2022 NFL Mock Draft: Falcons land Deshaun Watson amid more March QB madness, Packers replace Davante Adams


Michigan

• Sr

• 6’7″

/ 260 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

3rd

POSITION RNK

2nd

The Jaguars could still take an offensive lineman here — even after franchise tagging left tackle Cam Robinson for the second straight year and paying top dollar for guard Brandon Scherff in free agency. Instead, they bolster the defensive front by selecting the tenacious and technically sound Hutchinson.

Oregon

• Soph

• 6’4″

/ 254 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

2nd

POSITION RNK

1st

Hutchinson to the Lions seemed like the surest thing among the top 5 picks, but that’s no longer the case with Jacksonville addressing its offensive line through free agency. Detroit loses out on Hutchinson but still gets its potential All-Pro pass rusher in Thibodeaux.

Notre Dame

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 220 lbs

Projected Team

Houston

PROSPECT RNK

1st

POSITION RNK

1st

The Texans have made a bunch of moves in free agency but have yet to add a difference-maker. Hamilton can be that player on all three levels of the defense.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 337 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

4th

POSITION RNK

1st

The Jets find themselves in a great spot, getting to pick from all of the best offensive tackles. GM Joe Douglas opts to add Neal to what should be a vastly improved offensive line in 2022.

NC State

• Soph

• 6’4″

/ 310 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

PROSPECT RNK

10th

POSITION RNK

4th

Ekwonu made a strong case for being the No. 1 offensive lineman in this class with his performance at the NFL combine. He can step in and play tackle right away for a unit that must do a better job of keeping Daniel Jones out of harm’s way.

Pittsburgh

• Sr

• 6’3″

/ 217 lbs

Projected Team

Carolina

PROSPECT RNK

25th

POSITION RNK

3rd

The Panthers miss out on Deshaun Watson and go with the most NFL ready quarterback prospect in this year’s draft. Whether Pickett turns into a franchise QB and Matt Rhule’s savior is a much bigger question.

Georgia

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 272 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

PROSPECT RNK

15th

POSITION RNK

1st

Want proof that Walker could wind up being the best all-around edge rusher in this class? Just check out what he did at the combine. He has the athleticism and the skillset to disrupt offenses from multiple positions along the defensive front.

Mississippi State

• Soph

• 6’5″

/ 307 lbs

Projected Team

Houston

PROSPECT RNK

7th

POSITION RNK

3rd

The Texans need an influx of talent across their roster, so after trading Deshaun Watson to the Falcons, they select the clear best offensive tackle available in Cross. Getting the Mississippi State standout along with Kyle Hamilton will go a long way as Houston attempts to reestablish itself as a contender in the AFC South. In this mock trade, in addition to the 2022 first-round pick the Falcons give up Grady Jarrett, A.J. Terrell, two future ones and a future two, then look to trade Matt Ryan.

Ole Miss

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 212 lbs

Projected Team

Seattle

PROSPECT RNK

22nd

POSITION RNK

1st

Corral has flown way under the radar after not participating in the combine due to an ankle injury, but he has the necessary traits to wind up as the best quarterback in the class. In this mock, the Seahawks come to the same conclusion and select him to replace Russell Wilson.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 183 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

8th

POSITION RNK

1st

The Jets have made a bunch of quality moves in free agency, but they have not signed an outside receiver. That’s fine, because they will be in position to potentially select the first wideout off the draft board. That’s the case here, and New York is thrilled to get Garrett Wilson to pair with Zach Wilson.

Ohio State

• Sr

• 6’0″

/ 187 lbs

Projected Team

Washington

PROSPECT RNK

27th

POSITION RNK

5th

Washington should aim to help Carson Wentz as much as possible, and getting him a potential No. 1 receiver is one way to do that. Pairing Olave with fellow former Buckeye Terry McLaurin would be scary for opposing defenses.

Cincinnati

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 190 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

9th

POSITION RNK

2nd

The Vikings should be thrilled if they can grab Gardner here. He’d immediately provide Minnesota with a rock solid corner on the outside.

Michigan

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 250 lbs

Projected Team

Cleveland

PROSPECT RNK

40th

POSITION RNK

6th

The Browns bolster the defensive line with the selection of the Ojabo, who was injured at Michigan’s Pro Day, but Cleveland believes enough in his upside and potential whenever he is available to return to the field.

Florida State

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 254 lbs

Projected Team

Baltimore

PROSPECT RNK

29th

POSITION RNK

4th

The Ravens appeared to land an elite edge rusher … until Za’Darius Smith backed out of his reported four-year, $35 million deal. Baltimore is instead forced to address the position in the draft, going with the explosive Johnson, who put up big numbers at Florida State.

LSU

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 195 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

5th

POSITION RNK

1st

The Eagles buy low on Stingley, the consensus No. 1 corner entering 2021 before inconsistent play and a season-ending injury allowed others to close the gap. If Stingley can regain his 2019 form, when he had 15 pass breakups and six interceptions, he’ll be a worthy complement to Darius Slay in the secondary.

Arkansas

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 225 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

14th

POSITION RNK

4th

The Eagles have missed out on/chose not to pursue the top free agent wide receivers so far, so using one of their three first-round picks on the position would make sense. Burks is a YAC machine, which will make Jalen Hurts’ job that much easier and take pressure off DeVonta Smith.

Northern Iowa

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 321 lbs

The Chargers have made all the right moves in free agency, from re-signing Mike Williams to adding J.C. Jackson to trading for Khalil Mack. Now it’s time to provide better protection for Justin Herbert. Los Angeles selected Rashawn Slater 13th overall in last year’s draft, and he earned Pro Bowl and second-team All-Pro honors as a rookie. It’s unreasonable to think Penning will replicate those accomplishments, but he should be a quality starter pretty quickly.

Liberty

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 219 lbs

Projected Team

New Orleans

PROSPECT RNK

23rd

POSITION RNK

2nd

Missing out on Watson hurts, but the Saints still get the quarterback prospect with the highest ceiling to fall to them. New Orleans could re-sign Jamies Winston and have Willis learn and develop behind him, allowing the team to still contend for the postseason while building for the future.

Georgia

• Sr

• 6’3″

/ 307 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

33rd

POSITION RNK

3rd

The Eagles created a need at interior defensive line after releasing perennial Pro Bowler Fletcher Cox and allowing reserve Hassan Ridgeway to walk in free agency. Wyatt, a stout run defender and able pass rusher, helps fill the void in the middle.

Michigan

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 191 lbs

Projected Team

Pittsburgh

PROSPECT RNK

19th

POSITION RNK

2nd

The Steelers have re-signed Miles Killebrew and Ahkello Witherspoon in the secondary, yet haven’t locked down starting strong safety Terrell Edmunds. If he signs elsewhere, the versatile and instinctual Hill would be a quality replacement.

USC

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 219 lbs

Projected Team

New England

PROSPECT RNK

12th

POSITION RNK

3rd

New England hasn’t signed a wide receiver despite reportedly having done “excessive” work on the veterans in the free agency and trade market. The Patriots must surround Mac Jones with as many weapons as possible, so drafting the jump-ball monster that is London would be a worthwhile alternative.

Penn State

• Sr

• 5’11”

/ 178 lbs

Projected Team

Green Bay

PROSPECT RNK

39th

POSITION RNK

6th

Having traded away perhaps the NFL’s best receiver in Davante Adams, It’s absolutely time for the Packers to draft a first-round wide receiver for the first time since Javon Walker in 2002. Green Bay received this pick as part of the Adams’ trade, and it uses it to get Rodgers a weapon who can make plays all over the field.

Purdue

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 266 lbs

Projected Team

Arizona

PROSPECT RNK

13th

POSITION RNK

3rd

With Chandler Jones headed to Sin City, the Cardinals replenish their pass rush with the not flashy yet uber-productive George Karlaftis. He won’t overpower tackles with his athleticism, but his advanced technique will help him continue disruptive quarterbacks at the professional level.

Iowa

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 296 lbs

Projected Team

Dallas

PROSPECT RNK

6th

POSITION RNK

2nd

The Cowboys’ center spot has been in limbo since Travis Frederick retired in 2019, so Dallas addresses that by selecting one of the best prospects at that position in recent years.

Washington

• Soph

• 5’11”

/ 193 lbs

Projected Team

Buffalo

PROSPECT RNK

20th

POSITION RNK

4th

The Bills defense replaces Levi Wallace with a stingy all-around corner in McDuffie and doesn’t miss a beat in 2022.

Texas A&M

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 323 lbs

Projected Team

Tennessee

PROSPECT RNK

30th

POSITION RNK

7th

After releasing 33-year-old Pro Bowl guard Rodger Saffold, the Titans opt for the 21-year-old Green, who could end up becoming a Pro Bowler in short order.

Houston

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 282 lbs

Projected Team

Tampa Bay

PROSPECT RNK

34th

POSITION RNK

4th

The Buccaneers’ defensive front remains up in the air with Ndamukong Suh, Jason Pierre-Paul and Will Gholston all free agents. If Tampa Bay wants to get younger, Hall would be a quality selection at this spot.

Minnesota

• Sr

• 6’4″

/ 265 lbs

Projected Team

Green Bay

PROSPECT RNK

37th

POSITION RNK

5th

While Preston Smith and Rashan Gary are a Pro Bowl-caliber duo off the edge, there’s basically no depth behind them. Mafe is still relatively raw, but he’ll develop quickly learning behind his elder counterparts.

Georgia

• Jr

• 5’11”

/ 229 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

21st

POSITION RNK

2nd

Chances are the first linebacker comes off the board before pick No. 29, but that’s how this mock draft played out. The Dolphins are grateful, as they gain a three-down linebacker who can immediately become one of the leaders of Miami’s defense.

Georgia

• Sr

• 6’6″

/ 341 lbs

Projected Team

Kansas City

PROSPECT RNK

18th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Davis won’t provide much of anything as a pass rusher, at least not right away, but playing him on the same defensive line as Chris Jones and Frank Clark will make everyone’s life easier (and everyone else in the AFC West’s lives harder).

Clemson

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 194 lbs

Projected Team

Cincinnati

PROSPECT RNK

16th

POSITION RNK

3rd

This pick was going to be an offensive lineman until the Bengals addressed that glaring need. Cincinnati did so in free agency by signing guard Alex Cappa and center Ted Karras, so it shifts its focus to the secondary and takes Booth.

Utah

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 237 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

17th

POSITION RNK

1st

Kayvon Thibodeaux and Lloyd in the same draft? That would be an elite haul for a Lions team that needs more playmakers on both sides of the ball.



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