Tuesday, May 17, 2022

2022 NFL Mock Draft: Saints get Terron Armstead replacement, Steelers pick Desmond Ridder

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Michigan • Sr • 6’7″ / 260 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

2nd

POSITION RNK

1st

The Jaguars are going Hutchinson at No. 1 after franchising Cam Robinson. The Michigan star is an instant-impact type who can thrive on three downs.

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Oregon • Soph • 6’4″ / 254 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

5th

POSITION RNK

2nd

The Lions don’t let a Thibodeaux fall occur. He reunites with former Oregon teammate Penei Sewell in the Motor City.

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Georgia • Jr • 6’5″ / 272 lbs

Projected Team

Houston

PROSPECT RNK

13th

POSITION RNK

1st

Walker is an all-upside selection for the rebuilding Texans.

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Cincinnati • Jr • 6’3″ / 190 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

3rd

POSITION RNK

1st

The Jets get their alpha cornerback, something the defense desperately needs.

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Alabama • Jr • 6’7″ / 337 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

PROSPECT RNK

4th

POSITION RNK

1st

Neal is a mammoth human who carries 337 pounds as well as any human on this planet. He has All-Pro upside.

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Pittsburgh • Sr • 6’3″ / 217 lbs

Projected Team

Carolina

PROSPECT RNK

30th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Matt Rhule almost has to pick a quarterback here, so he goes with one he knows in Pickett.

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Notre Dame • Jr • 6’4″ / 220 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

PROSPECT RNK

1st

POSITION RNK

1st

The Giants would be thrilled to land Neal and Hamilton if they can’t move down from one of their two first-round picks.

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Liberty • Jr • 6’1″ / 219 lbs

Projected Team

Atlanta

PROSPECT RNK

23rd

POSITION RNK

1st

The Falcons pick Willis with the long view in mind. The Georgia native comes home to usher in a new era at quarterback for the Falcons.

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NC State • Soph • 6’4″ / 310 lbs

Projected Team

Seattle

PROSPECT RNK

10th

POSITION RNK

4th

Ekwonu’s run-blocking prowess will appeal to Pete Carroll and Co. in Seattle.

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Mississippi State • Soph • 6’5″ / 307 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

8th

POSITION RNK

2nd

The Jets get a blue-chip tackle to protect Zach Wilson. Perfect.

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Ohio State • Jr • 6’0″ / 183 lbs

Projected Team

Washington

PROSPECT RNK

7th

POSITION RNK

1st

Wilson would give Terry McLaurin a legitimate running mate at receiver and the two can bond over their time at Ohio State.

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LSU • Jr • 6’0″ / 195 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

6th

POSITION RNK

2nd

The Vikings draft Stingley and allow Patrick Peterson to mentor him in 2022. Ideal.

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Georgia • Sr • 6’3″ / 307 lbs

Projected Team

Houston

PROSPECT RNK

29th

POSITION RNK

4th

Who knows what the Texans will do. They have needs galore. They go with the best “classic” three-technique pass rusher in his class.

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Georgia • Sr • 6’6″ / 341 lbs

Projected Team

Baltimore

PROSPECT RNK

18th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Davis would be an exquisite fit in Baltimore. They love oversized, powerful defensive linemen.

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Alabama • Jr • 6’2″ / 179 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

11th

POSITION RNK

2nd

The Eagles can be competitive in 2022 but have their sights set on the 2023 season. Because of that, Williams would be very sensible here.

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Northern Iowa • Jr • 6’7″ / 321 lbs

Projected Team

New Orleans

PROSPECT RNK

35th

POSITION RNK

8th

The Saints made their move to make sure they’d be ahead of the Chargers, another team with a clear offensive tackle need. Penning will be New Orleans’ Week 1 starter at left tackle.

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USC • Jr • 6’4″ / 219 lbs

Instead of picking someone like Bernhard Raimann here, the Chargers add another big-bodied weapon for Justin Herbert in London.

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Florida State • Sr • 6’5″ / 254 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

20th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Johnson’s fall stops with the Eagles here. Howie Roseman loves building the trenches with early picks.

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Ohio State • Sr • 6’0″ / 187 lbs

Projected Team

New Orleans

PROSPECT RNK

25th

POSITION RNK

5th

Olave can become a high-caliber No. 2 wideout in New Orleans opposite Michael Thomas.

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Cincinnati • Sr • 6’3″ / 211 lbs

Projected Team

Pittsburgh

PROSPECT RNK

75th

POSITION RNK

5th

The Steelers don’t want to leave the first round without a quarterback and Ridder’s experience and athleticism make him enticing for this franchise.

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Florida • Jr • 6’2″ / 191 lbs

Projected Team

New England

PROSPECT RNK

46th

POSITION RNK

6th

The Patriots replace J.C. Jackson with a man-coverage specialist in Elam.

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Penn State • Sr • 5’11” / 178 lbs

Projected Team

Green Bay

PROSPECT RNK

40th

POSITION RNK

7th

Dotson is the twitched-up speedster the Packers need on their offense.

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Purdue • Jr • 6’4″ / 266 lbs

Projected Team

Arizona

PROSPECT RNK

27th

POSITION RNK

4th

The Cardinals have a gigantic void to fill given Chandler Jones’ departure. Karlaftis can help.

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Boston College • Sr • 6’3″ / 312 lbs

Projected Team

Dallas

PROSPECT RNK

34th

POSITION RNK

7th

Johnson is an immediate starter at guard and has positional versatility given his length and experience at left tackle.

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Washington • Soph • 5’11” / 193 lbs

Projected Team

Buffalo

PROSPECT RNK

22nd

POSITION RNK

4th

McDuffie played in a zone-heavy system at Washington, which would make his transition to Buffalo a seamless one.

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Georgia • Jr • 5’11” / 229 lbs

Projected Team

Tennessee

PROSPECT RNK

14th

POSITION RNK

1st

Dean gives the Titans legitimate coverage capabilities at the linebacker position. Vital today.

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Georgia • Sr • 6’3″ / 307 lbs

Projected Team

Tampa Bay

PROSPECT RNK

29th

POSITION RNK

4th

The Buccaneers have to infuse youth into their interior group up front. Wyatt has instant-impact ability.

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Houston • Jr • 6’6″ / 282 lbs

Projected Team

Green Bay

PROSPECT RNK

37th

POSITION RNK

5th

Hall is a tremendous pass-rushing asset, and he can play multiple positions given his unique frame.

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Arkansas • Jr • 6’2″ / 225 lbs

Projected Team

Kansas City

PROSPECT RNK

15th

POSITION RNK

4th

Burks is the big-bodied receiver the Chiefs may be shifting toward philosophically on offense.

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San Diego State • Jr • 6’4″ / 267 lbs

Projected Team

Kansas City

PROSPECT RNK

62nd

POSITION RNK

6th

Thomas is this year’s “surprise” late first-round pick. He won from the inside and outside at San Diego State, and the Chiefs have to get Chris Jones a running mate up front.

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Iowa • Jr • 6’2″ / 296 lbs

Projected Team

Cincinnati

PROSPECT RNK

9th

POSITION RNK

3rd

The Bengals rejoice when Linderbaum is available at their pick. He has to get stronger but is capable of freaky athletic feats at the center position.

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Utah • Jr • 6’3″ / 237 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

16th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Lloyd slips, but the Lions jump at the opportunity for him to be the quarterback of their defense.

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