Doing mock drafts well before even NFL free agency begins is difficult because team needs have yet to change.
This mock draft was written assuming two major developments occurring -- the Seahawks trade Russell Wilson to the Giants, and the Packers trade Aaron Rodgers to the Broncos.
For now, keep reading to see how the entire first round unfolds after these seismic trades, in this case, hypothetically go down.
One other thing, and this is important: now that we're past the midway point of the season, we're using the 2022 NFL Draft order (via tankathon) to determine selections 1-32 below.
Round 1 - Pick 1
Michigan • Soph • 6'6" / 265 lbs
Hutchinson will probably be the consensus top prospect in this class, and the new Jaguars coach shouldn't let the presence of Josh Allen and K'Lavon Chaisson stop the team from picking the Michigan superstar.
Round 1 - Pick 2
Oregon • Soph • 6'5" / 258 lbs
Thibodeaux has Hall of Fame upside, he just has to get better with his hands and add weight.
Round 1 - Pick 3
LSU • Soph • 6'0" / 190 lbs
The Texans should ride out the 2022 season with Davis Mills at quarterback and build the rest of the roster. Stingley has All-Pro talent at corner.
Mock Trade from New York Giants
Round 1 - Pick 5
Malik Willis QB
Liberty • Soph • 6'1" / 219 lbs
The Seahawks use a pick received in the Russell Wilson trade to land Willis, the most naturally talented quarterback in this class.
Round 1 - Pick 6
Notre Dame • Soph • 6'4" / 220 lbs
Hamilton is the size of a sleek tight end, moves like a cornerback, and hits like a safety.
Round 1 - Pick 7
Pittsburgh • Soph • 6'3" / 220 lbs
Pickett was once a Temple recruit during the Matt Rhule era, and no current coach loves acquiring "his guys" more than the Panthers coach.
From Chicago Bears
Round 1 - Pick 8
Mississippi State • Soph • 6'5" / 311 lbs
Cross has the smoothest athletic traits of any offensive tackle in this class, and the Giants need more reinforcement up front.
Round 1 - Pick 9
Matt Corral QB
Ole Miss • Soph • 6'2" / 205 lbs
Corral plays a little bit erratic but that style has decreased during his time at Ole Miss, and he's made better decisions more consistently. The Football Team adds serious competition for Taylor Heinicke.
Round 1 - Pick 10
Ikem Ekwonu OT
NC State • Soph • 6'4" / 320 lbs
Ekwonu is a compact, mobile tackle with some guard traits. Atlanta's offensive line has been a problem for years.
Mock Trade from Denver Broncos
Round 1 - Pick 11
Iowa • Soph • 6'2" / 305 lbs
Linderbaum would help the Packers already sturdy offensive front. He's the best center prospect we've seen in a long time.
Round 1 - Pick 12
Clemson • Soph • 6'0" / 194 lbs
Booth has light feet and tremendous ball skills. He'd be a big-time playmaker in Mike Zimmer's defense.
Round 1 - Pick 13
Alabama • Soph • 6'2" / 189 lbs
The Saints have to rebuild their receiver group, and Williams has the twitch, catch radius, and speed to be a No. 1 wideout in the NFL.
Round 1 - Pick 14
Arkansas • Soph • 6'2" / 225 lbs
Burks is a truck and he moves like a souped-up sedan. The Browns have to get more dynamic at receiver.
Round 1 - Pick 15
Purdue • Soph • 6'4" / 263 lbs
Karlaftis is closer to the top edge rushers than many think. He has an NFL body, good athletic traits, and knows how to use his hands around the corner.
Round 1 - Pick 16
David Ojabo LB
Michigan • Soph • 6'4" / 255 lbs
Ojabo isn't a finished product but has serious bending ability when turning the corner.
Round 1 - Pick 17
Ohio State • Soph • 6'0" / 192 lbs
Wilson's film is an absolute blast because of his athleticism and speed downfield. The Raiders could use another weapon for Derek Carr.
Round 1 - Pick 18
Cincinnati • Soph • 6'3" / 200 lbs
Gardner is the perfect ultra-physical man-to-man cornerback for the Ravens defense.
From Miami Dolphins
Round 1 - Pick 19
Nakobe Dean LB
Georgia • Soph • 5'11" / 231 lbs
Dean is going to be atop the linebacker group for many teams in this draft class. He flies to the football and is deft in coverage.
Round 1 - Pick 20
Kaiir Elam CB
Florida • Soph • 6'1" / 191 lbs
Elam is a physical, press man cornerback with the length to disrupt passes down the field and good athletic traits to stay in phase with slippery receivers.
From San Francisco 49ers
Round 1 - Pick 21
Central Michigan • Soph • 6'6" / 303 lbs
Rainmann is going to ascend boards during the pre-draft process because of his athletic prowess, length, and upside. He's a former tight end relatively new to playing the position. The Dolphins have to continue to invest in their blocking group.
Round 1 - Pick 22
Devin Lloyd LB
Utah • Soph • 6'3" / 235 lbs
Lloyd is a missile on the football field with long arms. He's the type of authoritative linebacker Bill Belichick loves.
From Indianapolis Colts
Round 1 - Pick 23
Penn State • Soph • 6'3" / 256 lbs
Ebeketie is the latest rocked-up, athletic specimen on the edge from Penn State. The Eagles have to bring more youth to their defensive line.
Round 1 - Pick 24
Kenyon Green OL
Texas A&M • Soph • 6'4" / 323 lbs
Green is a multidimensional blocker with years of productivity in the SEC. He'll be a welcomed addition to the group tasked to protect Kyler Murray.
Round 1 - Pick 25
Washington • Soph • 5'11" / 193 lbs
McDuffie is a savvy and athletic zone cornerback who can play in the slot or safety in a pinch.
Round 1 - Pick 26
Northern Iowa • Soph • 6'7" / 325 lbs
Penning is a tall, athletic small-school blocker who's going to rise during the pre-draft process.
Round 1 - Pick 27
Logan Hall DL
Houston • Soph • 6'6" / 283 lbs
Hall is the exact type of large, versatile defensive linemen the Buccaneers love to deploy up front.
From Los Angeles Rams
Round 1 - Pick 28
Drake London WR
USC • Soph • 6'4" / 213 lbs
The Lions have gotten quality contributions from Amon-Ra St. Brown over the past month, but this is a team that needs a true No. 1. London can be that type.
Round 1 - Pick 29
Washington • 6'7" / 328 lbs
The Titans need to solidify the outside of their offensive line, and Kirkland is a high upside blocker because of his pass protection abilities.
Round 1 - Pick 30
Chris Olave WR
Ohio State • Soph • 6'0" / 187 lbs
Because of his experience and production on the perimeter, Olave would be an instant-impact replacement for Michael Gallup.
Round 1 - Pick 31
Auburn • Soph • 5'11" / 190 lbs
McCreary has years of awesome man-coverage experience in the SEC. The Chiefs could use more reinforcements in their secondary.
Round 1 - Pick 32
David Bell WR
Purdue • Soph • 6'1" / 212 lbs
If Bell tests decently, he could sneak into the first round. He's been one of the most productive receivers in college football over the past three seasons.