The 2021 football season is about to be underway. It is never too early to look ahead to the draft. Here is the 2022 NFL Mock Draft August 26.
Note: Draft order is by current Super Bowl odds.
1. Houston Texans- Spencer Rattler, QB, Oklahoma
Houston drafted Davis Mills in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft, but he likely isn’t the answer. Rattler might be the most talented passer that Oklahoma has had over the last several years, although others have been better with their legs. Another good season and Rattler is likely going to be the top pick in most 2022 NFL Mock Draft.
2. Detroit Lions- Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon
Jared Goff is still only 26 years old and the Lions won’t likely give up on him after one year with so many holes on the roster. Getting an elite edge rusher in Thibodeaux is the right call unless Goff really struggles this season.
3. New York Jets- Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU
There isn’t much talent to be found at the corner position for the Jets. After heavily revamping the offense in the offseason, they need to get a shutdown corner like Stingley next offseason.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars- DeMarvin Leal, DL, Texas A&M
Jacksonville has their quarterback of the future and now needs to help out their defense. Leal plays on the edge at Texas A&M, but has the tools to be an interior lineman in the NFL.
5. Cincinnati Bengals- Evan Neal, OT, Alabama
Cincinnati made some moves for their offensive line this offseason, but it wasn’t enough. The Bengals need to take the best offensive lineman available. Neal moves very well for a player of his size.
6. Philadelphia Eagles- Sam Howell, QB, North Carolina
Jalen Hurts will have this season to start. If he plays well, he will keep his job. If the Eagles don’t do as well, they could be in the market for a new quarterback. Howell has solid accuracy and would be more of a pocket passer than Hurts.
7. New York Giants- Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame
The Giants could consider drafting a quarterback to replace Daniel Jones, but they also need defensive help. Hamilton is a huge safety that can do a little bit of everything and can really change a defense.
8. Las Vegas Raiders- Drake Jackson, EDGE, USC
Las Vegas has been in the market for a pass rusher since trading away Khalil Mack. They need to get an impact player on the defensive side of the ball and Jackson can be that for the Raiders.
9. Carolina Panthers- Carson Strong, QB, Nevada
Sam Darnold is the quarterback this season, but is likely on a short leash for the future. A bad year and he is likely out. Strong has a knack for finding receivers downfield and could end up being the top quarterback in the class.
10. Washington Football Team- Malik Willis, QB, Liberty
Ryan Fitzpatrick puts a band-aid on the quarterback problem for Washington, but they still need a longterm starter. Willis has a strong arm and is mobile.
11. New York Giants (via CHI)- Kenyon Green, OG/C, Texas A&M
The Giants have to improve their line, whether they stick with Daniel Jones or not.
12. Atlanta Falcons- Kaiir Elam, CB, Florida
13. Minnesota Vikings- Brandon Joseph, S, Northwestern
If the Vikings want to be competitive, they need their defense to improve. Their secondary has fallen in recent years and they need to draft players for the future.
14. Arizona Cardinals- George Karlaftis, EDGE, Purdue
Arizona has to keep adding to their defense with their offense already being so good. Karlaftis could play defensive end in the Cardinals 3-4 scheme across from J.J. Watt.
15. Los Angeles Chargers- Zach Harrison, EDGE, Ohio State
16. Pittsburgh Steelers- Rasheed Walker, OT, Penn State
The weakness of the Pittsburgh Steelers is the offensive line. Literally any offensive line position should be taken to help bolster it.
17. New England Patriots- Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State
With Mac Jones as the quarterback of the future, they need to get him some weapons to help him develop.
18. Tennessee Titans- Christian Harris, LB, Alabama
The Titans added Bud Dupree in free agency and drafted corners recently. They need an impact linebacker to play in the middle of the defense.
19. Dallas Cowboys- Jalen Wydermyer, TE, Texas A&M
Dallas could easily ignore bigger needs to take even more players that can be considered luxuries. A good tight end would make the offense even more explosive.
20. Philadelphia Eagles (via MIA)- Andrew Booth Jr., CB, Clemson
Booth is an athletic corner and could be a key piece across from Darius Slay.
21. New York Jets (via SEA)- Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE, Michigan
The Jets picked a corner earlier and need to get a young pass-rusher earlier in the draft to pair with Carl Lawson when he returns from injury.
22. New Orleans Saints- Kedon Slovis, QB, USC
23. Indianapolis Colts- Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State
24. Denver Broncos- Phil Jurkovec, QB, Boston College
Starting the year with Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback could mean the Broncos are looking for a new future signal caller.
25. Cleveland Browns- Nik Bonitto, EDGE, Oklahoma
The Browns only signed Jadeveon Clowney to a one-year deal and need to plan for the future without him.
26. Green Bay Packers- Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
27. Miami Dolphins (via SF)- Breece Hall, RB, Iowa State
28. Detroit Lions (via LAR)- Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas
Jared Goff needs weapons this year. With two first round picks in the 2022 NFL Draft, the Lions need to make one of them a wide receiver.
29. Baltimore Ravens- Zion Nelson, OT, Miami
The Ravens signed Alejandro Villanueva to play right tackle this season, but a long-term solution at the position is needed.
30. Buffalo Bills- Myjai Sanders, EDGE, Cincinnati
Buffalo has a solid all-around team, but could benefite from some more pass rushers.
31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- John Metchie III, WR, Alabama
32. Kansas City Chiefs- Sevyn Banks, CB, Ohio State
The Chiefs defense is opportunistic, but they need better corners to really improve.
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