2022 NFL Mock Draft 1-6-22

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Welcome to our latest 2022 NFL mock draft! Team needs were sometimes, but mostly not taken into account here. The order is taken from Tankathon. 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. Here are the links to the latest mocks for the NBA, MLB and NHL.

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  1. 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, Kayvon Thibodeaux, Oregon, DE

Lions absolutely need bodies, all around, and they just cannot miss on this pick, not by any means. Thibodeaux is arguably the most “can’t miss prospect” in his class; right up there with Hutchinson

3. Texans, Matt Corral, QB, Ole Miss

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. Lots of questions about Corral at this point, but then again no one seems to really know right now, who the first QB off the boards will be. It’s just too early in the process.

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, Evan Neal, OL, Alabama

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. 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.

6. Jets via Seahawks, Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU

He could surpass Booth and become the first CB off the board. LSU is DBU these days, and Stingley is the latest example of this trend. Then again, we might need to mock a QB here, because, they don’t seem to have answer right now, between Mike White and Zach Wilson.

Of course, they should give Wilson some more time, so maybe they might grab a QB in the later rounds instead.

7. Panthers, Kenny Pickett, QB, Pitt

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 enters the draft process and we predict he will also be a Panther at the next level as well.

8. Giants via Bears, Kenyon Green, OL, Texas A&M

Seems a sensible, logical pick that fits all around and fills a need.

9. Washington, Carson Strong, QB, Nevada

I still have a hard time believing Carson Strong is actually the name of a real guy, and not a fictional character, who does play quarterback though, in a TV series or movie about Texas high school football.

10. 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.

11. Broncos, Tyler Linderbaum, OL, Iowa

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

12. Vikings, Andrew Booth Jr., CB, Clemson

Step into the booth if you want a blue chip DB prospect.

13. Saints, Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama

“Oh, let the Jameson sink in,” — Rihanna

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14. 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.

15. Steelers, 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.

16. Chargers, Christian Harris, LB, Alabama

The intimidating junior from Baton Rouge is a formidable presence in the middle. He can both stuff the run and present a potential challenge from an up the gut pass rush.

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17. 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.

18. Ravens, Justyn Ross, WR, Clemson

Instant impact as a freshman, a serious injury derailed his sophomore season. He’ll be back with a vengeance this year, and at 6-3 215, with sensational speed, he has first rounder written all over him.

19. Eagles via Dolphins, Ikem Ekwonu, OL, NC St

Fast riser up the draft boards!

20. Eagles, Drake Jackson, DT, USC

You know when the NFL Draft room hotline bling, it can only mean one thing.

21. Dolphins via Niners, Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia

Good fit, value pick that fills team needs.

22. Patriots, Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State

OSU WR corps, you are indeed ridiculous

23. Eagles via Colts, Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington

24. Cardinals, Logan Hall, DL, Houston

25. Bills, Drake London, WR, USC

London calling! The Bills are “started from the bottom now we here!”

26. Bengals, Darrian Kinnard, OL, Kentucky 

27. Buccaneers, Jermaine Johnson II, DE, Florida State 

28. Lions via Rams, Bubba Bolden, S, Miami

29. Titans, Justin Egoigbe, DE, Alabama

A long, lean dude who has a penchant for getting into opposing offensive backfields.

30. Cowboys, WR, Khalil Shakir, WR, Boise State

Certainly one of the finest receivers in the college game, he size the speed and route running ability to go to the next level.

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31. Chiefs, George Pickens, WR, Georgia

A big physical target who will win pretty much every jump ball, or 51-49 balls. We call them that, just because we’re simply tired of the cliche buzzword 50/50 balls.

32. Packers, Marcus Hooker, S, Ohio State

Maybe there is just too much Ohio State in this draft. We admittedly maybe overdid it a bit in this regard. Like 2021 will end up being the Bama draft, 2022 will be the Buckeye draft.

This NFL mock draft is listed on Walter Football and NFL Mock Draft Database.

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Comments

  1. OT ???? for browns NO

  2. Lynn DeYoung says

    The Lions have big needs all over the place and to select a QB who isn’t a sure fire solution is not a good idea. Their defense needs a major upgrade and WR is a ghost position. They can take a QQB with their 2nd first rounder or second round pick (or even later) if need be.

  3. With Zadarius Smith’s salary at $29 million next year and him returning with a surgical back, the Packers have to cut him–they’re $50 million over the cap next year. Look for them to take a big Edge OLB/DE type like South Carolina’s Kingsley Enagbare or Houston’s Logan Hall.

  4. RAIDERS pick is?

  5. Marcus hooker!?!? He’s like a 3rd string safety. Didnt even start! As a buckeye fan, this kid isn’t getting drafted, let alone first round. (This isn’t Malik Hooker!!)

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