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The 2022 NFL Draft order is becoming more and more clear. The teams picking early can be predicted with a reasonable amount of confidence. The prospects that warrant consideration with those early picks are also evident. In today's thought exercise, we explore what the Chiefs need to get back on track and more. 

We're using Tankathon.com to determine the 2022 NFL Draft first-round order prior to Thursday's games. 

Without further ado, let's kick this off! 

Ryan Wilson, Chris Trapasso and I do a weekly draft show on YouTube and you can watch this week's episode here.

NFL Mock Draft
Round 1
Round 1 - Pick 1
Oregon • Soph • 6'5" / 258 lbs
Projected Team
Detroit
PROSPECT RNK
2nd
POSITION RNK
1st
Detroit adds an Oregon star for the second consecutive year. Romeo Okwara and Thibodeaux is an exciting pairing in the Motor City.
Round 1 - Pick 2
LSU • Jr • 6'1" / 195 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Jets
PROSPECT RNK
3rd
POSITION RNK
1st
The Jets use the first of two first-round picks on LSU cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. New York has upgraded the offensive line and can now turn attention to other premier positions.
Round 1 - Pick 3
Alabama • Jr • 6'7" / 350 lbs
Projected Team
Jacksonville
PROSPECT RNK
4th
POSITION RNK
1st
Cam Robinson is scheduled to hit free agency. Even if he returns, Evan Neal and Robinson each has the flexibility to play guard.
Round 1 - Pick 4
Purdue • Jr • 6'4" / 275 lbs
Projected Team
Houston
PROSPECT RNK
6th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Houston goes back to the Big Ten for an edge rusher. There is a lot for the Texans to sort out within the next six months and their draft outlook will look a lot different.
Round 1 - Pick 5
Michigan • Sr • 6'6" / 265 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Giants
PROSPECT RNK
7th
POSITION RNK
3rd
New York is testing out Azeez Ojulari and Quincy Roche this season but there are still concerns about the pass rush moving forward. Aidan Hutchinson would alleviate those concerns.
Round 1 - Pick 6
NC State • Soph • 6'4" / 320 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Jets
PROSPECT RNK
12th
POSITION RNK
1st
Ikem Ekwonu is a polished run blocker that continues to improve in pass protection. New York selects their third first-round offensive lineman in as many years.
Round 1 - Pick 7
Texas A&M • Jr • 6'4" / 325 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Giants
PROSPECT RNK
13th
POSITION RNK
3rd
If Dave Gettleman is still around, he is almost certain to draft an interior offensive lineman in the first round. He is committed to Daniel Jones working and the offensive line has been part of his downfall.
Round 1 - Pick 8
Notre Dame • Jr • 6'4" / 219 lbs
Projected Team
Philadelphia
PROSPECT RNK
1st
POSITION RNK
1st
Kyle Hamilton will thrive in Philadelphia's zone scheme playing downhill and making plays in coverage or in the box.
Round 1 - Pick 9
Ole Miss • Jr • 6'2" / 205 lbs
Projected Team
Atlanta
PROSPECT RNK
10th
POSITION RNK
1st
Atlanta adds a franchise quarterback to eventually replace Matt Ryan. Ryan's presence allows for a natural transition of power when Corral is ready. The Falcons are already equipped with Kyle Pitts and Calvin Ridley.
Round 1 - Pick 10
Liberty • Jr • 6'1" / 195 lbs
Projected Team
Washington
PROSPECT RNK
30th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Willis has room for growth as a passer. In an ideal world, he would sit for a year and learn the position but Washington may not have any other option.
Round 1 - Pick 11
Clemson • Jr • 6'0" / 200 lbs
Projected Team
Philadelphia
PROSPECT RNK
11th
POSITION RNK
2nd
I am lacking creativity at this point because I tend to always give the Eagles Kyle Hamilton and Booth. Both thrive in heavy zone concepts and that could be exciting to watch them develop with Darius Slay.
Round 1 - Pick 12
Mississippi State • Soph • 6'5" / 310 lbs
Projected Team
Carolina
PROSPECT RNK
29th
POSITION RNK
5th
Carolina is obviously going to make a change at quarterback this offseason so this pick may be earmarked for a quarterback or to be used in a trade for a veteran. In the meantime, they also need to upgrade the protection.
Round 1 - Pick 13
Pittsburgh • Sr • 6'3" / 220 lbs
Projected Team
Denver
PROSPECT RNK
15th
POSITION RNK
2nd
There are going to be teams in the market for Aaron Rodgers and, presumably, Deshaun Watson. Denver is expected to be one of those teams. Kenny Pickett is a big, strong-armed quarterback with enough mobility to survive in the NFL.
Round 1 - Pick 14
Texas A&M • Jr • 6'4" / 290 lbs
Projected Team
Miami
PROSPECT RNK
24th
POSITION RNK
6th
Miami has been a disappointment this season. They could be a team in transition this offseason. Leal is a cornerstone piece capable of playing on the edge or condense inside.
Round 1 - Pick 15
Ohio State • Jr • 6'0" / 192 lbs
Projected Team
Las Vegas
PROSPECT RNK
8th
POSITION RNK
1st
Wilson is a dynamic wide receiver and the first at his position off the board. Las Vegas needs help at the position following the tragic Henry Ruggs situation.
Round 1 - Pick 16
Kentucky • Sr • 6'5" / 345 lbs
Projected Team
Philadelphia
PROSPECT RNK
41st
POSITION RNK
1st
After using two picks on defense, Philadelphia starts adding some offensive foundational pieces in the event that they move forward with Jalen Hurts, which it appears they will.
Round 1 - Pick 17
Iowa • Jr • 6'3" / 290 lbs
Projected Team
Cleveland
PROSPECT RNK
5th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Cleveland has invested a lot of money into the offensive guards and tackles. Center is one position where they could save towards the salary cap and upgrade. J.C. Tretter has been solid this year but Linderbaum would thrive in a wide zone scheme.
Round 1 - Pick 18
Northern Iowa • Jr • 6'7" / 321 lbs
Projected Team
Pittsburgh
PROSPECT RNK
38th
POSITION RNK
8th
Pittsburgh invested in the running back position before the offensive line. They have had elite linemen like David DeCastro, Maurkice Pouncey and Alejandro Villaneuva in the past. It would benefit them to get back to that point.
Round 1 - Pick 19
Alabama • Jr • 6'2" / 189 lbs
Projected Team
New Orleans
PROSPECT RNK
24th
POSITION RNK
6th
Williams is a really fluid wide receiver that can bridge the gap from Michael Thomas to the future. New Orleans has to find a long-term option at quarterback next.
Round 1 - Pick 20
USC • Jr • 6'4" / 250 lbs
Projected Team
Minnesota
PROSPECT RNK
35th
POSITION RNK
4th
The Everson Griffen situation is heartbreaking but it only magnified Minnesota's immediate need at edge rusher. Drake Jackson is the best prospect at the position on the board.
Round 1 - Pick 21
Cincinnati • Jr • 6'2" / 188 lbs
Projected Team
Buffalo
PROSPECT RNK
17th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Buffalo adds Gardner to pair with Tre'Davious White. The Bills defense has improved this season but the addition of Gardner leads to one less vulnerability.
Round 1 - Pick 22
Georgia • Soph • 6'6" / 330 lbs
Projected Team
L.A. Chargers
PROSPECT RNK
POSITION RNK
Los Angeles has consistently been gashed on the ground this season. Jordan Davis can not only take up space in the middle but apply pressure in pass rushing situations.
Round 1 - Pick 23
Washington • Soph • 5'11" / 195 lbs
Projected Team
Cincinnati
PROSPECT RNK
50th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Cincinnati upgrades its secondary with the selection of McDuffie. The Bengals have made strides this season but they need to keep adding blue chip players.
Round 1 - Pick 24
Ohio State • Sr • 6'1" / 188 lbs
Projected Team
Detroit
PROSPECT RNK
16th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Detroit simply needs to upgrade the talent at wide receiver and Olave is the best option to pair with Amon-Ra St. Brown. He is a polished route runner with sure hands.
Round 1 - Pick 25
Arkansas • Jr • 6'3" / 225 lbs
Projected Team
Kansas City
PROSPECT RNK
22nd
POSITION RNK
4th
The idea of tossing Burks into an offense with Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce is tantalizing. Kansas City has explored adding another wide receiver and even signed Josh Gordon but that experiment has not played out well.
Round 1 - Pick 26
Georgia • Jr • 6'0" / 225 lbs
Projected Team
New England
PROSPECT RNK
27th
POSITION RNK
3rd
New England has leaned into its identity as a physical team that is just going to blow up zone blocking schemes. Dean is a missile that will eliminate the pullers from the equation.
Round 1 - Pick 27
Utah • Jr • 6'3" / 235 lbs
Projected Team
Dallas
PROSPECT RNK
20th
POSITION RNK
1st
Micah Parsons should remain at edge rusher long-term, which means the team needs help at linebacker again. Devin Lloyd is a player that reminds me a bit of Fred Warner in the way that he is able to get off blocks.
Round 1 - Pick 28
Florida • Jr • 6'2" / 196 lbs
Projected Team
Tampa Bay
PROSPECT RNK
26th
POSITION RNK
4th
Spin the wheel of positions and choose one for Tampa Bay. In this thought exercise, they take the Gator from Gainesville.
Round 1 - Pick 29
Ohio State • Jr • 6'5" / 315 lbs
Projected Team
Baltimore
PROSPECT RNK
45th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Petit-Frere has all of the physical attributes to be successful but there is a lot to clean up in his game. Baltimore has done a good job with its offensive line over the years.
Round 1 - Pick 30
USC • Jr • 6'5" / 210 lbs
Projected Team
Green Bay
PROSPECT RNK
23rd
POSITION RNK
5th
Green Bay does not take wide receivers in the first round but they may have to depending on how things play out with impending free agent Davante Adams.
Round 1 - Pick 31
Auburn • Sr • 6'0" / 190 lbs
Projected Team
Tennessee
PROSPECT RNK
33rd
POSITION RNK
5th
Tennessee's defensive line has allowed that unit to play much better but they still need help at cornerback. Roger McCreary is a senior that just improves each week.
Round 1 - Pick 32
Georgia • Sr • 6'0" / 190 lbs
Projected Team
Arizona
PROSPECT RNK
14th
POSITION RNK
1st
From a pure talent perspective, Kendrick is one of the best cornerback prospects in the draft. He has some red flags but Arizona has gone all in on its title hopes this year so it is reasonable to think that strategy might continue.