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The path to the draft is a long one that began last May following the 2020 NFL Draft and continued in earnest in September. With just under two weeks left until NFL commissioner Roger Goodell takes to the podium in Cleveland, the process is winding down and there are just three more mock drafts until all of the speculation comes to an end and preparation on the 2022 NFL Draft begins. 

One of the most exciting events in the calendar year arrives shortly and will be gone in a flash. In today's exercise we explore the quarterback scenarios atop the draft and how they could impact others. 

Without further ado, let's kick this off! 

NFL Mock Draft
Round 1
Round 1 - Pick 1
Clemson • 6'6" / 220 lbs
Projected Team
Jacksonville
PROSPECT RNK
1st
POSITION RNK
1st
Lawrence to Jacksonville is a formality at this point. He is probably already working with a realtor in the area.
Round 1 - Pick 2
BYU • 6'2" / 214 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Jets
PROSPECT RNK
2nd
POSITION RNK
2nd
Wilson gives New York some financial flexibility moving forward. General manager Joe Douglas began a true reset last season and the quarterback is the biggest missing piece.
Round 1 - Pick 3
Ohio State • 6'3" / 227 lbs
Projected Team
San Francisco
PROSPECT RNK
6th
POSITION RNK
3rd
It is likely that San Francisco takes Mac Jones but I think there is an outside chance that the 49ers go in another direction. Fields is an athletic quarterback with great arm strength and accuracy.
  Mock Trade from Atlanta Falcons
Round 1 - Pick 4
North Dakota State • 6'4" / 226 lbs
Projected Team
Denver
PROSPECT RNK
10th
POSITION RNK
4th
Atlanta acquires No. 9 and No. 40 overall to move down with Denver. The Broncos trade up for a quarterback; specifically Lance.
Round 1 - Pick 5
Oregon • 6'5" / 331 lbs
Projected Team
Cincinnati
PROSPECT RNK
4th
POSITION RNK
1st
Cincinnati does the right thing and adds protection for Burrow. The Bengals can address the wide receiver position on Day Two.
Round 1 - Pick 6
Florida • 6'6" / 245 lbs
Projected Team
Miami
PROSPECT RNK
5th
POSITION RNK
1st
Pitts is a unicorn. There are comparable players to Ja'Marr Chase and even viable options at offensive tackle. There is only one Pitts. There are some really good tight ends in the NFL but the list of successful wide receivers is much larger. It would be easier for the Dolphins to take a wide receiver later in the draft.
  Mock Trade from Detroit Lions
Round 1 - Pick 7
Alabama • 6'3" / 214 lbs
Projected Team
New England
PROSPECT RNK
22nd
POSITION RNK
5th
New England does not believe it is far away from competing this season and a reliable quarterback might be the difference in contention and another disappointing season. Jones is the fifth and final quarterback among those expected to be taken in the first round.
Round 1 - Pick 8
LSU • 6'0" / 201 lbs
Projected Team
Carolina
PROSPECT RNK
3rd
POSITION RNK
1st
Sewell would be an ideal outcome for Carolina to protect Sam Darnold so they are likely hoping that Cincinnati opts for a skill player. Chase would be another step toward giving Darnold the help that he sorely lacked in the Big Apple.
  Mock Trade from Denver Broncos
Round 1 - Pick 9
Northwestern • 6'4" / 315 lbs
Projected Team
Atlanta
PROSPECT RNK
14th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Atlanta adds a smart player with five positional flexibility that can start at offensive guard before potentially moving to tackle down the road.
Round 1 - Pick 10
Alabama • 6'2" / 202 lbs
Projected Team
Dallas
PROSPECT RNK
15th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Surtain is a safe pick for the Dallas defense. The Cowboys have missed a lot at the position in recent years so Surtain should finally add some stability.
Round 1 - Pick 11
Penn State • 6'3" / 248 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Giants
PROSPECT RNK
7th
POSITION RNK
1st
Parsons would be a great solution to the problem Patrick Graham has on defense. Edge rusher remains a need but Parsons checks off another box for the front seven to become elite.
Round 1 - Pick 12
South Carolina • 6'1" / 200 lbs
Projected Team
Philadelphia
PROSPECT RNK
30th
POSITION RNK
4th
Philadelphia gets a physical cornerback to pair with Darius Slay. Horn gives the team a long-term option at the position.
Round 1 - Pick 13
USC • 6'5" / 308 lbs
Projected Team
L.A. Chargers
PROSPECT RNK
19th
POSITION RNK
4th
Vera-Tucker offers the versatility to play left tackle or slide inside to one of the interior positions. Los Angeles could use a Day One starter at left tackle and, although Vera-Tucker is better suited playing inside, he gives the Chargers a viable option on the edge.
Round 1 - Pick 14
Miami (FL) • 6'5" / 266 lbs
Projected Team
Minnesota
PROSPECT RNK
21st
POSITION RNK
2nd
Minnesota could go offensive line in the first round depending on how the board shakes out but it would likely be more inclined to take an edge rusher given how the board has shaken out.
  Mock Trade from New England Patriots
Round 1 - Pick 15
Alabama • 5'10" / 182 lbs
Projected Team
Detroit
PROSPECT RNK
8th
POSITION RNK
2nd
In an odd turn of fates, Matt Patricia's new and old team (the Patriots) trades up with his old team (the Lions). Detroit picks up the No. 46 overall and a 2022 fourth-round pick to make the exchange and still lands a vertical threat for Jared Goff.
Round 1 - Pick 16
Alabama • 6'5" / 310 lbs
Projected Team
Arizona
PROSPECT RNK
25th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Arizona adds Barmore to apply pressure to the opposing offensive line. The Cardinals went all in this offseason and that should lead to more wins in the fall.
Round 1 - Pick 17
Alabama • 6'0" / 170 lbs
Projected Team
Las Vegas
PROSPECT RNK
9th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Smith should not be on the board at this stage of the first round but some really good players are going to slide. Teams may overthink his lack of size but Smith creates separation as well as anyone.
Round 1 - Pick 18
Notre Dame • 6'2" / 221 lbs
Projected Team
Miami
PROSPECT RNK
17th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Miami might be enticed to add a running back with this pick but it makes more sense to target defense. A quality running back should still be on the board for the Dolphins atop the second round.
Round 1 - Pick 19
Virginia Tech • 6'5" / 315 lbs
Projected Team
Washington
PROSPECT RNK
13th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Washington addresses a big need on its roster in the form of Darrisaw, who will start at left tackle to replace Trent Williams.
Round 1 - Pick 20
Northwestern • 6'0" / 192 lbs
Projected Team
Chicago
PROSPECT RNK
32nd
POSITION RNK
1st
After losing Kyle Fuller, Chicago rebounds by taking an accountable cornerback from down the road. Newsome gives the Bears a formidable tandem at cornerback with Jaylon Johnson.
Round 1 - Pick 21
Georgia • 6'3" / 240 lbs
Projected Team
Indianapolis
PROSPECT RNK
18th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Indianapolis adds Ojulari to replace Justin Houston. The Colts have a few glaring weaknesses on the roster and edge rusher is one of them.
Round 1 - Pick 22
Oklahoma State • 6'6" / 320 lbs
Projected Team
Tennessee
PROSPECT RNK
23rd
POSITION RNK
5th
Tennessee might not want to take another bite at this apple after the Isaiah Wilson experience but the two could literally not be any different. Jenkins is worthy of being a first-round pick and loves the game of football.
Round 1 - Pick 23
Michigan • 6'3" / 265 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Jets
PROSPECT RNK
12th
POSITION RNK
1st
Edge rusher and cornerback are cornerstones to any defense. The Jets have already signed Carl Lawson but that does not remove them from the conversation for an edge rusher in the first round. Paye and Lawson would give them two really gifted players at the position.
Round 1 - Pick 24
Virginia Tech • 6'2" / 197 lbs
Projected Team
Pittsburgh
PROSPECT RNK
11th
POSITION RNK
1st
A medical situation leads to Farley's slide down the board and Pittsburgh pounces on the rare opportunity to add an elite talent later in the first round.
Round 1 - Pick 25
TCU • 6'2" / 202 lbs
Projected Team
Jacksonville
PROSPECT RNK
16th
POSITION RNK
1st
Jacksonville has addressed the secondary heavily this offseason and that continues with Moehrig. Urban Meyer values depth on the backend.
Round 1 - Pick 26
Washington • 6'5" / 259 lbs
Projected Team
Cleveland
PROSPECT RNK
72nd
POSITION RNK
4th
Tryon is a personal favorite of mine because I think he offers a high floor and a high ceiling. Tryon is a high-motor talent with a skill set to be a consistent producer.
Round 1 - Pick 27
Miami (FL) • 6'6" / 266 lbs
Projected Team
Baltimore
PROSPECT RNK
49th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Rousseau is a lengthy pass rusher that gives Baltimore an option in the absence of Matt Judon and Yannick Ngakoue. He is a high-upside selection and the Ravens have done as well as any team developing pass-rush talents.
Round 1 - Pick 28
Ole Miss • 5'10" / 178 lbs
Projected Team
New Orleans
PROSPECT RNK
41st
POSITION RNK
8th
New Orleans brings in an explosive wide receiver capable of making significant contributions after the catch for Jameis Winston and/or Taysom Hill.
Round 1 - Pick 29
Kentucky • 6'4" / 234 lbs
Projected Team
Green Bay
PROSPECT RNK
51st
POSITION RNK
6th
Davis is an athletic linebacker that shows great acceleration and makes a big impact when he arrives to the ball. His best attribute is his ability to drop into coverage and pick up tight ends and running backs.
Round 1 - Pick 30
Penn State • 6'5" / 251 lbs
Projected Team
Buffalo
PROSPECT RNK
33rd
POSITION RNK
1st
Buffalo adds length and depth to the edge-rusher room. The Bills may not have two long-term answers right now but they have an assortment of options to find those two players to lean on in the future with the addition of Oweh.
Round 1 - Pick 31
Tulsa • 6'4" / 260 lbs
Projected Team
Kansas City
PROSPECT RNK
29th
POSITION RNK
5th
Kansas City picks up a linebacker that can fly across the field and make big hits. Between Willie Gay and Collins, the Chiefs have some really talented linebackers to develop.
Round 1 - Pick 32
Florida State • 5'10" / 180 lbs
Projected Team
Tampa Bay
PROSPECT RNK
26th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Tampa Bay adds a cornerback to compete and provide depth if nothing else. The Buccaneers have few holes and are in a position to take best player available.