2022 NFL Mock Draft: Final Edition

The moment of truth has arrived. The 2022 NFL Draft is finally here and after spending hours evaluating, questioning, changing, agonizing, and changing again, my final selections are now locked in.

And I have to be honest — I feel both a sense of confidence in my projections and a sense of dread that those that did not make the final cut will factor into how the draft plays out Thursday night. But, this is what I’m going to let ride.

With that being said, I am pleased to present my final 2022 NFL Mock Draft. These first-round projections are based on the current draft order and my impression of team needs heading into the draft. And while many may be implied, there are no potential trade scenarios being projected.

Enjoy the mock and enjoy the draft!


1 | Jacksonville Jaguars — Travon Walker, EDGE, Georgia
It is rare that the first overall pick remains a relative mystery headed into draft week, but here we are. Aidan Hutchinson is still the favorite, but the meteoric rise of Travon Walker has him firmly in the conversation. Against my better judgment, I’m following the smoke and serving a last-minute swerve at #1.

2 | Detroit Lions — Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE, Michigan
If the first card turned into the commissioner doesn’t read Aidan Hutchinson, the second absolutely will. The fit is almost too perfect for the Lions. We’ll see if the scenario is too good to be true on Thursday.

3 | Houston Texans — Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU
What the Texans do with the third overall pick was the most difficult projection for me to make, because I think it sets the tone for the first half of the draft. An offensive tackle makes total sense, as would a pass rusher. There is also Ahmad ‘Sauce’ Gardner, who has been connected to Houston and was going to be my pick for them coming into this final exercise. But, I wonder about Derek Stingley Jr. and if a team were completely comfortable with him as a prospect after doing their homework, where he would go. While the more likely marriage between team and player is at #13 or in a trade-back scenario, I’m taking a leap that Derek Stingley Jr. becomes the next Texan at #3.

4 | New York Jets — Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon
As a prospect, the personality is polarizing, but the talent is elite. Of course, we’re talking about Kayvon Thibodeaux. I am confident that if he remains on the board at #4, the Jets will bank on the promise that under the bright lights of Broadway, a star is born.

5 | New York Giants — Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State
If this scenario plays out, the Giants have all of the top offensive linemen still on the board. Any one of Evan Neal, Ikem Ekwonu, or Charles Cross could realistically be the selection, but in a mild upset, my projection is Cross, who they reportedly favor among the trio.

6 | Carolina Panthers — Ikem Ekwonu, OT, North Carolina State
The Panthers have been all over the quarterbacks in this class, but at this point, I really wonder if they will go all in here when the time comes Thursday night. Having Ikem Ekwonu and Evan Neal (or potentially Charles Cross) still on the board only makes that decision more difficult. If they stand in and pick, I think they pass on a passer and draft a tacklein this case, Ekwonu.

7 | New York Giants (via CHI) — Ahmad ‘Sauce’ Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
The Giants have been closely linked to Sauce Gardner throughout the process and he’s likely in consideration for them at #5. Unless another team steals him away, I don’t see a scenario where Sauce doesn’t become a Giant.

8 | Atlanta Falcons — Jermaine Johnson II, EDGE, Florida State
What the Falcons do at #8 is another pivotal point in the draft sequence Thursday night. They could draft a quarterback, draft the best player available still on the board (in this case, tackle Evan Neal), trigger the run on receivers, or draft a pass rusher. As badly as I believe they need offensive help, I have them taking Jermaine Johnson II and then looking to add weapons on day two of the draft.

9 | Seattle Seahawks (via DEN) — Evan Neal, OT, Alabama
I think the Seahawks are in position to land a prospect receiving Top-5 consideration. As it turns out here, they are in position to land Evan Neal, a prospect who has and should still be receiving consideration at #1 overall. Neal would bring blue-chip talent to an offensive line that desperately needs it.

10 | New York Jets (via SEA) — Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama
The Jets made a play for Tyreek Hill and are reportedly interested in trading for Deebo Samuel, so they are clearly looking to upgrade their receiver corps. While Garrett Wilson and Drake London would make sense, I am actually projecting Jameson Williams, who looks to be on track to a full, speedy recovery from his ACL tear, to be the first receiver off the board and on his way to New York.

11 | Washington Commanders — Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State
The Commanders likewise have been linked to the top group of receivers, specifically the Ohio State duo of Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave. If Wilson ends up going to the Falcons or the Jets, I think Olave will be the pick. But, in this case, Wilson is there for the taking and is off to Washington to join fellow Buckeyes Terry McLaurin and Curtis Samuel in the Commanders’ receiving corps.

12 | Minnesota Vikings — Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame
Kyle Hamilton has had a rollercoaster of a draft season and may now have the widest projected range of any top prospect based on the evaluation of his ability and the valuation of the position he plays. I personally feel his range is between picks 11-15 at this stage, which would put the Vikings in play as a suitor, especially with Derek Stingley Jr. off the board.

13 | Houston Texans (via CLE) — Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah
Lovie Smith defenses are known for having stud linebackers. If a pass rusher they covet isn’t on the board after they secure their choice of cornerback, I could see Devin Lloyd being a consideration for the Texans at #13 or in a trade-back scenario.

14 | Baltimore Ravens — George Karlaftis, EDGE, Purdue
The Ravens could go in a number of different ways here, but perhaps the top consideration is an edge rusher to pair with Odafe Oweh. I think the most likely options in this range would be Jermaine Johnson II and George Karlaftis. With Johnson off the board, it’s Karlaftis.

15 | Philadelphia Eagles (via MIA) — Drake London, WR, USC
The Eagles continue the mid-first run on wide receivers, drafting Drake London, who would pair with last year’s first-round selection DeVonta Smith and provide a big, athletic target for quarterback Jalen Hurts.

16 | New Orleans Saints (via IND thru PHI) — Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State
The Saints are another team with designs on drafting a wide receiver, with Chris Olave being perhaps the most popular target. Here, the board falls in their favor.

17 | Los Angeles Chargers — Zion Johnson, OG, Boston College
The Chargers have been linked to different prospects here, but the offensive line seems to be where they have the most to sort out. Tackle Trevor Penning is a possibility, but I think it might be Zion Johnson who is primed to appear next season in powder blue.

18 | Philadelphia Eagles — Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington
Back on the clock, the Eagles expect to turn their attention to defense with their second first-round pick, with cornerback and safety being the most likely considerations. I would look at Trent McDuffie being the pick here and becoming an instant starter for Philadelphia.

19 | New Orleans Saints — Jordan Davis, DT, Georgia
The Saints expect to address both trenches at some point early in the draft. With that in mind, drafting either Jordan Davis or Devonte Wyatt from Georgia would go a long way toward strengthening the interior defensive line, with Davis being my pick for the Saints here.

20 | Pittsburgh Steelers — Malik Willis, QB, Liberty
Like Carolina, Pittsburgh has done their due diligence on this quarterback class. But, I think the Steelers are in less of a panic position than the Panthers, and thus, can afford to let the board fall to them. But, I’m not sure that they do. That said, while they are able to draft the quarterback I believe they favor — Malik Willis — here at #20 in this scenario, I can see them making a play to move up, perhaps into the Top-10, to come away with him.

21 | New England Patriots — Trevor Penning, OT, Northern Iowa
After bouncing Trevor Penning around in various draft positions and destinations as I worked through this final mock, I landed on the Patriots — and really liked the player-team fit. Their offensive line is in a state of flux and they may also be willing to move up to get the blocker of their choosing, which puts Penning in the mix. Zion Johnson was the other name I looked at here for New England before bumping him up to the Chargers.

22 | Green Bay Packers (via LV) — Daxton Hill, DB, Michigan
Will the Packers pass on drafting a receiver with their first of two first-round picks? Perhaps! I have them drafting Daxton Hill, whose versatility would be a valuable addition to the secondary now and in the future in Green Bay.

23 | Arizona Cardinals — Arnold Ebiketie, EDGE, Penn State
There is always a surprise or two on draft night and this would be no exception. Arnold Ebiketie is not a name commonly found in the Top-25, but is worthy of first-round consideration — especially for a team like Arizona that needs an edge and will likely be wiped out if they wait until they come back around on the clock in the second round. I think Ebiketie is also a trade-back option for the Cardinals in case a team wants to move up.

24 | Dallas Cowboys — Kenyon Green, OG, Texas A&M
Wide receiver, pass rusher, and offensive line look to be the Cowboys first-round targets. That said, I think they are focused in on addressing left guard and will end up doing so with Kenyon Green, who will be a plug-and-play starter for Dallas.

25 | Buffalo Bills — Breece Hall, RB, Iowa State
The Bills have an obvious need at cornerback that I’ve addressed with Andrew Booth Jr. in both of my previous 2022 mock drafts. But, here, I’m being a little reckless and having them finally drafting a first-round running back like it seems like we’ve all been projecting them to do for years. Breece Hall, welcome to Buffalo!

26 | Tennessee Titans — Desmond Ridder, QB, Cincinnati
Yes, the Titans are in win-now mode, but after coming up short this post-season, you have to wonder if their quarterback play with Ryan Tannehill is good enough to win now in a stacked AFC. With that in mind, the Titans might consider bringing in either Kenny Pickett or, my pick here, Desmond Ridder to push Tannehill.

27 | Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Devonte Wyatt, DT, Connecticut
Tampa Bay has work to do on both lines, but late in the first round and with this scenario playing out as it has, offensive line help is probably not the value play. The interior defensive line, however, could receive a tremendous boost with the addition of Devonte Wyatt, who expects to go in this range.

28 | Green Bay Packers — Logan Hall, DL, Houston
Will the Packers also pass on drafting a receiver with their second of two first-round picks? Apparently so! I feel like Logan Hall is making a late push for first-round consideration and the Packers could be the team to take him off the board. They still have two seconds and can also put together a package to trade up for one of the receivers in the next tier, such as Skyy Moore or Christian Watson, if they would like.

29 | Kansas City Chiefs (via SF thru MIA) — Kaiir Elam, CB, Florida
The Chiefs are in a similar situation as the Packers, with receiver being a primary need and a likely target with one of their two first-round picks. But, they also have two seconds and can also put together a package to trade up on night two of the draft. They are also in prime position to trade back for a team wanting to jump back into the first round. Whether they stay or go, I think one of their early picks will be allocated to cornerback, with Kaiir Elam being my pick.

30 | Kansas City Chiefs — Boye Mafe, EDGE, Minnesota
Same story here, but with the twist I mentioned with Arizona’s pick. The Chiefs need help on the edge, but probably miss out on a player they want if they wait until the second round. Like Arnold Ebiketie, I think Boye Mafe is worthy of consideration in the late-first, with Kansas City being in the conversation to take him off the board.

31 | Cincinnati Bengals — Kyler Gordon, CB, Washington
It’s difficult not just slotting in center Tyler Linderbaum to the Bengals and calling it a day. But, I think they might feel good about what they’ve done with their offensive line through free agency, and if they do decide to draft a center, are fine to do so on Friday or Saturday. Alternatively, I think cornerback is a consideration, where I decided to go with Kyler Gordon, who is in the late-first round mix.

32 | Detroit Lions — George Pickens, WR, Georgia
I feel like George Pickens gets his name called at some point late on Thursday night, with Green Bay and Kansas City being the most likely to turn in his card, but what about Detroit? Aside from the physical talent, there’s a grit and intensity to his game that would seem to appeal to the Lions. If they don’t draft a potential successor to Jared Goff or another team doesn’t trade up with quarterback aspirations of their own, maybe Pickens is the pick and Goff gets another chance to find success with better talent around him.


Jason Pruett
DRAFTPLEX

2022 NFL Mock Draft: 7-Round Super Mock

All 32 teams. All 7 rounds. All 262 selections.

This is my 2022 NFL Draft Super Mock.

Projections are based on the official draft order as of April 11 and my impression of team needs heading into the draft, and do not reflect any potential trade scenarios.

First-round selections are presented graphically below, followed by the complete seven-round mock draft.



2022 NFL DRAFT SUPER MOCK

Round 1

1) Jacksonville Jaguars — Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE, Michigan
2) Detroit Lions — Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon
3) Houston Texans — Travon Walker, EDGE, Georgia
4) New York Jets — Ahmad ‘Sauce’ Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
5) New York Giants — Evan Neal, OT, Alabama
6) Carolina Panthers — Malik Willis, QB, Carolina
7) New York Giants (from CHI) — Jermaine Johnson II, EDGE, Florida State
8) Atlanta Falcons — Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State
9) Seattle Seahawks (from DEN) — Ikem Ekwonu, OT, North Carolina State
10) New York Jets (from SEA) — Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama
11) Washington Commanders — Drake London, WR, USC
12) Minnesota Vikings — Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU
13) Houston Texans (from CLE) — Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame
14) Baltimore Ravens — George Karlaftis, EDGE, Purdue
15) Philadelphia Eagles (from MIA) — Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State
16) New Orleans Saints (from IND through PHI) — Trevor Penning, OT, Northern Iowa
17) Los Angeles Chargers — Jordan Davis, DT, Georgia
18) Philadelphia Eagles (from NO) — Daxton Hill, DB, Michigan
19) New Orleans Saints (from PHI) — Kenny Pickett, QB, Pittsburgh
20) Pittsburgh Steelers — Matt Corral, QB, Ole Miss
21) New England Patriots — Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington
22) Green Bay Packers (from LV) — George Pickens, WR, Georgia
23) Arizona Cardinals — Kenyon Green, OG, Texas A&M
24) Dallas Cowboys — Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State
25) Buffalo Bills — Andrew Booth Jr., CB, Clemson
26) Tennessee Titans — Zion Johnson, OG, Boston College
27) Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Devonte Wyatt, DT, Georgia
28) Green Bay Packers — Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah
29) Kansas City Chiefs (from SF through MIA) — Arnold Ebiketie, EDGE, Penn State
30) Kansas City Chiefs — Kaiir Elam, CB, Florida
31) Cincinnati Bengals — Lewis Cine, S, Georgia
32) Detroit Lions (from LAR) — Desmond Ridder, QB, Cincinnati

Round 2

33) Jacksonville Jaguars — Tyler Linderbaum, OC, Iowa
34) Detroit Lions — Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas
35) New York Jets — Jaquan Brisker, S, Penn State
36) New York Giants — Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia
37) Houston Texans — Kyler Gordon, CB, Washington
38) New York Jets (from CAR) — Logan Hall, DL, Houston
39) Chicago Bears — Bernhard Raimann, OT, Central Michigan
40) Seattle Seahawks (from DEN) — Quay Walker, LB, Georgia
41) Seattle Seahawks — Tariq Woolen, CB, UTSA
42) Indianapolis Colts (from WAS) — Greg Dulcich, TE, UCLA
43) Atlanta Falcons — Boye Mafe, EDGE, Minnesota
44) Cleveland Browns — Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn State
45) Baltimore Ravens — Phidarian Mathis, DT, Alabama
46) Minnesota Vikings — Jalen Pitre, S, Baylor
47) Washington Commanders (from IND) — Christian Harris, LB, Alabama
48) Chicago Bears (from LAC) — Christian Watson, WR, North Dakota State
49) New Orleans Saints — Skyy Moore, WR, Western Michigan
50) Kansas City Chiefs (from MIA) — Abraham Lucas, OT, Washington State
51) Philadelphia Eagles — Roger McCreary, CB, Auburn
52) Pittsburgh Steelers — Travis Jones, DT, Connecticut
53) Green Bay Packers (from LV) — Daniel Faalele, OT, Minnesota
54) New England Patriots — Kingsley Enagbare, EDGE, South Carolina
55) Arizona Cardinals — Perrion Winfrey, DL, Oklahoma
56) Dallas Cowboys — Jelani Woods, TE, Virginia
57) Buffalo Bills — Breece Hall, RB, Iowa State
58) Atlanta Falcons (from TEN) — Trey McBride, TE, Colorado State
59) Green Bay Packers — David Ojabo, EDGE, Michigan
60) Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Tyler Smith, OL, Tulsa
61) San Francisco 49ers — Darian Kinnard, OL, Kentucky
62) Kansas City Chiefs — John Metchie III, WR, Alabama
63) Cincinnati Bengals — Coby Bryant, CB, Cincinnati
64) Denver Broncos (from LAR) — Chad Muma, LB, Wyoming

Round 3

65) Jacksonville Jaguars — Alec Pierce, WR, Cincinnati
66) Detroit Lions — Channing Tindall, LB, Georgia
67) New York Giants — Sam Howell, QB, North Carolina
68) Houston Texans — Jamaree Salyer, OL, Georgia
69) New York Jets — Kenneth Walker III, RB, Michigan State
70) Jacksonville Jaguars (from CAR) — Nicholas Petit-Frere, OT, Ohio State
71) Chicago Bears — Sean Rhyan, OL, UCLA
72) Seattle Seahawks — Drake Jackson, EDGE, USC
73) Indianapolis Colts (from WAS) — Jalen Tolbert, WR, South Alabama
74) Atlanta Falcons — Isaiah Spiller, RB, Texas A&M
75) Denver Broncos — Myjai Sanders, EDGE, Cincinnati
76) Baltimore Ravens — Luke Fortner, OC, Kentucky
77) Minnesota Vikings — Dylan Parham, OL, Memphis
78) Cleveland Browns — Josh Paschal, EDGE, Kentucky
79) Los Angeles Chargers — Marquis Hayes, OG, Oklahoma
80) Houston Texans (from NO) — Leo Chenal, LB, Wisconsin
81) New York Giants (from MIA) — Cam Taylor-Britt, CB, Nebraska
82) Atlanta Falcons (from IND) — Brian Asamoah, LB, Oklahoma
83) Philadelphia Eagles — Cole Strange, OL, Tennessee-Chattanooga
84) Pittsburgh Steelers — Damarri Mathis, CB, Pittsburgh
85) New England Patriots — Troy Andersen, LB, Montana State
86) Las Vegas Raiders — Marcus Jones, CB, Houston
87) Arizona Cardinals — James Cook, RB, Georgia
88) Dallas Cowboys — Sam Williams, EDGE, Ole Miss
89) Buffalo Bills — Ed Ingram, OG, LSU
90) Tennessee Titans — Calvin Austin III, WR, Memphis
91) Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Jeremy Ruckert, TE, Ohio State
92) Green Bay Packers — Wan’Dale Robinson, WR, Kentucky
93) San Francisco 49ers — Bryan Cook, S, Cincinnati
94) Kansas City Chiefs — Nick Cross, S, Maryland
95) Cincinnati Bengals — Isaiah Likely, TE, Coastal Carolina
96) Denver Broncos (from LAR) — Martin Emerson, CB, Mississippi State
97) Detroit Lions (compensatory) — Alontae Taylor, DB, Tennessee
98) New Orleans Saints (compensatory) — DeMarvin Leal, DL, Texas A&M
99) Cleveland Browns (special compensatory) — Alex Wright, EDGE, UAB
100) Baltimore Ravens (special compensatory) — Matt Araiza, P, San Diego State
101) Philadelphia Eagles (from NO; special compensatory) — Cade Otton, TE, Washington
102) Miami Dolphins (from SF; special compensatory) — Cam Jurgens, OC, Nebraska
103) Kansas City Chiefs (special compensatory) — Cameron Thomas, EDGE, San Diego State
104) Los Angeles Rams (special compensatory) — Nik Bonitto, EDGE, Oklahoma
105) San Francisco 49ers (special compensatory) — Dominique Robinson, EDGE, Miami-Ohio

Round 4

106) Jacksonville Jaguars — Mario Goodrich, CB, Clemson
107) Houston Texans (from DET through CLE) — Charlie Kolar, TE, Iowa State
108) Houston Texans — Brian Robinson Jr., RB, Alabama
109) Seattle Seahawks (from NYJ) — Zyon McCollum, CB, Sam Houston
110) Baltimore Ravens (from NYG) — Darrian Beavers, LB, Cincinnati
111) New York Jets (from CAR) — Thayer Munford, OL, Ohio State
112) New York Giants (from CHI) — Kerby Joseph, S, Illinois
113) Washington Commanders — Luke Goedeke, OL, Central Michigan
114) Atlanta Falcons — David Bell, WR, Purdue
115) Denver Broncos — Tyler Allgeier, RB, BYU
116) Denver Broncos (from SEA) — Max Mitchell, OT, Louisiana
117) New York Jets (from MIN) — Amare Barno, EDGE, Virginia Tech
118) Cleveland Browns — Tariq Castro-Fields, CB, Penn State
119) Baltimore Ravens — Jalyn Armour-Davis, CB, Alabama
120) New Orleans Saints — Jerome Ford, RB, Cincinnati
121) Kansas City Chiefs (from MIA) — Dameon Pierce, RB, Florida
122) Indianapolis Colts — Joshua Williams, CB, Fayetteville State
123) Los Angeles Chargers — Braxton Jones, OT, Southern Utah
124) Philadelphia Eagles — DeAngelo Malone, EDGE, Western Kentucky
125) Miami Dolphins (from PIT) — Danny Gray, WR, SMU
126) Las Vegas Raiders — Lecitus Smith, OG, Virginia Tech
127) New England Patriots — Matt Waletzko, OT, North Dakota
128) Baltimore Ravens (from AZ) — Hassan Haskins, RB, Michigan
129) Dallas Cowboys — Khalil Shakir, WR, Boise State
130) Buffalo Bills — JoJo Domann, LB, Nebraska
131) Tennessee Titans — Neil Farrell Jr., DT, LSU
132) Green Bay Packers — Velus Jones Jr., WR, Tennessee
133) Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Brandon Smith, LB, Penn State
134) San Francisco 49ers — Kellen Diesch, OT, Arizona State
135) Kansas City Chiefs — Josh Jobe, CB, Alabama
136) Cincinnati Bengals — Kyren Williams, RB, Notre Dame
137) Carolina Panthers (from LAR through HOU) — Jesse Luketa, EDGE, Penn State
138) Pittsburgh Steelers (compensatory) — Bo Melton, WR, Rutgers
139) Baltimore Ravens (compensatory) — Spencer Burford, OL, UTSA
140) Green Bay Packers (compensatory) — Cordell Volson, OL, North Dakota State
141) Baltimore Ravens (compensatory) — John Ridgeway III, DL, Arkansas
142) Los Angeles Rams (compensatory) — Chris Paul, OL, Tulsa
143) Tennessee Titans (compensatory) — Jake Ferguson, TE, Wisconsin

Round 5

144) Carolina Panthers (from JAX) — Erik Ezukanma, WR, Texas Tech
145) Seattle Seahawks (from DET through DEN) — Otito Ogbonnia, DL, UCLA
146) New York Jets — D’Marco Jackson, LB, Appalachian State
147) New York Giants — Daniel Bellinger, TE, San Diego State
148) Chicago Bears (from HOU) — Tycen Anderson, S, Toledo
149) Carolina Panthers — Terrel Bernard, LB, Baylor
150) Chicago Bears — Akayleb Evans, CB, Missouri
151) Atlanta Falcons — Matthew Butler, DL, Tennessee
152) Denver Broncos — Haskell Garrett, DL, Ohio State
153) Seattle Seahawks — Justyn Ross, WR, Clemson
154) Philadelphia Eagles (from WAS) — Micah McFadden, LB, Indiana
155) Dallas Cowboys (from CLE) — Joshua Ezeudu, OL, North Carolina
156) Minnesota Vikings (from BAL) — Kyle Philips, WR, UCLA
157) Jacksonville Jaguars (MIN) — Christopher Allen, LB, Alabama
158) New England Patriots (from MIA) — Zach Tom, OL, Wake Forest
159) Indianapolis Colts — Zachary Thomas, OT, San Diego State
160) Los Angeles Chargers — Montaric Brown, CB, Arkansas
161) New Orleans Saints — Verone McKinley III, S, Oregon
162) Philadelphia Eagles — Zachary Carter, DL, Florida
163) New York Jets (from PIT) — Romeo Doubs, WR, Nevada
164) Las Vegas Raiders (from NE) — Carson Strong, QB, Nevada
165) Las Vegas Raiders — Alec Lindstrom, OC, Boston College
166) Philadelphia Eagles (from AZ) — Justin Shaffer, OG, Georgia
167) Dallas Cowboys —  Cade York, K, LSU
168) Buffalo Bills — Myron Cunningham, OT, Arkansas
169) Tennessee Titans — Bailey Zappe, QB, Western Kentucky
170) New England Patriots (from TB) — Matt Henningsen, DL, Wisconsin
171) Green Bay Packers — Jake Carmarda, P, Georgia
172) San Francisco 49ers — Tyquan Thornton, WR, Baylor
173) New York Giants (from KC through BAL) — Dohnovan West, OC, Arizona State
174) Cincinnati Bengals — Logan Bruss, OL, Wisconsin
175) Los Angeles Rams — Kalon Barnes, CB, Baylor
176) Dallas Cowboys (compensatory) — Delarrin Turner-Yell, S, Oklahoma
177) Detroit Lions (compensatory) — Rasheed Walker, OT, Penn State
178) Dallas Cowboys (compensatory) — Ty Chandler, RB, North Carolina
179) Indianapolis Colts (compensatory) — Cade Mays, OL, Tennessee

Round 6

180) Jacksonville Jaguars — Chigoziem Okonkwo, TE, Maryland
181) Detroit Lions — Kevin Austin Jr., WR, Notre Dame
182) New York Giants — Zamir White, RB, Ohio State
183) Houston Texans — Makai Polk, WR, Mississippi State
184) Minnesota Vikings (from NYJ) — Jack Sanborn, LB, Wisconsin
185) Buffalo Bills (from CAR) — Esezi Otomewo, DL, Minnesota
186) Chicago Bears — Braylon Sanders, WR, Ole Miss
187) San Francisco 49ers (from DEN) — Cobie Durant, CB, South Carolina State
188) Jacksonville Jaguars (from SEA) — Percy Butler, S, Louisiana
189) Washington Commanders — Thomas Booker, DL, Stanford
190) Atlanta Falcons — Tyreke Smith, EDGE, Ohio State
191) Minnesota Vikings (from BAL through KC) — Dare Rosenthal, OT, Kentucky
192) Minnesota Vikings — Derrick Deese Jr., TE, San Jose State
193) Dallas Cowboys (from CLE) — Aaron Hansford, LB, Texas A&M
194) New Orleans Saints (from IND through PHI) — Eric Johnson, DL, Missouri State
195) Los Angeles Chargers — Jeremiah Gemmel, LB, North Carolina
196) Baltimore Ravens (from MIA) — Jeffrey Gunter, EDGE, Coastal Carolina
197) Jacksonville Jaguars (from PHI) — Malcolm Rodriguez, LB, Oklahoma State
198) Jacksonville Jaguars (from PIT) — Christopher Hinton, DT, Michigan
199) Carolina Panthers (from LV) — J.T. Woods, S, Baylor
200) New England Patriots — Pierre Strong Jr., RB, South Dakota State
201) Arizona Cardinals — Kyler McMichael, CB, North Carolina
202) Cleveland Browns (from DAL) — Ja’Tyre Carter, OL, Southern
203) Buffalo Bills — Josh Thompson, DB, Texas
204) Tennessee Titans — Abram Smith, RB, Baylor
205) Houston Texans (from GB) — Micheal Clemons, EDGE, Texas A&M
206) Denver Broncos (from TB through NYJ & PHI) — Isaiah Thomas, DL, Oklahoma
207) Houston Texans (from SF through NYJ) — Smoke Monday, S, Auburn
208) Pittsburgh Steelers (from KC) — Jayden Peevy, DL, Texas A&M
209) Cincinnati Bengals — Reggie Roberson Jr., WR, SMU
210) New England Patriots (from LAR) — Derion Kendrick, CB, Georgia
211) Los Angeles Rams (compensatory) — Jack Coan, QB, Notre Dame
212) Los Angeles Rams (compensatory) — Chance Campbell, LB, Ole Miss
213) Atlanta Falcons (compensatory) — Obinna Eze, OT, TCU
214) Los Angeles Chargers (compensatory) — Rachaad White, RB, Arizona State
215) Arizona Cardinals (compensatory) — Gerrit Prince, TE, UAB
216) Indianapolis Colts (compensatory) — Ali Fayad, EDGE, Western Michigan
217) Detroit Lions (compensatory) — Mike Rose, LB, Iowa State
218) Los Angeles Rams (compensatory) — Charleston Rambo, WR, Miami
219) Tennessee Titans (compensatory) — Chase Lucas, CB, Arizona State
220) San Francisco 49ers (compensatory) — James Mitchell, TE, Virginia Tech
221) San Francisco 49ers (compensatory) — Eyioma Uwazurike, DL, Iowa State

Round 7

222) Jacksonville Jaguars — Snoop Conner, RB, Ole Miss
223) Cleveland Browns (from DET) — Cole Turner, TE, Nevada
224) Miami Dolphins (from HOU through NE & BAL) — Jordan Stout, P, Penn State
225) Pittsburgh Steelers (from NYJ) — Bubba Bolden, S, Miami
226) Cincinnati Bengals (from NYG) — Austin Deculus, OT, LSU
227) Las Vegas Raiders (from CAR) — Jeremiah Moon, LB, Florida
228) Green Bay Packers (from CHI through HOU) — Tariq Carpenter, LB, Georgia Tech
229) Seattle Seahawks — Cameron Dicker, K, Texas
230) Washington Commanders — Cordale Flott, CB, LSU
231) Buffalo Bills (from ATL) — Sterling Weatherford, LB, Miami-Ohio
232) Denver Broncos — Teagan Quitoriano, TE, Oregon State
233) Kansas City Chiefs (from MIN) — Tayland Humphrey, DT, Louisiana
234) Detroit Lions (from CLE) — Jalen Wydermyer, TE, Texas A&M
235) Jacksonville Jaguars (from BAL) — Jalen Nailor, WR, Michigan State
236) Los Angeles Chargers — Yusuf Corker, S, Kentucky
237) Philadelphia Eagles (from NO) — Isaiah Weston, WR, Northern Iowa
238) Los Angeles Rams (from MIA) — Leon O’Neal Jr., S, Texas A&M
239) Indianapolis Colts — Damarion Williams, CB, Houston
240) Washington Commanders (from PHI through IND) — Dane Belton, S, Iowa
241) Pittsburgh Steelers — Jaylen Watson, CB, Washington State
242) Carolina Panthers (from NE through MIA) — Chasen Hines, OG, LSU
243) Kansas City Chiefs (from LV through NE) — Zakoby McClain, LB, Auburn
244) Arizona Cardinals — Dontario Drummond, WR, Ole Miss
245) Houston Texans (from DAL) — Noah Elliss, DT, Idaho
246) Cleveland Browns (from BUF) — Mykael Wright, CB, Oregon
247) Miami Dolphins (from TEN) — Kennedy Brooks, RB, Oklahoma
248) Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Tyler Badie, RB, Missouri
249) Green Bay Packers — Gabe Brkic, K, Oklahoma
250) Minnesota Vikings (from SF through DEN) — Dai’Jean Dixon, WR, Nicholls State
251) Kansas City Chiefs — Peyton Hendershot, TE, Indiana
252) Cincinnati Bengals — Kaleb Eleby, QB, Western Michigan
253) Los Angeles Rams — Sincere McCormick, RB, UTSA
254) Los Angeles Chargers (compensatory) — Kalil Pimpleton, WR, Central Michigan
255) Los Angeles Chargers (compensatory) — Marcus McKethan, OG, North Carolina
256) Arizona Cardinals (compensatory) — Kyron Johnson, LB, Kansas
257) Arizona Cardinals (compensatory) — Ryan Van Demark, OT, Connecticut
258) Green Bay Packers (compensatory) — Andrew Stueber, OL, Michigan
259) Kansas City Chiefs (compensatory) — Damone Clark, LB, LSU
260) Los Angeles Chargers (compensatory) — Ben Brown, OL, Ole Miss
261) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (compensatory) — Gregory Junior, CB, Ouachita Baptist
262) San Francisco 49ers (compensatory) — Jalen Virgil, WR, Appalachian State


Jason Pruett
DRAFTPLEX

2022 NFL Mock Draft: 1.0 Edition

As the wildest NFL offseason in recent memory — if not ever — continues to unfold, the upcoming 2022 NFL Draft is shaping up to be just as unpredictable.

With this draft class lacking the typical buffet of budding superstar quarterbacks and blue-chip positional prospects at the very top, this was initially viewed to be a ‘down’ year. But instead, it looks to be one of the deepest drafts in quite a while, as teams can expect to find starting-caliber talent three to four rounds deep and intriguing developmental talent well beyond the seven rounds of official selections.

Of course, it all starts with the first round. And approximately one month ahead of the commissioner coming to the podium to open the proceedings, we’re no closer to a consensus on how night one of the draft is going to play out than we were in January — which just adds to the excitement and enjoyment of doing this year after year.

With that being said, I am pleased to present my 2022 NFL Mock Draft 1.0. These first-round projections are based on the current draft order and my impression of team needs as of March 26, and do not reflect any potential trade scenarios. Enjoy!


1 | Jacksonville Jaguars — Aidan Hutchison, EDGE, Michigan
For the second straight draft, the Jaguars find themselves picking first. With last year’s selection of quarterback Trevor Lawrence, the choice comes down to a top pass rusher or a top offensive tackle. Aidan Hutchinson is a safe prospect and a safe bet to be the first player off the board.

2 | Detroit Lions — Travon Walker, EDGE, Georgia
The Lions could press for a quarterback here, but they would be better served taking the best defender on their board. If it’s not Hutchinson, it could be Travon Walker, whose rise has been one of the most interesting storylines to watch this draft season. If he lives up to his pro projection, he could be a dominant force for Detroit for many years to come.

3 | Houston Texans — Evan Neal, OT, Alabama
After effectively hitting the reset button each of the past two offseasons, the Texans finally have premium draft capital again and expect to build around quarterback Davis Mills, who showed promise in his rookie campaign. With that in mind, it would be no surprise if offensive tackle Evan Neal was on short list of options and ultimately the selection here.

4 | New York Jets — Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon
Once projected to be the headliner of this draft class before he was even eligible to declare, Kayvon Thibodeaux has seen his stock cool to a degree throughout the process. But, there’s no denying the talent and potential to be an impact pass rusher from day one. The Jets would be hard-pressed to pass if he were to be available when they go on the clock at #4.

5 | New York Giants — Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State
The Giants’ offense has been a disaster the past couple of seasons, with poor offensive line play contributing to the disappointment. Despite their veteran signings in free agency, a forward-thinking solution is needed to fortify the offense front. Charles Cross has been less heralded than the other edge blockers throughout the process, but would be an instant starter at right tackle.

6 | Carolina Panthers — Malik Willis, QB, Liberty
The Sam Darnold experiment hasn’t been declared ‘over’ by the Panthers, but it would appear to be trending in that direction with the attention they’ve been giving to the top quarterback prospects in this draft. Malik Willis has arguably been the most impressive and expects to be the first signal caller to hear his name called on draft night.

7 | New York Giants (via CHI) — Ahmad ‘Sauce’ Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
Back on the clock, the Giants turn their attention to defense with cornerback James Bradberry rumored to be on his way out. Should that turn out to be the case, Sauce Gardner heads to New York as the new CB1 and becomes the centerpiece of the secondary under new defensive coordinator Don ‘Wink’ Martindale.

8 | Atlanta Falcons — Drake London, WR, USC
With glaring holes at receiver and pass rusher, the Falcons are one of the most ill-equipped teams at the moment on either side of the passing game. In this case, the need for another playmaker to help new quarterback Marcus Mariota wins out, as Atlanta selects tall target Drake London to pair with Kyle Pitts.

9 | Seattle Seahawks (via DEN) — Ikem Ekwonu, OT, North Carolina State
This would be a surprise slide for Ikem Ekwonu, who expects to be in contention for the first overall pick, but the board doesn’t always fall the way it’s supposed to on draft night. That being said, the Seahawks’ representative should be sprinting to turn in the card if this scenario should play out given their longstanding offensive line woes.

10 | New York Jets (via SEA) — Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame
With their second Top-10 selection, the Jets could look at a pass catcher or potentially a corner, but strong consideration would expect to be given to drafting unicorn safety Kyle Hamilton. Considered by many to be the top overall prospect in this draft class, there’s a chance he’s the best player remaining on New York’s board at this juncture.

11 | Washington Commanders — Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah
The newly-christened Commanders were thought to be a contender to draft a quarterback, but the trade for Carson Wentz makes the possibility less likely. However, they could have interest in Devin Lloyd as their defensive signal caller after trotting out a string of stop-gap veterans recently. Drafting a first-round linebacker two years in a row probably isn’t ideal resource allocation, but Washington has shown that they will double down on defensive talent in consecutive drafts.

12 | Minnesota Vikings — Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU
Derek Stingley Jr. exploded onto the scene with his stellar play as a freshman and was projected to be one of the highest-drafted cornerbacks in recent memory once he was eligible. But, it’s been a long, winding road over the past two years that expects to come to an end later in the first round than initially anticipated. With vacancies in the secondary, the Vikings are among the potential investors who could bank on him returning to form.

13 | Houston Texans (via CLE) — Jordan Davis, DT, Georgia
With the AFC expecting to be more competitive than ever in the coming years, the Texans’ path back to contention will need to run through their division — which means defending against two of the most potent rushing offenses in the NFL in the Titans and the Colts. Adding the one-of-a-kind Jordan Davis could help tip the scales in the Texans’ favor.

14 | Baltimore Ravens — Jermaine Johnson II, EDGE, Florida State
With their effort to land free agent and former Raven Za’Darius Smith falling through, the Ravens expect to take another stab at improving their pass rush. Provided they don’t add another name veteran ahead of the draft, Jermaine Johnson II would be an excellent fit on the edge opposite Odafe Oweh.

15 | Philadelphia Eagles (via MIA) — Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State
The Eagles haven’t had the best of luck drafting wide receivers in recent years, with only last year’s first-rounder DeVonta Smith emerging as a viable offensive weapon from among their high picks. They’ll hope to have similar luck with the selection of Ohio State stud Garrett Wilson.

16 | Philadelphia Eagles (via IND) — George Karlaftis, EDGE, Purdue
Staying on the clock with the second of their three first-round selections, adding the relentless George Karlaftis to their stable of edge rushers would give the Eagles an immediate contributor and building block for the future of their defensive front.

17 | Los Angeles Chargers — Zion Johnson, OG, Boston College
The Chargers appear to be on the verge of contending in the AFC and certainly made the investments in their defense this offseason to do so. However, one area where they’re coming into the draft reasonably thin is the offensive line. Zion Johnson could be a name to watch as they look to put complementary players into position alongside left tackle Rashawn Slater and center Corey Linsley.

18 | New Orleans Saints — Trevor Penning, OT, Northern Iowa
The Saints expect to be in the market to draft a quarterback, but at this stage it’s still difficult to tell if they prefer any one prospect over the others. But, what is clear is that the departure of Terron Armstead leaves a sizeable void at left tackle. Trevor Penning has performed his way into first-round consideration and would bring aggression and attitude to the Big Easy.

19 | Philadelphia Eagles — Daxton Hill, DB, Michigan
Linebacker might be the most pressing need remaining — but Philadelphia simply doesn’t draft the position in the first round. Alternatively, the Eagles aren’t locked into any safety for the long-term, which could see them look at the position early. Daxton Hill, who might be the most versatile secondary prospect in this class, could be a potential target.

20 | Pittsburgh Steelers — Kenny Pickett, QB, Pittsburgh
Like Carolina, the Steelers have had their eyes on all of the top quarterbacks in this class, even after bringing free agent Mitch Trubisky into the fold. Malik Willis and Kenny Pickett have both been connected to the Steelers early and often, and seem to be the two most likely choices. With Willis off the board here, it’s almost poetic that Pickett gets the nod and gets to remain in Pittsburgh.

21 | New England Patriots — Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington
The Patriots released Stephon Gilmore during the season and allowed J.C. Jackson to leave in free agency. Their recourse thus far has been limited to luring Malcolm Butler out of retirement. Drafting a cornerback early would seem to be on the table, with the ultra-competitive Trent McDuffie being a prime candidate to assume CB1 duties in Foxboro.

22 | Green Bay Packers (via LV) — Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State
For years, the Packers’ passing game has leaned on Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams and a cast of late-round characters. Now that Adams has been traded away to the Raiders, the Packers’ need to reload the receiving corps is even more painfully obvious. An early selection of — or perhaps a double-dip starting with — Chris Olave would be a big step in the right direction.

23 | Arizona Cardinals — Devonte Wyatt, DT, Georgia
With Chandler Jones charting a path northwest to Las Vegas, edge rusher is likely the more urgent front-seven need and certainly the case can be made for offensive line help as well. But, the Cardinals could also look at adding an active interior disruptor in Devonte Wyatt to replace the released Jordan Phillips.

24 | Dallas Cowboys — Kenyon Green, OG, Texas A&M
This offseason, the Cowboys effectively created more holes for themselves to address coming into the draft, but one that has been lingering since before season’s end has been a long-term answer at left guard. To that end, the Cowboys have been and are reported to continue doing their due diligence on Kenyon Green, who is an NFL-ready interior blocker and would be a step-in starter for Dallas.

25 | Buffalo Bills — Andrew Booth Jr., CB, Clemson
The Bills appear to be on the cusp of joining the NFL’s elite and a strong roster is certainly an indication of that. After bringing in front-seven reinforcements in free agency, their draft focus could be on the defensive backfield, putting a well-rounded, physical cornerback like Andrew Booth Jr. in play.

26 | Tennessee Titans — Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas
The Titans are a team that I think could be a dark horse candidate to draft a first-round quarterback. That said, with a firm grasp on the AFC South, their early approach is more likely to involve adding more firepower to compete now. Treylon Burks is a big, athletic target who could be deployed in a variety of ways by Tennessee.

27 | Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Travis Jones, DT, Connecticut
Tom Brady had a cup of coffee with retirement, but is now back to captain the ship in Tampa. And with his return, much of the uncertainty with the Bucs’ offensive personnel was washed away. The defensive line, though, is a different story. Travis Jones has been a riser at every stage of the draft process and could be a strong consideration here late in the first round.

28 | Green Bay Packers — Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia
I wouldn’t rule out the Packers drafting an offensive lineman with their second first-round selection, but perhaps they throw caution to the wind and, like wide receiver, draft another position early that they historically don’t. With the exception of his size, Nakobe Dean has everything you look for in a linebacker and would be a premium value selection here for Green Bay.

29 | Kansas City Chiefs (via SF thru MIA) — Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama
With back-to-back selections in the first round now, I expect the Chiefs to leverage one to trade up or to draft an injured top prospect at a bargain — with Alabama wide receiver Jameson Williams and Michigan edge David Ojabo being the obvious candidates. Seeing that Tyreek Hill was traded away, Williams makes sense as the new high-speed target for Andy Reid’s offense once he’s back to 100%.

30 | Kansas City Chiefs — Boye Mafe, EDGE, Minnesota
The Chiefs have taken different approaches to bring consistency to their pass rush, but are a few years removed from their last attempt to address the edge with a first-round prospect. Boye Mafe has impressed throughout the process and could be in the mix as as night one of the draft comes to a close.

31 | Cincinnati Bengals — Tyler Linderbaum, OC, Iowa
The Bengals came up just short of completing an incredible two-year turnaround with a Lombardi Trophy. Heading into the offseason, they knew they would need to drastically improve the offensive line to earn another opportunity at a Super Bowl and have done an admirable job shoring up their front in free agency. They could view stud center Tyler Linderbaum as the last piece of that puzzle.

32 | Detroit Lions — Desmond Ridder, QB, Cincinnati
As noted earlier, the Lions could go quarterback at #2, but #32 and #34 overall might be more likely, with the final pick in the first round being the more favored draft position thanks to the prized fifth-year option. In this scenario, the Lions have Matt Corral, Desmond Ridder, and Sam Howell still on the board. I’ll pencil in Ridder, a proven leader from a blue-collar program, which could appeal to the Detroit front office.


Jason Pruett
DRAFTPLEX

2021 NFL Mock Draft: Day 2 Edition

Thursday night wasn’t all that kind to my final first-round 2021 NFL Mock Draft, but there are two full days of picks left to go and there is still fun to be had seeing where these prospects will be selected and finding out where they will play football next.

With that being said, I am pleased to present my 2021 NFL Mock Draft: Day 2 Edition. These Round 2 and Round 3 projections are based on the draft order as it currently stands and my impression of remaining team needs, and do not reflect any potential trade scenarios.

Enjoy the draft!


ROUND 2


ROUND 3



Jason Pruett
DRAFTPLEX

2021 NFL Mock Draft: Final Edition

The time has come.

To clear the smoke. To call the names. To chase the dream.

The 2021 NFL Draft is here.

I am pleased present my final first-round 2021 NFL Mock Draft. These projections are based on the current draft order and my impression of team needs heading into the draft, with consideration given to potential trade scenarios.

Enjoy the draft!


1 | Jacksonville Jaguars — Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
The Jaguars can finally make it official that Trevor Lawrence is their next quarterback and the new face of their franchise.

2 | New York Jets — Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
The Jets hit the reset button once again this offseason. Entering yet another new era, they hope that upstart quarterback Zach Wilson can continue his rise and lead the franchise to success.

3 | San Francisco 49ers — Mac Jones, QB, Alabama
The 49ers traded up for a quarterback. I believe this pick should be Justin Fields. I think this pick could be Trey Lance. I expect this pick to be Mac Jones. I will mock this pick to be Mac Jones because I don’t know what to do with him otherwise. So it goes.

4 | Atlanta Falcons — Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
The Falcons have an opportunity to secure a successor to Matt Ryan and they’ve certainly done their homework on both Justin Fields and Trey Lance. If they pass on a passer, this pick expects to be the prototype for the tight end of the future, Kyle Pitts.

5 | Cincinnati Bengals — Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU
The Bengals have a choice between wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase and offensive tackle Penei Sewell here. I know they want to protect Joe Burrow, but I think they ultimately choose Chase, his former teammate and the alpha of this receiver class, and circle back to the offensive line on Day 2.

6 | Miami Dolphins — Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
The Dolphins need a dynamic weapon to open up their offense — maybe two. Wide receiver Jaylen Waddle is as electric as they come. His prior experience playing with quarterback Tua Tagovailoa just happens to be a bonus.

7 | New England Patriots — Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State
* Projected trade up with Detroit Lions *
The Patriots are primed to trade up for a quarterback. Most of the pre-draft smoke has them wanting to jump up for Justin Fields, but I’m going to go with the upset and project a trade up for Trey Lance. Meanwhile, the Lions have a shortage of picks and a roster that needs work, so they might be open to trading down for draft capital.

8 | Carolina Panthers — Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon
The Panthers are reportedly interested in quarterback Justin Fields, which might be real or might prove to be gamesmanship. I’m going to call their bluff and project that they are going to try their hand with Sam Darnold. In that case, if he is still on the board, they should be ready to draft stud left tackle Penei Sewell here.

9 | Denver Broncos — Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
The Broncos have Drew Lock and just traded for veteran Teddy Bridgewater, so would they still be interested in drafting a quarterback? It remains to be seen, but if Justin Fields is still on the board when they come up on the clock, it’s certainly a consideration. If this scenario plays out, I think Teddy is the bridge, Fields is the future, and Lock is on the block.

10 | Dallas Cowboys — Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama
The Cowboys have a glaring need at cornerback, but if offensive lineman Rashawn Slater is still on the board, he would also expect to be in the mix. I can see either Patrick Surtain II or Jaycee Horn as the pick here, but I’m going to give the nod to Surtain in the event that another team has eyes on Horn and takes him in front of Dallas.

11 | New York Giants — DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
The Giants have a host of needs they could address with this pick, with offensive lineman Rashawn Slater, linebacker Micah Parsons, and edge defenders Kwity Paye and Azeez Ojulari among the options. But, I think adding wide receiver DeVonta Smith to their cache of weaponry might intrigue them as they continue trying to figure out exactly what they have in quarterback Daniel Jones.

12 | Philadelphia Eagles — Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina
The Eagles might regret trading back after all of the top-tier pass catchers come off the board before they pick, but I believe they are in more desperate need of a cornerback. I think they would be relieved to still come away with Jaycee Horn here, but don’t rule out the possibility of them trading up ahead of the Cowboys to steal either Horn or Patrick Surtain II.

13 | Los Angeles Chargers — Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
The Chargers would expect to have interest in both of the top offensive tackles — Rashawn Slater and Penei Sewell, the former teammate of quarterback Justin Herbert at Oregon. A trade up might be in order for them to land either, but if they were to stay put, Slater is the more likely candidate to be available here.

14 | Minnesota Vikings — Kwity Paye, EDGE, Michigan
The Vikings are obviously in play to draft an offensive lineman here, most likely Alijah Vera-Tucker or Christian Darrisaw — unless they explore a trade up. They might also attempt to trade down to get an extra pick or two. As it stands, I could see them just as easily taking the first edge rusher off the board, potentially Kwity Paye.

15 | Detroit Lions — Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
* Projected trade down with New England Patriots *
The Lions are a prime candidate to trade down in the first round, especially if a team like the Patriots is willing to pay the quarterback tax to move up. If they were to sit tight at #7, a wide receiver or offensive tackle are likely considerations. As is linebacker Micah Parsons, who could still be available here in their projected landing spot.

16 | Arizona Cardinals — Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa
The Cardinals are a little bit of a wildcard depending on their interest in a wide receiver, as it has been suggested that they are considering a trade up. I could also see them being open to trading back and taking one from the second tier. If they stand in and pick, physically imposing linebacker Zaven Collins could be the target to fill out their front seven.

17 | Las Vegas Raiders — Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State
The Raiders always make it interesting on draft night, but they also raised a lot of eyebrows this offseason by effectively dismantling what had been one of the better offensive lines in the league. With a definite void now at right tackle, I would expect them to strongly lean towards massive mauler Teven Jenkins with this pick. If linebacker Micah Parsons were to still be available, I think he would also be in play.

18 | Miami Dolphins — Alijah Vera-Tucker, OG, USC
The Dolphins could consider offensive tackle Penei Sewell at #6 if the Bengals pass on him in favor of wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase, but I had Miami pass on him as well to get an offensive weapon in Jaylen Waddle. In turn, I think they could look at adding to their offensive line here with Alijah Vera-Tucker, who would slot in at guard alongside his former college teammate, second-year tackle Austin Jackson, who has promise but struggled as a rookie.

19 | Washington Football Team — Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame
Washington is another team firmly in the conversation to draft an offensive tackle, but I think they could also be interested in an impact second-level defender. Hybrid linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah compares favorably to the smaller, faster linebackers head coach Ron Rivera and defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio have deployed in the past.

20 | Chicago Bears — Elijah Moore, WR, Ole Miss
The Bears could realistically target a wide receiver, a cornerback, or an offensive tackle here — if they don’t go all in to trade up for a quarterback. In lieu of a big move, I think they might still try to splash a little bit with a wide receiver. Elijah Moore is undersized, but there’s no question he is a fast, explosive playmaker who would add some juice to their offense.

21 | Indianapolis Colts — Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
The Colts could be a mover on draft night if they don’t see the value at offensive tackle or edge rusher being here for them. In this scenario, however, they are fortunate to have potential trade-up target Christian Darrisaw somehow make it through the minefield of tackle-needy teams ahead of them.

22 | Tennessee Titans — Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota
The Titans lost a lot of firepower from their passing offense this offseason and have not done much to reload, thus I would expect them to strongly consider a wide receiver here. Rashod Bateman is perhaps the most natural fit in this range to complement A.J. Brown.

23 | New York Jets — Jamin Davis, LB, Kentucky
The Jets expect to continue renovating their defense through the draft, specifically the secondary. But, I think cornerback will stretch into Day 2. Meanwhile, they have to be leery of what they have at linebacker for this season and beyond. A riser at the position, Jamin Davis could be a compelling option to work in alongside C.J. Mosley and Jarrad Davis before eventually taking over as the leader of the unit.

24 | Pittsburgh Steelers — Najee Harris, RB, Alabama
The Steelers have needs at cornerback and offensive tackle specifically, but may be looking at the third, fourth, or fifth options at either or both positions depending on how the board falls. Meanwhile, they are likely in position to take the first running back, which also happens to be a substantial need. Najee Harris is the call for me, but Travis Etienne would also make sense here.

25 | Jacksonville Jaguars — Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU
The Jaguars expect to focus their draft on putting pieces around Trevor Lawrence, which could have them looking in multiple directions offensively here. Alternatively, if they are aiming to raise their overall talent level, safety Trevon Moehrig should be a consideration. He is arguably the top player remaining on the board, let alone at his position, and would project to be a rookie starter for their defense.

26 | Cleveland Browns — Eric Stokes, CB, Georgia
The Browns are coming into this draft in the enviable, and for them unusual, position of not having to fill a pressing need. That said, there is some degree of uncertainty at cornerback due to injury, as well as opportunity for competition. Given that context, I think cornerback Eric Stokes may be a consideration over Caleb Farley and Greg Newsome II, both of whom might grade out slightly higher but come with durability questions.

27 | Baltimore Ravens — Azeez Ojulari, EDGE, Georgia
The Ravens expect to be in the market for multiple positions late in the the first round, but fortunately they now have two picks to address those needs. In this scenario, the first position they tackle is edge rusher, opting for Azeez Ojulari, who is at or near the top of the group talent-wise, but may slip depending on how teams interpret his medical evaluation.

28 | New Orleans Saints — Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwestern
The Saints are thin at wide receiver and defensive tackle especially, but cornerback is perhaps their most urgent need. With Greg Newsome II still on the board, I think they have to consider taking the immediate help for their pass defense, and tabling the other two positions until later. They could also be open to trading down with a team looking to jump back into the first round.

29 | Green Bay Packers — Christian Barmore, DL, Alabama
The Packers may consider drafting for value this late in the first round, which would rule out positions where they do have an immediate need, such as wide receiver, linebacker, and cornerback, where the top of the board has been thinned out. To that point, the player presenting the best value without injury concerns might be high-ceiling defensive lineman Christian Barmore, who could be a key piece of their rotation early.

30 | Buffalo Bills — Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson
The Bills have been the source of a lot of smoke this week, with reports suggesting that they are not only interested in drafting running back Travis Etienne, but exploring a trade up in the first round to secure his services. I’ll buy into it in so far as I can see the Bills and 3 or 4 other teams potentially targeting Etienne in this range. In this case, however, a trade up is not required.

31 | Baltimore Ravens — Landon Dickerson, OC, Alabama
The Ravens will look to address a position here they didn’t earlier at #27. While I think there will be interest in a wide receiver, they might feel comfortable gambling on plug-and-play center Landon Dickerson, who is considered a first-round talent, but has an injury history that can’t be ignored.

32 | Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Jaelan Phillips, EDGE, Miami
The Buccaneers will come into this season looking to repeat as Super Bowl champions with their title team virtually intact. As it stands, the rich get richer, as they end up with edge rusher Jaelan Phillips, who has the talent to go in the top half of the first round, but comes with significant medical red flags that could see him slide to here. Suffice to say, the Buccaneers can afford the risk.


Jason Pruett
DRAFTPLEX