2022 NFL Mock Draft 2.0: Packers double down to help Aaron Rodgers, Chiefs ignore wideout

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Michigan

• Sr

• 6’7″

/ 260 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

2nd

POSITION RNK

1st

There’s still some thought the Jags could go Ickey Ekwonu or Evan Neal here and there’s also some buzz building about Travon Walker possibly going first overall. I think we could see Shad Khan get involved and push the front office to take an OL, but right now Hutchinson still seems like he’s the guy at the top.

Georgia

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 272 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

13th

POSITION RNK

1st

Maybe the Lions consider a quarterback, but with Jared Goff remaining a fave of the front office it seems more likely to me they continue building depth and talent in the trenches.

Oregon

• Soph

• 6’4″

/ 254 lbs

Projected Team

Houston

PROSPECT RNK

5th

POSITION RNK

2nd

This pick could showcase the Texans’ future intentions with Laremy Tunsil, although Neal/Ikwonu could easily play the right side of the line.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 337 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

4th

POSITION RNK

1st

I prefer Ekwonu but the Jets likely view this pick as a starting right tackle with the option to be a failsafe if Mekhi Becton can’t bounce back and/or stay healthy.

NC State

• Soph

• 6’4″

/ 310 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

PROSPECT RNK

10th

POSITION RNK

4th

The Giants are in a great spot at five knowing their needs match up with the top players in this draft class. There’s a lot of chatter about Joe Schoen wanting to trade down and get future draft picks and it might require moving from this pick if people want to get ahead of Carolina for a QB or OL. Moving off seven would obviously be their preference.

Pittsburgh

• Sr

• 6’3″

/ 217 lbs

Projected Team

Carolina

PROSPECT RNK

30th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Reportedly the “mutual disinterest” between the Panthers and Baker Mayfield is cooling off. If that’s the case, then maybe a deal goes down and Carolina takes an OL instead. For now I’ll have them sticking with Pickett at six thanks to the connections between the Pitt QB and Matt Rhule/David Tepper.

Florida State

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 254 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

PROSPECT RNK

20th

POSITION RNK

3rd

It’s possible Johnson is gone before this — the Jets have been rumored to be talking with him — but either way a pass rusher with the Giants’ second pick would have New York fans fired up about this draft.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 179 lbs

Projected Team

Atlanta

PROSPECT RNK

11th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Malik Willis would be spicy here but the Matt Ryan trade really signals Atlanta’s need to do a full-blown rebuild. What makes Williams particularly interesting is the Falcons could get Calvin Ridley back after his suspension and suddenly have a loaded WR room once again as Williams moves further away from his ACL injury (ACLs aren’t problems for NFL teams anymore, either).

Mississippi State

• Soph

• 6’5″

/ 307 lbs

Projected Team

Seattle

PROSPECT RNK

8th

POSITION RNK

2nd

The Seahawks found Russell Wilson in the third round which is why I think it would surprise me if they pulled on one here in a thin class. It would be hilarious if they drafted an OL with one of the picks they got for Russell Wilson after all his complaints about being sacked in the last few years.

Cincinnati

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 190 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

3rd

POSITION RNK

1st

Some Jets reporters have suggested they won’t take a cornerback but I think they’d have to take a long, hard look at “Sauce” with the 10th pick if he fell this far.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 183 lbs

Projected Team

Washington

PROSPECT RNK

7th

POSITION RNK

1st

There’s a clear need at the position, a strong desire to make Carson Wentz look good and a major OSU connection at the position group with Terry McLaurin and Curtis Samuel.

LSU

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 195 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

6th

POSITION RNK

2nd

There are multiple connections with Stingley, LSU and the Vikings, specifically with Patrick Peterson potentially serving as a CB mentor and Justin Jefferson having played with Stingley on the Tigers championship team. The Vikings need a corner and Stingley should be here.

Georgia

• Sr

• 6’6″

/ 341 lbs

Projected Team

Houston

PROSPECT RNK

18th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Sure is easy to make the comparison between Vince Wilfork with the Patriots and Jordan Davis if he lands here with the. Texans. Adding Davis and a pass rusher would immediately make the Texans a much better team just by virtue of their defensive line improvements.

USC

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 219 lbs

Projected Team

Green Bay

PROSPECT RNK

12th

POSITION RNK

3rd

The Ravens are the toughest pick in the whole draft to predict. Eric DeCosta’s talked about moving both up and down during the first round (and it doesn’t sound like typical GM talk either). With lots of WR-needy teams in the back end of the draft, this makes a lot of sense as a spot for someone to move up and grab someone. The Packers do just that and get Aaron Rodgers some needed help. They give Baltimore the 22nd pick along with some late picks.

Georgia

• Jr

• 5’11”

/ 229 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

14th

POSITION RNK

1st

We’re going to look back at this Georgia defense the same way we look back on that Joe Burrow LSU offense when it’s all said and done, especially with how many guys get drafted early. With a ton of picks, the Eagles can ditch their usual avoidance of drafting linebackers early.

Northern Iowa

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 321 lbs

Projected Team

New Orleans

PROSPECT RNK

35th

POSITION RNK

8th

Moving up in early April to snipe the Chargers on an OL is pretty absurd, but here we are. Losing Terron Armstead means the Saints need to reload at the position.

Texas A&M

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 323 lbs

And the Chargers promptly take a different offensive lineman anyway.

Notre Dame

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 220 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

1st

POSITION RNK

1st

Precipitous drop for Hamilton but perhaps indicative of the positional value here. But the Eagles are squatting on two firsts next year and two potentially transformational defenders.

Liberty

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 219 lbs

Projected Team

New Orleans

PROSPECT RNK

23rd

POSITION RNK

1st

Matt Corral is super popular in terms of mocks to the Saints. But with Jameis Winston set for 2022, Willis can be the guy of the future for the Saints.

Ole Miss

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 212 lbs

Projected Team

Pittsburgh

PROSPECT RNK

32nd

POSITION RNK

3rd

Even with a lack of teams who need QBs there are still tons of teams willing to reach for them. Maybe the Steelers prefer Willis, but Corral has a hose and Matt Canada loves some RPOs.

Washington

• Soph

• 5’11”

/ 193 lbs

Projected Team

New England

PROSPECT RNK

22nd

POSITION RNK

4th

The Patriots are likely trading down because that’s what the Patriots do, but with J.C. Jackson leaving it would make a lot of sense for New England to add another secondary piece.

Iowa

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 296 lbs

Projected Team

Baltimore

PROSPECT RNK

9th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Bradley Bozeman bounced to Carolina in the offseason leaving a hole at center for Baltimore, and they get some picks out of the exchange as well.

Arkansas

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 225 lbs

Projected Team

Arizona

PROSPECT RNK

15th

POSITION RNK

4th

The Cardinals going WR again feels like a surprise, but losing Christian Kirk this offseason puts a dent into the depth chart. Grabbing Burks would be a nice fit with the combo of DeAndre Hopkins and Rondale Moore.

Tulsa

• Soph

• 6’4″

/ 324 lbs

Projected Team

Dallas

PROSPECT RNK

45th

POSITION RNK

10th

The Cowboys love drafting offensive linemen in the first round and quietly need to reload this unit after some serious attrition the last few years.

Michigan

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 250 lbs

Projected Team

Buffalo

PROSPECT RNK

42nd

POSITION RNK

6th

The Bills are in win-now mode so they could be more interested in drafting an impact player not coming off a workout injury. But they have the depth to grab Ojabo here, especially right in front of the noted injured-player-loving Titans.

Cincinnati

• Sr

• 6’3″

/ 211 lbs

Projected Team

Tennessee

PROSPECT RNK

75th

POSITION RNK

5th

This would be a pretty shocking pick but Ryan Tannehill isn’t exactly young and Ridder’s style of play could absolutely work in this offensive system.

Minnesota

• Sr

• 6’4″

/ 265 lbs

Projected Team

Tampa Bay

PROSPECT RNK

24th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Running it back from the last mock with the Bucs adding another defensive player up front.

Ohio State

• Sr

• 6’0″

/ 187 lbs

Projected Team

Green Bay

PROSPECT RNK

25th

POSITION RNK

5th

Give Aaron Rodgers every reason to be excited about coming back on his giant new contract despite Davante Adams not being back.

Clemson

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 194 lbs

Projected Team

Kansas City

PROSPECT RNK

17th

POSITION RNK

3rd

The Chiefs need WR help but not as much as people generally think. I’d bet they draft one with these picks but will potentially let the draft come to them.

Utah

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 237 lbs

Projected Team

Kansas City

PROSPECT RNK

16th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Again, WR help is needed but the Chiefs also have a bad defense and added some guys at the position this offseason. They’re not going to win the Super Bowl without more impact defensive players.

Boston College

• Sr

• 6’3″

/ 312 lbs

Projected Team

Cincinnati

PROSPECT RNK

34th

POSITION RNK

7th

Even with the OL adds this offseason, the Bengals could use more help on the line.

Purdue

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 266 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

27th

POSITION RNK

4th

Everyone assumes the Lions will pivot off the trenches but I’m not sure they’re going to do that for at least another year.





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