Right here we go. Free company is winding down, and all consideration has turned towards the 2022 NFL Draft, which implies that Mock Draft 2.0 is right here on your viewing pleasure. The Bucs will choose twenty seventh general. Their wants are up within the air proper now, however you possibly can guess that the defensive aspect of the ball might be a precedence for Tampa Bay.
Bear in mind, it is a mock of what I believe might/will occur and suits that make sense primarily based on groups scheme and draft historical past – not essentially what I would do if I have been the GM of every staff. Simply know that earlier than you hate every little thing I’ve written right here. Thanks.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars – EDGE Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan
The Jaguars signed gamers to maintain deal with and edge defender from being crying wants within the draft. However each positions are undoubtedly nonetheless wants. In a category with a ton of questions on the prime, the surety of Hutchinson no less than being participant is attractive. Jacksonville wants extra cornerstones to construct round defensively. Pairing Hutchinson and Josh Allen off the sides is an effective place to start out.
2. Detroit Lions – EDGE Travon Walker, Georgia
The fascination with Walker is humorous to me. He’s large and an important athlete, however he’s fairly linear on tape and has proven little or no go rush nuance. Walker is a mission to me, with simply 9.5 sacks in school. Trying again over draft historical past, there should not many school edge defenders with lower than 10 profession sacks who’ve been worthy of a first-round choose, not to mention a Prime 10 choice. However Walker will give Detroit an edge setter and a bodily presence up entrance.
3. Houston Texans – CB Sauce Gardner, Cincinnati
The Texans need assistance actually all over the place besides left deal with. However tackles are on the prime of the board proper now, so a commerce down might make sense for Houston. However can the Texans get anybody to maneuver up? If not, Gardner ought to be excessive on their radar. Houston has mainly no starting-caliber skills within the secondary. Including Gardner could be begin.
4. New York Jets – OT Ikem Ekwonu, N.C. State
I’ve acquired some doubts that Mekhi Becton is lengthy for New York given the trajectory of that state of affairs. The Jets have sufficient at deal with to contemplate different positions, however Ekwonu has an immense ceiling and is a superb match. Joe Douglas has prioritized instruments on the offensive line, and Ekwonu has them in droves. Including him would give the Jets an unimaginable nasty pair of tackles if Becton comes round.
5. New York Giants – OT Evan Neal, Alabama
Perhaps I’m improper, and the Giants are keen to journey with Matt Peart at RT throughout from Andrew Thomas. However I don’t suppose that ought to be an expectation going into Yr 3. If New York has the prospect to bookend Thomas and Neal, they’ve to consider it. The highest of this class is just not nice, and Neal is among the safer picks within the draft at a place of significance and wish.
6. Carolina Panthers – QB Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh
The Panthers are one of many solely groups within the league with no quarterback to talk of regardless of being in clear-cut “win now” mode. One other depressing season for Matt Rhule is perhaps the tip of this present regime. I believe that is loopy excessive for Pickett, however he and Rhule return. Proper now, Rhule has the facility in Carolina. And I believe he’s going to make use of his lifeline on a man he’s at all times favored relationship again to highschool. Pickett dedicated to Temple when he was there after which de-committed as soon as Rhule left for Baylor.
7. New York Giants – S Kyle Hamilton, Notre Dame
The Giants are led by a GM and head coach that hail from Buffalo, so chances are high that they may construct this protection down the center. That leaves two logical choices to me at No. 7 – Utah LB Devin Lloyd or Hamilton. In a deep linebacker class, I believe they journey with Hamilton to play subsequent to Xavier McKinney. Each safeties have some interchangeability, which was key for Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer in Buffalo. Hamilton could possibly be a culture-changer in New York’s secondary.
8. Atlanta Falcons – WR Drake London, USC
I’m not as excessive on London as others, however it appears he’s going to be the highest huge receiver off the board in April. The massive receiver has his personal Professional Day on Tuesday, however I’m certain they’ll deal with his testing numbers sufficient for assuage any considerations. London is an effective route runner and an important contested catch receiver on tape. The Falcons want somebody who can step in and play, and London shouldn’t have any drawback doing that.
9. Seattle Seahawks – QB Malik Willis, Liberty
Seattle doesn’t need to go quarterback right here, however they’re clearly rebuilding, which makes a high-upside funding in Willis fairly logical. However does Pete Carroll desire a wild card at quarterback like Willis? Is he trying to devalue the place and focus extra on the run sport? May he fall in love with Willis’ dashing capability as part of that assault? I truthfully don’t know. Seattle would possibly want to consider shifting in a regime change path after this season. That makes pin-pointing this choose extraordinarily onerous.
10. New York Jets – CB Derek Stingley, LSU
Jets followers will lose their thoughts if the staff passes on Kayvon Thibodeaux twice. However that is perhaps the place we’re headed. It sounds just like the Jets have had a foul expertise with the dedication of Becton since drafting him. I’m simply undecided they need to take a danger on Thibodeaux if the crimson flags on the market are legit. Personally, I believe Thibodeaux’s tape is superior. And Stingley is a danger too, given how typically he’s been banged up. There’s particular tape from early in his profession, nevertheless. And the Jets desperately want a cornerback.
11. Washington Commanders – DT Jordan Davis, Georgia
Washington has been a staff that has prided themselves on their defensive position depth for years now. However the lack of Tim Settle and Matt Ioannidis has left them skinny up entrance. This might sound excessive for Davis, particularly given his lack of affect as a rusher. However I might see Washington valuing Davis’ affect within the run sport sufficient to take him at No. 11. I believe they’ll additionally see it as a transfer that frees up Jonathan Allen, Da’Ron Payne and second-year linebacker Jamin Davis to be their finest. One choose to enhance 4 spots.
12. Minnesota Vikings – EDGE Kayvon Thibodeaux, Oregon
I do know, this one is a shock to some folks I’m certain. However the Vikings are in a curious spot with Danielle Hunter’s contract, and Za’Darius Smith’s contract is basically structured like a one-year deal. Minnesota might get out of both deal subsequent 12 months, if both participant under-performs. Quick time period, I believe the brand new regime goes to acknowledge the worth of go rushers, and see what it’s like placing Thibodeaux on the market with Smith inside and Hunter on the alternative aspect. An elite four-man go rush is Minnesota’s finest probability of topping the Packers. And Smith is an elite inside rusher. Thibs is simply too proficient to go on at No. 12 general.
13. Houston Texans – WR Garrett Wilson, Ohio State
Once more, you possibly can draft mainly any participant for the Texans, and it could make sense. They could have the worst roster I’ve ever seen. That can solely get worst if Brandin Cooks is traded quickly. Even when he isn’t, the Texans desperately must put just a few weapons round Davis Mills. Wilson should enhance his route-running, however he makes robust catches regularly on tape, and may get open downfield. He’ll deal with an early quantity function for the Texans’ passing assault.
14. Baltimore Ravens – LB Devin Lloyd, Utah
The soar to the NFL has been a giant one for Patrick Queen, who wants a greater working mate if he’s going to keep away from bust standing. Lloyd is an elite chief and playmaker on a protection that desperately wants each on the second stage. Sure, the Ravens want go rush assist for certain. However Lloyd will give them that too, as a terrific blitzer up the center or off the sting. And he’s a monster in protection. The Ravens will discover a go rusher later in a deep class.
15. Philadelphia Eagles – CB Trent McDuffie, Washington
There aren’t many suits I like extra on this draft than Eagles DC Jonathan Gannon and Trent McDuffie. Gannon, a zone-heavy coach who needs his cornerbacks to play downhill on the ball and aggressive in run assist. McDuffie, one of the vital instinctive cowl corners and prime tacklers within the class. He’ll begin reverse Darius Slay in a match made in heaven.
16. New Orleans Saints – OT Charles Cross, Mississippi State
The Saints made an aggressive commerce with the Eagles to seize one other choose on this 12 months’s first spherical. Why? Who is aware of? One idea is that the staff needs to be in place to land a falling prime deal with to interchange Terron Armstead. Cross would possibly drop of their lap, if latest stories are to be believed. Sure, Cross wants improvement within the run sport hailing from a pass-heavy school scheme. However he’s acquired pro-ready instruments in go safety. That’s more durable to be taught than the run sport.
17. Los Angeles Chargers – DT Devonte Wyatt, Georgia
The Chargers signed Sebastian Joseph-Day and Austin Johnson in free company, however I don’t suppose they’re performed at defensive deal with. Jerry Tillery has been a large disappointment, and the staff nonetheless wants inside go rush assist. Wyatt may give them every little thing as essentially the most proficient defensive deal with within the class. Final season’s success ought to be just the start for Wyatt, if he can keep centered on soccer.
18. Philadelphia Eagles – S Lewis Cine, Georgia
The Eagles invested a ton in increase their defensive entrance in free company. They signed Haason Reddick, introduced again Derek Barnett and Fletcher Cox. If Gannon goes to rely closely on a four-man rush like he did in 2021, he wants nice gamers in his again seven, too. Including McDuffie to start out with Slay and Avonte Maddox helps. However placing Cine within the combine subsequent to Anthony Harris is one other big-time transfer. He’s essentially the most athletic and bodily security within the draft. He’ll pair completely with Harris, dominating at robust security whereas nonetheless in a position to contribute in deep protection.
19. New Orleans Saints – WR Jameson Williams, Alabama
Few groups within the NFL want huge receiver expertise just like the Saints. Williams might be a return to the speedy offense that after made New Orleans nice. If he totally recovers from his torn ACL, Williams may need the very best upside of any wideout within the class. He’s acquired uncommon acceleration and splash-play capability, however his all-around sport nonetheless wants work.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers – QB Matt Corral, Ole Miss
We’ll see how keen the Steelers are to commerce the farm to leap up in a foul quarterback class for Malik Willis. They is perhaps making an attempt to bounce this April. However for now, they keep put and take Corral. He’s a fiery competitor who suits Matt Canada’s offense properly together with his fast, correct throwing movement. However do you have to be drafting a quarterback primarily based on their match inside one of many worst offenses within the NFL?
21. New England Patriots – EDGE Jermaine Johnson, Florida State
Johnson is a bodily and athletically mature edge rusher who can play straight away. If he can proceed so as to add to his toolbox as a rusher, he and Matt Judon might be a top quality duo for the Patriots. New England might take a look at guards and cornerbacks, however seem set at huge receiver for Spherical 1. The Patriots present cornerback room is fairly low high quality by their requirements. However they might wait with a bunch of the highest corners off the board.
22. Inexperienced Bay Packers – WR Chris Olave, Ohio State
The Packers have stable possession receiver varieties in Randall Cobb and Allen Lazard. However they’re missing a giant play vertical risk on the skin. After making an attempt and failing to re-sign Marquez Valdes-Scantling, the Packers will flip their consideration to the draft. Olave is a speedy downfield goal with good ball abilities and route-running capability.
23. Arizona Cardinals – WR Treylon Burks, Arkansas
The Cardinals misplaced Christian Kirk in free company, and A.J. Inexperienced doesn’t appear to be coming again. Was final 12 months the start of a decline for DeAndre Hopkins, who turns 30 this summer time? Given how reliant the Cardinals are on the huge receiver place, I’m guessing it’ll be a precedence within the draft. If Burks is on the board, Arizona shouldn’t hesitate.
24. Dallas Cowboys – C Tyler Linderbaum, Iowa
Tyler Biadasz acquired whooped up final 12 months, and the Cowboys ought to be looking out for an improve. If Linderbaum falls of their lap at No. 24, they may not have the opportunity to withstand. In fact, Dallas additionally will take a look at edge rusher, huge receiver, guard, deal with and security choices. Out of the blue, the Cowboys have tons of wants. However Linderbaum is simply too good of a expertise to go up this late within the first spherical.
25. Buffalo Payments – CB Andrew Sales space, Clemson
The Payments don’t have many wants, however discovering a top quality nook reverse Tre White is precedence. Sales space is bodily, aggressive and scheme-diverse. His finest soccer is perhaps forward of him if he buys into the Buffalo tradition. It’s a little regarding that Sales space hasn’t run but through the pre-draft course of.
26. Tennessee Titans – OT Trevor Penning, Northern Iowa
Taylor Lewan’s time in Tennessee, and possibly within the NFL, is on its final legs. And Dillon Radunz didn’t encourage a lot confidence together with his rookie season efficiency. So the Titans seize Penning, one of many meanest, nastiest linemen within the class. He’ll be slot in Tennessee’s run-heavy method.
27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – S Jaquan Brisker, Penn State
Clearly the Bucs might go together with a guard like Zion Johnson or Kenyon Inexperienced right here, however I needed to vary issues up. I believe Tampa Bay needs to spice up its secondary with a choose or two on this class. Including Logan Ryan helps, however he’s extra of a slot defender than a real security.
Brisker’s taking part in model is similar to Jordan Whitehead’s, however he’s greater and extra athletic. In consequence, he’ll be extra versatile within the NFL, too. However proper out of the gate, Brisker can begin at robust security and be an important beneath defender in protection. His excellent run protection will assist exchange Whitehead’s loss as properly.
28. Inexperienced Bay Packers – EDGE Boye Mafe, Minnesota
The Packers misplaced Za’Darius Smith this offseason. They stored Preston Smith to pair with Rashan Gary, however one other go rusher is vital. Mafe’s inventory has risen all through the method. He crushed the Senior Bowl sport and blew away pre-draft testing. The Packers like greater edges who play onerous. Mafe definitely suits the invoice.
29. Kansas Metropolis Chiefs – EDGE George Karlaftis, Purdue
The Chiefs will most likely soar up just a few spots for a participant they love on this draft. However I’m not doing trades on this mock, so that they keep and take Karlaftis. He’s prepared to start out straight away and can present large vitality and good rush capability. The massive query with Karlaftis is, what’s the ceiling?
30. Kansas Metropolis Chiefs – CB Kaiir Elam, Florida
The Chiefs are skinny at cornerback, and Elam is a top quality cowl man nonetheless left on the board. I do know many consider they’ll take a large receiver, and possibly they may. However Kansas Metropolis went out and acquired JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez-Scantling this offseason. In the event that they take a wideout in Spherical 1, he’s most likely WR4 this season. The Chiefs would possibly nonetheless do it, however with a run on huge receivers earlier than this choose, they’ll repair up the protection for now.
31. Cincinnati Bengals – OG Zion Johnson, Boston Faculty
I do know the Bengals nonetheless consider in Jackson Carman. And if the draft unfolds what number of consider it’ll, they’ll fortunately journey with him at left guard this season. However with Johnson nonetheless on the board, I don’t understand how Cincinnati passes on him. Placing Johnson with Ted Karras, Alex Cappa and La’El Collins would full the Bengals offensive line overhaul this offseason.
32. Detroit Lions – LB Quay Walker, Georgia
Walker is an elite athlete who will pair properly subsequent to Derrick Barnes on the Lions protection. I do know Detroit re-signed Alex Anzalone and signed Jarrad Davis, however neither of these gamers is the long-term reply. And their contracts counsel as a lot. Walker wants time to develop right into a full-time function, however his upside is thru the roof.