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NFL 2022 Mock Draft: Saints focus on upgrading offense, Falcons use top-10 pick on secondary

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Michigan

• Sr

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• 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Penn State

• Sr

• 6’3″

/ 256 lbs

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Houston

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 275 lbs

The Cardinals like big, versatile defensive linemen, and Hall fits that profile perfectly.


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