2022 NFL Mock Draft: Lions surprise with George Karlaftis at No. 1, first round sees receivers galore


Purdue

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 275 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

6th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Early November is the appropriate time for a mock draft surprise. And this would amount to one. However, Karlaftis, like Kayvon Thibodeaux, is a freaky athlete who’s actually younger than the Oregon star and has more of an NFL body.

Oregon

• Soph

• 6’5″

/ 258 lbs

Projected Team

Houston

PROSPECT RNK

1st

POSITION RNK

1st

Thibodeaux might be more of a project than people are thinking right now, while the Texans are years away from contending. Perfect match. He does have All-Pro upside.

Notre Dame

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 219 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

3rd

POSITION RNK

1st

The Eagles get a monster playmaker in Hamilton, who will boost the back seven in Philadelphia in a major way.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 350 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

27th

POSITION RNK

4th

Neal falls into the Jets lap, and they couldn’t be happier with the thought of Mekhi Becton and Neal protecting their quarterback for years to come.

LSU

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 195 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

2nd

POSITION RNK

1st

The Jaguars did have a tremendous defensive effort in Week 9 but are still in need of an alpha at the corner spot. Stingley can be that guy.

Ole Miss

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Washington

PROSPECT RNK

3rd

POSITION RNK

1st

The Football Team isn’t gettijng a marquee, high-end prospect here, but Corral presents the best combination of NFL-readiness and upside.

Michigan

• Sr

• 6’6″

/ 265 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

21st

POSITION RNK

3rd

With Derek Barnett set for free agency and Brandon Graham nearing the end of his career, this is a no-brainer for the Eagles.

Georgia

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 225 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

PROSPECT RNK

37th

POSITION RNK

6th

Dean is a big-time athlete who can run, hit, and cover like some of the best linebacker prospects we’ve seen over the past three or four draft classes.

NC State

• Soph

• 6’4″

/ 320 lbs

How about more protection for Daniel Jones up front? Ekwonu can play tackle in the NFL despite his shorter arms because of his outstanding balance and power.

Iowa

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 290 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

19th

POSITION RNK

4th

The Dolphins might end up with a top 10 pick after all, given the 49ers’ recent downward spiral. And how about a sure thing along the offensive line for Miami? That’s what they’d get with Linderbaum.

Washington

• Soph

• 5’11”

/ 195 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

POSITION RNK

McDuffie is a majorly gifted athlete with fantastic instincts in coverage. He’s the type the Jets need in their secondary.

Liberty

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 195 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

29th

POSITION RNK

5th

The Vikings finally part ways from having an exact type at the quarterback spot — see: Kirk Cousins — with the selection of Willis, a raw but immensely high upside quarterback prospect.

Texas A&M

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 325 lbs

Projected Team

Carolina

PROSPECT RNK

10th

POSITION RNK

2nd

The Panthers have to get nastier inside. Green is the definition of a mauler, and while he’s played multiple positions at Texas A&M, his best NFL position will be guard.

Mississippi State

• Soph

• 6’5″

/ 310 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

59th

POSITION RNK

12th

As such a young prospect, Cross is a bit of a project, but he’s played like a first-round pick this season and has All-Pro potential given his smooth athletic traits.

Pittsburgh

• Sr

• 6’3″

/ 220 lbs

Projected Team

Denver

PROSPECT RNK

14th

POSITION RNK

1st

GM George Paton was in Minnesota for the Vikings’ draft selection of Teddy Bridgewater and signing of Kirk Cousins. With Pickett, he’d get another multi-year college starter with a strong resume inside the pocket.

Cincinnati

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 188 lbs

Projected Team

Cincinnati

PROSPECT RNK

18th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Gardner is a physical, in-your-face cornerback who would be a welcomed, youthful addition to the Cincinnati defensive backfield.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 192 lbs

Projected Team

Cleveland

PROSPECT RNK

7th

POSITION RNK

1st

With Odell Beckham Jr. gone, the need for receiver in Cleveland is clear-cut. Wilson is a twitched up speedster bound for Round 1.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 189 lbs

Suddenly, I think we’re realizing the Chiefs might need secondary weapons on offense. Williams is sudden and excels after the catch. He’ll be a riser during draft season.

Texas A&M

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 290 lbs

Projected Team

Atlanta

PROSPECT RNK

8th

POSITION RNK

1st

Huge value selection for the Falcons here with Leal, who can win at any defensive line position.

Penn State

• Sr

• 5’11”

/ 184 lbs

Given his juice to get open down the field, great ball skills, and craftiness underneath, Dotson would fit perfectly in New England.

USC

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 210 lbs

Projected Team

New Orleans

PROSPECT RNK

60th

POSITION RNK

10th

London plays to every inch of his 6-foot-5 frame but has the quickness to get open.

Florida

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 196 lbs

Projected Team

Pittsburgh

PROSPECT RNK

19th

POSITION RNK

4th

Elam would be a glorious fit in Pittsburgh’s man-heavy coverage scheme because of his length and physicality at the line.

Georgia

• Sr

• 6’0″

/ 190 lbs

Projected Team

Las Vegas

PROSPECT RNK

12th

POSITION RNK

1st

Kendrick would be a high-floor cornerback for the Raiders. Exactly what that secondary needs.

Utah

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 235 lbs

Projected Team

Dallas

PROSPECT RNK

49th

POSITION RNK

7th

With Micah Parsons destined to play mostly on the edge and Leighton Vander Esch a free agent, the Cowboys dip into the off-ball linebacker well again with Lloyd, a sizable and rangy ‘backer.

Auburn

• Sr

• 6’0″

/ 190 lbs

Projected Team

Buffalo

PROSPECT RNK

65th

POSITION RNK

3rd

The Bills have a major hole at guard but can’t pass on the SEC-tested McCreary, who plays the ball awesomely in the air and has an NFL body that will allow him to thrive against the run.

Arkansas

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 225 lbs

Burks would be a tremendous complement to Keenan Allen and Mike Williams in Los Angeles.

Penn State

• Sr

• 6’1″

/ 200 lbs

Projected Team

Tampa Bay

PROSPECT RNK

POSITION RNK

Brisker has been a steady producer at Penn State for years and would add more youthful talent to Tampa’s secondary.

North Carolina

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 225 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

5th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Howell hasn’t been as dynamic as he was in 2020, but he’s done a good job of late elevating those around him. He can be a project-type in Detroit.

Georgia

• Soph

• 6’6″

/ 330 lbs

Projected Team

Baltimore

PROSPECT RNK

POSITION RNK

The Ravens love oversized defensive linemen, and that’s precisely what Davis is. Brandon Williams is a free agent at the end of the season.

Penn State

• Sr

• 5’11”

/ 184 lbs

Projected Team

Green Bay

PROSPECT RNK

18th

POSITION RNK

3rd

I’d love Dotson in Green Bay, given his vertical capabilities and how he plays bigger than his size in traffic.

Washington

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 310 lbs

Projected Team

Tennessee

PROSPECT RNK

POSITION RNK

Kirkland is a pass blocking specialist, but with more power he can be rock-solid for the run too because of his great feet.

Michigan

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 192 lbs

Projected Team

Arizona

PROSPECT RNK

67th

POSITION RNK

5th

Hill is a former monster recruit with incredible twitch and good ball skills.



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