Monday, May 23, 2022

2022 NFL Mock Draft: Kyle Hamilton falls to Patriots, Panthers take Kenny Pickett, Giants and Jets get OL help

Top three picks are from the defensive side of the ball in Tom Fornelli’s latest mock draft

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While the NFL Mock Draft schedule never sleeps, this is the time of year when it gets a lot more fun to do mock drafts. The draft is only a few weeks away, and we have so much more information available to us. We’ve been through the combine and the first wave of free agency, all of which gives us a better idea of the players who will be the most desirable and where the teams believe they can improve in the draft.

While it’s never easy to do a mock, things get slightly easier at this point. This will be my fifth mock of the season, but the first four were more “exploratory” than anything. It was a combination of deciphering team needs and evaluating the players on my own hoping to determine the best fits. This mock includes more “intel” than any of the previous. It’s not as much “what I think should happen” as it’s “here’s what I think is going to happen.”

Of course, it can all change in the next three weeks, and you never know who’s blowing smoke up your you-know-what, but this is my best guess as to what the future holds.

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