2022 NFL Mock Draft - RD1 Picks 17-32



17 LA Chargers
Chris Olave
Ohio State
WR
Reach/Value:
+6
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
188
Chris Olave NFL Draft photo
If there's any way to emerge from a soul-crushing loss with the future looking brighter than ever, the Chargers found it Sunday night. Justin Herbert's gritty performance and the team's never-say-die spirit shone through even as they lost a heartbreaker to miss the playoffs. Heading into a discontented offseason, the team has a few possible draft paths: A linebacker to compete with underperforming Kenneth Murray? An Edge Rusher to pair with Joey Bosa? More weapons for the rocket-armed Herbert?

This time around, the nod goes to more offense, more passing, more speed for the Chargers offense. Chris Olave is a polished route runner who can immediately become Herbert's main deep threat. If the team opts against a mega-dollar extension for Mike Williams, Olave can become a viable #2 for Keenan Allen.

--Jud Branam, Chargers Analyst

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18 New Orleans
Sam Howell
North Carolina
QB
Reach/Value:
+0
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
230
Sam Howell NFL Draft photo
Sam Howell began the season as a top-5 prospect just behind the now-forgotten Spencer Rattler. After a slow start to the season, his draft stock slid down to mid-round talk. In his first two seasons at North Carolina, Howell enjoyed the company of now NFLer's Michael Carter, Javonte Williams, Dyami Brown and Dazz Newsome. All four bolted to the NFL, leaving Howell to fend with the leftovers in 2021. He took a beating, incurring 44 sacks. We wouldn't be surprised to see Howell trend upward in the process leading to the 2022 NFL draft. If anyone can develop QB talent, it's Sean Payton ... that is, if the Raiders do not lure him away.


Despite missing the playoffs, Payton did a fantastic job this season. Consider the roadblocks he endured. His team was forced to evacuate their home field the first month of the season. He started 4 different QBs --Winston, Hill, Siemian, and Book. Alvin Kamara missed time. Michael Thomas played hooky. The black-and-gold defense was infected by the injury bug. (The Saints listed 58 different starters in 2021, the largest count of starters in a season ever in the NFL.)

The team is due for good fortune. Fortunately, pick 18 has been a lucky number in the NFL draft.

~DatBudMan, Saints Analyst
19 Philadelphia (Trade)
Devin Lloyd
Utah
ILB
Reach/Value:
+3
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
232
Devin Lloyd NFL Draft photo
The Eagles front office using a RD1 pick on an off ball linebacker may be unlikely, but no more unlikely than a playoff team winding up with three RD1 draft picks. There are still some quality CBs on the board, and that is definitely another strong possibility, but the position seems deep enough in this draft that Philadelphia can wait until RD2 to bolster their secondary, and use their final RD1 pick on the best player available.

In this mock that is Utah's Devin Lloyd. Lloyd isn't just any ho-hum linebacker, at 6'3, 232 lbs he's able to drop back easily into coverage, he's a terror as a blitzer and block shedder and he is an expert at diagnosing plays both pre and post snap. Lloyd is a game changer who could take the Philly defense to the next level if given the chance.
20 Pittsburgh
Andrew Booth Jr.
Clemson
CB
Reach/Value:
-7
Height:
6'0"
Weight:
195
Andrew Booth Jr. NFL Draft photo
The Steelers have been using Ahkello Witherspoon and Joe Haden on the outside this year. Both have performed well and are free agents this spring. The Steelers might not be willing to pay the going rate for the aged Haden or the up-and-coming Witherspoon. Despite their disastrous success rate at drafting corners, they need to fill in the gap somehow. With the team allegedly looking for the next QB in free agency, they probably can't compete for a quality starter at CB in free agency. Expect them to draft a player with upside and sign a Free Agent to backstop the position.

Booth is a tall corner with a physical demeanor and good ball skills. Other looks here would be O-line or QBs Ridder or Willis.
21 New England
Daxton Hill
Michigan
S
Reach/Value:
-14
Height:
6'0"
Weight:
195
Daxton Hill NFL Draft photo
Kudos to the Pats on achieving the playoffs and by all accounts finding their QB of the future in the 2021 Draft. Unfortunately for Mac Jones, he'll seemingly never have the ball-catching talent afforded to other QBs, as GM/HC Bill Belichick does not particularly seem to value the position. That, and he's been woefully inept at drafting them - N'Keal Harry being the latest example.

The Patriots offense otherwise looks solid going into 2022, though the OL will get some draft looks with Alex Karras and Trent Brown both free agents. The defense will get the attention of the Pats' RD1 pick to be sure. Some of our readers will be annoyed that we did not slot LB Nakobe Dean here - admittedly a Belichick-style pick. Instead the secondary gets the attention here with Safety Daxton Hill.

Not only is the secondary aging, but several key component hit free agency this year - JC Jackson and Devin McCourty, followed by three corners (Jones, Bryant, Williams) next year. The team did extend Adrian Phillips recently, but that's a finger in the dike with the likes of Allen, Mahomes and Burrow to contend with for the next 10 years. Daxton Hill offers extreme athleticism, combined with position versatility (Safety, CB) and 4.3 speed. He's a reach in the low 20's, but Hill will be gone by the time the Pats' RD2 pick comes along.
22 Miami (Trade)
Kenyon Green
Texas A&M
OG
Reach/Value:
-10
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
330
Kenyon Green NFL Draft photo
As always, there's nothing much going on in South Florida. A winning season, but another without a playoff berth. Surely a quiet offseason awaits. Not so fast. Brian Flores is gone after three seasons and a 24-25 record. Coach Flo, apparently, was not very good at collaborating. For me, the firing of Flores is more of a surprise than a disappointment. I like the thought of continuity, but this was a situation that needed to be fixed, and Flores was sacrificed ahead of GM, Chris Grier.

I'm not sure what a coaching change means for Tua, but I can't see the Fins looking for an upgrade through the draft. The challenge is whether to spend draft capital to trade for a new QB or upgrade the O-line so the current QB doesn't get killed. I favor the latter, especially if the only trade option is Deshaun Watson and his legal baggage. Miami needs 3 new starters on the O-line and a versatile prospect should be targeted in RD1. Kenyon Green would be an excellent selection.

- David Payne, Dolphins Analyst

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23 Las Vegas
Jameson Williams
Alabama
WR
Reach/Value:
+3
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
188
Jameson Williams NFL Draft photo
Mere weeks ago, the Raiders looked like a team on the verge of jettisoning its franchise quarterback and rebuilding its coaching staff and front office. They were 6-7 and poised for another rebuild. But, this team has some magic to it, and a huge amount of credit goes to Derek Carr and the leadership of this team - a team where the camaraderie and belief seems real despite an unbelievable set of challenges thrown at them this season.

After 4 straight wins, the notion of doing anything but building around Carr seems silly, and it is the likeable signal caller (and league's #5 passer) who is in need of a bolster of his supporting cast. According to data compiled through Week 16, Derek Car ranked 27th in the league in "Team Help Composite Score," the lowest of any playoff QB, which measures things like WR Open Rate and Pass Block Win Rate. Over the course of this season, Carr has lost his coach, his top WR, barely had his top TE, and dealt with an OL held together with duct tape and a receiving corps that is among the league's most underwhelming. While Jameson Williams' knee may be a deterrent in drafting him in RD1, the underlying truth remains that this team has gone from looking defense first in the draft to supporting its QB. Still, free agency will be telling as Vegas' interior DL, LB corps, and CBs - units that have out-performed expectations - consist of journeymen on short term deals.
24 Arizona
Roger McCreary
Auburn
CB
Reach/Value:
-4
Height:
6'0"
Weight:
193
Roger McCreary NFL Draft photo
The Cardinals limp into the playoffs after losing four of their last five games to end the 2021 season. The final nail in the coffin, a 38-30 defeat in a shootout against the Seattle Seahawks, helped cost Arizona the division. The defense simply failed to show up, allowing Russ to Cook for possibly the last time in a Seahawks uniform with three touchdowns and permitting Rashad Penny to steamroll his way to 190 yards and a touchdown.

It was the third time in four games that the Cardinals pass defense allowed at least three touchdowns through the air. An area that will simply need to improve heading into the postseason tournament if the Cardinals are to make any noise. Now, Arizona heads to Los Angeles to play the Rams for a third time this year in the wild-card round. The secondary already is missing cornerbacks Marco Wilson and Robert Alford, and depth piece Kevin Peterson suffered a concussion early Sunday. With all the losses to the defense, new faces will need to step up.

Cornerback Roger McCreary won't help in these playoffs, but his playmaking, run support and ball skills will help the consistency in the backline of the defense that seemed to be one of the missing pieces the last month of the 2021 season.

- Dylan Rudolph, Cardinals Analyst


25 Cincinnati
Kyler Gordon
Washington
CB
Reach/Value:
-8
Height:
6'0"
Weight:
200
Kyler Gordon NFL Draft photo
Kudos to the Bengals on achieving the playoffs, and to Ja'Marr Chase for winning the offensive rookie of the year honors. Maybe Zac Taylor's team will push far, but let's face it teams would prefer to face the Bengals as opposed to a tougher defense - Chiefs, Titans, Bills, Pats, well everyone else. Why do you think the Raiders went for the win in the Week 18 contest against the LA Chargers?

Still, our offense has it's admirers:

As we pointed out in the last mock, the Bengals secondary allows 248 ypg (26th), allowing a 67.1% completion rate (also 26th).

Poor as this is, free agency doesn't paint a pretty picture over the next two years. If not addressed in the off-season, expect more high-scoring shootouts in 2022. After this season, the following are out of contract: CB's Eli Apple, Vernon Hargreaves and Tre Flowers. Safeties Jessie Bates and Ricardo Allen. After the 2022 season it's Trae Waynes, Vonn Bell and Bradley Wilson.

Help needs to come in the in the draft and preferable with multiple picks. Once again it's Kyler Gordon. Gordon is not as heralded as teammate Trent McDuffie, but could be drafted higher after a solid senior season. A draft riser, Gordon features an NFL Passer Rating Against of just 49.1, PFF grades him 3rd in the nation (89.6) in coverage.
26 Buffalo
Jordan Davis
Georgia
DL1T
Reach/Value:
+7
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
330
Jordan Davis NFL Draft photo
For over half of the league, today is both season-recap day and what-to-look-for-in-the-offseason day. Well, since Mr. McDermott came into town and drafted a certain quarterback in year 2, this day has become a day to dissect playoffs matchups for Bills Mafia. While Buffalo's top 5 rankings in both offense and defense are impressive, anyone who watches their games knows there have been two different teams playing for Buffalo this season.

If the hapless offense displayed against the Steelers, Jags, Colts, and the first game against the Patriots shows up, Bill Belichick will be back in a very familiar division round in two weekends. If the unstoppable offense displayed against the Dolphins (twice), WFT, Texans, Saints, and Chiefs shows up, Mac Jones might be sent home packing earlier than many thought.

The franchise seems to have figured out its run-woes on both sides of the ball, as the league's #1 defense has been more stout against the run since the return of their DL1Ts (Phillips and Lotulelei) and commitment to the rushing game on offense has led to a rushing average of 184 ypg at an impressive 5.3 ypc over the last 3 games (all victories of 12 points or more). Josh Allen has proven that he can-almost literally by himself-carry this team to victory, but the Bills' chances are clearly higher when Brian Daboll finds balance on offense.

After the team's defense let them down in the playoffs last year, it's likely to be the offense that does so this time around. That is, of course, if you all don't BILLIEVE this is finally the year...

-Kennedy Paynter, Senior Draft Analyst (@Kennedy_Paynter on Twitter)
27 Detroit (Trade)
David Bell
Purdue
WR
Reach/Value:
+6
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
210
David Bell NFL Draft photo
The Lions' roster in 2021 was a case study in need areas, but one stood out more than all the rest: the receiving corps was the NFL equivalent of the dreaded AAAA baseball roster. Fourth-round pick Amon Ra St. Brown set franchise records for rookie production, which is nice because there was virtually no one else for Jared Goff to throw it to. This spot isn't about which position to select, it's about which receiver. Purdue's David Bell could put St. Brown's record in jeopardy right away, as he is a filthy route runner with great hands.


While Bell isn't a straight line burner, he has deluxe moves to work in the short- and medium-range passing game the Lions figure to feature as long as Goff is taking the snaps.
28 Dallas
Drake Jackson
USC
EDGE
Reach/Value:
-3
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
255
Drake Jackson NFL Draft photo
I've been leaning towards a defender for most of the fall with the Cowboys first-round pick, mainly because of the multitude of free agents this group has on the defensive side of the ball. However, guys like Dalton Schultz, Cedrick Wilson and Connor Williams have likely priced themselves out of a return to America's Team, and considering the recent struggles on this side of the ball, I'll be keeping a more open mind.

I'm sticking with an edge rusher this week because there is still a strong possibility that Dallas is unable to retain guys like Randy Gregory and Dorance Armstrong. Both are having career seasons, combining for 11 sacks, and Dallas will need to replace that production if they find a new home this offseason. Jackson's career at USC was filled with brilliant flashes and consistency issues that stemmed from varying roles that each new defensive coordinator thrust upon him.

~Austin Smith, DraftTek Senior Analyst
29 Kansas City
Treylon Burks
Arkansas
WR
Reach/Value:
+3
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
232
Treylon Burks NFL Draft photo
When we kicked off the season, the Chiefs' WR2 position promised to be a long, drawn-out dogfight between Mecole Hardman, Demarcus Robinson, and Byron Pringle. Hardman, picked 52nd, ahead of DK Metcalf, in the 2019 NFL Draft, was handed the job early. However, even though Hardman outgained him by 125 yds, one could argue that it was Pringle who made the most of his opportunity, hauling in 42 recs for 568 yds and 5 TDs, which equals the combined TDs of both Hardman and (snooze) Robinson. Robinson couldn't even catch attention this season.

Pringle and Robinson will both be free agents come March. Although WR is not as deep as last year's draft, Veach/Reid will have plenty of options to fill the WR2 spot.


Mizzou fans should know the name Treylon Burks. The Arkansas receiver scorched the Tiger defense for 220 yards in their December 2020 matchup. Burks is a big physical receiver with great body control and a big catch radius.

~KCBudMan, Chiefs Analyst
30 Tampa Bay
Martin Emerson
Mississippi State
CB
Reach/Value:
-11
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
195
Martin Emerson NFL Draft photo
Like 2020, the Bucs' rope-a-doped their way to the playoffs. A team that in pre-season seemed capable of 17-0 that went through all kinds of turmoil, most troublesome being the depletion of the WR corps with the loss of Chris Godwin and the AB debacle. If it weren't for the presence of Mike Evans, the pass-catching unit would be indistinguishable from the table scraps that Belichick gave Tom Brady in New England.

Is this group strong enough to fend off the likes of the Cowboys, Rams and Packers? And will an early playoff exit result in Tom Brady calling it a career?

There's speculation that the Bucs will move along from Chris Godwin as they simply won't be able to afford him, particularly in light of Vita Vea's massive new deal. If that talk gains traction, we could be looking at WR here in RD1 of the 2022 Draft. Until that time, the secondary is fertile ground for Day1/Day2 draft picks given all the upcoming free agents - Davis, Sherman, Desir and Whitehead in March. Murphy-Bunting, Cockrell and Dean next off-season.
31 Tennessee
Trey McBride
Colorado State
TE
Reach/Value:
+2
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
260
Trey McBride NFL Draft photo
The Titans are looking strong. I said that Miami would be a good test for them and they blew them out of the water. Miami won eight of it's last nine games, losing only to the Titans. This past week the team wrapped up the number one seed in the AFC and clinched a first round bye. This bye is especially important since the Titans get one more week of rest for the best offensive player in the league, Derrick Henry to return to health .Tennessee is flying under the radar, and that's perfect. The road to the Super Bowl runs through Tennessee and Derrick Henry's stiff arm.

Looking ahead to 2022, the team (still) needs improvement on offense. Julio Jones hasn't worked out so far and is injury prone. AJ Brown is a stud, but he was hurt a bit this year just like Derrick Henry. The Titans don't have another reliable weapon. Trey McBride has shown he can be a weapon at the TE position. McBride is an athletic, pass catching TE (86 catches, 1017 yards in 2022) who can block as well. It's a race between him and Jalen Wydermyer to see who the first TE off the board is.

Jonah Anderson Senior Drafttek Writer
32 Green Bay
Nakobe Dean
Georgia
ILB
Reach/Value:
+9
Height:
6'0"
Weight:
225
Nakobe Dean NFL Draft photo
When De'Vondre Campbell signed a one-year deal worth $2 million in June, it was in line with the Packers' strategy of using mid-round picks and stop-gap veterans to man ILB. Campbell's play was a revelation, becoming the first player in the NFL to register more than 140 tackles, multiple INTs, multiple sacks, and multiple FFs since 2018. If the Packers can't bring Campbell back, his impact in 2021 could entice Green Bay to make an early investment on his replacement.


Nakobe Dean offers great value at the end of RD1, even if it's at a position that the Packers' have recently devalued. At 6'0" and 225, Dean will face some challenges taking on blocks from NFL lineman and covering TEs in man assignments. However, Dean offers sideline-to-sideline speed against the run, flashes as a blitzer, and might be the best coverage LB in the NCAA. In addition to 10.5 TFLs and six sacks, Dean's 19 coverage stops, 53.3% completion percentage, and 31.3 passer rating when targeted highlight the dynamic role he could play in Joe Barry's defense. ILB might not be Green Bay's biggest need, but Dean may be able to make a huge impact with the Packers.

- James Siebers, Packers Analyst (Twitter@jsieb_)

Philadelphia get Miami RD1 pick (2021 Draft Trade)

Miami gets San Francisco RD1 pick (2021 Draft Trade)

NY Giants gets Chicago RD1 pick (2021 Draft Trade)

NY Jets gets Seattle RD1 pick (Jamal Adams trade)

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O/A Rank Pac 12 Conference
Top-30 Players
Psn
3 Kayvon Thibodeaux
Oregon
EDGE
13 Drake London
USC
WR
16 Devin Lloyd
Utah
ILB
31 Drake Jackson
USC
EDGE
33 Kyler Gordon
Washington
CB
58 Trent McDuffie
Washington
CB
62 Jaxson Kirkland
Washington
OT
71 Cade Otton
Washington
TE
76 Zach Charbonnet
UCLA
RB
80 Sean Rhyan
UCLA
OT
91 Mykael Wright
Oregon
CB
92 Abraham Lucas
Washington State
OT
125 Jermayne Lole
Arizona State
DL3T
128 Austin Jones
Stanford
RBC
150 Andrew Vorhees
USC
OG
155 Verone McKinley III
Oregon
S
157 C.J. Verdell
Oregon
RBC
161 Kellen Diesch
Arizona State
OT
168 Qwuantrezz Knight
UCLA
S
183 Greg Dulcich
UCLA
TE
188 Thomas Booker
Stanford
DL3T
206 Isaac Taylor-Stuart
USC
CB
209 Dohnovan West
Arizona State
OC
213 Darien Butler
Arizona State
ILB
218 Merlin Robertson
Arizona State
OLB
228 Edefuan Ulofoshio
Washington
ILB
236 Rachaad White
Arizona State
RB
242 Kyle Philips
UCLA
WRS
246 Otito Ogbonnia
UCLA
DL1T
247 Jack Jones
Arizona State
CB
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