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In the NFL South, there's a Saints team trying to find itself offensively, Tom Brady and the Buccaneers, a Falcons squad that's rebuilding but not really, and a Panthers club running in circles trying to locate its quarterback -- quite the fascinating quartet of rival teams. 

In this mock draft, the Falcons get a premier talent at corner while New Orleans finds a dynamic receiver for whoever's throwing passes in Sean Payton's offense in 2022. The Panthers go wideout too, and Tampa Bay adds even more beef to its defensive line. 

Keep reading to see how the entire first round unfolds.

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One other thing, and this is important: now that we're past the midway point of the season, we're using the 2022 NFL Draft order (via tankathon, with results prior to Monday's game) to determine selections 1-32 below.

NFL Mock Draft
Round 1
Round 1 - Pick 1
Michigan • Sr • 6'6" / 265 lbs
Projected Team
Detroit
PROSPECT RNK
7th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Hutchinson feels like a No. 1 overall pick, and he seems like a perfect fit on Dan Campbell's Detroit Lions. This feels more likely each day.
Round 1 - Pick 2
Alabama • Jr • 6'7" / 350 lbs
Projected Team
Jacksonville
PROSPECT RNK
4th
POSITION RNK
1st
If Urban Meyer keeps his job, he'll probably go with Neal, who'll get the "safe" label because of his size and college pedigree. And they have to do everything to protect Trevor Lawrence.
Round 1 - Pick 3
Ole Miss • Jr • 6'2" / 205 lbs
Projected Team
Houston
PROSPECT RNK
10th
POSITION RNK
1st
I will not be shocked if Kenny Pickett is ultimately the first quarterback off the board, but we can't forget about Corral. He's a highly talented, productive SEC passer.
Round 1 - Pick 4
Oregon • Soph • 6'5" / 258 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Jets
PROSPECT RNK
2nd
POSITION RNK
1st
Jets run this pick to the podium. Thibodeaux has All-Pro upside because of his length and athleticism.
Round 1 - Pick 5
Notre Dame • Jr • 6'4" / 219 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Jets
PROSPECT RNK
1st
POSITION RNK
1st
Hamilton is special prospect at a position the Jets desperately need to address. He'll provide Robert Saleh with a variety of coverage options.
Round 1 - Pick 6
Pittsburgh • Sr • 6'3" / 220 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Giants
PROSPECT RNK
12th
POSITION RNK
1st
The Giants start over at quarterback with Pickett, who's bound to fly up boards during the pre-draft process after a monster senior year at Pittsburgh.
Round 1 - Pick 7
NC State • Soph • 6'4" / 320 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Giants
PROSPECT RNK
15th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Ekwonu is a masher who can play tackle because of his athleticism or move to guard because of his power.
Round 1 - Pick 8
LSU • Jr • 6'1" / 195 lbs
Projected Team
Atlanta
PROSPECT RNK
3rd
POSITION RNK
1st
The Falcons would be thrilled for this scenario to unfold. They'd love to pair A.J. Terrell with someone as gifted as Stingley at corner.
Round 1 - Pick 9
Ohio State • Jr • 6'0" / 192 lbs
Projected Team
Carolina
PROSPECT RNK
8th
POSITION RNK
1st
The Panthers are going to address quarterback this offseason. Doing so on the veteran market wouldn't surprise me. If that's the case, they should get him a premier weapon in the draft.
Round 1 - Pick 10
Clemson • Jr • 6'0" / 200 lbs
Projected Team
Minnesota
PROSPECT RNK
11th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Booth has the ball-hawking skill to be the second cornerback off the board, and the Vikings need to address the position early.
Round 1 - Pick 11
Alabama • Jr • 6'2" / 189 lbs
Projected Team
New Orleans
PROSPECT RNK
24th
POSITION RNK
6th
Regardless of who the quarterback is, the Saints have to improve their receiver group, and Williams is flying up boards after a breakout season at Alabama. He wins at all levels of the field.
Round 1 - Pick 12
Georgia • Jr • 6'0" / 225 lbs
Projected Team
Philadelphia
PROSPECT RNK
27th
POSITION RNK
3rd
The Eagles finally pick a linebacker in the first round. Dean is a missile with years of productivity at the second level in the SEC.
Round 1 - Pick 13
Iowa • Jr • 6'3" / 290 lbs
Projected Team
Philadelphia
PROSPECT RNK
5th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Going from Jason Kelce to Linderbaum is essentially the Peyton Manning to Andrew Luck progression for centers.
Round 1 - Pick 14
Purdue • Jr • 6'4" / 275 lbs
Projected Team
Denver
PROSPECT RNK
60th
POSITION RNK
6th
Karlaftis fills a glaring need opposite Bradley Chubb in the Broncos defense. He has legitimate three-down defensive end traits.
Round 1 - Pick 15
Cincinnati • Jr • 6'2" / 188 lbs
Projected Team
Las Vegas
PROSPECT RNK
17th
POSITION RNK
3rd
The Raiders have to get stingier at the cornerback spot, and Gardner is the most in-your-face perimeter corner in this class.
Round 1 - Pick 16
Ohio State • Sr • 6'1" / 188 lbs
Projected Team
Cleveland
PROSPECT RNK
16th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Olave's experience, route-running skill and track-the-ball-in-the-air brilliance will make him a steadying force in Cleveland's pass game.
Round 1 - Pick 17
Michigan • Jr • 6'5" / 250 lbs
Projected Team
Philadelphia
PROSPECT RNK
92nd
POSITION RNK
6th
Ojabo is a little raw but has double-digit sack upside because of his relative newness to the game of football, athleticism and high motor.
Round 1 - Pick 18
Northern Iowa • Jr • 6'7" / 321 lbs
Projected Team
Pittsburgh
PROSPECT RNK
38th
POSITION RNK
8th
Let's assume Aaron Rodgers lands in Pittsburgh this offseason. Giving him better blocking will be vital. Penning is big, nasty, and powerful at tackle.
Round 1 - Pick 19
Texas A&M • Jr • 6'4" / 325 lbs
Projected Team
Miami
PROSPECT RNK
13th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Green feels like one of the safer blockers in this class because of his natural power that will help him deal with the immense strength of NFL defensive linemen early in his career.
Round 1 - Pick 20
Arkansas • Jr • 6'3" / 225 lbs
Projected Team
Washington
PROSPECT RNK
22nd
POSITION RNK
4th
How about a big-body target for... Taylor Heinicke? Yeah, let's see the Football Team do it.
Round 1 - Pick 21
UCLA • Jr • 6'5" / 320 lbs
Projected Team
Buffalo
PROSPECT RNK
32nd
POSITION RNK
2nd
Rhyan has excelled at tackle this season at UCLA but feels like someone with an NFL future at guard. He's nimble and strong.
Round 1 - Pick 22
Florida • Jr • 6'2" / 196 lbs
Projected Team
Cincinnati
PROSPECT RNK
26th
POSITION RNK
4th
Elam is a long, physical cornerback who'd bring some youth to the secondary for the Bengals.
Round 1 - Pick 23
Penn State • Sr • 6'3" / 256 lbs
Projected Team
L.A. Chargers
PROSPECT RNK
92nd
POSITION RNK
6th
You wait -- Ebeketie is going to ascend boards over the next few months. He's a chiseled, twitched up rusher who's gotten better each season at Penn State.
Round 1 - Pick 24
Liberty • Jr • 6'1" / 195 lbs
Projected Team
Detroit
PROSPECT RNK
30th
POSITION RNK
3rd
This is one of my favorite pairings in Round 1. Give Willis a genuine redshirt season and let him take over the starting gig in 2023.
Round 1 - Pick 25
Michigan • Jr • 6'0" / 192 lbs
Projected Team
Dallas
PROSPECT RNK
25th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Hill is a defensive coordinator's dream. He's comfortable in the slot and can play any role at safety.
Round 1 - Pick 26
Penn State • Sr • 5'11" / 184 lbs
Projected Team
Kansas City
PROSPECT RNK
18th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Dotson does have some Mecole Hardman characteristics, but he's more reliable catching the ball in traffic.
Round 1 - Pick 27
Central Michigan • Jr • 6'7" / 305 lbs
Projected Team
Baltimore
PROSPECT RNK
37th
POSITION RNK
7th
The athletic, high-upside blocker from Central Michigan would be a welcomed addition to Baltimore's offensive front.
Round 1 - Pick 28
Georgia • Sr • 6'3" / 315 lbs
Projected Team
Tampa Bay
PROSPECT RNK
POSITION RNK
The "other" interior disruptor from Georgia, Wyatt provides more pass-rushing capabilities than Jordan Davis.
Round 1 - Pick 29
Colorado State • Jr • 6'4" / 260 lbs
Projected Team
Tennessee
PROSPECT RNK
POSITION RNK
This is the highest you'll see McBride mocked, but I love his suddenness at tight end. He'd slide into the Titans offense seamlessly.
Round 1 - Pick 30
USC • Jr • 6'5" / 210 lbs
Projected Team
Green Bay
PROSPECT RNK
23rd
POSITION RNK
5th
There are definitely Jordy Nelson vibes to London, a supremely talented rebounder of the football down the field with deceptive athleticism.
Round 1 - Pick 31
Georgia • Soph • 6'6" / 330 lbs
Projected Team
New England
PROSPECT RNK
18th
POSITION RNK
3rd
The Patriots want to assert their will on opposing offensive lines and Davis can certainly do that.
Round 1 - Pick 32
Houston • Jr • 6'6" / 275 lbs
The Cardinals like big, versatile defensive linemen, and Hall fits that profile perfectly.