2022 NFL Mock Draft: Steelers, Texans take a quarterback; five teams target receivers and five go edge rusher

Oregon

• Soph

• 6’5″

/ 258 pounds

Thankfully, the Jags have their franchise quarterback and with the No. 1 general choice they opt for among the best choices in this class.

Texas A&M

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 290 pounds

Projected Team

Detroit

POSSIBILITY RNK
POSITION RNK

Originally a protective end, Leal, at 6-foot-4, 290, has the flexibility and athleticism to highlight and down the line. He has the prospective to be truly, truly great in the NFL, and he and the Aggies are coming off a big win over formerly unbeaten Alabama.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 350 pounds

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

POSSIBILITY RNK
POSITION RNK

Neal is a an athletic marvel who has actually stood out at a number of O-line positions for the Crimson Tide. The Jets need to make safeguarding Zach Wilson a concern due to the fact that he has actually looked shell-shocked in his very first month as an NFL QB.

Notre Dame

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 219 pounds

Marcus Epps is the only Eagles complimentary security under agreement after this season and Hamilton, who is a 6-4, 220-pound variation of Ed Reed, is a Day 1 effect gamer.

Michigan

• Sr

• 6’6″

/ 265 pounds

Projected Team

Atlanta

POSSIBILITY RNK
POSITION RNK

The Falcons might go cornerback here, too, however pass rush is a huge requirement also. Hutchinson can be almost unstoppable sometimes, and he’d be the current Wolverines edge rush to be an early-round draft choice.

LSU

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 195 pounds

The Patriots have actually carried on from Stephon Gilmore and J.C. Jackson, their finest cornerback, remains in the in 2015 of his novice offer. Stingley, who is sidelined with an injury, stays CB1.

Clemson

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 200 pounds

The Colts might stand to strengthen the offending line here however Evan Neal is the only precise leading 10 choice and he’s off the board. Cornerback is likewise a requirement and Booth, who has all the athleticism and tools to be unique, has actually balled out early in Clemson’s season.

Ole Miss

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 205 pounds

Projected Team

Houston

POSSIBILITY RNK
POSITION RNK

Tyrod Taylor is the bridge QB to whomever is next, and while novice Davis Mills might ultimately turn into the task, Corral has actually been magnificent this season for Ole Miss — he has the tools to be a Lamar Jackson/Trey Lance/Josh Allen-type quarterback however he’s still extremely raw.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 232 pounds

Yes, the Eagles do not generally draft linebackers in Round 1, however they have 2 (and perhaps 3) first-rounders, and this is a position doing not have a big-time playmaker.

Texas A&M

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 325 pounds

The Giants O-line has actually suffered through injuries this season and Green, who played left guard last season and has actually played every offending position throughout his profession, brings both nastiness and flexibility to New York.

Purdue

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 275 pounds

Projected Team

Minnesota

POSSIBILITY RNK
POSITION RNK

Karlaftis includes another measurement to the protective line. Injuries and the pandemic saw him play minimal snaps in ’20, however Karlaftis was almost difficult to drop in ’19 when he tape-recorded 17 deals with for loss and had 7.5 sacks.

Nevada

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 215 pounds

Projected Team

Pittsburgh

POSSIBILITY RNK
POSITION RNK

Strong is our QB1 all season with one quite huge asterisk: His draft status is all going to boil down to the medicals on a knee injury he suffered in high school. Strong is the most constant QB in this draft class and if healthy, he might become the very first passer off the board. The Steelers frantically require a Big Ben succession strategy however the absence of an offending line might simply be setting Strong up for failure.

Ohio State

• Sr

• 6’1″

/ 188 pounds

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

POSSIBILITY RNK
POSITION RNK

Corey Davis has actually been an enjoyable surprise in New York, and Elijah Moore is just going to get much better, however Zach Wilson requires a go-to target on the outdoors and Olave fits that expense.

Arkansas

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 225 pounds

Projected Team

Miami

POSSIBILITY RNK
POSITION RNK

Only wideouts DeVante Parker, Jaylen Waddle and Allen Hurns are under agreement after this season and if the strategy is to roll with Tua Tagovailoa, surrounding him with playmakers like it’s Alabama makes good sense. In associated news: Burks has the tools to be among the very first pass receivers prepared in the spring.

Florida

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 196 pounds

The Saints’ defense has actually been exceptional this season however it might stand to include depth in the secondary. Elam has the size (6-foot-2, 190) and athleticism to be among the very best draft-eligible corners in ’21.

Iowa

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 290 pounds

Linderbaum is among the very best offending linemen in the nation, and while 12th general may appear high for a center, the Giants lost Nick Gates to injury and his replacement, Billy Price, has actually had a hard time.

Georgia

• Sr

• 6’0″

/ 190 pounds

Only L’Jarius Sneed and Rashad Fenton are under agreement beyond this season and the Chiefs need to update this defense. Kendrick remained in the discussion as a first-round choice in the 2021 draft prior to going back to Clemson and after that going into the transfer website. He’s now at Georgia and a strong season will likely make him among the very first protective backs picked next spring.

USC

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 210 pounds

Projected Team

Cleveland

POSSIBILITY RNK
POSITION RNK

London, who is among the couple of brilliant areas in a frustrating USC season, isn’t going to run a 4.3 however he’s a high-point-catch device who will offer Baker Mayfield another downfield weapon.

Texas A&M

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 255 pounds

Projected Team

Tennessee

POSSIBILITY RNK
POSITION RNK

Wydermyer was among Kellen Mond’s preferred targets in 2020 for a factor: he’s trusted and usually open. Four of the tight ends who have actually taken snaps for the Titans this season are set to be complimentary representatives and while the Titans might stand to boost the defense, offering Ryan Tannehill another downfield weapon makes good sense here, too.

NC State

• Soph

• 6’4″

/ 320 pounds

Projected Team

Washington

POSSIBILITY RNK
POSITION RNK

Ekwonu is a beast, and more significantly, might move into the hole left by veteran Brandon Scherff, needs to he leave in complimentary company. And while QB makes good sense here, if WFT mores than happy with Taylor Heinicke, they’ll strengthen other positions on the depth chart.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 192 pounds

Projected Team

Buffalo

POSSIBILITY RNK
POSITION RNK

We enjoy the concept of surrounding Josh Allen with a big-play danger in similar method the Chiefs have for Patrick Mahomes. Offensive line is likewise a requirement, however including Wilson to a young group that consists of Stefon Diggs and Gabriel Davis might take this offense to another level.

Kentucky

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 345 pounds

Projected Team

Carolina

POSSIBILITY RNK
POSITION RNK

Darian Kinnard is a mauler who has actually been irregular sometimes this season however has all the tools to be a first-round skill. Meanwhile, it appears the Panthers are comfy with Sam Darnold and if the strategy isn’t to discover a franchise QB, safeguarding the present QB needs to be a concern.

Clemson

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 205 pounds

Projected Team

Green Bay

POSSIBILITY RNK
POSITION RNK

Ross missed out on the 2020 season due to the fact that of a neck injury however he was on track to be a first-round choice. He’s off to a sluggish start in 2021, in part due to the fact that Clemson is residing in a post-Trevor Lawrence world, however if we have actually found out anything from the Packers’ season up until now, it’s that Aaron Rodgers entirely trusts Davante Adams, however he might absolutely utilize some assistance.

Washington

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 310 pounds

Projected Team

Cincinnati

POSSIBILITY RNK
POSITION RNK

The Bengals chose to take Ja’Marr Chase over Penei Sewell and it appears to have actually been the best choice, however they still require to make safeguarding Joe Burrow a concern.

Texas A&M

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 215 pounds

Projected Team

Tampa Bay

POSSIBILITY RNK
POSITION RNK

Spiller is a risk in both the run and pass video game, and he would offer the Bucs some consistency in among the couple of areas that lack it on this offense.

Utah

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 235 pounds

Projected Team

Denver

POSSIBILITY RNK
POSITION RNK

Josey Jewell is provided for the year, however he’s likewise in the last year of his offer, as is A.J. Johnson. Lloyd is off to a terrific start for the Utes — he had 8 deals with in Utah’s win over USC and he has 2 sacks and 2 interceptions up until now in ’21.

Minnesota

• Sr

• 6’9″

/ 380 pounds

Projected Team

Baltimore

POSSIBILITY RNK
POSITION RNK

Faalele, who pulled out last season, weighs in the 380-pound variety however moves more like he is a hundred pounds lighter. Given the value of the running video game to the Ravens offense, including an earth mover appears sensible. Added reward: Faalele is a strong pass protector, too.

Washington

• Soph

• 5’11”

/ 195 pounds

Projected Team

Detroit

POSSIBILITY RNK
POSITION RNK

Even though McDuffie plays cornerback, we get Tyrann Mathieu vibes when we see him. We enjoy him as a slot corner who functions as an enforcer in run assistance and locks down short and intermediate paths, something he does routinely for the Huskies.

South Carolina

• Sr

• 6’4″

/ 260 pounds

Projected Team

Dallas

POSSIBILITY RNK
POSITION RNK

Micah Parsons can line up anywhere, however even if takes the majority of his snaps at edge rush, the Cowboys might utilize more juice off the edge. Enagbare is a twitched-up professional athlete who will just improve with more associates and included muscle.

Cincinnati

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 188 pounds

Projected Team

Las Vegas

POSSIBILITY RNK
POSITION RNK

Gardner is a long, press corner who would offer the Raiders some depth at a position that has actually revealed indications of life this season. He’ll require to get more powerful however he has the tools to be a strong NFL cornerback.

Cincinnati

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 255 pounds

Sanders, who has explosive qualities however will likewise require to get more powerful at the point of attack, hasn’t logged a sack yet this season however he did acquire 11 sacks in the last 2 years for the Bearcats.

Georgia

• Soph

• 6’6″

/ 330 pounds

Projected Team

Arizona

POSSIBILITY RNK
POSITION RNK

Davis is most likely to go on Day 2 (though a lot can alter in between now and April), however he likewise intensifies a Cards defense that has actually been truly great through the very first quarter of the ’21 season.



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