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2022 NFL Mock Draft: 2 Round FantasyPros Writers Picks & Predictions

Apr 17, 2022


 
Several FantasyPros writers have come together to do a two-round NFL Mock draft. With just two weeks until the start of the 2022 NFL Draft, it is time to see what positions teams will be focusing on. There is no doubt there will still be a trade or two to occur before or during the early portion of the draft. However, as a collection, we truly believe these are the names you should be watching for your team come draft night.

Round 1

1) Jacksonville Jaguars – Aidan Hutchinson (EDGE – Michigan)

A month ago, the Jaguars would have likely used this pick on Evan Neal or Ikem Ekwonu. However, after placing the franchise tag on Cam Robinson and signing Brandon Scherff, the Jaguars will turn their attention elsewhere with this pick. Hutchinson is the top player on most draft boards. He would make a great pairing with Josh Allen in Jacksonville. Mike Fanelli @Mike_NFL2

2) Detroit Lions – Malik Willis (QB – Liberty)

In what could be a shocking move, the Lions select Willis with the number two overall pick. With Goff entering 2022 as the starter for the Lions, this will allow for Willis to be eased into the NFL and be groomed to take over for Detroit in 2023. Willis showed out at his recent pro day, which has made this possibility seem more likely now than in previous weeks. Willis has a unique skill set that should be one coach Dan Campbell could easily transition to going forward. With the current weapons on the team and having the opportunity to further add to it with additional draft capital, this can serve to be the best situation for Willis to fall into. Cristian Crespo @CCres_26

3) Houston Texans – Kyle Hamilton (S – Notre Dame)

This is a bad news/good news scenario for the Texans. The bad news is Houston needs help everywhere. The good news is, after the Deshaun Watson trade, they have a treasure trove of picks to help them rebuild. As part of that, selecting Hamilton fills a massive need in the secondary and locks in an elite playmaker on the defense’s back end. Hamilton has great size (6’4/220) and can play centerfield or come up and be in run support in the box. His sub-par 40 time (4.59) has slightly dampened his stock, but I am not buying him slipping out of the top-5. Houston selects the best player available and possibly the best player in the draft. Jason Kamlowsky

4) New York Jets – Kayvon Thibodeaux (EDGE – Oregon)

The New York Jets have been searching for a dominant edge rusher since John Abraham was shipped out of town, and they landed one here in Kayvon Thibodeaux. Pass rush is the engine that makes Robert Saleh’s defense go, and the cupboard is nearly bare in New York aside from Carl Lawson, who is returning from an Achilles injury. Thibodeaux has immense upside and would immediately address a significant deficiency on the Jets’ defense. Anthony Corrente @dynastydrive

5) New York Giants – Evan Neal (OT – Alabama)

The Giants have pressing needs in multiple spots, but protecting Daniel Jones is the number one priority. Andrew Thomas is entrenched at left tackle, but the rest of the OL was a mess last year. Neal will immediately slot in at right tackle after giving up just one sack last season, an impressive feat against the strength of the SEC pass rush. Jamie Calandro @jac3600

6) Carolina Panthers – Ikem Ekwonu (OT – North Carolina State)

There are two options for the Panthers with this pick: quarterback or offensive tackle. With Willis off the board, the Panthers could take Kenny Pickett. However, the more clever move would be to grab Ekwonu. Not only could Ekwonu go with either of the previous three picks, but some view him as the best player in the draft class. Mike Fanelli @Mike_NFL2

7) New York Giants (From CHI) – Travon Walker (EDGE – Georgia)

The Giants got their offensive lineman with pick 5, and now it’s time to address the pass rush. New York was 27th in pressure rate last season, and I’m buying so much into Walker’s Herculean rise-up draft boards that I’d have considered him here even if Kayvon Thibodeaux was still on the board. Walker is set up to immediately disrupt passing offenses from anywhere on the line. Jamie Calandro @jac3600

8) Atlanta Falcons – Ahmad Gardner (CB – Cincinnati)

With Malik Willis long gone, the Falcons pivot to the defensive side of the football at No. 8. Gardner, who allowed zero touchdowns through three collegiate seasons, is viewed by many as the top cornerback prospect in the draft. He’ll strengthen an Atlanta secondary that already features A.J. Terrell, preparing the unit for frequent matchups against Tom Brady and the rest of the NFC South. Andersen Pickard @AndersenPickard

9) Seattle Seahawks (From DEN) – Jermaine Johnson (EDGE – Florida State)

At this point, the top player on the board. Malik Willis would be in consideration here. However, he has long gone. Instead, with Seattle not having a feared pass rusher since Frank Clark, it was time to give them a blue-chip EDGE rusher who can disrupt and create pressure. Seattle has consistently ranked among the bottom in tackles for loss, pressures on QB, and pass-rushing win rates. Adam Murfet @Murf_NFL

10) New York Jets (From SEA) – Drake London (WR – USC)

After landing their pass rusher with the fourth overall selection, the Jets land a premier pass-catching option to aid Zach Wilson’s development. London is a monster in contested-catch situations and matches up ideally with Wilson’s desire to push the ball downfield and give his weapons a chance. Adding London to a wide receiver group with Elijah Moore and Corey Davis gives Wilson a solid group of complementary receivers. Anthony Corrente @dynastydrive

11) Washington Commanders – Garrett Wilson (WR – Ohio State)

Washington has done their homework on wide receivers this offseason. After trading two picks for Carson Wentz, they need to give him the weapons he didn’t have in Indianapolis. Many view Wilson as the best or second-best wide receiver in the draft class. He should make an immediate impact opposite Terry McLaurin. Also, it doesn’t hurt that Washington found a star the last time they drafted an Ohio State wide receiver. Mike Fanelli @Mike_NFL2

12) Minnesota Vikings – Derek Stingley Jr. (CB – LSU)

The Vikings gave up the fifth-most passing yards during the 2021 season and desperately needed some secondary help. Derek Stingley Jr. makes perfect sense for them, especially after they re-signed Patrick Peterson just a few days ago. Peterson and new defensive back coach Daronte Jones are both from LSU, and Jones served as Stingley’s defensive coordinator last year. In addition, the veteran-laden Minnesota defense can provide mentoring while fellow youngster Cameron Dantzler and Stingley find their groove together in the secondary. Described as having elite speed and ball skills, scouts see the junior as having “bump-and-run” corner capability. The Vikings are set up to win now, and addressing their secondary concerns clears up one of their most significant weaknesses. Kelly Kirby @thewonkypenguin

13) Houston Texans (from CLE) – Jordan Davis (IDL – Georgia)

After selecting Kyle Hamilton with the 3rd pick overall, the Texans get Davis, a player considered by many to be the best pound-for-pound athlete in the draft. Davis is a massive human (6’6/341) who had some off-the-charts testing numbers, running the best 40-time in the combine’s history for a player over 330 pounds. Davis is the type of space-eating disrupter that can wreck an offense’s game plan just by showing up on Sunday. Putting him upfront and Hamilton on the back end of the defense gives Houston a solid core to build around. This might be the best-case scenario for the Texans should they prefer to go defense-heavy this year. Jason Kamlowsky

14) Baltimore Ravens – Tyler Linderbaum (IOL – Iowa)

The Ravens land not only the top center prospect in the 2022 class but possibly the best center prospect in a generation. Bradley Bozeman’s departure for Carolina left a gaping hole at the center position, but Linderbaum should be an anchor on Baltimore’s offensive line for years to come. Baltimore also needs a pass rusher on the defensive line, but Jordan Davis going right before Baltimore at #13 made this a no-brainer. Luke Monaldo @MoKnowsSports

15) Philadelphia Eagles (from MIA) – Devonte Wyatt (IDL –  Georgia)

I initially had the Eagles addressing the wide receiver position here, but there are a lot of quality targets left on the board. Instead, they get Devonte Wyatt to replace the departed Fletcher Cox. Wyatt has gained steam on his teammate Jordan Davis as some believe he might be the better player of the two. Wyatt certainly fits the bill as a capable replacement for Cox as he will be a three-down stalwart who can rush the passer and stuff the run. The Eagles need the upgrade along their defensive line, and selecting Wyatt fills a need with a player with the versatility to play multiple spots. Jason Kamlowsky

16) New Orleans Saints (From PHI) – Desmond Ridder (QB – Cincinnatti)

Jameis is returning to New Orleans, but he is not the future at the position for the Saints. This will be the first step towards the new-look Saints by deciding to take Ridder in the first round. Especially with them being able to lock down a premium position with a rookie deal due to their current cap situation. Out of the QBs in this class, Ridder might be the most pro-ready of the group with all of his starting experience at Cincinnati. Ridder will get the opportunity to learn from Winston and newly-signed Andy Dalton before getting handed the keys to the team’s future. Cristian Crespo @CCres_26

17) Los Angeles Chargers – Jameson Williams (WR – Alabama)

Jordan Davis and Devonte Wyatt would have been in play for the Chargers here, but with both already off the board, the Chargers opt to add Jameson Williams and his lethal speed to the wide receiver group. This offseason, the Chargers inked Mike Williams to a new contract, but Keenan Allen is heading into his age 30 season. With Justin Herbert still on his rookie deal, it makes sense to continue to load up on what is already an impressive unit of playmakers. This is comparable to when the Dallas Cowboys selected CeeDee Lamb in the 2019 NFL Draft. Williams is simply too talented to let him get past this point, even factoring in his ongoing injury recovery. Williams is incredibly dynamic in yards after catch situations and is the premier deep threat in the 2022 NFL Draft. Anthony Corrente @dynastydrive

18) Philadelphia Eagles (From IND) – Devin Lloyd (LB – Utah)

The Eagles haven’t selected a linebacker in the 1st Round since 1979. That changes with the selection of Lloyd, who can be a three-down off-ball linebacker they’ve been lacking recently. Lloyd ran a 4.66 40-yard dash, so he doesn’t have the pure speed of Micah Parsons or Roquan Smith, but he should have no trouble covering tight ends. He is no liability in the run game either, especially with Devonta Wyatt freeing him up and keeping guards off him at the second level. Lloyd is a talent the Eagles don’t currently have on their roster, and with the glut of receivers still available, this pick makes a lot of sense. Jason Kamlowsky

19) New Orleans Saints – Chris Olave (WR – Ohio State)

Olave represents an offensive change for the Saints. The Saints lack any skill position weapons except Michael Thomas (who has missed close to 2 years on the field) and Alvin Kamara (who has legal troubles). Therefore, after selecting their franchise QB, they give him a deep threat weapon. Ridder has the arm talent to get the best out of Olave. Therefore, these two players would undoubtedly get the season ticket money in and bring some excitement, and a new dimension, to this offense. Cristian Crespo @CCres_26 and Adam Murfet @Murf_NFL

20) Pittsburgh Steelers –  Zion Johnson (IOL – Boston College)

I think the consensus here would have the Steelers grabbing Kenny Pickett, but something tells me they aren’t enamored with him as their potential franchise QB of the future. Taking Johnson solidifies an offensive line that has already been upgraded with the signing of James Daniels and would also signal the end of the Kendrick Green experiment. Johnson has the versatility to play three different OL positions, something the Steelers have coveted in recent seasons. He would probably be given a chance to start at guard immediately, kicking Daniels over to center in the process. He is arguably the best interior offensive lineman in the draft in terms of technique, and his work as both a run blocker and pass protector makes him a plug-and-play option. The Steelers haven’t invested in an offensive lineman in the first round since 2012, but that changes here. Jason Kamlowsky

21) New England Patriots – Trent McDuffie (CB – Washington)

The Patriots lost J.C. Jackson and have generally failed to address the cornerback position in free agency, which is why McDuffie makes plenty of sense here. Although he’s not the interception machine that Jackson was, he’s still a playmaker who covers great ground (4.44 40-yard dash) and breaks up passes with ease. Very quickly, opposing teams in the college ranks learned not to throw McDuffie’s way. He also has elite instincts and is fantastic in run support, which bodes well for someone playing in a grueling Bill Belichick-led system. He should become an instant favorite in New England. Andersen Pickard @AndersenPickard

22) Green Bay Packers (From LV) – Treylon Burks (WR – Arkansas)

With the pick obtained in the Davante Adams trade, the Packers finally spend a first-round selection on a wide receiver for the first time since 2002 by selecting Arkansas wide receiver Treylon Burks. Burks is a YAC monster who averaged nearly 10 yards after the catch this past season. In addition, Burks recorded a top-game speed of 22.6 miles per hour in 2022. He is one of the most physically gifted receivers in this year’s draft. His wide catch radius and tenacious hands, and terrific field speed make him a matchup nightmare when attempting to defend him in the open field. Burks will immediately impact the Packers’ offense and make Aaron Rodgers a happy quarterback. Dennis Sosic @CALL_ME_SOS

23) Arizona Cardinals – Keynon Green (IOL – Texas A&M)

The Cardinals used ten different offensive line combinations in 2021. Kenyon Green has the versatility necessary to fill in at any of the OL positions, having played more than right guard at Texas A&M. However, his experience at right guard fills a significant need for Arizona. The right guard position is the biggest unknown on the CCardinals’offensive line going into next season. At 6’4″, 323 pounds, Green’s scout analysis identifies him as having the skills to be a dominant run blocker in the NFL, which bodes well for the Kyler Murray/James Conner rushing combo. Kelly Kirby @thewonkypenguin

24) Dallas Cowboys – Nakobe Dean (LB –  Georgia) 

Dean is the ideal linebacker that many NFL teams look for. A quick-twitch, athletic, three-down linebacker that possesses an explosive ability to make plays all over the field. He’s even capable of blitzing the QB while being a skilled coverage LB. The Cowboys made significant strides with Dan Quinn as their DC and are looking to continue building off that. The emergence of Micah Parsons, the return of Jabrill Cox and LVE, plus the addition of Dean, will allow Dan Quinn to be flexible on defense and draw up multiple schemes in pass rush and coverage. Cristian Crespo @CCres_26

25) Buffalo Bills – Kaiir Elam (CB – Florida)

I wanted to take Breece Hall here because I think he’d make a splash in Buffalo (and ease the pain of Josh Allen initiating so much contact when he turns into a runner). However, CB seems to be the more pressing need with Tre’Davious White recovering from an ACL tear and Levi Wallace departing for PIT. There are still some good ones on the board, but Elam’s 4.39 40-yard dash stands out, as does his productivity against the strong WRs in the SEC, which is an aspect they’ll need against the upgraded WRs in the AFC East (hello, Tyreek). Jamie Calandro @jac3600

26) Tennessee Titans – George Karlaftis III (EDGE – Purdue) 

This is a no-brainer for the Titans, who snag a top defensive prospect without trading up from their spot a No. 26. The ferocious pass-rusher is a willing block-shedder who has a knack for getting to the opposing quarterback. As Tennessee continues to look to shore up its defensive line, the idea of getting Karlaftis is far too enticing to pass on. Andersen Pickard @AndersenPickard

27) Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Roger McCreary (CB – Auburn)

With most of the Bucs top choice options off the board here, it’s time to take a blue-chip CB. With Murphy-Bunting and Dean coming to the end of their rookie deals next year, they won’t be able to sign both to extensions. McCreary is under no pressure to start day 1. However, he can undoubtedly contribute due to being impressed at his time at Auburn. But don’t be surprised if the board falls this way on draft night to see the Buccaneers trade back into round 2 and let someone get their quarterback with a 5th-year option. Adam Murfet @Murf_NFL

28) Green Bay Packers – Jahan Dotson (WR – Penn State)

The Packers were hoping that George Karlaftis fell to them here, but they now adjust their focus on restocking the talent around Aaron Rodgers. It will take more than just one player to replace the best wide receiver in the NFL. It will be a collective effort, so the Packers double-dip at wide receiver and select Penn State’s Jahan Dotson. Dotson is one of the best route-runners in the country and creates highlight-reel acrobatic catches. Dotson also has very impressive hands. In 2021, he earned a PFF grade of 87.5 after just two dropped passes out of his 138 targets. He is a former track star and can be a deep ball threat, but the Packers will fall in love with his speed and yards after catch ability. Dennis Sosic @CALL_ME_SOS

29) Kansas City Chiefs (From MIA) – Daxton Hill (S – Michigan)

Daxton Hill played top-level slot corner defense for Jim Harbaugh at Michigan and possesses elite quickness along with his 4.38 speed. He can replace some of that KC lost with the Honey Badger’s exit even if he doesn’t start Week 1. Should compete for time in nickel and dime packages. If he can get up to speed on KC packages and contribute, he could be huge in a division that now has four big-time quarterbacks (Mahomes, Herbert, Wilson, and Carr). This pick also has the irony of drafting a Hill (Daxton) with a pick that came from trading a Hill (Tyreek). Luke Molaldo @MoKnowsSports

30) Kansas City Chiefs – Arnold Ebiketie (DE – Penn State)

In terms of a pass rusher, Arnold Ebiketie fills a void at defensive end, having collected 9.5 sacks and earned All-Big Ten honors this past season. 13.5 sacks, 104 tackles, 26.5 tackles for loss, five forced fumbles, and 2 blocked kicks in two seasons as a starter. He will provide much-needed pressure in the suddenly QB-heavy AFC West. Luke Molaldo @MoKnowsSports

31) Cincinnati Bengals – Andrew Booth Jr. (CB – Clemson)

The most significant offseason need for the Super Bowl runner-up in the secondary and adding a beast-like Andrew Booth Jr. should help immensely. The team focused on the offensive line in free agency, so it would make plenty of sense for the Bengals to run to the podium to select Booth if he falls this far. He slots in as the starting CB2 and should see plenty of reps as a rookie, potentially giving him a chance to win Defensive Rookie of the Year if he’s as good as advertised. Andrew Hall @AndrewHallFF

32) Detroit Lions (From LAR) – Boye Mafe (EDGE – Minnesota)

After letting Trey Flowers go and securing their future QB with the no. 2 overall, the Lions will look to add the explosive, high-ceiling edge rusher out of Minnesota. Mafe was graded as one of the highest-rated rushers during his testing and will now look to continue making an impact at the next level. He will fit perfectly into the scheme that Dan Campbell is looking to run in Detroit. Cristian Crespo @CCres_26

Round 2

33) Jacksonville Jaguars – Charlie Cross (OT- Mississippi State)

Somehow Cross falls to the second round. While the Jaguars passed on an offensive tackle with the first overall pick, they can’t pass on Cross with this selection. Even after placing the franchise tag on Robinson, the Jaguars can move him to the right tackle or guard. Putting Cross at left tackle would give Trevor Lawrence the blindside protector he needs to succeed in the NFL. Overall, this is a slam dunk first two picks for the Jaguars. Mike Fanelli @Mike_NFL2

34) Detroit Lions – Jalen Pitre (S – Baylor)

Dan Campbell looks to continue to build on his defense, which ranked as one of the league’s worst in safety play last season. Pitre’s versatility in the secondary will allow Campbell the freedom to utilize him in many roles. He can make strong, open-field tackles to combine with great instinct in coverage. This versatility should transfer well into the new-age NFL. Cristian Crespo @CCres_26

35) New York Jets –  Trevor Penning (OT- Northern Iowa)

After seeing Morgan Moses leave in free agency, the Jets have to address their depth at tackle. Uncertainty still looms around talented young tackle Mekhi Becton, and George Fant is entering the last year of his contract. Penning has a mean streak and can be an excellent swing tackle in his rookie season before stepping into a more prominent role down the road. Anthony Corrente @dynastydrive

36) New York Giants – Leo Chenal (LB – Wisconsin)

LB is for sure another position of need for the G-men (even hoping that Blake Martinez is returning healthy after restructuring his contract). Chenal put up monster numbers at the combine for someone who is 6’3″, 250 lbs, and the Giants could use as many personnel as possible to help stabilize the middle. Jamie Calandro @jac3600

37) Houston Texans – John Metchie III (WR – Alabama)

After going with two defensive players in the first round, Houston addresses a big need at receiver. Metchie is coming off an ACL tear in the National Championship game but should be ready by training camp. He had a terrific 2021 season catching 96 passes, so despite being in Jameson Williams’s shadow for much of the year, Metchie more than held his own in the SEC. Alabama used him all over various formations, so he gives the Texans some positional flexibility. With Houston already having Nico Collins and Brandin Cooks on the roster, Metchie might work primarily out of the slot giving Davis Mills an improved trio of the receiver to get the ball to. Jason Kamlowsky

38) New York Jets (From CAR) – Lewis Cine (S- Georgia)

A versatile defender who plays with excellent toughness, Cine will pair with Jordan Whitehead to solidify the backend of Robert Saleh’s defense. Capable of being a solid contributor both against the run and the pass, Cine is too big of a value to pass up with the 38th selection. Anthony Corrente @dynastydrive

39) Chicago Bears – Christian Watson (WR – North Dakota State)

After Allen Robinson II’s departure, this 6’5″, 208-pound wide receiver is an intriguing replacement. He ran a 4.36 40-yard dash at the combine and caught 43 passes for 800 yards and seven touchdowns last season. Pairing him with Darnell Mooney gives Justin Fields another blazing option to look to in passing sets. With his blend of speed and length, he excels at leveraging a defender’s hips before cutting the opposite way and gains quick separation with his smooth route running. He will need to make adjustments to the increase in competition at the NFL level, but he projects to be a good WR2/WR3, and the Bears need all the receiving help they can get. Kelly Kirby @thewonkypenguin

40) Seattle Seahawks (From DEN) – Nicholas Petit-Frere (OT – Ohio State)

The Seahawks are in desperate need of some offensive line help. And Petit-Frere will certainly help improve the Seahawks. It took him time to live up to his 5-star recruit status. However, he certainly delivered when he got the starting job at Ohio State. It might take a year of coaching to get him up to full speed. However, he projects to be an above-average starter in the NFL. Adam Murfet @Murf_NFL

41) Seattle Seahawks – Kenny Pickett (QB – Pitt)

The most pro-ready QB in this draft, he will come in and compete for the starting job. Pickett will have question marks, but he has plenty of talent to help him succeed on this roster. The fact he isn’t a first-round pick might help him to settle and prepare for the NFL, as there will be no pressure to start him in Week One. Pickett was a slow starter in college, but he became productive over time. I project his NFL future could go the same way. Adam Murfet @Murf_NFL

42) Indianapolis Colts – Kevin Austin (WR – Notre Dame)

One of the most athletic and intriguing Wide Receiver prospects in this draft. Now it is time to surround Matt Ryan with more weapons. Away from Notre Dame, Austin Jr. will have to run more routes and expand his route tree from what he has done in college. However, he knows how to separate and get open. Austin will be an excellent fit for Ryan and this scheme. Adam Murfet @Murf_NFL

43) Atlanta Falcons – Matt Corral (QB – Ole Miss)

After passing on a quarterback in the first round, the Falcons luck out as a signal-caller falls to them with their second pick. Corral might not get the starting job right away, especially considering Marcus Mariota signed a two-year deal and has a strong working relationship with head coach Arthur Smith. However, Corral represents the future for the Falcons after they traded Matt Ryan. During his final two seasons at Ole Miss, he completed 493 passes for 6,686 yards, 49 touchdowns, and 19 interceptions. He also accrued 1,120 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns on the ground. Heading into the final pick of this mock, it will be imperative that Atlanta, who traded Julio Jones to the Titans and recently lost Calvin Ridley to a suspension, drafts a young wide receiver that can help ease Corral into the NFL. Andersen Pickard @AndersenPickard

44) Cleveland Browns – DeMarvin Leal (IDL – Texas A&M)

The Cleveland Browns have already impacted the 2022 NFL Draft with the trade for Deshaun Watson. Their first draft selection is DT DeMarvin Leal from Texas A&M. The Browns have multiple needs, including wide receiver, even with the acquisition of Amari Cooper. However, I believe they will find a way to bring back Jarvis Landry. Additionally, they will sign Will Fuller, who thrived in Houston with Watson. The Browns need help on all levels of their defense and need starting-caliber players on their interior defensive line. Leal is an elite athlete with nimble feet. He is versatile enough to line up at DE and utilize his elite run-stopping skills on run-heavy plays. In addition, Leal can move inside to display his explosiveness as a pass rusher. Dennis Sosic @CALL_ME_SOS

45) Baltimore Ravens – Tariq Woolen (CB – Texas-San Antonio)

Tariq Woolen, the lanky 6’4″, 205 lb speedster (4.26), would replenish a Ravens defensive backfield ravaged by injury, age, or both. The explosive corner out of Texas-San Antonio possesses a 42-inch vertical, and he has all the physical gifts to be an elite more born, but he is incredibly raw. Still, Baltimore knows how to mold defensive backs. Woolen will need to show more propensity to tackle in space and not be just a cover back in the NFL. Simple technique molding has the potential to turn Woolen into a top-level unicorn of a defensive back. Luke Molaldo @MoKnowsSports

46) Minnesota Vikings – Drake Jackson (EDGE – USC)

The Vikings continue to improve their defense with the selection of the 6’3″ 254-pound junior edge rusher. Jackson is a bit of a “work-in-progress” when it comes to strength and maneuvering against larger tackles. However, he has activity levels that allow him to find angles and openings during his rush. He will play in front of a strong linebacker corps of Za’Darius Smith, Eric Kendricks, Jordan Hicks, and Danielle Hunter. Strengthening the edge rush and secondary, as they have in the first two draft rounds, could create the top defense in the NFC North. Kelly Kirby @thewonkypenguin

47) Washington Commanders (From IND) – David Ojabo (EDGE – Michigan)

With Chase Young and Montez Sweat under contract, an edge rusher is nowhere near the top of the needs list for the Commanders. However, you can’t have too much depth at the edge rusher position. If Ojabo hadn’t suffered a torn Achilles at his pro day, he would have been a top-15 pick. While he will likely miss his entire rookie season, Washington will have an unstoppable trio of edge rushers starting in 2023. Mike Fanelli @Mike_NFL2

48) Chicago Bears (From LAC) – Perrion Winfrey (DL – Oklahoma)

Addressing their top need of WR early this round allows Chicago to turn their focus on the other side of the ball. The 6’4″ 290-pound interior lineman possesses immense power to shoot into the neutral zone and knock back a move blocker. He has good rotational value, and his weaknesses seem to be in areas that he can improve upon. New head coach Matt Eberflus plans to install a 4-3 defense scheme with multiple line techniques, a system that Winfrey is familiar with and whose skillset would accommodate well. With Chicago in something of a defensive rebuild, the Illinois-native could be a vital piece of that puzzle. Kelly Kirby @thewonkypenguin

49) New Orleans Saints – Skyy Moore (WR – Western Michigan)

After taking their future QB in the first and adding a deep threat, New Orleans will continue to build their offense with the athletic receiver out of Western Michigan. Going into this season, the Saint’s offense is a question mark. After Michael Thomas, there is no sure thing at the receiver position. Even Thomas has his fair share of questions tied to him. Moore will give that offense the contested catch ability to perform anywhere on the field. With Winston returning, and his willingness to chuck the ball anywhere, Moore’s ability to create space through route leverage will be a great fit for them going forward. Cristian Crespo @CCres_26

50) Kansas City Chiefs (From MIA) – George Pickens (WR – Georgia)

Kansas City got this pick from Miami in the Tyreek Hill deal and now take George Pickens out of Georgia. What he lacks in speed (4.47), replacing Hill (4.29), he makes up for in height and length with big 6’3″, 195 lb frame (compared to Hill’s 5’10”, 185 lbs). Mahomes might find it easier to find Pickens and confidence throwing it up to the lanky wideout who should earn his trust to go up and get the ball in traffic. He is an easy target on all three levels and should eventually take some of the pressure and attention that will inevitably go back on Travis Kelce with Hill gone. Luke Molaldo @MoKnowsSports

51) Philadelphia Eagles – Jaquan Brisker (S – Penn State)

The more I see Brisker, the more I like him and think he might be one of the best values in the draft. He’s got a terrific combination of speed (4.49) and size (6’1/200) that should allow the Eagles to use him in various ways. Brisker has no qualms with coming up in run support and is plenty physical enough to play in the box. He is a capable blitzer, so even in passing situations, the Eagles can walk him down to the line of scrimmage and use him that way. He has the speed to cover tight ends, and while he will give up some height, the noted physicality will help him there. Brisker could prove to be a poor man’s Kyle Hamilton or even outshine him in a top-1% outcome. If the Eagles walk away from this draft with Devonte Wyatt, Devin Lloyd, and Brisker, they will have effectively rebuilt their defense. Jason Kamlowsky

52) Pittsburgh Steelers – Travis Jones (IDL – UCONN)

Some people will think it is crazy the Steelers will walk away from this mock without a quarterback. If they don’t get Malik Willis in the first round or Desmond Ridder if he somehow falls to this spot, they should wait a year when the quarterback class is more robust. Taking Jones here accomplishes a couple of things, most notably filling a void in the middle of their defensive line. The Steelers currently have Tyson Alualu, Montravius Adams, and Henry Mondeaux on the depth chart at defensive tackle. Alualu is 35 and coming off a season-ending injury. Adams and Mondeaux played well in spurts last year, but this pick gives the Steelers a young and athletic interior defensive lineman who has yet to hit his ceiling. Many people will see this pick as bland, but Jones will be a solid addition to this defense. Jason Kamlowsky

53) Green Bay Packers (From LV) – Bernhard Raimann (OT – Central Michigan)

With their third of five picks in the top 100, the Packers fill out another need by selecting OT Bernhard Raimann from Central Michigan. The Packers attacked the WR position with their first two picks and firmed up an offensive line held together by prayers and duct tape due to injuries with their first of two second-rounders. Billy Turner was a cap casualty, leaving the Packers without a right tackle. Raimann first played tight end and recently converted to OT. He possesses top-end athleticism for a 6-foot-7, 305 lineman. Raimann could start immediately at right tackle with his physical traits and is remarkably polished. Dennis Sosic @CALL_ME_SOS

54) New England Patriots – Alec Pierce (WR – Cincinnati)

Alec Pierce might be one of the most underrated players in this draft. Now, he’ll end up with the Patriots in a Bill Belichick-led system that should exploit his versatile, do-everything style of play. Not only is Pierce a playmaker with great ball skills, but he’s also a willing and able blocker. Undoubtedly, this is an essential selection for the Patriots. The woes of N’Keal Harry, coupled with the acquisition of DeVante Parker, made it unnecessary for New England to take a wideout in the first round, but it was still evident that their pass-catching unit needed some help. The playing style of Pierce, who is an excellent fit for the Patriots’ scheme, aligns nicely with the organization’s future under the quarterbacking of Mac Jones. Andersen Pickard @AndersenPickard

55) Arizona Cardinals – Jalen Wydermyer (TE – Texas A&M)

Even after the acquisition of Zach Ertz last season, the Arizona Cardinals have long been in the market for a tight end set that gives Kyler Murray multiple options in his passing game. Wydermyer fits the bill. At 6’4″, 255 pounds, the tight end from Texas A&M has excellent pass-catching skills. He excels both at catching in traffic and consistent touchdown receptions on corner routes. He is a below-average blocker, but he has the size and skill base to improve these skills in the future. Kelly Kirby @thewonkypenguin

56) Dallas Cowboys – Daniel Faalele (OT – Minnesota)

Faalele moves incredibly well for someone his size. With the combination of size, strength, decent athleticism, and technical ability, Faalele should be able to step in and compete for the RT job on a Cowboys offensive line that has seen their starting RT, La’el Collins, leave in free agency. He will have to work on consistency as he progresses as a starting NFL player. The potential upside in the RT makes him someone the Cowboys can consider well worth the investment as they are no strangers to taking chances. Cristian Crespo @CCres_26

57) Buffalo Bills – Breece Hall (RB – Iowa St.)

Finally, a running back goes off the board! Since the Bills were considering taking Hall with their first-round pick, this is a slam dunk at pick 57. Primarily a passing offense, adding Hall would give some balance to a team that’s already built to win a Super Bowl. Devin Singletary performed admirably at the end of 2021, but there’s still no way the Bills would pass up on Hall here, who is only the sixth RB in the last 20 years to earn a 99th percentile athletic score, as per Next Gen Stats. I’d consider them the Super Bowl favorites after this pick. Jamie Calandro @jac3600

58) Atlanta Falcons (From TEN) – Justyn Ross (WR – Clemson)

Ross is a player with great size, fantastic hands, and an impressive ability to leap for the football during contested scenarios. He stood out at Clemson and was a nightmare for opposing cornerbacks. Ross could start for the Falcons immediately despite being a Day 2 pick from a team perspective. Atlanta is craving pass-catching help after saying goodbye to Julio Jones (trade), Calvin Ridley (suspension), and Russell Gage (free agency) over 12 months. He would also make a great, young weapon for whoever the Falcons deploy at quarterback, whether offseason signee Marcus Mariota or a rookie like Matt Corral, whom they took in this mock. Andersen Pickard @AndersenPickard

59) Green Bay Packers – Nik Bonitto (EDGE –  Oklahoma)

With their second pick in the second round, the Packers look to firm up their depth with another edge rusher. After losing Za’Darius Smith, the Packer select Oklahoma EDGE Nik Bonitto. Bonitto is an excellent athlete with significant upside as an edge rusher. Still, he is adept in dropping into pass coverage with excellent cover skills in both man and zone. In addition, he registered over 30 hurries in both of his final seasons at Oklahoma. Bonitto might be a 6-foot-3 and 240 lbs tweener, but he could genuinely blossom into an impactful edge rusher with the Packers as a pass-rush specialist. Dennis Sosic @CALL_ME_SOS

60) Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jamaree Salyer (IOL – Georgia)

Coming off a National title and being a multi-year starter on one of the better offensive lines in the SEC, Sayler has what it takes to be a quality starter as a guard in the NFL. As the most prominent position of need, this match makes a lot of sense and is an absolute no-brainer pick for the Buccaneers. Adam Murfet @Murf_NFL

61) San Francisco 49ers – Nick Cross (S – Maryland)

The 49ers’ weakness in 2021 was by far their secondary — a secondary that could take another hit if free agent Jaquiski Tartt doesn’t re-sign with the 49ers. With his 4.3 speed, Cross dramatically upgrades a position of need, and with Cross primarily regarded as a Top 3 prospect at his position in this draft class, it would be hard to see the 49ers passing him up here. Geoff Lambert @geofflambert77

62) Kansas City Chiefs – Chad Muma (LB- Wyoming)

Kansas City addresses their lack of depth at linebacker due to the departures of Anthony Hitchens and Ben Niemann by taking Chad Muma out of Wyoming. Muma is a run-stopper who can contribute right away on special teams. He should be able to develop as a coverage linebacker in time and look to start in a few years.  Luke Molaldo @MoKnowsSports

63) Cincinnati Bengals – Trey McBride (TE – Colorado State)

After selecting a top-tier defensive back in the first round, the Bengals attack another position of need with their second pick. This time they take Trey McBride, a tight end from Colorado State. The team signed Hayden Hurst to fill the void left by the departing CJ Uzomah, but they still need a solid option for the long haul if Hurst isn’t the answer. This offense is so high-powered that adding a piece like McBride feels like a luxury. And for the runner-up in the league, luxury picks are allowed this early. Andrew Hall @AndrewHallFF

64) Denver Broncos (From LAR) – Phidarian Mathis (DT – Alabama)

A 5 technique replacement for Shelby Harris, he can stop the run and start day 1. Certainly an upgrade on what they have on the roster currently. Denver must have a starter who can stop the run as it is their one hole on the defensive side of the ball now. This move strengthens the Broncos and will solidify them upfront. Adam Murfet @Murf_NFL

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