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2022 NFL Mock Draft: Jaguars take a new name at No. 1, Jets land arguably the draft’s two best prospects


Mississippi State

• Soph

• 6’5″

/ 310 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

13th

POSITION RNK

4th

Evan Neal is not the unanimous top offensive tackle, so why is it out of the realm of possibility that Jacksonville might take Cross? He is just a sophomore but has produced some of the best moments of any lineman this season. If he can find that production consistently, there is a good chance that he walks away as the best tackle to come from this class.

Michigan

• Sr

• 6’6″

/ 265 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

4th

POSITION RNK

2nd

With the first of two Detroit picks, the Lions select Hutchinson, who is a powerful and relentless pass rusher from down the road. The team needs to identify strengths, and a line featuring Romeo Okwara and Hutchinson gives reason to be excited.

LSU

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 195 lbs

Projected Team

Houston

PROSPECT RNK

2nd

POSITION RNK

1st

Houston has essentially no one coming back at the cornerback position, so Stingley is not only the best player available but also fills a need. The Texans have several needs, and they have to start somewhere.

Oregon

• Soph

• 6’5″

/ 258 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

3rd

POSITION RNK

1st

New York has to be excited seeing Thibodeaux slide to No. 4 overall. I think the Giants would be enticed to move ahead of the stadium co-tenant Jets to select him as well. The Jets landing the Oregon product to pair with Carl Lawson and Quinnen Williams turns that into a very good unit.

NC State

• Soph

• 6’4″

/ 320 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

PROSPECT RNK

10th

POSITION RNK

1st

The Giants need to address the trenches with their picks. By a sheer numbers game, they should be able to get a quality combination of players. New York is guaranteed two of Charles Cross, Evan Neal, George Karlaftis, Kayvon Thibodeaux, Aidan Hutchinson, Tyler Linderbaum and Ekwonu.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 350 lbs

Projected Team

Carolina

PROSPECT RNK

6th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Carolina is almost assuredly going to address the quarterback situation in some capacity this offseason, so that could impact the availability of this choice. As it stands, the Panthers stand tall and select Neal, who is a massive tackle from Alabama.

Purdue

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 275 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

PROSPECT RNK

9th

POSITION RNK

3rd

After selecting Ikem Ekwonu, New York uses its second selection on another trench player — Karlaftis. The Purdue product is a mature defender who knows how to use his hands to get off blocks.

Pittsburgh

• Sr

• 6’3″

/ 220 lbs

Projected Team

Atlanta

PROSPECT RNK

15th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Atlanta brings in a developmental quarterback behind Matt Ryan. His contract prohibits him from being moved this offseason, so that affords Pickett with the opportunity to learn behind a highly successful player. He would also benefit from playing in a dome.

Utah

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 235 lbs

Projected Team

Denver

PROSPECT RNK

18th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Fans know what Bradley Chubb is capable of doing when healthy. Jonathon Cooper also did some good things after the Von Miller trade. Denver needs to get stronger up the middle. Lloyd is a player with great coverage ability in addition to a high proficiency level using his hands to get off blocks.

Notre Dame

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 219 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

1st

POSITION RNK

1st

I have a lot of respect for Jets general manager Joe Douglas. I think he has taken a savvy approach to building that roster in the short time that he has been there. The selection of a safety is a bit of out of the box, but he is the best player available and can be a mainstay on that defense for a decade.

Cincinnati

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 188 lbs

Projected Team

Washington

PROSPECT RNK

16th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Gardner is my second-rated cornerback because I value competitive toughness, confidence and consistency. The Bearcat has been a reliable contributor for that defense since he was a freshman playing in man coverage.

Liberty

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 195 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

17th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Wholesale changes are underway in Minnesota. Those changes began with head coach Mike Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman. Do not be surprised if it continues with Kirk Cousins. There are reasons to be concerned about Willis, but he also presents the highest upside of any quarterback in this class.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 192 lbs

Projected Team

Cleveland

PROSPECT RNK

7th

POSITION RNK

1st

I am not naive enough to think Cleveland is not going to explore its options at the quarterback position this offseason, but I also do not expect the franchise to find many viable upgrades. As a result, the Browns run it back with Baker Mayfield and add a downfield threat in the form of Wilson.

Georgia

• Soph

• 6’6″

/ 330 lbs

Projected Team

Baltimore

PROSPECT RNK
POSITION RNK

Calais Campbell and Brandon Williams are free agents. Baltimore allowed the fewest rushing yards per game this season, but it may choose to get younger at the position.

Iowa

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 290 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

5th

POSITION RNK

1st

Philadelphia also believes in having strong trench play, and that was evident when the offense became very run-centric. Jason Kelce is not going to play forever, and the selection of Linderbaum is the closest to a net zero loss as the team could possibly come at the position.

Michigan

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 250 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

35th

POSITION RNK

5th

The middle of the first round is too rich to take Ojabo in my opinion, but I think his natural pass rushing ability and upside are enough for teams to consider it. Derek Barnett is a free agent and Brandon Graham is not going to play forever, so Ojabo is picked to threaten opposing quarterbacks opposite Josh Sweat.

Georgia

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 225 lbs

Los Angeles’ run defense needs to improve. The conventional way of making that happen is with the selection of a big run-stuffing defensive lineman, but Jordan Davis is off the board and the Chargers can probably wait to select one in future rounds. In the meantime, they select a linebacker who is willing to do the dirty work and blow up lead blocks.

Ole Miss

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

New Orleans

PROSPECT RNK

14th

POSITION RNK

1st

We discussed the fit of Matt Corral in the New Orleans offense on this week’s Pick Six podcast YouTube show. Sean Payton is an ideal fit for any young quarterback because he offers a master class on how to play the position. Corral has spent all season making quick decisions in Lane Kiffin’s offense and has done a much better job of taking care of the football.

Clemson

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 200 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

20th

POSITION RNK

3rd

I love the fit of Booth in Philadelphia’s defense. He is accustomed to playing a high percentage of zone coverage and gives the Eagles a very talented tandem at cornerback. To recap the NFC East franchise’s haul, it selected Iowa center Tyler Linderbaum, Michigan edge rusher David Ojabo and now Booth.

Northern Iowa

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 321 lbs

Projected Team

Pittsburgh

PROSPECT RNK

43rd

POSITION RNK

8th

I think Pittsburgh has a few interior players that are worth developing. I am more concerned with the offense tackle position. Najee Harris had to feel as though he was slamming his head against a brick wall countless times this season, as he found few clear run lanes.

USC

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 210 lbs

Projected Team

New England

PROSPECT RNK

27th

POSITION RNK

6th

Mac Jones relies on timing and precision. The best assets for him are tight ends, wide receivers who are going to catch and run at or near the line of scrimmage and wide receivers who are going to win jump balls for him. London falls into the latter category, posterizing defenders on a weekly basis in the Pac-12.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 189 lbs

Projected Team

Las Vegas

PROSPECT RNK

8th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Williams is going to slide a bit as a result of his injury, but it would be a surprise if he fell out of the first round. Las Vegas needs someone to step up outside of Darren Waller and Hunter Renfrow. The Alabama product can be that player for them. When Waller was out, the offense became force feeding Renfrow with touches.

Washington

• Soph

• 5’11”

/ 195 lbs

Projected Team

Arizona

PROSPECT RNK

48th

POSITION RNK

3rd

McDuffie is at his best in man coverage on the boundary. He is able to stay in-phase with such ease. It would be nice to see better ball production, but that is also reliant on how the team coaches the position.

Georgia

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 275 lbs

Projected Team

Dallas

PROSPECT RNK

49th

POSITION RNK

5th

Dallas turned up the heat on its pass rush this season, but the run defense is still a work in progress. The Cowboys have thrown a lot of bodies and assets at that position group, but it just has not panned out yet. The Georgia front was asked to run a lot of stunts and just create chaos, but I think when he gets to the next level and is asked to fulfill a more narrow purpose, he will thrive.

Texas A&M

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 325 lbs

Projected Team

Cincinnati

PROSPECT RNK

12th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Green is great value at this stage of the first round. He has shown flashes of being a dominant interior player when entrenched at that spot. He has also shown the versatility to play tackle in a pinch. Cincinnati does not need any more wide receivers, so address Joe Burrow’s protection.

Kentucky

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 345 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

44th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Some teams value Kinnard as an offensive tackle, but I still believe his brightest future comes as an interior offensive lineman. Miami committed to an RPO heavy scheme this season, and protection is of the utmost importance.

Michigan

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 192 lbs

Projected Team

Buffalo

PROSPECT RNK

28th

POSITION RNK

2nd

“This is the [AFC East] way.” *Mandalorian voice* Buffalo follows New England’s style of building depth in the secondary. Hill is a prospect capable of wearing many hats. He can play in the slot or drop deep into a safety role. There is no need to rush Micah Hyde and/or Jordan Poyer out the door, but each will be at least 31 years old when the 2022 season commences. While more and more players are playing into their mid-to-late 30s, those players are still considered outliers.

Ohio State

• Sr

• 6’1″

/ 188 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

19th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Detroit is getting very good value in Olave at No. 28 overall. The Lions need a No. 1 wide receiver rather than a slot, which is where Amon-Ra St. Brown was really impressive this season. I was concerned only slot options would be on the board, but Olave makes their decision easy.

Arkansas

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 225 lbs

Projected Team

Kansas City

PROSPECT RNK

21st

POSITION RNK

4th

Treylon Burks in Kansas City’s offense alongside Tyreek Hill is a scary proposition. I do not think any more needs to be said.

Florida

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 196 lbs

Projected Team

Tampa Bay

PROSPECT RNK

25th

POSITION RNK

4th

Tampa Bay has few needs in all honesty. Wide receiver could materialize as one if Chris Godwin is gone, which is very likely. The Buccaneers elect to upgrade the secondary with a big cornerback from Gainesville. At worst, the team has playable depth rather than finding itself in desperation, contacting every veteran with a pulse after one injury.

USC

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 250 lbs

Projected Team

Tennessee

PROSPECT RNK

34th

POSITION RNK

4th

Bud Dupree has really struggled to stay healthy this year, and Harold Landry’s explosive start to the season dissipated. In the first 10 games of the season, Landry recorded ten sacks. Over the final seven, he had just two. Jackson is a great insurance policy in the event that one or both do not return next season or are unavailable.

South Carolina

• Sr

• 6’4″

/ 260 lbs

Projected Team

Green Bay

PROSPECT RNK

26th

POSITION RNK

3rd

I am excited to how Za’Darius Smith performs down the stretch after his return from injury. Green Bay could face a significant commitment to Aaron Rodgers and/or Davante Adams this offseason, and that could lead the team to move on from either of the two Smiths in an effort to find more salary cap space. Enagbare gives the team a cost-effective solution.





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MD Abdullah
Abdullah is a former educator, lifelong money nerd, and a Plutus Award-winning freelance writer who specializes in the scientific research behind irrational money behaviors. Her background in education allows her to make complex financial topics relatable and easily understood by the layperson. She is the author of four books, including End Financial Stress Now and The Five Years Before You Retire.
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