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 October 7.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars- Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon
Jacksonville needs to take the best player available, even if they have spent draft capital on the position before. Thibodeaux is an athletic freak on the edge and is an impact player.
2. Detroit Lions- Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame
The Lions have spent capital on corners and it may be a little premature to find their new quarterback. They can get a safety capable of doing a little bit of everything with this pick.
3. Houston Texans- Malik Willis, QB, Liberty
Does Willis have accuracy and decision-making issues? Sure. But he also has unique physical tools that will make him hard to pass up as a prospect. The Texans need their next franchise quarterback.
4. New York Jets- Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU
One area the Jets really need to improve is their secondary. The corners are not great, but luckily Derek Stingley is a very talented cover man out of LSU. He will have to recover from a foot injury, but he is very naturally gifted.
5. Atlanta Falcons- Evan Neal, OT, Alabama
The Falcons may elect to draft a future signal-caller, but their offensive line is playing poorly. If they can improve, maybe Matt Ryan can give the team a few more good years.
6. New York Giants- Tyler Linderbaum, OG/C, Iowa
It may seem a little early for an interior offensive lineman, but Linderbaum is a great one. Although, he is a little undersized he is technically sound and can get to the next level for blocks. The Giants have to improve the interior of the line if they want to win consistently.
7. New England Patriots- Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State
The Patriots need to get a go-to receiver to help Mac Jones develop into a franchise quarterback.
8. Philadelphia Eagles- Demarvin Leal, DL, Texas A&M
Fletcher Cox is aging and the Eagles need to improve their defensive line play. Leal has some versatility along the defensive line.
9. Pittsburgh Steelers- Carson Strong, QB, Nevada
The Steelers need a quarterback of the future, as Ben Roethlisberger is near the end of his career. Strong has shown good accuracy to all levels of the field and has been consistent.
10. Philadelphia Eagles (via MIA)- Drake Jackson, EDGE, USC
It may not be a bad idea for the Eagles to double down on the defensive line. London can help them get after opposing quarterbacks.
11. Minnesota Vikings- Kaiir Elam, CB, Florida
12. Indianapolis Colts- Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas
A good wide receiver to pair with Michael Pittman would open things up for the offense. Burks has physical tools, but needs to be more technically refined as a receiver.
13. New York Giants (via CHI)- Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE, Michigan
Hutchinson could’ve gone into the 2021 NFL Draft, but elected to return to school. He’s played well against the run and pass. The Giants need to get more pressure on the quarterback.
14. New Orleans Saints- Andrew Booth Jr., CB, Clemson Tigers
15. Washington Football Team- Matt Corral, QB, Ole Miss
Taylor Heinicke is playing solidly, but Washington may still be looking for a franchise quarterback by the end of the season.
16. Miami Dolphins (via SF)- Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State
Miami has a very bad offensive line and needs all the help they can get. Cross has plenty of experience pass blocking, which will help him protect Tua Tagovailoa.
17. New York Jets (via SEA)- Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia
Dean has played out of his mind for Georgia so far. The Jets drafted a corner earlier and a linebacker could really help their defense take a step forward.
18. Tennessee Titans- George Karlaftis, EDGE, Purdue
The Titans could stand to get more pressure on the quarterback. Karlaftis has proven he can do that during his time at Purdue.
19. Kansas City Chiefs- Ahmad Gardner, EDGE, Cincinnati
The Chiefs can’t stop teams right now and it would be in their best interests to get a good corner. Gardner is tall and lanky, which should help him match up well with NFL receivers.
20. Denver Broncos- Sam Howell, QB, North Carolina
Denver usually prefers their strong-armed quarterbacks, but really they need someone who can facilitate the ball to all of their talented receivers. Howell can be that guy for them.
21. Cincinnati Bengals- Kenyon Green, OG/C, Texas A&M
Cincinnati has issues with the interior of their offensive line. They need to protect Joe Burrow at all costs.
22. Las Vegas Raiders- Jordan Davis, DL, Georgia
There aren’t many players in the history of the sport with Davis’ size and body control.
23. Carolina Panthers- Ikem Ekwonu, OT, NC State
Carolina could go with a new quarterback here, but they might be better off taking an offensive lineman to help protect Sam Darnold, who is playing solidly right now.
24. Cleveland Browns- Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State
25. Baltimore Ravens- David Bell, WR, Purdue
The Ravens loaded up on wide receivers, but could get another here. Bell is a possession receiver, which could help the Ravens move the chains even more consistently.
26. Dallas Cowboys- Jalen Catalon, S, Arkansas
The Dallas defense is much improved, but they could keep that trend going with better play at the backend. Catalon won’t be the top safety in a class that features Hamilton, but he’s played well this season.
27. Green Bay Packers- Drake London, WR, USC
Whether Aaron Rodgers is there or not, the Packers need to continue to add weapons to the offense. London is a big receiver who specializes in contested catches.
28. Los Angeles Chargers- Adam Anderson, EDGE, Georgia
Getting another edge rusher to pair with Joey Bosa will make the Chargers’ defense more dangerous.
29. Detroit Lions (via LAR)- John Metchie III, WR, Alabama
Detroit is so thin at wide receiver that Kalif Raymond is contributing. They need to get better weapons to stretch the field.
30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington
Tampa Bay has experienced some injuries to their secondary. McDuffie could be an improvement for them even when everyone is healthy.
31. Buffalo Bills- Christian Harris, LB, Alabama
Buffalo is fortunate enough to have a solid enough roster to have options on who to draft. Harris could improve their linebacker core around Tremaine Edmunds.
32. Arizona Cardinals- Jaxson Kirkland, OT, Washington
The Cardinals have some talented players all over the field, but they can upgrade their offensive line.
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