Truthfully, there is a lot to play out over the coming year -- from player development to team needs to the actual NFL regular season -- but the hope is that this mock draft serves as an introduction to several of college football's best players.
The draft order below was determined using SportsLine's Super Bowl odds in reverse order. Any rumors of me hating your team are likely true, but now you cannot prove it.
Let's kick this off!
Round 1 - Pick 1
Sam Howell QB
North Carolina • 6'1" / 220 lbs
It seems like the Deshaun Watson era is coming to an end in Houston one way or another. If you believe that Houston is not going to take a quarterback No. 1 overall because they took a quarterback in the third round this year (Davis Mills), then this is probably not the pick for you.
Round 1 - Pick 2
Oregon • 6'4" / 254 lbs
Detroit has multiple first-round picks and it capitalizes on a premier player falling to them yet again, after Penei Sewell did so a few weeks back. Kayvon Thibodeaux is a clean upper-tier rusher, and that's more than what could be said of any edge rusher in the most recent class.
Round 1 - Pick 3
LSU • 6'1" / 195 lbs
General manager Joe Douglas knocked it out the park in the 2021 NFL Draft. It might have hastened the Jets rebuild a bit, but there is still significant work to be done. By adding a top-notch cornerback, the gap in talent between New York and other AFC teams is bridged a little more.
Round 1 - Pick 4
Zion Nelson OL
Miami (FL) • Jr • 6'5" / 316 lbs
Zion Nelson is already a really good prospect, and I think the sky is the limit for him. His movement skills and physical profile are top of the line.
Round 1 - Pick 5
Nick Broeker OL
Ole Miss • Sr • 6'5" / 315 lbs
Cincinnati fans are very stubborn about Jonah Williams being the future at left tackle and that is fine. I liked Williams a lot as a prospect, but move either Nick Broeker or Williams to right tackle and the franchise is set for awhile.
Round 1 - Pick 6
Purdue • 6'4" / 275 lbs
Brandon Graham and Derek Barnett are both scheduled to hit free agency so the window is open for a youthful infusion on Philadelphia's defensive front.
Round 1 - Pick 7
Texas A&M • 6'4" / 290 lbs
Dave Gettleman takes a big man to ensure the defensive line remains a strength. DeMarvin Leal is somewhat of a tweener, but his potential is immense.
Round 1 - Pick 8
Ohio State • 6'0" / 192 lbs
I love Garrett Wilson. He has a natural ability to get open. There is still a lot of uncertainty in Las Vegas' wide receiver room as they wait for players to develop.
Round 1 - Pick 9
Texas A&M • 6'5" / 255 lbs
One would assume the upcoming season is offensive coordinator Joe Brady's last in Carolina, as he's drawn head coaching interest. In his absence, the team adds another weapon to the offense, progressing the narrative that they will empower Sam Darnold to succeed.
Round 1 - Pick 10
Kenyon Green OL
Texas A&M • 6'4" / 323 lbs
The Brandon Scherff saga continues to unfold in Washington after he was franchise tagged in consecutive years. The addition of Kenyon Green either enhances that offensive line or serves as a replacement for Scherff.
From Chicago Bears
Round 1 - Pick 11
Noah Daniels CB
TCU • Sr • 6'0" / 194 lbs
With its second first-round pick, New York adds a cornerback. I just do not envision James Bradberry or Adoree' Jackson being a long-term solution at cornerback, so the implementation of Noah Daniels either gives them great depth for a year or allows them to shed some salary cap space.
Round 1 - Pick 13
Oklahoma • Jr • 6'1" / 210 lbs
I am not totally sold on Spencer Rattler, but it would be foolish to forge a headstrong opinion on any 2022 draft prospect right now. Pittsburgh should be in the market for a quarterback and Rattler could be in the mix.
Round 1 - Pick 14
USC • 6'4" / 273 lbs
Minnesota upgraded its offensive line but neglected the edge rusher position. The selection of Drake Jackson turns a question mark into a strength alongside a hopefully healthy Danielle Hunter.
Round 1 - Pick 15
Clemson • 6'0" / 194 lbs
Arizona adds some youth at cornerback to compete with Byron Murphy. The Cardinals have a young roster but it is time for them to make their move now.
Round 1 - Pick 16
Chris Olave WR
Ohio State • 6'1" / 188 lbs
Tennessee signed Josh Reynolds in the offseason to replace Corey Davis but that may not be the end of the Titans' pursuit to build depth at the position.
Round 1 - Pick 18
Georgia • 6'3" / 200 lbs
New England added bodies to the wide receiver position, but I still have serious doubts about how they addressed that unit. There is a good chance that the Patriots are fishing in the wide receiver waters in 2022 and George Pickens should be one of the best available.
Round 1 - Pick 20
DJ Dale DL
Alabama • Sr • 6'3" / 300 lbs
The makeover continues for Dallas' defense as D.J. Dale is brought in to be the heart of the front seven. The Cowboys would be compiling some solid talent on that side of the ball after adding Micah Parsons and Kelvin Joseph with their first two picks in 2021.
Round 1 - Pick 22
Kedon Slovis QB
USC • Sr • 6'3" / 205 lbs
Most would assume that New Orleans will be in the market for a quarterback after its salary cap situation stabilizes. I still have questions about Kedon Slovis but I think he has a shot to rise into the first round.
Round 1 - Pick 23
Mississippi State • 6'5" / 311 lbs
I doubt that Eric Fisher is a long-term option for Indianapolis, seeing as he is 31 years old and signed just a one-year contract. Charles Cross could step in and be the answer.
Round 1 - Pick 24
Malik Willis QB
Liberty • 6'1" / 219 lbs
Barring an Aaron Rodgers trade, which could be the expectation that led to Denver picking this late in the first round, there is a good chance that the Broncos will be in the market for a quarterback next offseason.
Round 1 - Pick 25
Alabama • 6'1" / 226 lbs
Green Bay went cornerback in the first round this year and did not address its need at linebacker. Christian Harris could be the guy next year.
Round 1 - Pick 26
South Carolina • 6'4" / 258 lbs
Jadeveon Clowney and Takk McKinley are on one-year deals so Cleveland could be desperately searching for pass rush help next offseason opposite Myles Garrett.
Round 1 - Pick 29
Ohio State • 6'2" / 300 lbs
Calais Campbell is a free agent next offseason and the AFC North franchise could be in the market for defensive line help.
Round 1 - Pick 30
Cincinnati • 6'3" / 200 lbs
Ahmad Gardner looks like a potential early-round cornerback based on his technical skills. Does he have the speed to back it up though?
Round 1 - Pick 31
Tyler Davis DT
Clemson • Sr • 6'2" / 300 lbs
Tyler Davis shows flashes of being a very good interior defender. He is one of several prospects who could put it all together in 2021.
Round 1 - Pick 32
Sevyn Banks CB
Ohio State • Sr • 6'2" / 209 lbs
Sevyn Banks has the talent to become the next Ohio State cornerback taken in the first round, but there is work to be done.