Welcome to our latest 2022 NFL mock draft! We’re headed towards the home stretch now of the NFL Draft talking season. If there is one thing we do know, it’s that the NFL “season” supposedly, is now year round, due to the overhyping of the NFL Draft and the explosions of mock drafts.
Also, here is the link to a list of 70 of the worst NFL Draft cliches, buzzwords and other pointless word salad. Far as we know, we’re the only mom and pop shop, small business style site on the whole world wide web that does a mock draft for all four major American sports.
- Jaguars Aidan Hutchinson, DT, Michigan
The Dearborn native’s father, Chris Hutchinson, was an All-American and team captain at Michigan. Thus far this season, Hutchinson has been unstoppable at times, and he’s the most blue-chip prospect that #GoBlue has had during the Jim Harbaugh era.
2. Lions, Travon Walker, DL, Georgia
Lions absolutely need bodies, all around, and they just cannot miss on this pick, not by any means.
3. Texans, Evan Neal, OL, Alabama
For best OL available, in this class, Neal is the choice. He’s a 360-pound lineman who can move very well, and play multiple positions, which almost seems impossible; really.
4. Jets, Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame
In his sophomore season, Hamilton was one of the leaders of the defense, as he continued his fast learning curve. After serving as a backup safety to Alohi Gilman and Jalen Elliott in 2019, he became a starter and was named first-team All-ACC after recording 63 tackles, six pass breakups, and an interception.
He’s the best individual player on this Fighting Irish squad.
Kyle Hamilton is the best safety in college football this year, and he’s among the best three defensive backs. He’s also probably a top five defensive player, and given all his measurables and skill sets, it’s hard to imagine he sticks around beyond this season.
Hamilton should be a top 5 overall pick in the very next NFL Draft, and if that happens it would simply complete the story arc of his collegiate career.
For more on Hamilton go here.
5. Giants, Ikem Ekwonu, OL, NC St
If I were the Giants, I would go best player available who isn’t a QB, or at least, best pass protector available or pass rusher available.
6. Panthers, Kenny Pickett, QB, Pitt
Not a good year to be drafting a signal caller, by any means, but you do what you got to do, right? Houston needs to start over at the most important position in all of sports. Nation’s best pure passer rewrote the quarterbacking record book at the alma mater of Dan Marino.
After smartly opting out of the Peach Bowl, he entered the draft process in a great position
7. Giants via Bears, Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
A really special player, who was a huge part of the big-time historical season that the Bearcats had in 2021. Gardner has the skill set that could see him become the first corner off the board this April.
8. Falcons, George Karlaftis, DE, Purdue
Karlaftis, was a 5-star DE who elected to stay home instead of playing for a blue blood. He’s a large human being who stepped in and immediately wreaked some havoc in West Lafayette, and he should continue the trend at the next level.
He brings a varied skill set that will make his draft stock rise high. For more on Karlaftis go here.
9. Seahawks via Broncos, Kayvon Thibodeaux, Oregon, DE
Thibodeaux is considered a “can’t miss prospect” in his class; right up there with Hutchinson.
10. Jets via Seahawks, Trevor Penning, OT, Northern Iowa
11. Washington, Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State
At 6’5″ 270, he might need to pack on a few more pounds of muscle, but even if he doesn’t, the right NFL team will pick him up and get him on the program. This is an amazing value pick right here.
12. Vikings, Andrew Booth Jr., CB, Clemson
Step into the booth if you want a blue-chip DB prospect.
13. Texans via Browns, Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State
The Buckeyes WR corps was absolutely nuts this season. Just ridiculously off-the-chain, on multiple levels. Browns-Buckeyes connection grows stronger.
14. Ravens, Tyler Linderbaum, OL, Iowa
Didn’t have the best combine, so he falls a little here. Linderbaum has won the Rimington Award, which honors the nation’s best center. If there is one thing about the Big Ten, especially the Big Ten West, it is a ground-and-pound, run-first kinda league/division. In order to establish and then maintain this approach, you’re going to need big overpowering offensive linemen, and plenty of them.
An all league pick last season, is one of the overall best in the entire league. The 6-3, 290 pound junior is also, hands down, the Big Ten lineman with the highest NFL Draft stock, by far. For much more on Linderbaum go here.
15. Eagles via Dolphins, Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas
16. Eagles via Colts, Logan Hall, DL, Houston
17. Chargers, Zion Johnson, IOL, Boston College
18. Saints, Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama
“Oh, let the Jameson sink in,” — Rihanna
Wild Card Round Losers
19. Eagles, Kenyon Green, OL, Texas A&M
Seems a sensible, logical pick that fits all around and fills a need.
20. Steelers, Matt Corral, QB, Ole Miss
21. Patriots, Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn State
With 52 receptions for 884 yards and eight touchdowns in only nine games last fall, this Nittany Lion made the leap. We saw him do it again this autumn, and with it, ramped up his NFL Draft stock.
22. Packers via Raiders, Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU
LSU is DBU these days, and Stingley is the latest example of this trend. However, so many questions surround this guy- character concerns, a foot injury, opting out of combine workouts, and chatter that he may not run at his own Pro Day. We could see him falling into the middle or late of the first round now.
23. Cardinals, Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State
OSU WR corps, you are indeed ridiculous
24. Cowboys, Jordan Davis, DL, Georgia
Divisional Round Losers
25. Bills, Drake London, WR, USC
London calling! The Bills are “started from the bottom now we here!”
26. Titans, Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah
Might still be among the top LBs in this class, but his combine set him back a bit.
27. Buccaneers, Jermaine Johnson II, DE, Florida State
28. Packers, Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington
Conference Championship Losers
29. Chiefs via Niners, Devonte Wyatt, DL, Georgia
30. Chiefs, Kenneth Walker III, RB, Michigan State
Go Green! The Wake Forest transfer ran a scalding 4.38-second time, at 211 pounds to boot, at the Scouting Combine. I think we have our new RB1 on the board, so #SpartansWill #V4MSU Walker was the bread and butter, meat and potatoes for the Spartans this past season, who went all ground-and-pound to a New Year’s Six Bowl in 2021. For more running-oriented style of football cliches, unintentionally taken to a comedic level, go here.
Super Bowl Loser
31. Bengals, Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia
Good fit, value pick that fills team needs.
Super Bowl Champion
32. Lions via Rams, Malik Willis, QB, LIberty
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