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The Panthers have to get their quarterback situation right. Sam Darnold isn't it. The Cam Newton reunion was nice, but at his age, he's of course not the long-term answer. Malik Willis can be that guy. 

The usual suspects at quarterback land inside the top half of this first round, and I snuck an under-the-radar passer into this mock to a team that has to address the position in the offseason. 

One other thing, and this is important: we're using the 2022 NFL Draft order (via tankathon) to determine selections 1-32 below.

NFL Mock Draft
Round 1
Round 1 - Pick 1
Alabama • Jr • 6'7" / 350 lbs
Projected Team
Jacksonville
PROSPECT RNK
6th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Neal is the best offensive tackle with the highest upside in this class given his size and athleticism. The Jaguars have to build their offensive front.
Round 1 - Pick 2
Michigan • Sr • 6'6" / 265 lbs
Projected Team
Detroit
PROSPECT RNK
4th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Hutchinson feels like a Dan Campbell type. He's big, physical, with good pass-rush moves. He'll be welcomed locally coming from Michigan.
Round 1 - Pick 3
Oregon • Soph • 6'5" / 258 lbs
Projected Team
Houston
PROSPECT RNK
3rd
POSITION RNK
1st
Davis Mills was plenty good enough as a rookie to keep the Texans from going quarterback here. They need another rusher on defense opposite Jonathan Greenard.
Round 1 - Pick 4
Mississippi State • Soph • 6'5" / 310 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Jets
PROSPECT RNK
13th
POSITION RNK
4th
Given that he's super young and has ultra-smooth athleticism, Cross has major upside and the Jets need to shore up their blocking unit in front of Zach Wilson.
Round 1 - Pick 5
Pittsburgh • Sr • 6'3" / 220 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Giants
PROSPECT RNK
15th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Crazy, early right? Not really. Whoever the next coach is for the Giants will want his pick at quarterback, and he'd get the pick of litter in this scenario. Pickett erupted in his final season at Pittsburgh and is from New Jersey.
Round 1 - Pick 6
Liberty • Jr • 6'1" / 195 lbs
Projected Team
Carolina
PROSPECT RNK
17th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Sam Darnold is not the guy, Panthers. Willis has a rocket arm and insane athleticism but just needs time to fine-tune his decision-making skills.
Round 1 - Pick 7
NC State • Soph • 6'4" / 320 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Giants
PROSPECT RNK
10th
POSITION RNK
1st
Quarterback with the first pick, franchise right tackle with the second selection, and suddenly things are starting to look up for the Giants offensively.
Round 1 - Pick 8
LSU • Jr • 6'1" / 195 lbs
Projected Team
Atlanta
PROSPECT RNK
2nd
POSITION RNK
1st
Give me A.J. Terrell and Derek Stingley in the same secondary. The Falcons go defense instead of receiver here.
Round 1 - Pick 9
Georgia • Jr • 6'0" / 225 lbs
Projected Team
Denver
PROSPECT RNK
11th
POSITION RNK
1st
The Broncos have to address linebacker, regardless of who the next coach is. Dean is a cerebral lightning bolt on the field.
Round 1 - Pick 10
Notre Dame • Jr • 6'4" / 219 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Jets
PROSPECT RNK
1st
POSITION RNK
1st
The Jets get a magnificent playmaker in Hamilton at No. 10 overall. Awesome news for Robert Saleh.
Round 1 - Pick 11
Ole Miss • Jr • 6'2" / 205 lbs
Projected Team
Washington
PROSPECT RNK
14th
POSITION RNK
1st
This selection would make for a fun quarterback competition between Corral and Taylor Heinicke in training camp. They have similar skill sets.
Round 1 - Pick 12
Ohio State • Jr • 6'0" / 192 lbs
Projected Team
Minnesota
PROSPECT RNK
7th
POSITION RNK
1st
Wilson will provide Justin Jefferson a running mate on the perimeter in Minnesota.
Round 1 - Pick 13
Ohio State • Sr • 6'1" / 188 lbs
Projected Team
Cleveland
PROSPECT RNK
19th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Olave is a polished receiver who'd help get the most out of Baker Mayfield.
Round 1 - Pick 14
Cincinnati • Jr • 6'2" / 188 lbs
Projected Team
Baltimore
PROSPECT RNK
16th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Gardner is a nasty in-your-face cornerback who'll immediately man the outside cornerback role in Baltimore's blitz-happy, man-coverage scheme.
Round 1 - Pick 15
Iowa • Jr • 6'3" / 290 lbs
Projected Team
Philadelphia
PROSPECT RNK
5th
POSITION RNK
1st
Going from Jason Kelce to Linderbaum would be the natural progression at center for the Eagles.
Round 1 - Pick 16
Clemson • Jr • 6'0" / 200 lbs
Projected Team
Philadelphia
PROSPECT RNK
7th
POSITION RNK
1st
Booth is lightning quick and has tremendous ball skills. Nice combination for a cornerback.
Round 1 - Pick 17
Michigan • Jr • 6'5" / 250 lbs
Projected Team
L.A. Chargers
PROSPECT RNK
35th
POSITION RNK
5th
Ojabo is raw, but man, his wins are of the All-Pro variety already because of his bend and burst.
Round 1 - Pick 18
Arkansas • Jr • 6'3" / 225 lbs
Projected Team
New Orleans
PROSPECT RNK
21st
POSITION RNK
4th
Burks is a bully on the perimeter with high-end YAC abilities because he's not stiff and is a load to bring to the turf.
Round 1 - Pick 19
Purdue • Jr • 6'4" / 275 lbs
Projected Team
Philadelphia
PROSPECT RNK
9th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Karlaftis is a grown man up front with a complete skill set. He'll replace Derek Barnett in Philadelphia.
Round 1 - Pick 20
Cincinnati • Sr • 6'4" / 215 lbs
Projected Team
Pittsburgh
PROSPECT RNK
104th
POSITION RNK
6th
Ridder is a super-experienced, successful quarterback from a smaller school with good improvisational ability and good arm talent. Sound like anybody the Steelers have had at quarterback?
Round 1 - Pick 21
Florida • Jr • 6'2" / 196 lbs
Projected Team
New England
PROSPECT RNK
16th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Elam is a long press man specialist, perfect for Bill Belichick's defense.
Round 1 - Pick 22
Central Michigan • Jr • 6'7" / 305 lbs
Projected Team
Miami
PROSPECT RNK
19th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Rainmann is a former tight end who had high-quality film at Central Michigan and has legit NFL offensive tackle length and size.
Round 1 - Pick 23
Washington • Soph • 5'11" / 195 lbs
Projected Team
Las Vegas
PROSPECT RNK
48th
POSITION RNK
3rd
McDuffie is a versatile chess piece who can man multiple positions in the Raiders defense that still needs work.
Round 1 - Pick 24
USC • Jr • 6'5" / 210 lbs
Projected Team
Arizona
PROSPECT RNK
21st
POSITION RNK
4th
London is a silky smooth big man who stars when the ball is thrown a few feet above his head.
Round 1 - Pick 25
Texas A&M • Jr • 6'4" / 325 lbs
Projected Team
Cincinnati
PROSPECT RNK
12th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Green can play any spot up front and does so with balanced power. Good idea for the Joe Burrow-led Bengals.
Round 1 - Pick 26
Auburn • Sr • 6'0" / 190 lbs
Projected Team
Buffalo
PROSPECT RNK
29th
POSITION RNK
5th
McCreary gets it done with awesome technique and stellar football IQ. The Bills could use more reinforcement in their secondary.
Round 1 - Pick 27
Utah • Jr • 6'3" / 235 lbs
Projected Team
Detroit
PROSPECT RNK
18th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Lloyd is a rocket on the field and would bring a fast, physical presence to the Lions defense.
Round 1 - Pick 28
Purdue • Jr • 6'2" / 205 lbs
Projected Team
Dallas
PROSPECT RNK
38th
POSITION RNK
7th
Bell accumulated nearly 3,000 yards and 21 touchdowns in the past three seasons at Purdue. He's not an athletic marvel but does everything well. This would be a Michael Gallup replacement.
Round 1 - Pick 29
San Diego State • Jr • 6'5" / 270 lbs
Projected Team
Kansas City
PROSPECT RNK
71st
POSITION RNK
8th
Thomas produced more as his career progressed at San Diego State. He's the long, high-motor edge rusher Kansas City needs.
Round 1 - Pick 30
Michigan • Jr • 6'0" / 192 lbs
Projected Team
Tampa Bay
PROSPECT RNK
28th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Hill was a monster recruit for the Wolverines and played up to the expectations as a safety-slot cornerback hybrid with serious quicks and ball skills.
Round 1 - Pick 31
Northern Iowa • Jr • 6'7" / 321 lbs
Projected Team
Tennessee
PROSPECT RNK
43rd
POSITION RNK
8th
Penning is a tall, well-built, athletic blocker ready to rise boards after the Senior Bowl. The Titans have to work on the offensive front this offseason.
Round 1 - Pick 32
Houston • Jr • 6'6" / 275 lbs
Projected Team
Green Bay
PROSPECT RNK
32nd
POSITION RNK
2nd
The Packers love long, oversized, multi-faceted defensive linemen and that's precisely what Hall is.