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2022 NFL Draft Day 2 Mock Draft (Rounds 2 and 3)

by Derek Brown | @dbro_ffb | Featured Writer
Apr 29, 2022
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After a whirlwind Round 1 of the NFL Draft, as we all weep over our busted mock drafts, enjoy my outlook for Day 2. The trade tornado could strike as soon as the clock starts, but looking at team needs and scheme fits, this is how I’m projecting this slew of picks to play out. The NFL Draft is like playing out the movie Groundhog Day for 72 hours.

Trade. Pick. Chaos. Wakeup. Wash. Rinse. Repeat.

Let’s enjoy the insanity before the cycle is broken, and we return to the doldrums of the offseason.

Round 2

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Kyler Gordon (Washington – CB)

Team needs: OG, DT, TE, EDGE, CB, S

  1. Minnesota Vikings – Nakobe Dean (Georgia – LB)

Team needs: CB, OG, LB, WR, EDGE, TE

  1. Tennessee Titans – Matt Corral (Ole Miss – QB)

Team needs: LB, OT, OG, CB, TE, DT

  1. New York Giants – Jaquan Brisker (Penn State – S)

Team needs: OG, C, LB, S

  1. Houston Texans – Arnold Ebiketie (Penn State – DE)

Team needs: C, S, EDGE, LB, WR

  1. New York Jets – Logan Hall (Houston – DT)

Team needs: LB, OT, DT

  1. Chicago Bears – Christian Watson (North Dakota State – WR)

Team needs: OL, WR, CB

  1. Seattle Seahawks – Andrew Booth (Clemson – CB)

Team needs: QB, OG, CB, EDGE, LB

  1. Seattle Seahawks – Malik Willis (Liberty – QB)

Team needs: QB, OG, CB, EDGE, LB

  1. Indianapolis Colts – Skyy Moore (Western Michigan – WR)

Team needs: OG, WR

  1. Atlanta Falcons – Desmond Ridder (Cincinnati – QB)

Team needs: WR, RB, LB, EDGE, S, CB

  1. Cleveland Browns – Perrion Winfrey (Oklahoma – DT)

Team needs: DT, WR, Edge

  1. Baltimore Ravens – Travis Jones (Connecticut – DT)

Team needs: LB, EDGE, DT, CB, WR, OG

  1. Detroit Lions – Christian Harris (Alabama – LB)

Team needs: LB, CB, DT, S, LB

  1. Washington Commanders – Chad Muma (Wyoming – LB)

Team needs: CB, LB, OG, S, TE

  1. Chicago Bears – Bernhard Raimann (Central Michigan – OT)

Team needs: OL, WR, CB

  1. New Orleans Saints – Jalen Pitre (Baylor – S)

Team needs: S, CB, TE, DT, LB

  1. Kansas City Chiefs – DeMarvin Leal (DT – Texas A&M)

Team needs: WR, DT, S

  1. Philadelphia Eagles – Leo Chenal (Wisconsin – LB)

Team needs: LB, CB, S

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers – George Pickens (Georgia – WR)

Team needs: OT, OG, CB, DT, WR, LB

  1. Green Bay Packers – Trey McBride (Colorado State – TE)

Team needs: WR, OT, TE, EDGE

  1. New England Patriots – David Ojabo (Michigan – DE)

Team needs: CB, WR, LB, S, EDGE

  1. Arizona Cardinals – Boye Mafe (Minnesota – DE)

Team needs: CB, EDGE, OG, OT, C, DT

  1. Dallas Cowboys – Jamaree Salyer (Georgia – G)

Team needs: DT, EDGE, LB, OG, S, WR

  1. Buffalo Bills – Breece Hall (Iowa State – RB)

Team needs: OG, LB, DT, WR, S

  1. Atlanta Falcons – Kenneth Walker (Michigan State – RB)

Team needs: WR, RB, LB, EDGE, S, CB

  1. Green Bay Packers – Alec Pierce (Cincinnati – WR)

Team needs: WR, OT, TE, DT, EDGE

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Darian Kinnard (Kentucky – G)

Team needs: OG, DT, TE, EDGE, CB, S

  1. San Francisco 49ers – Sean Rhyan (UCLA – G)

Team needs: OG, Edge

  1. Kansas City Chiefs – Jalen Tolbert (South Alabama – WR)

Team needs: WR, DT, S

  1. Cincinnati Bengals – Roger McCreary (Auburn – CB)

Team needs: CB, C, DT, LB, TE, OG

  1. Denver Broncos – Drake Jackson (USC – DE)

Team needs: Edge, OT, LB, CB

Round 2 – Fantasy Football Selections

Matt Corral (QB – TEN)
Ryan Tannehill is an unrestricted free agent in 2024. If the team chose to cut him next year, they could save nearly $18 million against the cap. The Titans pair their new number one wide receiver in Treylon Burks with Tannehill’s long-term replacement.

Christian Watson (WR – CHI)
Justin Fields needs weapons. Their second-round selections could easily be flipped with them choosing to address the offensive line first, but Watson might not last long on Day 2. Pairing Watson with the similarly speedy Mooney will be fun, watching them both tracking downfield lasers from Fields.

Malik Willis (QB – SEA)
Much to everyone’s surprise, Malik Willis fell out of the first round as Mike Tomlin shunned his Senior Bowl man crush. Willis now finds himself as the heir to Russell Wilson’s vacant Northwest culinary institute. Drew Lock might be atrocious, but he allows the team to be patient with Willis.

Skyy Moore (WR – IND)
Skyy Moore pairs with the big-bodied ascending alpha Michael Pittman to give the Colts the best one-two punch they’ve had in years. Matt Ryan just has to deliver an accurate ball and watch Moore work in the open field.

Desmond Ridder (QB – ATL)
The Falcons can craft a play-action-heavy offense that can take advantage of Marcus Mariota and Desmond Ridder’s strengths. Ridder gets to continue growing as a passer without being pressed into starting in his first season. This offense could quickly make some noise with Kyle Pitts, Drake London, and the Falcons’ next selection.

George Pickens (PIT – WR)
Diontae Johnson is an unrestricted free agent in 2023. The Steelers select a player with the talent to take over his X receiver role if he can stay healthy and keep his head on straight.

Trey McBride (GB – TE)
Robert Tonyan and Marcedes Lewis are unrestricted free agents in 2023. McBride can help out both in the passing game and with this blocking acumen. McBride could make his biggest contributions in year one with some turnover on the offensive line, plowing the road for Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon.

Breece Hall (BUF – RB)
The Bills get their guy without having to commit draft sacrilege by selecting him in the first round (sorry, Erickson).

Kenneth Walker (ATL – RB)
Arthur Smith gets his new workhorse. Walker’s early-down abilities can power this offense as the receiver weapons gel with their new quarterbacks.

Alec Pierce (GB – WR)
Athletic. Able to stretch the field while Allen Lazard soaks up targets underneath. Pierce could be the team’s long-term WR1, but expect him to operate downfield in year one.

Jalen Tolbert (KC – WR)
Yes, this is a slight reach, but Tolbert has the small school dominance that could entice Andy Reid. The Kansas City offense continues its makeover with this pick and later in round 3 (wink wink).

Round 3

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars – John Metchie (Alabama – WR)
  2. Minnesota Vikings – Sam Howell (North Carolina – QB)
  3. New York Giants – Tariq Woolen (UTSA – CB)
  4. Houston Texans – Nicholas Petit-Frere (Ohio State – OT)
  5. Tennessee Titans – Ed Ingram (LSU – G)
  6. Jacksonville Jaguars – Phidarian Mathis (Alabama – DT)
  7. Chicago Bears – Cameron Thomas (San Diego State – DE)
  8. Seattle Seahawks – Nik Bonitto (Oklahoma – DE)
  9. Indianapolis Colts – Daniel Faalele (Minnesota – OT)
  10. Atlanta Falcons – Cam Taylor-Britt (Nebraska – CB)
  11. Denver Broncos – Greg Dulcich (UCLA – TE)
  12. Baltimore Ravens – Calvin Austin (Memphis – WR)
  13. Minnesota Vikings – Troy Anderson (Montana State – LB)
  14. Cleveland Browns – Sam Williams (Ole Miss – DE)
  15. Los Angeles Chargers – Abraham Lucas (Washington State – OT)
  16. Houston Texans – Wan’dale Robinson (Kentucky – WR)
  17. New York Giants – Isaiah Spiller (Texas A&M – RB)
  18. Atlanta Falcons – David Bell (WR – Purdue)
  19. Philadelphia Eagles – Cam Jurgens (Nebraska – C)
  20. Pittsburgh Steelers – Luke Goedeke (Central Michigan – OT)
  21. New England Patriots – Coby Bryant (Cincinnati – CB)
  22. Las Vegas Raiders – James Cook (Georgia – RB)
  23. Arizona Cardinals – Martin Emerson (Mississippi State – CB)
  24. Dallas Cowboys – Josh Paschal (Kentucky – DE)
  25. Buffalo Bills – Khalil Shakir (Boise State – WR)
  26. Tennessee Titans – Isaiah Likely (Coastal Carolina – TE)
  27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jeremy Ruckert (Ohio State – TE)
  28. Green Bay Packers – Myjai Sanders (Cincinnati – DE)
  29. San Francisco 49ers – Kerby Joseph (Illinois – S)
  30. New England Patriots – Brandon Smith (Penn State – LB)
  31. Cincinnati Bengals – Jelani Woods (Virginia – TE)
  32. Denver Broncos – Alontae Taylor (Tennessee – CB)
  33. Detroit Lions – Kingsley Enagbare (South Carolina – DE)
  34. Washington Commanders – Marcus Jones (Houston – CB)
  35. Cleveland Browns – Zachary Carter (Florida – DT)
  36. Arizona Cardinals – Brian Robinson Jr. (Alabama – RB)
  37. New York Jets – Bryan Cook (Cincinnati – S)
  38. Miami Dolphins – Channing Tindall (Georgia – LB)
  39. Kansas City Chiefs – Dameon Pierce (Florida – RB)
  40. Los Angeles Rams – Zach Tom (Wake Forest – OT)
  41. San Francisco 49ers – Dominique Robinson (Miami OH – DE)

Round 3 – Fantasy Football Selections

John Metchie (JAC – WR): No team in the NFL should be forced to start Zay Jones or Laquon Treadwell. Not even the Jacksonville Jaguars. Marvin Jones is an unrestricted free agent in 2023, so the team needs to begin building receiving depth now.

Sam Howell (MIN – QB): The Vikings stop Sam Howell’s slide. Kirk Cousins‘ starting job isn’t in jeopardy, but Kellen Mond isn’t a long-term option. Minnesota can develop Howell behind Cousins and see if he can recapture the promise he showed in 2020.

Greg Dulcich (DEN – TE): Green Bay was second in the NFL in 12 personnel usage last year. Denver needs a better running mate for Albert Okwuegbunam because Eric Tomlinson isn’t going to cut it.

Calvin Austin (BAL – WR): Baltimore deals one diminutive speed receiver for a first-round pick only to add another in round 3.

Wan’Dale Robinson (HOU – WR): The Texans need capable wide receivers. Robinson should compete for Week 1 snaps in the slot with Chris Moore.

Isaiah Spiller (NYG – RB): The Giants find their long-term replacement for Saquon Barkley. New York met with seven different backs before the draft, with Spiller being one of them.

David Bell (ATL – WR): The Falcons continue to rebuild their receiving depth chart with tackle breakers. Bell’s testing was abysmal, but he can be a trusty third or fourth option for this team.

James Cook (LVR – RB): Josh McDaniels loves his specialty receiving backs. The Raiders just found their James White clone.

Khalil Shakir (BUF – WR): The Bills fill out their wide receiver depth chart with a player that can operate in the slot and on the outside. Shakir put on a clinic in 1-on-1s at the Senior Bowl. Buffalo could catch lightning in a bottle here as they did with Gabriel Davis.

Isaiah Likely (TEN – TE): The Titans met with ten tight ends during the predraft process, so yeah, it’s “Likely” they will address the position.

Jeremy Ruckert (TB – TE): Tampa Bay gets a steal here. Ruckert can contribute in the passing game and with his blocking. An underrated receiving talent, he’s going to be a better pro than his college resume suggests.

Jelani Woods (CIN – TE): The Bengals address the loss of athletic receiving weapon C.J. Uzomah and their red-zone woes by adding the mountainous Woods.

Brian Robinson (ARI – RB): Robinson fits the Cardinals’ run game scheme to a tee. Last year Arizona utilized inside zone runs on 53% of their plays (per PFF). In 2021 Robinson finished with a 33% missed tackles forced rate on inside zone runs. This was the highest in this running back class.

Dameon Pierce (KC – RB): If Andy Reid agrees with my Kareen Hunt comp, he’ll love what Pierce brings to the table. He’s a hardnosed runner that is a weapon in the passing game and arguably the best pass protecting back in this class.

CTAs


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