr QB

    Ryan Fitzpatrick is hurt and Taylor Heinicke has struggled with consistency. Corral, meanwhile, has been spectacular this season for Ole Miss -- he has the tools to be a Lamar Jackson/Trey Lance/Josh Allen-type quarterback but he's still incredibly raw and will likely need some time to grow into the starting role at the next level.

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    GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
    7 1913 67.6 15 1
    8 Tyler LinderbaumIowa, Jr OL

    Traded from: CHI

    Linderbaum is one of the best offensive linemen in the country, and while No. 8 overall might seem high for a center, a) Linderbaum is that good, b) the Giants lost Nick Gates to injury and c) his replacement, Billy Price, has struggled.

    9 Andrew Booth Jr.Clemson, Jr CB

    A.J. Terrell and Isaiah Oliver have been solid in coverage this year but Oliver has battled injuries and he's also in the final year of his deal. Booth could end up being one of the best cornerbacks to come out of Clemson in recent years, and he's proven that time and again during the '21 season.

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    10 Kaiir ElamFlorida, Jr CB

    The Eagles are on track for three (!) first-round picks, which means there's a great opportunity to address their defense. Elam has the size (6-foot-2, 190) and athleticism to be one of the best draft-eligible corners in '21 and he has the ability to be a consistent physical playmaking presence in the secondary.

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    11 Kenyon GreenTexas A&M, Jr OL

    Garett Bolles has had his issues at times, but Bobby Massie, who is in the final year of his deal, has been a liability on the right side. Green, who played left guard last season and has played every offensive position during his career, brings both nastiness and versatility to Denver.

    12 Jaxson KirklandWashington, Jr OL

    The Panthers' O-line has been inconsistent in both run- and pass-blocking this season, and Kirkland's athleticism makes him an interesting middle-of-the-first-round option for teams looking to improve up front.

    13 George KarlaftisPurdue, Jr DE

    Traded from: SEA

    The Jets' defense has been below replacement level so far this season and, well, that's not bad relative to the offense. But Karlaftis adds another dimension to the defensive line. Injuries and the pandemic saw him play limited snaps in '20 but Karlaftis was nearly impossible to stop in '19 when he recorded 17 TFLs and had 7.5 sacks. He's been really good through the first half of the '21 campaign.

    14 Garrett WilsonOhio St., Jr WR

    The Pats need to upgrade the O-line and the secondary, but the team also needs to give Mac Jones a legit downfield threat, something this offense has lacked for years. Wilson and Chris Olave have been unstoppable for Ohio State and those traits will transfer to the next level.

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    GP REC YDS AVG TDS
    7 36 605 16.8 6
    15 Christian HarrisAlabama, Jr LB

    Traded from: IND

    Yes, the Eagles don't typically draft linebackers in Round 1, but they have multiple first-rounders and this is a position lacking a big-time playmaker.

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    16 Jalen WydermyerTexas A&M, Jr TE

    Wydermyer was one of Kellen Mond's favorite targets in 2020 for a reason: he's reliable and almost always open. In Cincy, the offense is all set at wide receiver but only Drew Sample is under contract after the season.

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    GP REC YDS AVG TDS
    8 25 353 14.1 4
    17 Carson StrongNevada, Jr QB

    Carson Strong is our QB1 but with one pretty big asterisk: His draft status is all going to come down to the medicals on a knee injury he suffered in high school, which is why we have Matt Corral going ahead of him in this mock draft. That said, Strong is the most consistent QB in this draft class and if healthy, he could eventually be the first passer off the board. In Pittsburgh, Big Ben is in his final year, in part because he can't throw the ball down the field.

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    7 2466 70.4 20 4
    18 Derion KendrickGeorgia, Sr DB

    The team parted ways with 2020 first-rounder Jeff Gladney, and Patrick Peterson is on a one-year deal. Wide receiver could also be an option here but stockpiling defensive backs is never a bad strategy. Kendrick was in the conversation as a first-round pick in the 2021 draft before returning to Clemson and then entering the transfer portal. He's now at Georgia and a strong season will likely make him one of the first defensive backs selected next spring.

    19 Ikem EkwonuGeorgia, Soph OT

    Ekwonu is a monster, and more importantly, beefs up an interior offensive line that has struggled with injuries and consistency in Las Vegas.

    20 Chris OlaveOhio St., Sr WR

    Traded from: SF

    The Dolphins may look to upgrade their QB position through a trade (Deshaun Watson appears to be the front-runner), which allows them to focus on other positions. DeVante Parker and Jaylen Waddle are under contract for the foreseeable future but Will Fuller and Albert Wilson could be free agents in the spring. Olave, meanwhile, is an excellent route runner and a threat at all three levels.

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    GP REC YDS AVG TDS
    7 32 518 16.2 8
    21 Drake LondonUSC, Jr WR

    London, who is one of the few bright spots in a disappointing USC season, isn't going to run a 4.3 but he's a high-point-catch machine who can take over games. In related news, he had 15 catches for 171 yards in the Trojans' loss to Notre Dame on Saturday night.

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    GP REC YDS AVG TDS
    7 79 1003 12.7 5
    22 Charles CrossMiss. State, Soph OL

    The Titans don't have much depth along the offensive line and while David Quessenberry has been solid, he's in the final year of his current deal.

    23 Treylon BurksArkansas, Jr WR

    Only receivers Keenan Allen and rookie Josh Palmer are under contract after the season, and if Mike Williams isn't in the Chargers' long-term plans, Burks wouldn't be a bad consolation prize.

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    GP REC YDS AVG TDS
    8 42 717 17.1 7
    24 Kingsley EnagbareSouth Carolina, Sr LB

    The Browns don't have a lot of holes so they use their first-round pick to bolster the pass rush. Enagbare is a twitched-up athlete who will only get better with more reps and added muscle.

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    25 Jalen CatalonArkansas, Soph S

    The Cowboys' defense has been a pleasant surprise, for sure, but Damontae Kazee, Jayron Kearse and Malik Hooker could all be free agents after the season. Catalon has been impressive this season for Arkansas, where he regularly makes plays all over the field. Unfortunately, his season ended earlier this month after suffering a shoulder injury.

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    26 Justyn RossClemson, Jr WR

    Ross missed the 2020 season because of a neck injury but he was on track to be a first-round pick. He's showed glimpses this season of what makes him special -- consistently winning at the top of the route, reliable hands, and his ability to high-point throws over defenders helpless to do much about it. And hey, maybe it's not too late to finally get Aaron Rodgers a first-round wideout.

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    GP REC YDS AVG TDS
    7 33 341 10.3 3
    27 Isaiah SpillerTexas A&M, Jr RB

    Same as last week -- Spiller is a threat in both the run and pass game, and he would add yet another element to the Cards' high-powered offense.

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    GP ATT YDS AVG TDS
    8 123 761 6.2 5
    28 Trent McDuffieTexas A&M, Soph CB

    Even though McDuffie plays cornerback, we get Tyrann Mathieu vibes when we watch him. We love him as a slot corner who serves as an enforcer in run support and locks down short and intermediate routes, something he does regularly for the Huskies.

    29 Sam HowellNorth Carolina, Jr QB

    Traded from: LAR

    Howell has been up and down this season for the Tar Heels, and we wouldn't take him in Round 1, but the Lions are desperate to find their next franchise QB. Howell has shown glimpses of Matthew Stafford-level gunslingin', though the consistency just hasn't been there.

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    GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
    7 1851 61.1 18 6
    30 Ahmad GardnerCincinnati, Jr CB

    Gardner is a long, press corner who would give the Chiefs some much-needed depth on a defense that has been hard to watch at times this season.

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    31 Jordan DavisCincinnati, Sr DL

    We love the idea of having Davis and Vita Vea on the field at the same time wreaking havoc. When healthy, the Bucs don't have a lot of needs so they beef up the defensive line here.

    32 Darian KinnardCincinnati, Sr OT

    Darian Kinnard is a mauler who has been inconsistent at times this season but has all the tools to be a first-round talent. The Bills are in the enviable position of not having any glaring holes, so protecting Josh Allen seems like a reasonable fallback plan.

  • # Team Player Pos
    1 Evan NealAlabama, Jr OL

    Neal is a mammoth blocker on the edge with freaky athletic traits and All-Pro upside. Easy selection for Jacksonville.

    2 Kayvon ThibodeauxOregon, Soph DE

    Thibodeaux went superhero against California last week with 11 pressures on 22 pass-rushing snaps. The only way he doesn't go No. 1 is if the Jaguars land the first pick.

    3 Aidan HutchinsonMichigan, Sr DE

    Hutchinson is having an enormous final season at Michigan and was No. 1 on Bruce Feldman's Freak's List that was published in the summer. He's going to be selected very high in late April.

    4 Kyle HamiltonNotre Dame, Jr S

    Hamilton is a freaky, do-it-all prospect who can play anywhere in the back seven and create big plays for the defense.

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    5 Malik WillisLiberty, Jr QB

    The way it's trending now, the Giants will probably have a new GM and QB next year. Willis is raw but has major upside.

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    GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
    8 1684 66.1 17 6
    6 DeMarvin LealTexas A&M, Jr DL

    Traded from: MIA

    Leal and Javon Hargrave will create a seriously disruptive interior of the defensive line in Philadelphia.

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    7 Matt CorralOle Miss, Jr QB

    Corral has the athleticism and arm to land early in Round 1, and while he can be overaggressive at times, he's pretty accurate too. Washington has to address the quarterback spot.

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    GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
    7 1913 67.6 15 1
    8 Derek Stingley Jr.LSU, Jr CB

    Traded from: CHI

    Stingley has been penciled into the top 10 for years now. He and James Bradberry would be the longest outside cornerback tandem in the NFL. And quite talented.

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    9 Garrett WilsonOhio St., Jr WR

    How about more offensive weaponry in Atlanta. Why the hell not? Matt Ryan's probably playing in his final season with the Falcons in 2022, so Wilson will help him make the most of it.

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    GP REC YDS AVG TDS
    7 36 605 16.8 6
    10 Kaiir ElamFlorida, Jr CB

    Elam is a lengthy, athletic, super-physical cornerback who'd help to round out the Eagles secondary.

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    11 Chris OlaveOhio St., Sr WR

    The Panthers have to get more dynamic in their receiver room. Olave isn't close to the freakiest first-round receiver over the past few years, but he's one of the most polished route runners with high-end ball skills.

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    GP REC YDS AVG TDS
    7 32 518 16.2 8
    12 Tyler LinderbaumIowa, Jr OL

    Traded from: SEA

    Linderbaum will provide interior protection for Zach Wilson for a long time and boost the efficiency of the Jets run game.

    13 George KarlaftisPurdue, Jr DE

    Karlaftis feels like the oversized, versatile defensive end Bill Belichick will adore come draft time.

    14 Nakobe DeanGeorgia, Jr LB

    Traded from: IND

    Howie Roseman bucks the trend and goes linebacker in Round 1. Dean flies around with serious energy and range.

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    15 Jordan DavisGeorgia, Sr DL

    I know, I know. Davis is a nose tackle. But he's different -- he can rush the passer! -- and Derrick Brown went in the top 10 in 2020.

    16 Kenyon GreenTexas A&M, Jr OL

    Green would add more physicality to the Bengals offensive front. It's needed.

    17 Treylon BurksArkansas, Jr WR

    Burks would step into the slot position likely vacated by Juju Smith-Schuster leaving in free agency next March.

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    GP REC YDS AVG TDS
    8 42 717 17.1 7
    18 Trent McDuffieArkansas, Soph CB

    McDuffie would provide Mike Zimmer with a multi-dimensional defensive back with elite-level athletic traits.

    19 Kingsley EnagbareSouth Carolina, Sr LB

    Enagbare and Maxx Crosby would be one frightening edge-rushing tandem in Las Vegas for years to come.

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    20 Ikem EkwonuSouth Carolina, Soph OT

    Traded from: SF

    Ekwonu is pretty darn close to being NFL strong which will speed up his transition to the professional level.

    21 Drake LondonUSC, Jr WR

    London lands with Jameis Winston and the Saints to give New Orleans a big body in the slot.

    2021 College Stats

    GP REC YDS AVG TDS
    7 79 1003 12.7 5
    22 Ahmad GardnerCincinnati, Jr CB

    The Titans have to prioritize more defensive back help early in the 2022 draft. Gardner fits the mold Tennessee wants in its corners in that he's a man-coverage specialist.

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    23 Nicholas Petit-FrereOhio St., Jr T

    The Chargers have their franchise left tackle in Rashawn Slater. They get Petit-Frere here in Round 1 to solidify their right tackle position. He's very talented.

    24 Jameson WilliamsAlabama, Jr WR

    Williams is listed at 6-foot-2 and he glides around the football field. He'll be a riser during the pre-draft process.

    25 Jordan BattleAlabama, Jr DB

    The safety spot in Dallas is somewhat of a patchwork group right now. Battle can be another playmaker behind Trevon Diggs in that secondary.

    26 Jalen WydermyerTexas A&M, Jr TE

    Wydermeyer is trending toward being the top tight end prospect in this class. His work in the trenches and pass-catching prowess would be welcomed in Green Bay.

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    8 25 353 14.1 4
    27 Adam AndersonGeorgia, Sr LB

    Given the age of some of the edge rushers in Arizona, the Cardinals go with the young, hyper-talented Anderson here, who has All-Pro upside.

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    28 Devin LloydUtah, Jr LB

    The Ravens add a tall, rangy linebacker to their disruptive defense. He'll be a movable chess piece for Wink Martindale.

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    29 Carson StrongNevada, Jr QB

    Traded from: LAR

    Insane value for the Lions here with Strong. He's quietly had a strong senior season and will enter the NFL with loads of experience.

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