2022 NFL Mock Draft: Jets continue commitment to offensive line, Cowboys add more pass rush to rising defense


Oregon

• Soph

• 6’5″

/ 258 lbs

The presence of K’Lavon Chaisson should not prohibit Jacksonville from taking another edge rusher of Kayvon Thibodeaux’s talents. The mission is simply to get the most talent in the building.

Notre Dame

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 219 lbs

None of the quarterbacks available represent an upgrade over Jared Goff. The hope is that Jeff Okudah returns from his injury and the secondary lives up to its potential with Kyle Hamilton.

LSU

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 195 lbs

Houston has struggled to find answers at the cornerback position. Derek Stingley Jr. is a great player that would uplift that secondary. The Texans might have to find a quarterback elsewhere.

Clemson

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 200 lbs

Cornerback and edge rusher are commonly selected for the Jets. Perhaps that says more about my thoughts on how the team should be built than their actual strategy. Andrew Booth Jr. would give New York some of the high-level talent they have lacked at that position.

Texas A&M

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 325 lbs

Andrew Thomas has been greatly improved this season. If Matt Peart pans out at right tackle, then the Giants will be well on their way to constructing an offensive line actually capable of protecting Daniel Jones. Kenyon Green would take them one step closer to being one of the league’s best.

Ole Miss

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 205 lbs

Atlanta needs a beacon of hope for the future. A new quarterback, alongside Kyle Pitts, would give the fans something to be excited about next season.

Texas A&M

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 290 lbs

Philadelphia has two accomplished veterans over the age of 30 along its defensive line. DeMarvin Leal presents a smooth transition from the group that has provided them success for a decade to a younger collection of talent with the same expectations.

NC State

• Soph

• 6’4″

/ 320 lbs

Ikem Ekwonu is a massive human being who has always been capable of paving a path for running backs. He has the versatility to hold up at offensive tackle or move inside to guard.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 350 lbs

Jonah Williams has been playing well this season, but Evan Neal would give them a pair of bookends long-term. If Jackson Carman pans out, then Cincinnati should be in good shape moving forward.

Purdue

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 275 lbs

The Giants continue supplementing its defensive front to create a rotation capable of staying fresh and providing the offense with a variety of different looks.

North Carolina

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 225 lbs

Washington adds a strong leader in hopes that the defense lives up to its potential and the team can actually be competitive again. Sam Howell is likely never going to reach the upper echelon of NFL quarterbacks, but expectations must be reasonable outside the top 10.

Liberty

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 195 lbs

Pittsburgh knows it is time to move on from Ben Roethlisberger, and an answer does not exist on the roster. Malik Willis is far from a polished product but gives them more upside at the position.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 192 lbs

New England adds some juice to the roster in the form of Garrett Wilson. The Patriots have a quarterback they can believe in for a decade-plus, so the objective becomes surrounding him with talent.

Arkansas

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 225 lbs

Some teams are devoid of talent at the wide receiver position, whereas others have some players who inspire hope. Las Vegas is one of those teams that could feel a lot better about where it stands at the position by season’s end dependent upon on the development of Bryan Edwards and Henry Ruggs III.

Washington

• Soph

• 5’11”

/ 195 lbs

Philadelphia added interior players on each side of the ball before adding cornerback Trent McDuffie to the secondary. All of this is based on the possibility that Jalen Hurts could be a long-term answer at quarterback, which is still subject to change.

Kentucky

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 345 lbs

Carolina simply needs help along the offensive line. A stud offensive tackle would be the best outcome, but the cream still needs to rise to the top.

Iowa

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 290 lbs

The offensive line reconstruction continues for general manager Joe Douglas. First-round picks have been used in consecutive years on Mekhi Becton and Alijah Vera-Tucker, who played sensational in London last week. Tyler Linderbaum would quickly upgrade that unit from area of concern to strength.

Georgia

• Soph

• 6’6″

/ 330 lbs

Denver has a few aging players and some general upgrades that need to be made to its front seven. It has to be done over the course of a few years rather than all at once.

Michigan

• Sr

• 6’6″

/ 265 lbs

Minnesota adds some edge rush potential opposite Danielle Hunter. Aidan Hutchinson is a strong, highly-productive player who would endear himself to Mike Zimmer.

Utah

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 235 lbs

Devin Lloyd would be a step outside of the norm for a Bill Belichick disciple. Patriots teams are often known for their strength and physicality along the front seven. Lloyd is a more mobile player capable of getting off blocks or dropping into coverage.

USC

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 210 lbs

Drake London has been the most productive wide receiver in college football this season. He is a bigger body that will compliment Michael Thomas in that passing game.

Cincinnati

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 255 lbs

Tennessee has struggled to cultivate an edge rush. By throwing more bodies at the problem, they are increasing the odds of it being fixed. In an ideal situation, they have enough talent at the position to create a rotation.

USC

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 250 lbs

Los Angeles looks to return to the days of having two dominant edge rushers. Joey Bosa and Myjai Sanders would provide Brandon Staley with more flexibility to throw stunts.

Georgia

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 230 lbs

Dallas has shown that it would like to keep Micah Parsons at linebacker, which means it needs to add pass rush elsewhere. Adam Anderson gives the Cowboys some insurance in the event of further injury to a Randy Gregory or a DeMarcus Lawrence.

Ohio State

• Sr

• 6’1″

/ 188 lbs

It is clear that, for whatever reason, there is a disconnect between Baker Mayfield and Odell Beckham Jr.. Jarvis Landry and Beckham count for over $30 million towards the salary cap and the production has not met the investment. Chris Olave represents a chance to start over with Donovan Peoples-Jones, Anthony Schwartz and Olave.

Miami (FL)

• Soph

• 6’5″

/ 316 lbs

After moving on from Orlando Brown Jr., Baltimore created a need at offensive tackle. Zion Nelson could be the solution opposite Ronnie Stanley and allow the run game to continue being the strength of the roster.

Florida

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 196 lbs

Arizona has made a significant investment in its roster, and that has translated to being the only undefeated team remaining. The contributions continue with Kaiir Elam in the first round.

South Carolina

• Sr

• 6’4″

/ 260 lbs

The end of the road is coming for Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith in Green Bay. A transition plan has to be established, and that plan includes Kingsley Enagbare. A lot could change depending upon how the Aaron Rodgers situation plays out.

Georgia

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 200 lbs

Detroit already added Kyle Hamilton earlier in the round and now its land George Pickens with the pick acquired from the Rams. An incredible amount of length is being brought to the Motor City.

Penn State

• Sr

• 5’11”

/ 182 lbs

Kansas City can rely upon Tyreek Hill in the passing game, but Travis Kelce has more football behind him than he does ahead. The Chiefs have attempted to fill the void with Mecole Hardman and Josh Gordon, but I think the search will continue into the offseason.

Cincinnati

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 188 lbs

Buffalo adds a cornerback opposite Tre’Davious White. The Bills defense has drastically improved because of its investment in the front seven. They can solidify the back end with “Sauce” Gardner from Cincinnati.

Mississippi State

• Soph

• 6’5″

/ 310 lbs

Tampa Bay adds depth to its offensive line and an eventual replacement for Donovan Smith. The Buccaneers will have to use some cost-cutting measures in the coming years to clean up the mess of this year’s salary cap.





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