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For the first time in awhile, the top of the 2022 NFL Draft order faced a re-organization. That allowed some new scenarios throughout the round. Some teams address quarterback needs while others lay out their strategy with multiple first-round picks. Minnesota is a team facing big decisions this offseason. We explore those topics and much more in today's thought exercise. 

The 2022 NFL Draft order was determined with the updated strength of schedule and win-loss records, via Tankathon.com.

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NFL Mock Draft
Round 1
Round 1 - Pick 1
Oregon • 6'5" / 258 lbs
Projected Team
Jacksonville
PROSPECT RNK
2nd
POSITION RNK
1st
There is a new team in possession of the No. 1 overall pick, but the player remains the same. Thibodeaux offers the most upside as a pass rusher, and a new regime is not going to let the presence of K'Lavon Chaisson steer them away from a player they regard as the top prospect.
Round 1 - Pick 2
Michigan • 6'6" / 265 lbs
Projected Team
Detroit
PROSPECT RNK
7th
POSITION RNK
3rd
When Detroit had the No. 1 overall pick, there was an argument that Hutchinson is more in line with the type of player Dan Campbell covets. There is a lot of local love for the Wolverine. Paired with Romeo Okwara, the Lions would have a heavy-handed pass rush duo.
Round 1 - Pick 3
NC State • 6'4" / 320 lbs
Projected Team
Houston
PROSPECT RNK
12th
POSITION RNK
1st
Houston could go in any number of directions with this selection. In this scenario, the Texans bolster the offensive line for an incoming quarterback. Ekwonu is a road grader who has improved in pass protection.
Round 1 - Pick 4
LSU • 6'1" / 190 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Jets
PROSPECT RNK
3rd
POSITION RNK
1st
Cornerback is a premier position and New York has done a good job of adding solid, young depth. But the Jets need a lockdown player to elevate that room. Stingley is a prospect who has been on the radar of NFL teams since his freshman season.
Round 1 - Pick 5
Iowa • 6'3" / 290 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Giants
PROSPECT RNK
5th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Andrew Thomas has improved, and I think it is too early to rule out Matt Peart being a contributor for this team, so it targets the interior offensive line because we know it is a position of need. Linderbaum, at No. 5 overall, would be the highest a center has been taken in the modern era. As a talent, he is absolutely worth that investment.
Round 1 - Pick 6
Purdue • 6'4" / 275 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Giants
PROSPECT RNK
6th
POSITION RNK
2nd
I am a believer in Karlaftis. I actually have him ranked higher than Aidan Hutchinson right now. The gap between those two players is not as substantial as some in the media are led to believe. New York upgrades its pass rush in the top ten.
Round 1 - Pick 7
Alabama • 6'7" / 350 lbs
Projected Team
Carolina
PROSPECT RNK
4th
POSITION RNK
1st
Carolina got excited about the possibility of Penei Sewell falling to them last year, but the Lions ended that dream prematurely. The team needs to improve its quarterback situation, but that player is facing a difficult path to success without the offensive line improving.
Round 1 - Pick 8
Mississippi State • 6'5" / 310 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Jets
PROSPECT RNK
29th
POSITION RNK
5th
General manager Joe Douglas values the offensive line, so that has led several to associate the draft's top-eligible offensive line prospects with New York. The Jets have added Mekhi Becton and Alijah Vera-Tucker but, as a whole, can continue building out that unit. Cross would come in and start at right tackle.
Round 1 - Pick 9
Pittsburgh • 6'3" / 220 lbs
Projected Team
Atlanta
PROSPECT RNK
15th
POSITION RNK
2nd
I believe I used the same argument last week but Arthur Smith has worked with Ryan Tannehill and now Matt Ryan, so I could see the appeal of picking Pickett with the idea of developing him for a year. Realistically, Ryan's contract is too difficult to terminate in 2022.
Round 1 - Pick 10
Texas A&M • 6'4" / 325 lbs
Projected Team
Washington
PROSPECT RNK
13th
POSITION RNK
3rd
I have faith in Green as an interior offensive line prospect. Washington has Brandon Scherff playing on the franchise tag, but that is not going to continue. The team either has to make a substantial long-term investment in him or face the idea of replacing him in the offseason.
Round 1 - Pick 11
Notre Dame • 6'4" / 219 lbs
Projected Team
Philadelphia
PROSPECT RNK
1st
POSITION RNK
1st
Hamilton has an argument as the draft's best available player. He can man up in coverage or play downhill and make plays in passing lanes. His role might be more important in Philadelphia's zone scheme than a cornerback.
Round 1 - Pick 12
Cincinnati • 6'3" / 200 lbs
Projected Team
Philadelphia
PROSPECT RNK
17th
POSITION RNK
3rd
With that being said....the Eagles add a potential island defender opposite Darius Slay. Gardner can be the future beyond Slay when the time comes. My only question with taking a cornerback this early is that it is an honor typically bestowed upon lockdown man coverage cornerbacks. Philadelphia is not necessarily asking him to be that in its zone scheme.
Round 1 - Pick 13
Utah • 6'3" / 232 lbs
Projected Team
Denver
PROSPECT RNK
20th
POSITION RNK
1st
From Utah to Colorado, Lloyd takes his game to the mountains. A player who I have compared to Fred Warner dating back to the summer, the linebacker has improved in coverage, but his endearing trait is his ability to get off blocks and play sideline to sideline.
Round 1 - Pick 14
Alabama • 6'2" / 189 lbs
Projected Team
New Orleans
PROSPECT RNK
24th
POSITION RNK
6th
I expect New Orleans to be in the market for a veteran quarterback, but Seattle and Green Bay are unlikely to send their incumbent starters to an NFC foe. Sean Payton might have to earmark this selection for a quarterback. Wide receiver is also a concern, especially considering the uncertain future of Michael Thomas. Williams helps quell some of those issues.
Round 1 - Pick 15
Ohio State • 6'0" / 192 lbs
Projected Team
Cleveland
PROSPECT RNK
8th
POSITION RNK
1st
Wide receiver is an issue for Cleveland, as its players have been unable to create separation in the secondary. Wilson has been a selfless player in Columbus, and the Browns ask that of their receivers. He shows great body control.
Round 1 - Pick 16
Ohio State • 6'1" / 188 lbs
Projected Team
Las Vegas
PROSPECT RNK
16th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Throw out the assumptions of what Las Vegas is going to do based on its history with Jon Gruden. It is all speculation. The Raiders have traditionally been drawn to players with speed from traditional college football powers. In this case, they follow a similar path by selecting Olave to replace some of their lost production.
Round 1 - Pick 17
Ole Miss • 6'2" / 205 lbs
Projected Team
Pittsburgh
PROSPECT RNK
10th
POSITION RNK
1st
The music is playing and there are more teams in the market for a quarterback than there are chairs. By selecting Corral, Pittsburgh ensures that it sits in a chair before the music stops.
Round 1 - Pick 18
Northern Iowa • 6'7" / 329 lbs
Projected Team
Baltimore
PROSPECT RNK
38th
POSITION RNK
8th
Offensive tackle has been a big issue for Baltimore. After trading Orlando Brown Jr., Ronnie Stanley went down with an injury. Some of those issues will resolve themselves but Penning takes care of the rest.
Round 1 - Pick 19
Liberty • 6'1" / 225 lbs
Projected Team
Minnesota
PROSPECT RNK
30th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Minnesota is facing a decision this offseason: follow the course or start over. One week, the mock draft might call for the Vikings to do the former, and the next it might be the latter. This week, they start over with a new quarterback and, presumably, a new head coach.
Round 1 - Pick 20
Washington • 5'11" / 195 lbs
Projected Team
Buffalo
PROSPECT RNK
50th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Buffalo's defense has been a rollercoaster in recent years, but it is back on top of the hill. By selecting McDuffie, the Bills do their part to stay there.
Round 1 - Pick 21
Georgia • 6'0" / 225 lbs
Projected Team
Miami
PROSPECT RNK
27th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Dean is just a physical, rangy linebacker. He is willing to do the dirty work, but he will find himself in position to make the impact plays as well. Brian Flores gets his Dont'a Hightower in Coral Gables.
Round 1 - Pick 22
Georgia • 6'6" / 340 lbs
Projected Team
L.A. Chargers
PROSPECT RNK
POSITION RNK
Los Angeles supplements its run defense with the selection of Davis. There is zero downside to adding a player who is going to occupy blocks and free Joey Bosa for pass rush opportunities.
Round 1 - Pick 23
USC • 6'4" / 273 lbs
Projected Team
Philadelphia
PROSPECT RNK
35th
POSITION RNK
4th
To this point, Philadelphia has added safety Kyle Hamilton and cornerback Ahmad Gardner. The secondary should be rounded out with those two players. With the third and likely final first-round selection, the Eagles take Drake Jackson to add another body for the present but also for the future. Derek Barnett is a free agent and Brandon Graham is not going to be around forever.
Round 1 - Pick 24
Georgia • 6'5" / 275 lbs
Projected Team
Detroit
PROSPECT RNK
16th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Detroit took Aidan Hutchinson earlier and now it adds Walker to the same defensive line. The presence of Romeo Okwara, Hutchinson and Walker allows that unit to be versatile and explosive up front. The goal is create roster strengths and in this case make life difficult on the opposing quarterback.
Round 1 - Pick 25
Auburn • 6'0" / 190 lbs
Projected Team
Cincinnati
PROSPECT RNK
33rd
POSITION RNK
5th
There is nothing flashy about Cincinnati. It is a team, city and program built on grit and perseverance. McCreary is not flashy, either. He is going to come in and do his job.
Round 1 - Pick 26
USC • 6'5" / 210 lbs
Projected Team
Tennessee
PROSPECT RNK
23rd
POSITION RNK
5th
My weekly positioning of late is that Julio Jones has not worked out in Tennessee and the team needs an exit plan. The selection of London allows the Titans to add talent at the position while shedding some cap liability.
Round 1 - Pick 27
Kentucky • 6'5" / 345 lbs
Projected Team
Arizona
PROSPECT RNK
41st
POSITION RNK
1st
Arizona has faded a bit in recent weeks, including last week's loss to Detroit. The Cardinals have looked downright dominant at times this season, but the playoffs are all about hitting your stride at the right time. Kinnard is a bruiser in the run game and would contribute to that dominant effort moving forward.
Round 1 - Pick 28
Georgia • 6'0" / 190 lbs
Projected Team
Tampa Bay
PROSPECT RNK
14th
POSITION RNK
1st
Cornerback has been an issue for Tampa Bay, but no longer. Keep the current players and take Kendrick or get rid of one, it does not matter. There is no substitute for quality depth at that position. The Buccaneers have been a testament to that this season.
Round 1 - Pick 29
Florida • 6'2" / 193 lbs
Projected Team
New England
PROSPECT RNK
23rd
POSITION RNK
5th
Depth and versatility have been imperative to New England's success in the secondary. The Patriots need to continue adding bodies to that unit and Elam is one that can play physical.
Round 1 - Pick 30
Penn State • 5'11" / 182 lbs
Projected Team
Dallas
PROSPECT RNK
18th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Dallas could move on from Michael Gallup and/or Amari Cooper this offseason. It sounds crazy to predict a wide receiver to the Cowboys in their current state, but the presence of Dotson gives them options and flexibility from a salary cap perspective.
Round 1 - Pick 31
Arkansas • 6'3" / 225 lbs
Projected Team
Kansas City
PROSPECT RNK
42nd
POSITION RNK
8th
Burks is a versatile player who can play in the slot or line up in the boundary dependent upon the situation. Kansas City has been looking for a compliment to the terrifying duo of Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill. Do not be surprised if the Chiefs take a tight end at some point on Day 2. There is a lot of talent at that position expected to be available on Day 2, and it is an important role in the offense. Nevada's Cole Turner would be fun.
Round 1 - Pick 32
Michigan • 6'5" / 250 lbs
Projected Team
Green Bay
PROSPECT RNK
60th
POSITION RNK
6th
Ojabo is in contention for the best ability to bend around the edge. He can dip and rip around the corner like few others in this class, and that often leads to pass rush production in the NFL. He might be a raw player, but NFL teams will be happy to catch the elevator on its way up.