2022 NFL Mock DraftMay 18, 2021
This is Draft HD’s first 2022 NFL Mock draft as the draft gets closer we will work on new updates.
- Houston Texans: Spencer Rattler, QB, Oklahoma
Deshaun Watson expressed his frustration with the Texans. He seemed likely to be traded, and now he’s in legal trouble. Houston drafted Davis Mills, but that won’t keep this pick from being used on a quarterback.
Spencer Rattler has a good chance to be the No. 1 pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. Rattler is limited in size and arm strength, but he’s very accurate and mobile. With the 2022 quarterback class being unimpressive, he’ll have a chance to be the top pick next April.
- Detroit Lions: Tyler Shough, QB, Texas Tech
The Lions have traded Matthew Stafford. They’ll give Jared Goff a shot, but if he fails like he’s expected to, the Lions could be drafting in the top three. If so, they’ll be targeting one of the top quarterbacks in the 2022 class.
Tyler Shough (6-5, 215) took over for Justin Herbert in 2020. He has great potential and is a feisty competitor. He has a great mix of arm strength, size and athleticism. He has since moved to Texas Tech as a graduate transfer.
- Philadelphia Eagles: Kedon Slovis, QB, USC
The Eagles will give Jalen Hurts a chance to prove himself in 2020. If he fails, and the Eagles are drafting this early, they’ll likely select their quarterback of the future.
Kedon Slovis showed tremendous potential as a freshman at USC, completing 72 percent of his passes on an 8.9 YPA figure.
- Green Bay Packers: Kayvon Thibodeaux, DE/OLB, Oregon
Will the Packers finally obtain an upgrade across from Davante Adams? Perhaps Justyn Ross would be the pick, but the Packers can select the best non-quarterback prospect in this class.
Kayvon Thibodeaux has enjoyed two great years, terrorizing Pac-12 backfields with his great pass-rushing ability.
- Atlanta Falcons: Sam Howell, QB, North Carolina
The Falcons may have drafted Trey Lance had he fallen to them at No. 4 in the 2021 NFL Draft. They need a successor for Matt Ryan.
Sam Howell threw for 38 touchdowns in 2019, which was a Division I-A record for a freshman. He doesn’t have ideal size (6-1, 225), but there’s no doubting his throwing ability.
- New York Jets: Derek Stingley, CB, LSU
The Jets have maintained issues at cornerback ever since Darrelle Revis left the second time. They can fix that with this pick.
Derek Stingley had a freshman campaign for the ages, completely erasing one side of the field despite having no experience entering the year. He has great size (6-1, 190) and projects as a top-five prospect whenever he declares.
- Las Vegas Raiders: DeMarvin Leal, DE/DT, Texas A&M
The Raiders need to address their woeful defense. They have a weakness in the interior, and Maurice Hurst’s departure won’t help matters.
DeMarvin Leal was dominant to close out the 2020 campaign, so he has lots of promise heading into 2021.
- Carolina Panthers: Justyn Ross, WR, Clemson
D.J. Moore’s contract will be up soon. Robby Anderson is just a middling starting receiver. The Panthers could stand to add a mega talent at the position.
Justyn Ross is a 6-4, 210-pound monster who catches everything. Alabama had no answer for him in the national championship. Unfortunately, he missed all of 2020 with an injury.
- Dallas Cowboys: Drake Jackson, DE/DT, USC
The Cowboys need to improve their defense on every level, which includes their pass rush.
Drake Jackson had a strong freshman campaign (5.5 sacks) as an edge player, but he may be better suited to become a five-technique.
- Cincinnati Bengals: Aidan Hutchinson, DE, Michigan
The Bengals signed Trey Hendrickson, but he’s just replacing Carl Lawson. They already needed an edge rusher prior to the Lawson departure, so they can fill that hole with this pick.
Aidan Hutchinson has excellent potential, but we didn’t get to see it very much last year because he suffered an ankle injury.
- Jacksonville Jaguars: Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame
Andrew Cisco was drafted in the third round. If he doesn’t impress as a rookie, the Jaguars will be interested in a safety at this juncture with the best player available.
The very physically gifted Kyle Hamilton showed lots of promise in his freshman year.
- New England Patriots: Kaiir Elam, CB, Florida
The Patriots have some aging cornerbacks on their roster, so they’ll need to get younger at the position soon.
Kaiir Elam has a good mix of length and quickness.
- New Orleans Saints: Jalen Green, CB, Texas
The Saints lost Janoris Jenkins, so they currently have a hole at cornerback across from Marshon Lattimore.
Jalen Green has shown great coverage ability in his first season as a starter.
14. Pittsburgh Steelers: Matt Corral, QB, Ole Miss
This could be Ben Roethlisberger’s final season in the NFL. The Steelers might be interested in a quarterback with this pick.
Matt Corral developed well under Lane Kiffin, completing 71 percent of his passes in 2020.
15. Tennessee Titans: Zion Nelson, OT, Miami
We’ll see if Dillon Radunz plays right tackle or guard. If it’s the latter, the Titans could make amends for the Isaiah Wilson debaclation by drafting a right tackle with this selection.
Zion Nelson performed well right away for Miami, earning a starting left tackle job as a freshman.
16. New York Giants: George Karlaftis, DE, Purdue
The Giants used to have problems in their secondary, but part of the reason for this was that they don’t have a strong edge rush.
George Karlaftis was a monstrous pass rusher in his freshman campaign, generating 17.5 tackles for loss.
17. Minnesota Vikings: Perrion Winfrey, DT, Oklahoma
The Vikings need to fix their defensive line, which lost lots of talent in recent years due to financial difficulties.
Perrion Winfrey dominated the trenches in 2020, especially late in the season.
18. New York Jets: Brenton Cox, DE/OLB, Florida
The Jets signed Carl Lawson, but they still need another edge rusher to rattle Josh Allen.
Brenton Cox has a nice skill set and plenty of athleticism and upside.
19. New York Giants: Sevyn Banks, CB, Ohio State
The Giants could use one more cornerback in their secondary, especially if Adoree Jackson doesn’t live up to the hype.
Ohio State’s secondary struggled in 2020, but not when it came to Sevyn Banks’ coverage.
20. Philadelphia Eagles: Bubba Bolden, S, Miami
The Eagles signed Anthony Harris as a low-risk, buy-low addition. If he doesn’t solve their safety issues, they’ll have to look elsewhere.
Bubba Bolden needs to bulk up for the NFL, but he could sneak into the first round.
21. Philadelphia Eagles: Nolan Smith, DE, Georgia
The Eagles signed Ryan Kerrigan, but only for one year. I could see them addressing the trenches with this pick.
Nolan Smith was the top recruit in his class. He’s a tremendous athlete and looks to be a dynamic edge threat at the next level.
22. Washington Redskins: Evan Neal, G/OT, Alabama
Brandon Scherff is an impending free agent. The Redskins could use this pick to replace him, and they’re no strangers to drafting Alabama players.
Evan Neal is a 360-pound lineman who can move very well, which almost seems impossible.
23. Los Angeles Chargers: Zach Harrison, DE, Ohio State
The Chargers will need to replace Melvin Ingram, who departed via free agency this offseason.
Zach Harrison has great size (6-6, 255) and was productive as a freshman at Ohio State.
24. Baltimore Ravens: Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State
The Ravens signed a right tackle to replace Orlando Brown, but they need a long-term solution.
Charles Cross has great feet as a former five-star recruit.
25. Arizona Cardinals: Kenyon Green, G, Texas A&M
Arizona needs to make sure Kyler Murray is protected as well as possible. There was some interest in Alijah Vera-Tucker in the 2021 NFL Draft, but he was snatched off the board before the Cardinals were on the clock.
Kenyon Green is a former five-star recruit tackle, but he may have to play guard at the next level.
26. Miami Dolphins: Christian Harris, LB, Alabama
The Dolphins’ defensive weakness is at linebacker, and they have a chance to address that issue in this mock draft update.
Considered the star player of Alabama’s recruiting class, Christian Harris saw time as a freshman because of Dylan Moses’ torn ACL, and he was exceptional.
27. Cleveland Browns: George Pickens, WR, Georgia
Odell Beckham could be off the roster at this juncture, so they could target a receiver with this pick.
George Pickens had an amazing freshman season. He has nice size (6-3, 190), tremendous athleticism and a wide catch radius.
28. Buffalo Bills: Jalen Wydermyer, TE, Texas A&M
The Bills want an upgrade over Dawson Knox, who is just a middling talent.
Jalen Wydermyer had a big sophomore campaign. He’s a big tight end (6-5, 260) and has terrific receiving ability.
29. Detroit Lions: Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn State
The Lions have absolutely nothing at receiver, so they must address this liability.
Jahan Dotson caught 52 passes for 884 yards and eight touchdowns in just nine games in 2020. The 5-11 receiver made a big leap in production from the previous year.
30. Denver Broncos: Jordan Battle, S, Alabama
The Broncos will be looking for a new starting safety next offseason with Kareem Jackson likely gone.
Jordan Battle showed big upside in Alabama’s secondary last year.
31. Kansas City Chiefs: D.J. Dale, DT, Alabama
Andy Reid loves bolstering the offensive and defensive lines. He may want a better player next to Chris Jones.
D.J. Dale wasn’t highly productive in 2019, but he was a key rotational player on Alabama’s defensive line. It says a lot that Dale was able to see time despite his inexperience.
32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Ventrell Miller, LB, Florida
Lavonte David will turn 32 prior to the 2022 NFL Draft. The Buccaneers will need to find a successor soon.
Ventrell Miller is a fast linebacker who has become a nice play-maker in Florida’s defense.