Wednesday, December 8, 2021

2022 NFL Mock Draft: Lions roll dice on QB late in round after Steelers, Washington take first two passers

Here’s the reality: There is no clear-cut QB1 in this draft class

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It’s been a few weeks since we’ve had three quarterbacks going in Round 1, but here we are in our latest mock draft. It’s not that we think three QBs should go, it’s more that NFL teams desperate to upgrade the position have proven they’ll take chances on a player who, in reality, is a 50/50 proposition to even be a replacement-level starter.

Not surprisingly, we have Ole Miss’ Matt Corral and Nevada’s Carson Strong among the top 32 picks and both are legit first-round talents. Corral is athletic but raw; Strong is the savviest passer in this class whose draft fate could be determined by a knee injury he suffered back in high school. And then there’s Sam Howell, who finds his way back into Round 1, primarily because the team we have taking him — the Lions — needs to turn things around. The great irony, of course, is that Howell has drawn comparisons to Matthew Stafford, though in our mind, best-case scenario is that he becomes 75-80 percent of Stafford in the NFL.

Alright, let’s get to all 32 picks.

One other thing, and this is important: the draft order below was determined using SportsLine’s Super Bowl odds but in reverse order. We know folks are going to be very angry about why we have their team picking so high but it’s not our fault. These are your team’s current odds of winning a Lombardi Trophy.

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