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There is no consensus top edge-rusher in the 2022 NFL Draft. Some teams will love Aidan Hutchinson. Others will be enamored with the perceived potential of Kayvon Thibodeaux. Don't be surprised if we get a late riser like Purdue's George Karlaftis, Michigan's David Ojabo, Penn State's Arnold Ebiketie, or San Diego State's Cameron Thomas either. 

In this mock, Thibodeaux sinks slightly because he's not super polished. He won around the corner at Oregon mostly due to his supreme physical gifts and length.  

If he falls to the Falcons at No. 8, let's see how that impacts the rest of the first round. 

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NFL Mock Draft
Round 1
Round 1 - Pick 1
Alabama • 6'7" / 350 lbs
Projected Team
Jacksonville
PROSPECT RNK
6th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Neal may not be the clear-cut "best" prospect in this class, but he has mammoth size, insane athleticism, and the Jaguars have to protect Trevor Lawrence a lot better in 2022 than they did in his rookie season.
Round 1 - Pick 2
Michigan • 6'7" / 260 lbs
Projected Team
Detroit
PROSPECT RNK
4th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Hutchinson feels like a Dan Campbell selection, and he's got all the tools to be a All-Pro type on the edge.
Round 1 - Pick 3
Notre Dame • 6'4" / 219 lbs
Projected Team
Houston
PROSPECT RNK
1st
POSITION RNK
1st
Nick Caserio was in New England during the prime of the Devin McCourty era, and Hamilton can provide a similar caliber impact on Houston's defense.
Round 1 - Pick 4
Mississippi State • 6'5" / 311 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Jets
PROSPECT RNK
13th
POSITION RNK
4th
Cross is a smooth operator with effortless movement skills and anchor. The Jets have to get better in the trenches.
Round 1 - Pick 5
Liberty • 6'1" / 225 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Giants
PROSPECT RNK
17th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Willis has the most magnificent traits in this draft class, and the Giants could keep him on the sideline for at least half a season with Daniel Jones still under contract.
Round 1 - Pick 6
Pittsburgh • 6'3" / 220 lbs
Projected Team
Carolina
PROSPECT RNK
15th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Pickett has ties to Matt Rhule, and we know how much Rhule loves former recruits and players. The Panthers have to fix their quarterback spot.
Round 1 - Pick 7
NC State • 6'4" / 320 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Giants
PROSPECT RNK
10th
POSITION RNK
1st
Ekwonu is a nasty but balanced blocker who will start at right tackle for the Giants.
Round 1 - Pick 8
Oregon • 6'5" / 258 lbs
Projected Team
Atlanta
PROSPECT RNK
3rd
POSITION RNK
1st
Thibodeaux to the Falcons would be a tremendous get for Atlanta at No. 8 overall. The Falcons need more edge-rushing help -- a lot of it -- and Thibodeaux has rare attributes at his size.
Round 1 - Pick 9
Purdue • 6'4" / 275 lbs
Projected Team
Denver
PROSPECT RNK
9th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Karlaftis is an NFL-ready, three-down defensive end who can help keep the Broncos pass rush afloat.
Round 1 - Pick 10
LSU • 6'1" / 190 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Jets
PROSPECT RNK
2nd
POSITION RNK
1st
Stingley falls a bit, and the Jets are elated to land him. He has All-Pro traits at the outside cornerback spot.
Round 1 - Pick 11
Ole Miss • 6'2" / 205 lbs
Projected Team
Washington
PROSPECT RNK
15th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Corral needs polish, but the quick release and athleticism make him an worthwhile quarterback choice here for the Washington Football Team.
Round 1 - Pick 12
Ohio State • 6'0" / 192 lbs
Projected Team
Minnesota
PROSPECT RNK
7th
POSITION RNK
1st
Wilson is a bouncy speedster who'd be an instant star in an offense with Justin Jefferson.
Round 1 - Pick 13
Arkansas • 6'3" / 225 lbs
Projected Team
Cleveland
PROSPECT RNK
21st
POSITION RNK
4th
Burks is a horse in the open field due to his size and chiseled frame, rebounds it well down the field, and isn't a stiff route runner.
Round 1 - Pick 14
Cincinnati • 6'3" / 200 lbs
Projected Team
Baltimore
PROSPECT RNK
25th
POSITION RNK
4th
Gardner is the smooth, no-nonsense cornerback the Ravens will love to add to their man-heavy defense.
Round 1 - Pick 15
Georgia • 6'0" / 225 lbs
Projected Team
Philadelphia
PROSPECT RNK
11th
POSITION RNK
1st
Dean is a missile at linebacker and diagnoses run plays in an instant. The Eagles have to get more athletic at linebacker.
Round 1 - Pick 16
Iowa • 6'3" / 290 lbs
Projected Team
Philadelphia
PROSPECT RNK
5th
POSITION RNK
1st
Linderbaum is impeccable in the run and screen game, and with more weight to his frame can be tremendous in pass protection, too.
Round 1 - Pick 17
Michigan • 6'5" / 250 lbs
Projected Team
L.A. Chargers
PROSPECT RNK
35th
POSITION RNK
5th
Ojabo is a raw rusher with high upside because of his explosive and bendiness around the corner. He'd be a perfect running mate alongside Joey Bosa in Los Angeles.
Round 1 - Pick 18
Ohio State • 6'1" / 188 lbs
Projected Team
New Orleans
PROSPECT RNK
19th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Olave gets open frequently and is dynamite when he has to track the ball down the field. The Saints have to prioritize their receiver group this offseason.
Round 1 - Pick 19
Penn State • 6'3" / 256 lbs
Projected Team
Philadelphia
PROSPECT RNK
39th
POSITION RNK
4th
Ebiketie is an explosive, bendy rusher who got better each season at Penn State. The Eagles have to address the outside of their pass rusher with youth.
Round 1 - Pick 20
Texas A&M • 6'4" / 325 lbs
Projected Team
Pittsburgh
PROSPECT RNK
48th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Green is a mauler at guard. Regardless of what the Steelers do at quarterback for the 2022 season, they have to get better in the trenches.
Round 1 - Pick 21
USC • 6'4" / 213 lbs
Projected Team
New England
PROSPECT RNK
27th
POSITION RNK
6th
London would give the Patriots more size at receiver, and the USC star can get open despite being around 6-foot-5. He's a high-point monster, too.
Round 1 - Pick 22
Florida • 6'2" / 193 lbs
Projected Team
Las Vegas
PROSPECT RNK
19th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Elam is a long, ultra-physical cornerback with good fluidity for a defensive back his size. The Raiders have to get stronger in their secondary.
Round 1 - Pick 23
Alabama • 6'1" / 179 lbs
Projected Team
Arizona
PROSPECT RNK
8th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Williams' torn ACL sinks him outside the top 20, but the Cardinals can't pass on him given the state of their receiver group heading into the 2022 season.
Round 1 - Pick 24
Georgia • 6'3" / 304 lbs
Projected Team
Dallas
PROSPECT RNK
102nd
POSITION RNK
12th
Wyatt has a lightning-quick first step, and the Cowboys have to get sturdier on the interior of their defensive line.
Round 1 - Pick 25
Central Michigan • 6'7" / 305 lbs
Projected Team
Cincinnati
PROSPECT RNK
30th
POSITION RNK
5th
Rainmann is bound to rise up boards after the Senior Bowl, when teams will get an up-close look at just how long and athletic he is on the edge.
Round 1 - Pick 26
Kentucky • 6'5" / 345 lbs
Projected Team
Miami
PROSPECT RNK
23rd
POSITION RNK
1st
Kinnard is a wide, high-energy blocker who'd help the Dolphins get more physical up front.
Round 1 - Pick 27
Auburn • 6'0" / 190 lbs
Projected Team
Buffalo
PROSPECT RNK
29th
POSITION RNK
5th
McCreary was always around the football in the SEC with 29 pass breakups in his final three seasons at Auburn.
Round 1 - Pick 28
Purdue • 6'2" / 210 lbs
Projected Team
Detroit
PROSPECT RNK
38th
POSITION RNK
7th
Bell was a steady, high-producing presence on the outside over the past three years for the Boilermakers.
Round 1 - Pick 29
Clemson • 6'0" / 194 lbs
Projected Team
Kansas City
PROSPECT RNK
20th
POSITION RNK
3rd
The Chiefs are happy to end Booth's fall to provide their secondary with a twitchy ball hawk on the outside.
Round 1 - Pick 30
Houston • 6'6" / 283 lbs
Projected Team
Tampa Bay
PROSPECT RNK
32nd
POSITION RNK
2nd
Hall is the long, versatile defensive lineman the Buccaneers love in the trenches. And Tampa Bay has to add more youth to that unit.
Round 1 - Pick 31
Washington • Jr • 6'7" / 310 lbs
Projected Team
Tennessee
PROSPECT RNK
36th
POSITION RNK
7th
Kirkland is one of the more underrated blockers in this class, and the Titans need to fortify their group up front.
Round 1 - Pick 32
Colorado State • 6'3" / 249 lbs
Projected Team
Green Bay
PROSPECT RNK
54th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Surprise! McBride is an athletic, pass-catching monster at the tight end position who'd be a welcomed addition in Green Bay, regardless of who the team's quarterback is next year.