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2022 NFL Mock Draft by Mechafredzilla - 4.9
Published at 4/11/2022 2:54:53 PM

First mock draft attempt for 2022. Won't mock any trades this time.

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Round 1

Picks 1-16
1. Jaguars: Aidan Hutchinson, Defensive End, Michigan

The consensus seems to be settling on the Michigan pass rusher as the top pick. Jacksonville do have Josh Allen, Malcom Brown and K'Lavon Chaisson but with no teams looking to come up, Hutchinson is the pick here to add more talent to a team that needs it.

2. Lions: Travon Walker, Defensive End, Georgia

If there was a QB worthy of this pick, you'd think the Lions would get him. Without one, it's down to adding significant talent. The Georgia edge rusher has risen up draft boards and will likely go in the first 5-7 picks.

3. Texans: Kayvon Thibodeaux, Defensive End, Oregon

With two picks in the first 15, Houston has the opportunity to snap up significant talent. There's going to be a push for it to be an o-lineman, but that can be had later. Thibodeaux is fluttering all over the place due to his rawness, but Houston can take a long-term approach.

4. Jets: Kyle Hamilton, Safety, Notre Dame

With two picks in the top 10, the Jets have an opportunity to add significant talent. Hamilton is a tweener: some think he stays at Safety and others that he will move to LB. Either way, he could help New York's Defense.

5. Giants: Evan Neal, Offensive Guard, Alabama

The Giants are going to try to give Daniel Jones another chance to be their QB. If so, they do need to give him a platform to succeed. Neal could play tackle or guard and help solidify an improving o-line in NYC.

6. Panthers: Ikem Ekwonu, Offensive Tackle, N.C. State

First big surprise in this mock! Everyone expects the Panthers to take a QB given their needs. But is Matt Ruhle going to hinge his job on a rookie? Better to help whoever starts by protecting him. Ekwonu is in contention for being the first OL off the board.

7. Giants: Ahmad Gardner, Cornerback, Cincinnati

With their second pick in the top 10, the Giants have some leeway. They could target the best DE available, the best WR on the board or the best CB available. Here I went for Sauce to help improve their defensive backfield.

8. Falcons: Malik Willis, Quarterback, Liberty

Last year, the Falcons passed on Justin Fields. Now they're looking at a hard reset at the QB position with Matt Ryan gone and Marcus Mariota as short-term answer. In that case, might as well take the most talented but raw QB prospect, which is the Liberty QB.

9. Seahawks: Derek Stingley, Cornerback, LSU

It's a new day in Seattle. With Russ off to Denver, the Seahawks will start the process of rebuilding. One way they could help themselves is trying to build the Legion of Boom 2.0. Stingley just posted a 4.37 in the 40.

10. Jets: Garrett Wilson, Wide Receiver, Ohio State

The goal for the Jets on offense has to be to help Zach Wilson improve. One way is to get him a consistent big target. Here's where it gets interesting: which WR do you love the most? There's 5 who have a claim to go first. For now, let's go with one of the two OSU studs.

11. Redskins: Charles Cross, Offensive Tackle, Mississippi State

The newly-dubbed Commanders got many options to go here: WR, CB, but if Cross is available, he might be too good a choice to pass. Washington just moved to make Carson Wentz their QB1 and he needs protecting.

12. Vikings: Jermaine Johnson, Defensive End, Florida State

There's a case to be made that the Vikings could take any highly-rated defensive prospect and it would be a good selection. For now, let's give them the high-rising Seminole edge rusher.

13. Texans: Drake London, Wide Receiver, USC

With the first pick going to help the defense, the Texans could use their second pick to help Davis Mills. Houston just extended Brandin Cooks but having another talented WR wouldn't hurt. London has drawn comparisons to Mike Evans.

14. Ravens: Tyler Linderbaum, Center, Iowa

The Ravens need to replenish their interior of their line so as to better protect the franchise cornerstone: Lamar Jackson. Linderbaum is highly touted as the best interior lineman prospect and should be a day 1 starter.

15. Eagles: Kaiir Elam, Cornerback, Florida

The Eagles still have two first round picks and will likely target a DB with one of them. Who is the next one to go though is a question. For now, let's go with the Gator CB.

16. Saints: Jameson Williams, Wide Receiver, Alabama

The Saints made a big trade to add another first rounder. And while there will be questions of if they're after a QB, for now, let's just add multiple help. Williams could have been the first WR off the board but for his injury and he's talented enough to be worth the pick.

Picks 1-16


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