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2022 NFL Mock Draft: Packers take two WRs; four QBs go in first round, including to Titans

Michigan

• Sr

• 6’7″

/ 260 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

3rd

POSITION RNK

2nd

For the longest time we’ve had the Jags targeting an offensive lineman here, but the team used the first week of free agency to beef up the O-line so we’re back to where we were during the season: Aidan Hutchinson is the No. 1 pick here, even though the team has used a first-rounder on an edge rusher in two of the last three drafts. Josh Allen has been as good as advertises while K’Lavon Chaisson is still looking to put it altogether in the NFL. Hutchinson is probably the safest pick in this entire class.

Georgia

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 272 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

15th

POSITION RNK

1st

Walker is something of a tweener, which is odd to say about someone who stands 6-foot-5, and weighs 275 pounds. But he can line up as a 3, 4 or 5-tech and that versatility, coupled with his non-stop motor and consistent playmaking ability, makes him an attractive option for any team looking to bolster their defensive line. Walker’s stock has skyrocketed during the pre-draft process and he’s just scratching the surface on how good could he can be. He has really good tape, but he also played on a Georgia defense that could end up with 4-5 first-round picks and his combine performance — a 4.51 40, a vertical of 35.5 inches and a mind-boggling 3-cone of 6.89 seconds — only reminded people of why he has a chance to be special.

NC State

• Soph

• 6’4″

/ 310 lbs

Projected Team

Houston

PROSPECT RNK

10th

POSITION RNK

4th

The Texans have five of the first 80 picks in the draft and with Deshaun Watson now in Cleveland, it certainly seems like Davis Mills is the QB of the future (for the time being, anyway). And if so, Houston will need to protect him. Ekwonu is our OT1 and had the Jags not addressed their OL needs in free agency, Ekwonu would remain our first-overall selection.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 337 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

4th

POSITION RNK

1st

Yes, the team signed Laken Tomlinson in free agency, and have used first-rounders in back-to-back years on Alijah Vera-Tucker and Mekhi Becton, but Neal can play right tackle if needed, and he can man the left tackle spot from Day 1 if Becton isn’t healthy.

Mississippi State

• Soph

• 6’5″

/ 307 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

POSITION RNK

7th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Cross plays in Mike Leach’s Air Raid offense, which means he’s not asked to do a lot of run blocking. And he’ll tell you that’s one of the things he wants to improve, even though he was very good in that area last season. Either way, Cross’ athleticism shines through and that, coupled with his strength, makes him a top-10 draft-day target.

Liberty

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 219 lbs

Projected Team

Carolina

PROSPECT RNK

23rd

POSITION RNK

2nd

The Panthers didn’t find a big-name quarterback in the first week of free agency so they’ll turn to the draft. No QB is worth taking sixth-overall but Carolina is out of options, and if you’re going to overdraft at a position, make it the most important one on the field. The fear is that you get Mitch Trubisky but the payout, of course, is that you find Josh Allen. Willis has the arm strength and athleticism to be special, he just needs to refine his game and play with more consistency. The Panthers desperately need to fix their offensive line but they also need a franchise passer too.

Oregon

• Soph

• 6’4″

/ 254 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

PROSPECT RNK

2nd

POSITION RNK

1st

Thibodeaux has game-changing talents and, frankly, he’s been all over the board in our mock drafts, mostly because teams have differing opinions on him. They’re no denying he’s just about unstoppable when he’s locked in and if the Giants could come away with Cross and Thibodeaux in Round 1 that would be a huge win.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 183 lbs

Projected Team

Atlanta

PROSPECT RNK

8th

POSITION RNK

1st

The Falcons replaced Matt Ryan with Marcus Mariota, so it stands to reason they could be in the market for a QB here since Mariota last started a game in 2019. But the WR position is in dire need of some upgrades and Wilson, who is our WR1, is a top-10 all day long. His game reminds us of Odell Beckham Jr., and Atlanta may need to target several wideouts in this draft to restock a depleted unit.

Notre Dame

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 220 lbs

Projected Team

Seattle

PROSPECT RNK

1st

POSITION RNK

1st

Hamilton ran in the 4.5s at the combine and was timed in the 4.7s at his pro day. This shouldn’t see him slip on draft boards because he plays much faster than this. Seattle could be in the market for a QB or O-lineman here, but they appear committed to Drew Lock and three offensive tackles are already off the board.

Cincinnati

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 190 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

8th

POSITION RNK

1st

Gardner is a long, physical corner who can run with any WR he goes up against. He didn’t give up a single TD during his career and in ’21 he was as close to shutdown as you’re going to see, which will come in handy in the AFC East.

Utah

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 237 lbs

Projected Team

Washington

PROSPECT RNK

17th

POSITION RNK

1st

Washington has needs at wideout and along the offensive line, but Lloyd is a special talent who would pair nicely alongside ’21 first-rounder, Jamin Davis. We were impressed by him during the ’21 season and nothing changed at the combine. He’s the prototypical off-ball linebacker in today’s NFL (pay no attention to his 4.7-something 40 times — he plays immeasurably faster), and it’s like he was built in a lab. This may seem high but, well, it’s not.

LSU

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 195 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

5th

POSITION RNK

1st

Stingley didn’t work out at the combine as he recovers from a foot injury, and he only played three games in ’21, but it’s hard to forget just how dominant he was in ’19 as a freshman, where he spent practices going up against Justin Jefferson, Ja’Marr Chase, Terrace Marshall and Racey McMath. If he was eligible two years ago he would’ve been a top-5 pick. He remains a ball hawk, not to mention an asset in the return game and he’ll only last this long because hasn’t played a lot of football in the last 12 months. The team just re-upped Patrick Peterson, but it was only on a one-year deal.

USC

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 219 lbs

Projected Team

Houston

PROSPECT RNK

12th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Every receiver on the Texans’ roster except Nico Collins has just one year left on their deal. The team got an offensive lineman with the No. 3 pick and here they get Davis Mills a downfield weapon. At 6-foot-5, London was a high-point-catch machine before his ’21 season ended prematurely with an ankle injury. He reminds us some of his former teammate at USC, Michael Pittman, and London has all the tools to be WR1.

Florida State

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 254 lbs

Projected Team

Baltimore

PROSPECT RNK

29th

POSITION RNK

4th

After transferring from Georgia, Johnson had a fantastic season at Florida State. And he told us at the combine that he felt like he had something to prove going from the SEC to the ACC. He did that and then some, then he dominated the Senior Bowl, and followed that up with an electric workout in Indy. The Ravens drafted Odafe Oweh a year ago and he’ll get a running mate with Johnson here.

Washington

• Soph

• 5’11”

/ 193 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

20th

POSITION RNK

4th

Even though McDuffie balled out on the outside for the Huskies this season, we get Tyrann Matthieu vibes when we watch him. He has the athleticism to line up anywhere — and he told us at the combine that he can do just that at the next level. McDuffie is one of the best cornerbacks in this class and adds some much-needed depth in Philly.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 179 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

11th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Williams tore his ACL in the national title game, but he’s still one of the best players in this draft class and should be ready to contribute next October. And if not for the injury he’s likely the first wideout off the board. The Eagles have a need at the position, even though they’ve taken a WR in the first round the last two years, and if they can be patient with Williams as he recovers, Philly could end up with the best WR corps in the division.

Georgia

• Sr

• 6’6″

/ 341 lbs

Davis dropped some weight, showed up at the combine and at 6-foot-6, 341 pounds, ran the 40 in 4.78 seconds, had a 32-inch vertical, and a broad jump of 10 feet, 3 inches — and oh, by the way, he was a one-man wrecking crew in the SEC. It’s easy to say Davis is a two-down player, but his obvious strength and surprising speed make a legit three-down threat who just needs to refine his pass-rush arsenal beyond the bull rush. The biggest question is if he can keep his weight down, which directly correlates to his stamina, and his ability to stay on the field.

Pittsburgh

• Sr

• 6’3″

/ 217 lbs

Projected Team

New Orleans

PROSPECT RNK

25th

POSITION RNK

3rd

The Falcons traded Matt Ryan to the Colts, and signed Marcus Mariota to a two-year deal, but Mariota hasn’t started an NFL game since October 2019. Pickett made the right decision to return to Pitt for the ’21 season, and in the process, he worked himself into the first-round conversation. The question is where does he get selected because, depending on who you talk to, it could be anywhere from top-10 to bottom of Round 1.

Georgia

• Jr

• 5’11”

/ 229 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

21st

POSITION RNK

2nd

We love the fit because the Eagles could use Dean in the middle of their D (even if, historically, they don’t draft off-ball linebackers in Round 1), and because Dean was so dominant during the ’21 season. And while he played on the best defense in the country, don’t get it twisted — he didn’t ride on the coattails of a dominant Georgia defensive line — Dean was a huge reason for their success. There are questions about his size and how that translates to the NFL but his tape tells a different story.

Iowa

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 296 lbs

Projected Team

Pittsburgh

PROSPECT RNK

6th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Yes, the Steelers signed Mason Cole in free agency after rookie Kendrick Green struggled, but this will be Cole’s third team in three years. Adding Linderbaum gives the unit even more depth with Cole and Green as backup options to go along with free-agent addition guard James Daniels. Linderbaum is one of the best offensive linemen, even at center, and he could certainly go much higher than this.

Clemson

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 194 lbs

Projected Team

New England

PROSPECT RNK

16th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Andrew Booth had a strong ’21 season for Clemson and he’s only going to get better with experience. The Patriots lost J.C. Jackson to the Chargers and they’ll need to upgrade their secondary this offseason, something they didn’t do during the first week of free agency.

Arkansas

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 225 lbs

Projected Team

Green Bay

PROSPECT RNK

14th

POSITION RNK

4th

Burks is a contested and high-point catch machine. Don’t be fooled by his 4.55 40 at the combine — he regularly outran defensive backs to the end zone in the SEC and that won’t change in the NFL. The scariest part of his game is that he’s not even close to his ceiling yet, and what better way to get there than in Green Bay. He reminds us of some combination of Anquan Boldin, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Deebo Samuel.

Minnesota

• Sr

• 6’4″

/ 265 lbs

Projected Team

Arizona

PROSPECT RNK

37th

POSITION RNK

5th

Mafe had 7 sacks, 9 hits and 26 hurries in ’21, and his mix of speed, bend and power was often overwhelming for opposing offensive tackles. That extended to the Senior Bowl where he dominated 1v1 and team drills, and then Mafe busted out a 4.53 40 at the combine. He may ultimately end up in Round 2 but it wouldn’t be a surprise if he’s among the first 32 picks. Plus, the Cards let Jordan Hicks and Chandler Jones walk in free agency so there’s a gaping need for pass rushers.

Texas A&M

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 323 lbs

Projected Team

Dallas

PROSPECT RNK

30th

POSITION RNK

7th

Green can play outside or inside and at Texas A&M he lined up against some of the best defensive linemen and edge rushers in the country. The Cowboys let guard Connor Williams walk in free agency and there’s a huge need at the position. Green is coming off a strong season and may be off the board by the time Dallas goes on the clock.

Michigan

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 191 lbs

Projected Team

Buffalo

PROSPECT RNK

19th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Hill is part of a Wolverines defense that could end up seeing three players go in Round 1 next spring. He’s underrated nationally but watch him play and it becomes clear pretty quickly that he’s in the running for one of the best defensive backs in this class. He’s listed as a safety but he can line up anywhere.

Ole Miss

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 212 lbs

Projected Team

Tennessee

PROSPECT RNK

22nd

POSITION RNK

1st

Corral is our QB1 but we know he’s not for everybody. That said, he fits the profile of the QB position is evolving into — he’s athletic, has a strong arm, and is tough. Ryan Tannehill had a tough stretch to end the Titans’ season and if the team is looking for a strong-armed, athletic QB to succeed Tannehill, Corral is a great option.

Boston College

• Sr

• 6’3″

/ 312 lbs

Projected Team

Tampa Bay

PROSPECT RNK

31st

POSITION RNK

8th

The Bucs lost Ali Marpet to retirement and Alex Cappa to free agency, and while they traded for Shaq Mason, there’s still a need on the interior line. That brings us to Zion Johnson, who is another player who went to the Senior Bowl and proved he was worthy of first-round consideration. He played left tackle at Boston College and worked at guard and center in Mobile. He’s a Day 1 starter at several positions.

Ohio State

• Sr

• 6’0″

/ 187 lbs

Projected Team

Green Bay

PROSPECT RNK

27th

POSITION RNK

5th

Look, when a team hasn’t used a first-round pick on a WR since 2002, maybe it’s worth doubling up when you get the opportunity, especially now that Davante Adams is in Vegas. Olave is probably the best route runner in this class but he alone won’t be able to account for all of Adams’ offense, but Olave plus Treylon Burks is a great start.

Georgia

• Sr

• 6’3″

/ 307 lbs

Projected Team

Kansas City

PROSPECT RNK

33rd

POSITION RNK

3rd

Unfortunately, Wyatt doesn’t play WR. Also unfortunate: the Packers took two WRs at picks 22 and 28. But Wyatt is another player who changed some minds with his Senior Bowl week and he continued to convince folks of his first-round talents by putting on a show at the combine. Incredibly quick off the snap and powerful once he gets going, he can be unstoppable when he’s on his game. We love the idea of him lining up alongside Chris Jones and Frank Clark.

Michigan

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 250 lbs

Projected Team

Kansas City

PROSPECT RNK

40th

POSITION RNK

6th

Ojabo is a top-15 talent who tore his Achilles earlier this month during his pro day. He’s only been playing football for five years and he was unstoppable at times last season for the Wolverines.

Florida

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 191 lbs

Projected Team

Cincinnati

PROSPECT RNK

35th

POSITION RNK

6th

The Bengals re-upped Eli Apple for another season but isn’t much depth at outside corner. Elam is a long, physical CB who is coming off a strong season for the Gators. He needs to get better in run support but he has the size and speed to be successful in the league.

North Carolina

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 218 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

55th

POSITION RNK

4th

The more we watch Howell the more we like. He carried the Tar Heels in ’21, after losing his two best WRs and two best RBs to the NFL. It wasn’t pretty at times, but he has the arm strength and the athleticism we see on Sundays from the league’s best young passers, and in Detroit he can sit for a year behind Jared Goff.

https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/news/2022-nfl-mock-draft-packers-take-two-wrs-four-qbs-go-in-first-round-including-to-titans/ 2022 NFL Mock Draft: Packers take two WRs; four QBs go in first round, including to Titans

Dais Johnston

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