2022 NFL Mock Draft – John Ellsworth

2022 NFL Draft

2022 NFL Mock Draft

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Updated April 25th

1) Jacksonville Jaguars – Evan Neal OT, Alabama 6’7″ 337 lbs
The Jags acquired RG Brendon Scherff from the Commanders in FA & he’s a major upgrade for their OL. But the OT’s are the same as last year so QB Lawrence will probably have heavy pressure on him all season. He could come in and be & upgrade at any position on their OL except Center.

2) Detroit Lions – Aidan Hutchinson EDGE, Michigan 6’7″ 265 lbs
If the Jags pass on him I’m pretty sure the Lions will pounce on him here. He’s a day one starter on the Edge & a major upgrade for their DL.

3) Houston Texans – Travon Walker EDGE/DE, Georgia 6’5″ 272 lbs 4.51
The Texans have a lot of holes to fill & this is a good place to start. Started all 15 games for the Dawgs in 2021 at DT. I think he’s a little slight for DT in the NFL but with some good coaching should become a dominant ER for many years to come.

4) New York Jets – Kayvon Thibodeaux EDGE, Oregon 6’4″ 254 lbs
The negative talk about him is calming down & he’s starting to really move up draft boards again. This player has some real talent & serious upside. The Jets need another presence on the EDGE across from Carl Lawton.

5) New York Giants – Ikem Okwonu G/OT, North Carolina St. 6’4″ 310 lbs
The G-men decide to beef up their OL & get QB Daniel Jones some more quality pass protection. This guy needs to get into an NFL strength & conditioning program & team groceries. He needs to add about 10 – 15 lbs of weight & muscle if he’s going to play OT at the next level. I think his calling will come at G. He’s a big upgrade to their OL.

6) Carolina Panthers – Kenny Pickett QB, Pittsburgh 6’3″ 217 lbs
Pickett is the most developed & NFL-ready QB in this class. Has the arm to make all the NFL throws & goes through his progressions well & quickly. Finds his 2nd & 3rd WR’s in a hurry & has an uncanny sense of when pressure is getting close. HC Ruhle knows him well from his days at Temple, he was going there if not Pitt. Also, owner Dan Tepper is a Pitt alum & a major contributor to their athletic department.

7) New York Giants (from chi) – Ahmad Gardner CB, Cincinnati 6’3″ 190 lbs 4.41
The Giants grab the top CB in this draft. Gardner has had a stellar career for the Bearcats. 3-year starter for them. Has enough speed to not allow separation & can play cover man or zone but, he’s like a blanket in man. Possesses long arms to just swat passes out of the way. Here’s a good stat on him. He didn’t allow a single touchdown reception for his entire career at Cincinnati.

8) Atlanta Falcons – Garrett Wilson WR/SWR, Ohio St. 6′ 190 lbs 4.38
The Falcons WR isn’t lonely it’s downright empty with the suspension of Calvin Ridley & Cage leaving in FA for the Bucs. He has plenty of speed to separate, runs a solid route tree & knows how to get open.

9) Seattle Seahawks – Charles Cross OT, Mississippi St. 6’5″ 307 lbs
The Hawks haven’t re-signed OT Duane Brown so a replacement is needed. Like Okwonu he needs to put on at least 10 – 15 lbs of muscle & weight to his anchor. Most college OT’s come up to the NFL solid in run blocking but, need coaching in pass protection. Cross is the opposite of that having played in HC Mike Leach’s air raid offense at Starkville. Has XLNT upper body strength & fabulous footwork.

10) New York Jets (from sea) – Kyle Hamilton SS, Notre Dame 6’4″ 219 lbs
The Jets never replaced S Jamal Adams who they traded to the Hawks 2 years ago & lost FS Marcus Maye to FA so they select a difference-maker for their defense. Was all over the field for the Fighting Irish in 2021 until his season-ending injury towards the end of the year. These 1st 2 picks will definitely strengthen their defense.

11) Washington Commanders – Drake London WR, USC 6’4″ 219 lbs
HC Ron Rivera needs to get QB Carson Wentz some more weapons for the offense. He was injured in 2021 but that shouldn’t alter his draft status. Has long arms & strong hands & fingers to just pluck the football out of the air. Is also an XLNT red zone for his QB. Doesn’t have great straight-line speed but his football field speed is quite adequate.

12) Minnesota Vikings – Derek Stingley Jr. CB, LSU 6′ 188 lbs 4.37
The Vikes won’t take much time making this selection. Has been under the watchful eye of scouts & coaches since his freshman season when he produced 15 passes defended & 6 interceptions. Hasn’t done much the last 2 seasons with COVID in 2020 & an injury in 2021. Superfast CB who doesn’t allow separation sticks to WR’s like glue.

13) Houston Texans (from cle) – Jordan Davis NT, Georgia 6’7″ 341 lbs 4.78
The Texans really beef up their defensive front with these 1st 2 selections. Davis is a beast & a one-man wrecking crew on defense. Georgia led the nation in rush defense & it all started right here. He’ll come in and absolutely stuff the run game & when he gets a little coached up he’ll apply constant pressure on QB’s from the interior.

14) Baltimore Ravens – Jermaine Johnson II EDGE, Florida St. 6’5″ 262 lbs
This player had a coming-out season in 2021 with 70 tackles, 11.5 sacks & 12 tackles for loss that earned him ACC defensive player of the year honors. Would pair really well with last year’s rookie sensation Oweh. He followed up his season with a spectacular performance in the Senior Bowl practices & game. Then had a hot combine to solidify his status.

15) Philadelphia Eagles (from mia) – Andrew Booth Jr. Clemson 6′ 195 lbs
Booth has been the shut-down CB at Clemson the last 2 years and did an outstanding job. Can play man or zone and be just as effective. Has enough speed to not allow separation, has good ball skills & a decent ball hawk. This is the Eagles biggest need.

16) New Orleans Saints (from ind) – Jameson Williams WR/SWR, Alabama 6’2″ 180 lbs
Here’s a real firecracker / big-time playmaker WR for the Saints & QB Jameis Winston. Tore his ACL in the championship game vs Georgia or could have gone earlier. He has killer straight-line speed but his football field speed is absolutely ridiculous. I thought he was the most exciting player in college football in 2021. Would pair really well with star WR Michael Thomas.

17) Los Angeles Chargers – Trevor Penning OT, Northern Iowa 6’7″ 321 lbs
The Chargers have been big players in FA acquiring top players to fill certain positions of need. One position left to fill is ROT & he could come and take that spot. Is a mauler in the run game & an aircraft carrier in pass protection. Also, plays with quite the mean streak & the coaches will love that.

18) Philadelphia Eagles (from no) – Devin Lloyd ILB, Utah 6’3″ 237 lbs
Lloyd had a great season in 2021 & carried his momentum through the PAC-12 championship to the Combine where he had a solid performance. This guy is a sideline to sideline seek & destroy LB just looking for someone to hit. He’s the best off-ball LB available for this draft & a big need for the Eagles. Also, a decent ballhawk for an LB.

19) New Orleans Saints (from phi) – Matt Corrall QB, Ole Miss 6’2″ 212 lbs
The Saints resigned QB Jameis Winston for 2022 but I think the Taysom Hill experiment is over & they need to grab a QB to develop for the future. Has a strong enough arm to make all the NFL throws & possesses a great set of wheels to motor around the field & stretch plays for big gains. Has had 2 great seasons guiding the Rebels offense under HC Lane Kiffen.

20) Pittsburgh Steelers – Malik Willis QB, Liberty 6’1″ 219 lbs
The Steelers signed QB Trubisky in FA & he’ll have to do for 2 years while Willis grabs the clipboard & takes some serious lessons. Has a strong enough arm & some good legs to pick up yards on the ground. Needs to learn to stay in the pocket & not bail out at the 1st sign of distress.

21) New England Patriots – Kaiir Elam CB, Florida 6’2″ 196 lbs 4.39
HC Bill Belichick likes long corners with some size. This would be a good fit for his defense & a big need. Has all the speed to not allow separation, Can play in man or zone, and be just as effective. Is a good ballhawk & a sure tackler in the open field.

22) Green Bay Packers (from lv) – Chris Olave WR/SWR, Ohio St. 6’1″ 189 lbs 4.39
Here’s a big play WR for Aaron Rodgers & the Pack. Is the best route runner in this class, has sticky fingers & a nose for the end zone. For his career at Columbus he registered 176 receptions for 2711 yards & 35 touchdowns.

23) Arizona Cardinals – Trent McDuffie CB, Washington 5’11” 193 lbs
The Cards need CB, EDGE, S, RB. McDuffie is an in-your-face cover CB. The Huskies are becoming the CBU of college football & this is their latest model. Can definitely play cover man but, is decent in zone also. Good tackler in the open field & has a nose for the football.

24) Dallas Cowboys – Kenyon Green G/OT, Texas A&M 6’4″ 323 lbs
As my boss on this website says as the Cowboys offensive line goes so goes their entire offense. 3 year starter for the Aggies & a 2020 All American. Didn’t have as good of a season in 2021 but the talent, potential & commitment is there. Can open up nice running lanes in the middle of opposing defenses & is rock solid in pass protection.

25) Buffalo Bills – Treylon Burks WR, Arkansas 6’2″ 225 lbs
The Bills have a speedy & hot WR in Stephon Diggs & a good SWR in Cole Beasley but could use a possession WR with some size. Didn’t have a great 40 time at Indy but I’ve never seen an SEC player catch him from behind. Is really hard to bring down when he gets up to speed. For his career with the Razorbacks he produced 146 receptions for 2399 yards & 18 touchdowns.

26) Tennessee Titans – Desmond Ridder QB, Cincinnati 6’3″ 211 lbs
I think QB Tannehill is a good QB but, I also think he’s taken the Titans as far as he can. I don’t think they can reach the championship game or super bowl with him. I believe that the Titans offense will be very friendly to Ridder & he could grab it well. Has a big enough arm to make all the NFL Passes & a strong set of legs to pick up yards & touchdowns on the ground. 4 year starter for the Bearcats so he has plenty of experience & a good game manager. Very coachable & could be a work in progress that pans out well.

27) Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Zion Johnson G, Boston College 6’3″ 316 lbs
The Bucs lost both starting G’s to FA so a replacement or 2 is needed. 3 year starter for the Eagles. Played every position on the OL for them. Great in the run game & solid in pass protection. Has XLNT upper body strength & showed that at Indy when he led all athletes with 32 bench press reps.

28) Green Bay Packers – DeVonte Wyatt DT, Georgia 6’3″ 307 lbs
The Pack can take this player & plug n play him next to Kenny Clark & yards up the middle will be hard to come by. Has the quickest 1st step in the draft for defensive linemen. Some scouts & coaches feel he may make a bigger splash than his running buddy at Georgia Davis but, we’ll have to wait and see on that.

29) Kansas City Chiefs (from sf) – Jahan Dotson SWR/PR, Penn St. 5’11” 182 lbs
With the loss of Tyreke Hill the Chiefs find a dyno replacement here. Very fast in the open field & a big player at picking up YAC. Runs a good route tree & definitely knows how to get open. Was the most exciting player on the Nittany Lions for the last 2 years.

30) Kansas City Chiefs – George Karlaftis EDGE, Purdue 6’4″ 266 lbs
Here’s a blue-collar ER that just screams Andy Reid to me. Has been the leader of the Boilermakers defense the last 3 seasons. Has a good swim move to get him into the opponent’s backfield where he can create havoc, get sacks & tackles for loss.

31) Cincinnati Bengals – Tyler Linderbaum C, Iowa 6’2″ 296 lbs
Linderbaum slides a little in this draft but the Bengals couldn’t be happier. They need all the OL help they can muster to protect face of the franchise QB Joe Burrow. He’s solid in all aspects of his game and could be a pro bowler for years to come. The only negative’s on him are he’s underweight & maybe tapped out for his frame. He also, had under 30″ arms at Indy which isn’t helpful.

32) Detroit Lions – Quay Walker ILB, Georgia 6’4″ 241 lbs
The Lions have made no bones about needing LB help in this draft. Quay has been flying up draft boards all off-season. A solid ILB who is a real thumper w/ good speed. This player is just starting to scratch the surface of his potential. Also, has a high football IQ & is always in the right place at the right time.

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