2022 Mock Draft – Bryan’s 1.0

2022 Mock Draft – Bryan’s 1.0
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‘Tis the season! No, we’re clearly well past Christmas and now the Super Bowl is in the rear view… It’s Mock Draft Season! Like it or not, you’re still going to have a browse of a few, so it may as well be one of ours!

The draft order is set, the college tape has been watched and dissected in detail. We’re ready to go. Here’s my first guesstimate of how round 1 will turn out…

1. Jacksonville Jaguars – OT – EVAN NEAL – Alabama

The Jags have the “honour” of picking number 1 for the second year running, something they should take advantage of. What better way to go than protecting franchise QB, last years 1st pick, Trevor Lawrence with the HUGE Evan Neal. He’s 350 pounds(that’s 25 stone, yes, TWENTY FIVE stone) and 6’7” so good luck trying to get round him. Neal could be looking after Lawrence for a decade plus if the Jags get their way.

2. Detroit Lions – DE – AIDAN HUTCHINSON – Michigan

Everyone’s favorite underdogs, the Lions, picks up a Wolverine. Hutchinson is this years top end and should give sophomore coach Dan Campbell production non the edge from day 1. His strength and work rate fits perfectly with Dan Campbell’s “knee cap biting” philosophy.

3. Houston Texans – DE – KAYVON THIBODEAUX – Oregon

The Texans have a lot of needs, that goes without saying. A defensive end? Well despite some hype, this years’ defensive end fraternity aren’t at the level of the Bosa’s/Garret’s of previous draft. But they’re not too far behind. Thibodeaux has the potential to be a bookend edge rusher for years to come. With holes everywhere, there’s few positions more valuable to a 4-13 team trying to turn things around than a talented pass rusher.

4. New York Jets – S – KYLE HAMILTON – Notre Dame

“Hey Robert Salah, bit of a tough first year coaching the Jets, how about this years best defensive player?…” That’d be a yes. Hamilton is a generational talent, more so than the Jets previous high profile 1st round safety. Expect Hamilton to will give the Jets defense an instant boost.

5.New York Giants – OT – CHARLES CROSS – Mississippi St

The first of two top 7 picks for the blue half of New York, Cross has the potential to be a starter at tackle for years to come. The Giants need help on both sides of the ball, but the offensse needs to be a priority. They were 31st in the league in points scored, averaging just 15.2 a game. Cross will help in both in protection and rushing the ball.

6. Carolina Panthers – T – Ikem Ekwonu – North Carolina State

The Panthers could do with a QB, Sam Darnold isn’t the answer but is anyone in this class either? With no stand out candidate it wouldn’t surprise me if Hedge Fund Billionaire owner David Tepper made a big move in the off season for a top draw QB. In which case this pick is long gone. But let’s say they stick and pick they’d be smart picking Ekwonu, he’s all the talent needed to be a nailed on starter in the NFL. Whoever’s in the Panthers backfield will be happy to have him.

7. New York Giants (via CHI) – DE – GEORGE KARLAFTIS – Purdue

As I touched upon before the Giants, weren’t good going forward last term. They weren’t much better on defense, only getting pressure on the Quarterback 7.9 times a game – 6th worst in the league. Karlaftis come with 14 sacks in only 24 games and will instantly boost the Giant’s pass rush.

8. Atlanta Falcons – WR – GARRET WILSON – OHIO STATE

Other than Cross to the Giants at 6, this wil be the first major difference between mine and our draft leader Owain’s mock. And I can’t help but feel like this will wind Owain, a big Falcons fan, up a little…

Wilson is hell of a prospect and will be a huge boost to a recieving group that struggled a bit after the departure of Julio Jones last year. Pair Wilson with Kyle Pitts and the Falcons may well have the leagues top WR/TE duo give it a year or two.

9. Denver Broncos – Sam Howell – QB – North Carolina

Since winning the Super Bowl with legend Peyton Manning the Broncos have been through 10 different starting Quarter Backs. Their latest attempt at star Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater came up short too. If the Broncos can’t sort a big off season addition expect them to go signal caller here. There’s no standout number one QB, more of a “pick your poison” draft class. By picking Howell the Broncos will get a young, but experienced, signal caller they will hope to mould into a star.

10. New York Jets (via SEA) – CB – Derek Stingley Jr.

One of the most polarising players in this years draft. Based on his 2019 (18/19 years old) National Championship winning season tape, Stingley Jr. is a top 3 player in this/any draft class. Based on the tape after, or lack of due to injury, he’s a late 1st early 2nd round pick. The pre-draft interviews and medicals will give a good indication as to his value, if he can nail those expect him early day 1.

The Jets take a swing on Stingley Jr. pairing him up with their earlier pick of Hamilton could easily give them the best secondary unit in the league for years to come.

11. Washington Commanders – QB – MALIK WILLIS – Liberty

Washington have used 4 of their last 5 first round picks on their defense, it’s about time they used one on offence and they’re no greater need there than at Quarterback. In Malik Willis the Commanders will be getting an inconsistent but exciting prospect. Of all the top Quarterbacks Willis has the most exciting arm and the highest ceiling potential wise. He could be in command for some time…

12. Minnesota Vikings – CB – Ahmad Gardner – Cincinati

It’s a toss up whether Gardener or Stingley Jr. is this years best corner prospect. So for the Vikings to grab Gardner here is a bit of a steel. Minnesota can expect Gardner to be a day 1 starter, a good one at that!

13. Cleveland Browns – WR – DRAKE LONDON – USC

Former Brown OBJ will be celebrating winning the Super Bowl, while resting his knee, safe in the knowledge that he made the right move away out of Cleveland. The Browns are short on receiver talent, so here comes London to change that around. London’s somewhat of a contested 50/50 ball specialist – something Baker Mayfield desperately needs.

14. Baltimore Ravens – DE – DAVID OJABO – Michigan

“British Born” David Ojabo, as NFLUK will inevitably title him, hails from near Aberdeen, Scotland. Far from a finished product; he’s only played two years for the Wolverines, making only 14 appearances (13 of those being this term). But what an impression he made: 11 sacks, 12 tackles for loss and 5 forced fumbles in those 14 games. The sky is the limit for Ojabo, if the Ravens can improve his technique and consistency this could be hell of a pick.

15. Philadelphia Eagles (via MIA) – LB – DEVIN LLOYD – UTAH

The Eagles use the first of their three picks on the, almost, consensus best linebacker in the draft. Lloyd can do it all and will be an instant boost to the Eagles defense that made some forward steps last year.

16. Philadelphia Eagles (via IND) – Jameson Williams – Alabama

This would be the third consecutive draft where the Eagles have picked a receiver in the first round. So far mixed results: DeVonta Smith was good last year (10th 2020), Jalen Raegor (21st overall 2019) has failed to live up to the hype. So another receiver may be a little much? I think they’d struggle to turn Williams down. He’s coming off an ACL so probably won’t be ready for the start of the Season, but without the injury he’s long gone by pick 16. The Eagles will have one of the best young receiver duos in the league.

17. LA Chargers – CB – Kaiir Elam – Florida

The Chargers defense has been in decline for some time now. Only two teams gave up more points last year (Chargers gave up on average 27 points/game), Justin Herbert looks like the real deal, but give him a chance please Chargers?? Elam gives the Chargers help on the outside. He struggled with injury last year but showed he can be a top corner previous to that.

18. New Orleans Saints – QB – Matt Corral -Mississippi

Losing long time Quarterback Drew Brees and Head Coach Sean Payton in the space of a year signals a serious changing of the guard down in New Orleans. They’ve sorted a new Head Coach, so now they take their Quarterback. When you’re set to be $70+ over the cap a Quarterback on a rookie contract is a nice boost for the front office too. Corral can start day 1 or sit behind Taysom Hill for a while.

19. Philadelphia Eagles – C – Tyler Linderbaum – Iowa

Look who it is again, the Eagles! Do they need three 1st round picks, could they trade up/down/back to next year? Maybe, time will tell. But let’s say they sit and pick. Jason Kelce won’t last forever (sorry Philly fans), Linderbaum is a worthy apprentice/replacement for the 4 time All-Pro. One of the best run blockers in this years draft the Iowa stud would help anyone who’s lucky enough to draft him.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers – QB – Kenny Pickett – Pittsburgh

Pickett is an incredibly experienced Quarterback, with 51 games under his belt. He excelled last year leading Pitt to a 11-3 record with over 4300 yards and 42 touchdowns. If the Steelers can finish 9-7-1 will a well past it Ben Roethlisberger, I’ve little doubt they can do just as good with this rookie. And as he went to Pittsburgh University too, he won’t have to move, win win!

21. New England Patriots – LB – Nakobe Dean – Georgia

The Pats add more talent to their stingy defense in Dean. He’s your prototypical linebacker, can play every down and be effective all over the field. Can only imagine what Bill Belichick can do with someone like Dean. He’ll be so excited with this pick, he may even crack a smile!

22. Las Vegas Raiders – WR – Chris Olave – Ohio State

A new era is beginning in Las Vegas. Long gone are Gruden and Mayock, and hopefully for the silver and Black; long gone is their poor record picking in the 1st round of the draft. The Raiders get one of the best remaining players in Olave, a weapon for Derek Carr and new Head Coach Josh McDaniels to use.

23. Arizona Cardinals – G – Kenyon Green – Texas A&M

Green has all the talent required to be a rock solid guard for whoever is under center for the Cardinals. Surely it’s Kyler Murray still??? If needed Green is experience playing some tackle and center too, as well as guard. He’s light and mobile using his big 325lb well. Arizona could do far worse than picking Green here.

24. Dallas Cowboys – T – Trevor Penning – Northern Iowa

The Cowboys could have some huge holes to fill depending how their off-season goes, but regardless of what happens there this would be a wise move. Their once astounding offensive line is showing cracks and Penning could start to fill those. Not the finished article, Penning could perfect his craft behind 8 time Pro Bowl Tyson Smith – not a bad mentor.

25. Buffalo Bills – DE – JERMAINE JOHNSON – Florida St

No one had a better showing at the Senior Bowl than Jermain Johnson. The former Georgia Bulldog spent his last year at Florida State, impressing with 11.5 sacks in 12 games (7th in all of college football), earning himself the ACC defensive player of the year award. The Bills top rated defense add another weapon. Watch out AFC.

26. Tennessee Titans – IOL – ZION JOHNSON – Boston College

After a very disappointing, quick exit to the playoffs the Titans add some interior help in Zion Johnson. Another star of the Senior Bowl Johnson impressed against his draft classmates. Particularly impressing working on his snaps, after practice showing all those watching that he was willing to try out at center – a savvy “aren’t I a good egg” move if nothing more.

27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – DT – Jordan Davis – Georgia

One of the many studs on the Georgia defense, Davis is a huge (6’6” 330lb) run stuffing defensive tackle machine. He doesn’t rack up huge stats – just gets in the way. The Bucs are potentially losing Jason Pierre-Paul, Ndamukong Suh and William Gholston from their defensive line. Plonking Davis in next to Vita Vea would give the Bucs a fearsome defensive front, allowing them to be more creative on the back end of their defense.

28. Green Bay Packers – WR – Treylon Burks – Arkansas

Lost track of where Aaron Rodger is up to on his annual “poor me” sulk, but a receiver here isn’t a bad shout to keep him happy. Regardless of whether potential free agent Davante Adams is back in Green Bay or not, Burks can help the Packers with athleticism and ability to get yards after the catch.

29. Miami Dolphins (via SF) – T – Bernhard Raimann – Central Michigan

Let’s be honest, when the ‘Fins traded for this pick no way were they expecting the 49ers to have made the NFC Championship game. But here we are, unlucky Miami! For now it seems they’re sticking with Tua, so why not look after him? Only 10 teams gave up more sacks than the Dolphins last year and although Ranmann is raw, born in Austria he’d not heard of football until he was 13, he’s got a really hig ceiling. He’s potential to play either tackle spot or be productive if shifted inside too. Would be intriguing to see how new Dolphins coach, running game extraordinaire Mike McDaniel could do with him.

30. Kansas City Chiefs – CB – Andrew Booth Jr. – Clemson

Depending on who’s mock/scouting you prefer, this is a steal: MJ had Booth going 12th, Stu and Owain both 15th. Sorry Andrew it’s nothing personal. Only 5 teams gave up more yards in the air than the Chiefs and Booth should help limit that next term.

31.Cincinnati Bengals – OT – Nicholas Petit-Frere – Ohio State

THE BENGALS NEED O-LINE HELP. That much is super obvious. Poor Joe Burrow, injured his first year and on his return; 51 sacks in the regular season and another 19 in the playoffs! The best tackle left on the board Petit-Frere isn’t far from the finished article and has huge potential to improve still. Look after him Cinci and you could have your franchise left tackle in place to look after Burrow for a decade or so.

32. Detroit Lions (via LAR) – S- Daxton Hill – Michigan

The Lions could take a swing at a Quarterback here but I’m thinking they’ll roll with Goff for one more year and instead look to strengthen their defense. They gave up the 31st most points last year, a slight improvement from being dead last, 32nd, the year before. After Hamilton, Hill is the clear number 2 safety and the best remaining defensive back. He’s versatile; can cover well and hit. He’ll be an instant starter for the Lions and a piece they can use all over the field.

There we go! Let us know what you think @ninetynineyards and have a go at your own mock on our Mock Draft Simulator.

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