2022 Mock Draft – Vesely

By: Tyler Vesely, TGIS Prez

Round 1

1. Jacksonville Jaguars

Pick: Travon Walker, EDGE, Georgia

Reports are out that head coach Doug Pederson wants Ikem Ekwonu and the GM wants Travon Walker. I believe the GM wins out and takes the high ceiling player that lacks college pass rush production.

2. Detroit Lions

Pick: Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE, Michigan

The dream scenario for Detroit as the Lions keep Hutchinson in Michigan. The Lions get the best pass rusher in the NFL Draft with the highest floor.

3. Houston Texans

Pick: Ikem Ekwonu, OT, NC State

While the Texans could definitely continue the edge rusher trend with Kayvon Thibodeaux, I see them establishing the offensive line with their first selection in the first round. Ekwonu is an immediate starter at right tackle or guard.

4. New York Jets

Pick: Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati

The Jets were 30th in pass yards allowed in 2021. “Sauce” Gardner immediately steps in as a starter and impact player for the Jets.

5. New York Giants

Pick: Evan Neal, OT, Alabama

The Giants offensive line has been horrible the last few years. Andrew Thomas and Evan Neal give the Giants legitimate starters at tackle for the foreseeable future.

6. Carolina Panthers

Pick: Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State

I don’t see a quarterback worth taking at six and the Panthers do not have a legitimate left tackle. Charles Cross fills that role as the best pass blocker in this year’s draft.

7. New York Giants

Pick: Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon

The Thibodeaux slide stops here as the Giants draft an edge rusher to pair with Azeez Ojulari.

8. Atlanta Falcons

Pick: Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State

Olamade Zaccheaus is the current WR1…. the Falcons will have their choice of the top wide receivers in this spot and start the run.

9. Seattle Seahawks

Pick: Derek Stingley, CB, LSU

Ed Orgeron and Pete Carroll have a close relationship, so expect Coach O to give an honest assessment of the talented cornerback. I do not believe Stingley drops below this spot.

10. New York Jets

Pick: Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama

Jamo is scheduled to not miss any regular season action with his torn ACL and adds much needed firepower to this Jets’ offense.

11. Washington Commanders

Pick: Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame

While a receiver is possible, I think the Commanders go with Hamilton to command their defense (see what I did there).

12. Minnesota Vikings

Pick: Jermaine Johnson II, EDGE, Florida State

I absolutely love Jermaine Johnson and think this is the lowest he falls. You can never have enough pass rushers and he is the best player remaining.

13. Houston Texans

Pick: Drake London, WR, USC

The Texans need another weapon at receiver other than Brandin Cooks. London fits that role.

14. Baltimore Ravens

Pick: Jordan Davis, DL, Georgia

The Ravens love big defensive lineman. Calais Campbell and Jordan Davis will make for one of the biggest size combinations in the NFL and be great against the run.

15. Philadelphia Eagles

Pick: Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington

The Eagles still have not established a consistent starter opposite Darius Slay. McDuffie could be that guy.

16. New Orleans Saints

Pick: Trevor Penning, OT, Northern Iowa

The Saints two biggest needs are offensive tackle and wide receiver. Penning fits one of the needs… go down to pick #19 for the other need.

17. Los Angeles Chargers

Pick: Daxton Hill, S, Michigan

I think the Chargers will value Hill’s versatility to play corner as well. Having a combination of JC Jackson, Asante Samuel, and Daxton Hill will do wonders in the pass happy AFC West.

18. Philadelphia Eagles

Pick: George Karlaftis, EDGE, Purdue

I keep hearing Karlaftis will drop and I have no idea why. He is a productive pass rusher that will be a very good starter in the NFL. Eagles fill another hole with this pick.

19. New Orleans Saints

Pick: Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State

The Saints filled the offensive tackle hole with pick 16… now they get a wide receiver who is a solid route runner.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers

Pick: Malik Willis, QB, Liberty

The Steelers have been to every single quarterback pro day. I believe Willis will be the guy to sit and learn behind Trubisky.

21. New England Patriots

Pick: Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah

Devin Lloyd is smart, instinctive, and fits what the Patriots are looking for at linebacker.

22. Green Bay Packers

Pick: Devonte Wyatt, DT, Georgia

Yes, the Packers need a receiver. But Devonte Wyatt is too talented to turn down at pick #22. This pick turns the Packers interior defensive line into a strength with Kenny Clark and Jarran Reed.

23. Arizona Cardinals

Pick: Andrew Booth Jr, CB, Clemson

The Cardinals desperately need cornerbacks. Booth is an athletically gifted corner and will fit nicely in Arizona.

24. Dallas Cowboys

Pick: Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas

The Jerry Jones-Arkansas connection is too much here. Burks would step in right away and be a nice WR3 with his size and play strength.

25. Buffalo Bills

Pick: Breece Hall, RB, Iowa State

This is a luxury pick for the Bills who do not have many needs. Breece Hall is the perfect pass catching running back for this offense.

26. Tennessee Titans

Pick: Tyler Smith, OG, Tulsa

The Titans love nasty, run-blocking offensive lineman. Tyler Smith fits exactly what they are looking for.

27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Pick: Zion Johnson, OG, Boston College

The Bucs filled one of the guard positions with Shaq Mason. Zion Johnson is a smart interior offensive lineman that fills the other hole.

28. Green Bay Packers

Pick: Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn State

Jahan Dotson is overlooked in this draft. He has the best hands and is a fantastic route runner. Most importantly, Rodgers can trust him.

29. Kansas City Chiefs

Pick: Boye Mafe, EDGE, Minnesota

The Chiefs finished 29th in sacks last year. The Chiefs need good, young edge rushers. Regarding Mafe, there aren’t many rushers that can move like him. He reminds me a bit of Joe Tryon from last year.

30. Kansas City Chiefs

Pick: Kaiir Elam, CB, Florida

The Chiefs finished 25th in pass yards given up. Elam can be a nice starter on the Chiefs defense as a good press corner.

31. Cincinnati Bengals

Pick: Roger McCreary, CB, Auburn

One of my favorite players in the draft, McCreary makes sense for the Bengals at the end of round one as they need a long-term solution at cornerback. McCreary has been battling with the top SEC wide receivers for years and belongs in the first round.

32. Detroit Lions

Pick: Kenny Pickett, QB, Pittsburgh

At this point of the draft, Pickett is a value pick for the Lions. Don’t be surprised if another team tries to jump them to take him.

Round 2

33. Jacksonville Jaguars

Pick: Tyler Linderbaum, C, Iowa

34. Detroit Lions

Pick: Kyler Gordon, CB, Washington

35. New York Jets

Pick: Lewis Cine, S, Georgia

36. New York Giants

Pick: Quay Walker, LB, Georgia

37. Houston Texans

Pick: Logan Hall, DL, Houston

38. New York Jets

Pick: Abraham Lucas, OT, Washington State

39. Chicago Bears

Pick: Christian Watson, WR, North Dakota State

40. Seattle Seahawks

Pick: Matt Corral, QB, Ole Miss

41. Seattle Seahawks

Pick: Travis Jones, DL, UConn

42. Indianapolis Colts

Pick: Kenyon Green, OG, Texas A&M

43. Atlanta Falcons

Pick: Arnold Ebiketie, EDGE, Penn State

44. Cleveland Browns

Pick: Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia

45. Baltimore Ravens

Pick: Christian Harris, LB, Alabama

46. Minnesota Vikings

Pick: Jalen Pitre, S, Baylor

47. Washington Commanders

Pick: Desmond Ridder, QB, Cincinnati

48. Chicago Bears

Pick: Bernhard Raimann, OT, Central Michigan

49. New Orleans Saints

Pick: Kenneth Walker, RB, Michigan State

50. Kansas City Chiefs

Pick: George Pickens, WR, Georgia

51. Philadelphia Eagles

Pick: Skyy Moore, WR, Western Michigan

52. Pittsburgh Steelers

Pick: David Ojabo, EDGE, Michigan

53. Green Bay Packers

Pick: Sean Rhyan, OG, UCLA

54. New England Patriots

Pick: Nik Bonitto, EDGE, Oklahoma

55. Arizona Cardinals

Pick: Khalil Shakir, WR, Boise State

56. Dallas Cowboys

Pick: Ed Ingram, OG, LSU

57. Buffalo Bills

Pick: Alec Pierce, WR, Cincinnati

58. Atlanta Falcons

Pick: Leo Chenal, LB, Wisconsin

59. Green Bay Packers

Pick: Troy Andersen, LB, Montana State

60. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Pick: Phidarian Mathis, DL, Alabama

61. San Fransisco 49ers

Pick: Tariq Woolen, CB, UTSA

62. Kansas City Chiefs

Pick: Perrion Winfrey, DL, Oklahoma

63. Cincinnati Bengals

Pick: Trey McBride, TE, Colorado State

64. Denver Broncos

Pick: Chad Muma, LB, Wyoming

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