This quarterback class hasn't gotten off to a rousing start, but I still think that come draft time, teams will be giddy to pick prospects at the most valuable position on the field. And what does make the 2022 draft class of quarterbacks genuinely fascinating is that there's no clear-cut No. 1. There's going to be serious debate between Spencer Rattler, Sam Howell, Carson Strong, and Malik Willis.
Check below to see where they land in this mock draft.
The draft order below was determined using SportsLine's Super Bowl odds through Week 2 but in reverse order.
Round 1 - Pick 1
Oregon • Soph • 6'5" / 258 lbs
I have a feeling Robert Saleh will lean defense if the Jets had the first overall pick. Thibodeaux has All-Pro upside.
Round 1 - Pick 2
Notre Dame • Soph • 6'4" / 220 lbs
The Jaguars need a game-changing safety in the worst way. Hamilton has the natural talent to go this high.
Round 1 - Pick 4
Oklahoma • Jr • 6'1" / 215 lbs
The Lions are in a perfect position to draft a somewhat raw but gifted passer with Jared Goff as the entrenched starter.
Round 1 - Pick 5
Kenyon Green OL
Texas A&M • Soph • 6'4" / 323 lbs
No one will blame the Bengals for going offensive line this early to protect Joe Burrow and pave lanes for Joe Mixon.
Round 1 - Pick 6
Nevada • 6'4" / 215 lbs
The Falcons are in prime position to draft Matt Ryan's replacement and get an NFL-ready passer in Strong at No. 5 overall.
Round 1 - Pick 7
LSU • Soph • 6'0" / 190 lbs
If Dave Gettleman survives another season, he'll be enamored with the immense length and freaky athletic gifts of Stingley.
Round 1 - Pick 8
Michigan • Soph • 6'6" / 265 lbs
The Eagles have to add youth to the outside of their pass rush, and Hutchinson has an advanced pass-rushing repertoire.
From Chicago Bears
Round 1 - Pick 9
USC • Soph • 6'4" / 273 lbs
More outside talent on the Giants defensive line with Jackson. He has the size and fluidity to be a top 10 pick.
Round 1 - Pick 10
Malik Willis QB
Liberty • Soph • 6'1" / 219 lbs
Willis is not a finished product yet. But the athleticism and arm talent make him a smart selection here for Washington.
Round 1 - Pick 11
Sam Howell QB
North Carolina • Soph • 6'1" / 220 lbs
Now is the time for the Vikings to take Kirk Cousins' successor. Howell didn't have the start to the season he hoped for but has started cooking as of late.
From Miami Dolphins
Round 1 - Pick 12
Northwestern • 6'0" / 202 lbs
The Eagles look to the future at the safety position, a spot rich in history for the Philly franchise.
Round 1 - Pick 13
Texas A&M • Soph • 6'4" / 290 lbs
The Raiders could use more juice on the interior of their defensive line, and Leal brings it with burst, power and outstanding hand work.
Round 1 - Pick 14
Ohio State • Soph • 6'0" / 192 lbs
The way it's trending, it feels unlikely Carson Wentz will play 75% of the snaps in Indianapolis this season. Therefore, the Colts keep their first-round pick. And they get a much-needed weapon for their offense.
Round 1 - Pick 15
Sean Rhyan OL
UCLA • Soph • 6'5" / 320 lbs
The Panthers have to address the left tackle position to continue the Matt Rhule rebuild. Rhyan is a guard recruit who's transformed into an agile and powerful tackle.
Round 1 - Pick 16
Kaiir Elam CB
Florida • Soph • 6'1" / 191 lbs
The Steelers defense is high-end, but the youth of the cornerback room needs to be addressed. Elam is a large, man-coverage specialist who'd fit perfectly in Pittsburgh.
Round 1 - Pick 17
Arkansas • Soph • 6'2" / 225 lbs
How about a big-body weapon for Justin Herbert? Burks can be a rebounder and a moose after the catch.
Round 1 - Pick 18
Alabama • Soph • 6'1" / 226 lbs
Bill Belichick will feel much more comfortable with a linebacker from Alabama than a receiver in Round 1, and Harris flies all over the field.
Round 1 - Pick 19
Iowa • Soph • 6'2" / 305 lbs
Tennessee's starting center Ben Jones is set to hit free agency in 2022, and Linderbaum would be the natural replacement in the Titans run-heavy offense.
Round 1 - Pick 20
Drake London WR
USC • Soph • 6'4" / 213 lbs
London has the body type you want in a large receiver today. He's not overly heavy, which allows him to glide across the field. And he's sensational after the catch because of how hard he is to bring down.
Round 1 - Pick 21
Purdue • Soph • 6'4" / 263 lbs
Karlaftis is a specimen with serious power and an advanced arsenal of pass-rush moves.
Round 1 - Pick 22
Ohio State • 6'6" / 272 lbs
Micah Parsons might become a quality edge rusher, but the Cowboys have to address that position with someone who actually played the spot in college. Harrisons is ready for the NFL coming from Ohio State.
Round 1 - Pick 23
Cincinnati • Soph • 6'3" / 200 lbs
Gardner is the classic in-your-face cornerback with good twitch and an ultra-physical style that'll be welcomed in Arizona.
From Seattle Seahawks
Round 1 - Pick 24
Washington • Soph • 5'11" / 193 lbs
The Jets secondary needs a serious playmaker outside of Marcus Maye. McDuffie has the athleticism and instincts to boost the play of the cornerback group.
Round 1 - Pick 25
Chris Olave WR
Ohio State • Soph • 6'0" / 187 lbs
Olave may not have a crazy-high ceiling. The floor is high, though. And his route-running mastery will allow him to transition smoothly to the NFL.
Round 1 - Pick 26
Penn State • Soph • 6'6" / 325 lbs
The Packers have a thing for drafting blockers with NFL-caliber strength so they aren't overpowered early. Walker would meet Green Bay's requirement.
Round 1 - Pick 27
Texas A&M • Fr • 6'5" / 265 lbs
The Ravens go back to the tight end well to add another talented pass-catcher to the group led by Mark Andrews.
From San Francisco 49ers
Round 1 - Pick 28
Washington • 6'7" / 328 lbs
Kirkland is a nimble pass-protection specialist with a massive frame.
From Los Angeles Rams
Round 1 - Pick 29
South Carolina • Soph • 6'4" / 258 lbs
The Lions go quarterback and edge rusher to maximize positional value in the first round. Enagbare has first-round abilities around the corner and plays with a relentless motor.
Round 1 - Pick 30
Clemson • Soph • 6'0" / 194 lbs
Booth's ball skills are elite, and in Buffalo's zone-based defense, he can be a takeaway machine.
Round 1 - Pick 31
Arkansas • Jr • 5'10" / 201 lbs
How about an small but explosive, rangy, hard-hitting safety to add to the Buccaneers defense?
Round 1 - Pick 32
Cincinnati • Soph • 6'5" / 255 lbs
The Chiefs desperately need more edge-rushing help, and Sanders has all the tools to be a double-digit sack guy in the NFL.
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