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2022 NFL Mock Draft 4.0 With Trades

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Folks, we’re roughly three weeks away from draft night and the anticipation is starting to kill me. Free agency is basically all but over and we have a very good idea of what teams want and need.

One thing I will guarantee about this year’s draft is that it won’t go how I expect it will go. There are a ton of quarterback needy teams that simply won’t take quarterbacks because the class is extremely weak. Additionally, there isn’t a clear top cut of prospects which means that there will be a ton of variance in how teams grade players.

But it’s still draft season and we’re still here to have some fun and predict a mock. I love this time of year and I hope that you do too!

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  1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Edge Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan

This has been the pick since the very first mock and I don’t see it changing. Hutchinson is a hard worker and he instantly will make Jacksonville’s defense better at a premium position. You can write this pick in with a pen because it’s not changing.

2. Detroit Lions: Edge Travon Walker, Georgia

SURPRISE! Travon Walker has been shooting up draft boards recently and there’s even some whispers that he could end up being the number one overall pick. I would be shocked if that happened but I wouldn’t be shocked if he’s the second edge rusher off the board. The Lions are in a difficult spot because they can’t really trade back here with the quarterback market being so dry so staying and picking is likely the best move.

3. Houston Texans: OT Ikem Ekwonu, North Carolina State

The Texans need everything so take the best player available in this case. He should become a great tackle but worst case scenario he’s an excellent guard in the league.

4. New York Jets: CB Sauce Gardner, Cincinnati

Gardner is considered by many to be the best cornerback in this draft and the Jets are reportedly enamored with him. Gardner is long and rangy which is what teams desire in a cornerback nowadays. He would go a long way into improving a bad Jets defense.

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5. New York Giants: OT Evan Neal, Alabama

If the draft falls like this then Joe Schoen should have his card turned in for Evan Neal instantaneously. The Giants have needed to rebuild their offensive line for years and Neal will be a cornerstone piece.

6. Carolina Panthers: Edge Kayvon Thibodeaux, Oregon

The Panthers could be tempted to take a quarterback here with Matt Rhule’s seat hotter than Texas in the summertime but ultimately they take the best player available and roll with whatever combination of Sam Darnold/PJ Walker they can trot out each week. The quarterbacks in this class simply aren’t good enough.

7. Pittsburgh Steelers (Via New York Giants via Chicago): QB Malik Willis, Liberty

Trade Terms:

Pittsburgh Receives: 2022 Round 1 Pick 7, 2023 Round 5 Pick

New York Giants Receive: 2022 Round 1 Pick 20, 2023 Round 1 Pick, 2022 Round 2 Pick 52, 2023 Round 3 Pick

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. The Steelers reportedly love Malik Willis and they have a bridge quarterback in Trubisky to sit him behind. The Giants meanwhile are rumored to be seeking an additional 2023 first rounder that they can use to make a trade for a quarterback next offseason.

8. Atlanta Falcons: CB Derek Stingley, LSU

Derek Stingley will end up being this year’s Micah Parsons. Someone will take him before the top ten ends because his upside is just too good. The Falcons also need a quarterback but there isn’t one worth taking here.

9. Seattle Seahawks (Via Denver): T Charles Cross, Mississippi State

Speaking of teams who need a quarterback, the Seahawks don’t have a quarterback either. With that being said, there isn’t one worth taking here so they give Drew Lock some protection with Charles Cross.

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10. New York Jets (Via Seattle): WR Garrett Wilson, Ohio State

Jets fans will be jumping for joy if they’re able to get a weapon like Wilson with the tenth overall selection.

11. Washington Commanders: S Kyle Hamilton, Notre Dame

Kyle Hamilton’s slide ends and he goes to a team that needs a safety. Hamilton shouldn’t be picked in the top ten because of the position that he plays.

12. New Orleans Saints (Via Minnesota Vikings): QB Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh

Trade Terms:

New Orleans Receives: 2022 Round 1 Pick 12, 2023 Round 6 Pick

Minnesota Receives: 2022 Round 1 Pick 16, 2022 Round 2 Pick 49, 2022 Round 5 Pick 161

The Saints jump the Texans who also need a quarterback and get a guy who can come in and compete with Jameis Winston, Andy Dalton, & Co. at quarterback long term.

13. Houston Texans: ILB Devin Lloyd, Utah

Teams are falling in love with rangy linebackers who can play box to box and Lloyd is just that. He could become the quarterback of their defense.

14. Baltimore Ravens: CB Trent McDuffie, Washington

The Ravens strength is in their defense and their run game and McDuffie will add a lot to their secondary which is getting a bit older each and every year.

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15. Philadelphia Eagles (Via Miami): WR Jameson Williams, Alabama

The Eagles sure do love their speedy receivers. The difference is that this guy can actually play football unlike Jalen Reagor.

16. Minnesota Vikings: Edge Jermaine Johnson, Florida State

Jermaine Johnson is a bit of a polarizing prospect but you can bet your bottom dollar that he will be going in the top twenty in the draft. Teams love his traits and think he has the ability to be an every down edge player in the NFL.

17. Los Angeles Chargers: WR Drake London, USC

Drake London moves across town and stays in Los Angeles with the Chargers whose receivers aren’t getting any younger. London goes to a great situation with a top five quarterback.

18. Philadelphia Eagles (Via New Orleans): Edge George Karlaftis, Purdue

Karlaftis has small arms so he may fall this far. The Eagles could add a solid player here if he does.

19. New Orleans Saints (Via Philadelphia): WR Chris Olave, Ohio State

Michael Thomas may never be himself ever again. The Saints need to get weapons on their offense so they can return to the Saints of old and score a ton of points in the Super Dome.

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20. New York Giants (Via Pittsburgh Steelers): Edge Boye Mafe, Minnesota

The Giants land an edge rusher who is speedy but also has power. He is still a bit raw and has some things to work on in his game but this is solid value for Mafe considering the position he plays and the upside he has.

21. New England Patriots: WR Treylon Burks

The Patriots have made some moves at receiver but they need a long term solution. Treylon Burks gives them one as I firmly believe he will grow into a solid number one option.

22. Green Bay Packers (Via Las Vegas): OT Bernhard Raimann, Central Michigan

The Packers add a raw prospect with upside to their offensive line.

23. Arizona Cardinals: G Zion Johnson, Boston College

When need meets value it’s a beautiful thing. The Cardinals would hit a home run if they took an important offensive lineman with this pick.

24. Dallas Cowboys: DT Jordan Davis

Jerry & Co won’t be able to resist the pure blend of size and strength.

25. Buffalo Bills: WR Jahan Dotson, Penn State

If there’s one area the Bills are a bit thin at it’s wide receiver. Dotson will add a nice element to a top heavy group.

26. Tennessee Titans: OT Trevor Penning, Northern Iowa

Penning would be a solid addition to a Titans team that likes to pound the rock.

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27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: C Tyler Linderbaum, Iowa

Linderbaum is athletic but the issue is that he likely won’t play guard at the next level. I could see Tampa taking him here but I wouldn’t be shocked if he dropped lower.

28. Green Bay Packers: WR Christian Watson, North Dakota State

Teams are falling in love with this guy. He dominated while he was at North Dakota State and has the tools to be great at the next level.

29. Kansas City Chiefs (Via Miami via San Francisco): WR Skyy Moore, Western Michigan

The Chiefs try and replace Tyreek Hill with another Tyreek Hill prototype.

30. Kansas City Chiefs: DL Devonte Wyatt, Georgia

Georgia’s front seven last year was insane and Wyatt was a large part of that.

31. Cincinatti Bengals: G Kenyon Green, Texas A&M

Just take the best offensive lineman available.

32. Detroit Lions: ILB Nakobe Dean, Georgia

There is a lot of variance on where Dean can go because he lacks prototypical linebacker size but the guy can play. I just wouldn’t be completely shocked if he fell into the second round due to his size.

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2 comments

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers you are passing up a chance of a lifetime you should be picking Kenny Pickett why are you passing on him Willis is Nor gonna get us there Kenny Pickett will look at their statistics Kenny Pickett is a better quarterback I just can not believe you are Get a pass up another opportunity with pit just like Dan Marino I think You’re making a big mistake again all I can say is good luck

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