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The order of this 2022 NFL Mock Draft is based on my NFL Power Rankings
, adjusting for playoff seeding in the 21-32 range. First-round picks from the 2021 NFL Mock Draft
has been factored into the picks.
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Detroit Lions: Kayvon Thibodeaux, DE/OLB, Oregon
2021 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 5/12): Justyn Ross, WR
The Lions have Trey Flowers, but beyond him, there aren't any dynamic threats to rush the quarterback on the defense. There are some blue-chip pass rushers projected to be in the 2022 NFL Draft, so the Lions could obtain one of them.
Kayvon Thibodeaux had an amazing freshman campaign, terrorizing Pac-12 backfields with his great pass-rushing ability.
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Washington Redskins: Sam Howell, QB, North Carolina
2021 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 5/12): Penei Sewell, OT
If the Redskins have the second pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, chances are Dwayne Haskins had an awful 2021 campaign. If so, the Redskins could be looking for a long-term replacement.
Sam Howell threw for 38 touchdowns in 2019, which was a Division I-A record for a freshman. He doesn't have ideal size (6-1, 225), but there's no doubting his throwing ability.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Evan Neal, OT, Alabama
2021 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 5/12): Trevor Lawrence, QB; Walker Little, OT
The Jaguars have a terrible offensive line, so they'll need to find several talents up front to protect Trevor Lawrence, whom I have them selecting in my 2021 NFL Mock Draft.
Evan Neal is a 360-pound tackle who can move very well, which almost seems impossible.
Carolina Panthers: Derek Stingley, CB, LSU
2021 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 5/12): Justin Fields, QB
The Panthers lost James Bradberry to free agency. They'll need to find a replacement in the near future.
Derek Stingley had a freshman campaign for the ages, completely erasing one side of the field despite having no experience entering the year. He has great size (6-1, 190) and projects as a top-five prospect whenever he declares.
Cincinnati Bengals: Nolan Smith, DE, Georgia
2021 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 5/12): Jalen Mayfield, OT
The Bengals added to their offense in the past two drafts, so they could stand to add to their pass rush in order to defeat Lamar Jackson.
Nolan Smith was the top recruit in his class. He's a tremendous athlete and looks to be a dynamic edge threat at the next level.
Cleveland Browns: George Pickens, WR, Georgia
2021 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 5/12): Joe Tryon, DE
There's a chance the Browns could move on from both of their receivers in the near future, as they seem to be very disgruntled.
George Pickens had an amazing freshman season. He has nice size (6-3, 190), tremendous athleticism and a wide catch radius.
New York Giants: Zach Harrison, DE, Ohio State
2021 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 5/12): Shaun Wade, CB
The Giants have major problems in their secondary, but part of the reason why their pass defense stinks is because they don't have a strong edge rush.
Zach Harrison has great size (6-6, 255) and was productive as a freshman at Ohio State.
Arizona Cardinals: Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State
2021 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 5/12): Israel Mukuamu, CB
Given the state of Arizona's offensive line, it wouldn't be shocking if the front office spent multiple picks on linemen in the next few years.
Charles Cross has great feet as a former five-star recruit.
New York Jets: Owen Pappoe, LB, Auburn
2021 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 5/12): Patrick Surtain II, CB
If C.J. Mosley has another injury-plagued season, the Jets may think about moving on from him and finding a new linebacker.
Owen Pappoe is a freak athlete who saw significant time in Auburn's defense as a freshman.
Indianapolis Colts: Kedon Slovis, QB, USC
2021 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 5/12): Josh Jobe, CB
The Colts will be looking for a franchise quarterback in the near future. They signed Philip Rivers, but they need someone for the long term.
Kedon Slovis showed tremendous potential as a freshman at USC, completing 72 percent of his passes on an 8.9 YPA figure.
Los Angeles Chargers: Christian Harris, LB, Alabama
2021 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 5/12): Sam Cosmi, OT
The Chargers don't have many defensive weaknesses, but they could stand to bolster the middle of their stop unit.
Considered the star player of Alabama's recruiting class, Christian Harris saw time as a freshman because of Dylan Moses' torn ACL, and he was exceptional.
Miami Dolphins: Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State
2021 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 5/12): Gregory Rousseau, DE; Alex Leatherwood, OT/G
Will DeVante Parker continue to produce like he did in 2019? If not, Miami will be in the market for a new No. 1 receiver at some point.
Garrett Wilson caught 30 passes as a freshman. He'll have more of an opportunity next year, given his tremendous upside.
Chicago Bears: Tyler Shough, QB, Oregon
2021 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 5/12): Ja'Marr Chase, WR
Like the Colts, the Bears are added a veteran quarterback this offseason (Nick Foles), but they could attempt to find a franchise signal-caller in this draft.
Tyler Shough (6-5, 215) will take over for Justin Herbert in 2020. He has great potential and is a feisty competitor.
Las Vegas Raiders: Logan Brown, OT, Wisconsin
2021 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 5/12): Dylan Moses, LB
Between Trent Brown and Kolton Miller, there's a chance one of them won't be on the team by the 2022 NFL Draft, so a new tackle might be needed.
Logan Brown has amazing power as a former five-star recruit.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Baylor Cupp, TE, Texas A&M
2021 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 5/12): Jamie Newman, QB
The Steelers spent a first-round pick on Heath Miller nearly 20 years ago. Perhaps they'll go for another first-round tight end to upgrade Eric Ebron.
Baylor Cupp is a tremendous athlete with great size (6-6, 245), but he missed 2019 with a fracutred leg.
Atlanta Falcons: Master Teague, RB, Ohio State
2021 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 5/12): LaBryan Ray, DT
Todd Gurley is not expected to be in Atlanta much longer. Here's a replacement for him.
Master Teague had some explosive performances in 2019. He'll get more of an opportunity with J.K. Dobbins gone.
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