2022 NFL Mock Draft: Lions take rising defensive star No. 2 overall, WFT goes QB with Liberty’s Malik Willis

Nevada

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 215 lbs

Projected Team

Houston

PROSPECT RNK
POSITION RNK

Strong has had the start needed to be a quarterback from the Mountain West to go extremely early in the draft. The Texans will be looking for a franchise passer in the 2022 draft.

Michigan

• Sr

• 6’6″

/ 265 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK
POSITION RNK

Hutchinson is a box-checker at the edge rusher position. Size, strength, burst, flexibility and hand work of an NFL veteran. The Lions have to build out their defensive front.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 350 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK
POSITION RNK

The Jets go with Neal to give Zach Wilson two behemoths protecting the edges of his offensive line.

Notre Dame

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 219 lbs

The Jaguars need plenty of roster reworking, and Hamilton is simply the best player available at this point.

Oklahoma

• Soph

• 6’1″

/ 200 lbs

This is assuming the Giants scrap the Daniel Jones experiment after three seasons. Rattler is a bit raw but the talent is outstanding.

Texas A&M

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 325 lbs

Projected Team

Cincinnati

PROSPECT RNK
POSITION RNK

More protection for Joe Burrow and Joe Mixon in Cincinnati. Green has guard/tackle flexibility.

LSU

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 195 lbs

The Eagles run this pick to the podium. Stingley is a genuinely rare physical specimen with elite instincts and ball skills.

Oregon

• Soph

• 6’5″

/ 258 lbs

Projected Team

Las Vegas

PROSPECT RNK
POSITION RNK

Easy decision for Mike Mayock and Co. Thibodeaux has No. 1 overall pick traits. He just needs to refine the ways he beats blockers in the NFL.

Texas A&M

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 290 lbs

Leal can win as a pass rusher from any position on the defensive line. He’ll thrive next to Leonard Williams.

NC State

• Soph

• 6’4″

/ 320 lbs

Projected Team

Carolina

PROSPECT RNK
POSITION RNK

The next step in the Panthers rebuilding process is securing a franchise left tackle. Ekwonu is a massive blocker with good athletic capabilities.

North Carolina

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 225 lbs

Projected Team

Atlanta

PROSPECT RNK
POSITION RNK

The Falcons make their quarterback-of-the-future pick with Howell, a smaller quarterback with a rocket for an arm and a knack for creating on his own.

Liberty

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 195 lbs

Projected Team

Washington

PROSPECT RNK
POSITION RNK

Washington doesn’t hesitate here. Willis has All-Pro upside because of his improvisational talent and arm strength.

Florida

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 196 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK
POSITION RNK

The Vikings have to refurbish the secondary, and the long and physical Elam is a great start.

USC

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 250 lbs

Projected Team

Denver

PROSPECT RNK
POSITION RNK

Jackson represents the future on the edge in Denver.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 192 lbs

The Patriots have a shaky history of drafting receivers in the first round, but Wilson’s twitch, separation ease, and YAC skills make him a glorious fit in New England.

Texas A&M

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 255 lbs

Yes, another tight end in Philadelphia. The Eagles get Jalen Hurts the most dynamic pass-catching tight end in the class in the Texas A&M star.

Ohio State

• Sr

• 6’1″

/ 188 lbs

Projected Team

Tennessee

PROSPECT RNK
POSITION RNK

Tennessee makes this pick with the future in mind at the receiver spot. Olave is as pro-ready as they come.

Cincinnati

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 188 lbs

Projected Team

Pittsburgh

PROSPECT RNK
POSITION RNK

The Steelers defense is elite, but the future of the cornerback spot is uncertain. Gardner’s ultra-aggressive ways fit wonderfully with the man coverage heavy ways in Pittsburgh.

Purdue

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 275 lbs

Karlaftis is a grown man with a keen awareness of how to win in a variety of ways. Philadelphia’s defensive front is good, but old on the edges.

Georgia

• Sr

• 6’0″

/ 190 lbs

The Chargers go with the high-value position in Round 1. Kendrick looks like one of the safer picks at corner in this class.

Arkansas

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 225 lbs

Projected Team

Dallas

PROSPECT RNK
POSITION RNK

Burks gives the Cowboys a big body pass catcher to round out the receiver group. Michael Gallup is a likely free-agent departure next March.

Boston College

• Soph

• 5’11”

/ 178 lbs

Projected Team

Arizona

PROSPECT RNK
POSITION RNK

The Cardinals may have an explosive season through the air in 2020, but with A.J. Green on the roster and Christian Kirk in the final year of his rookie deal, Arizona will want to prioritize receiver early.

Ohio State

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 250 lbs

Ruckert has serious three-down ability and will become a favorite target for Jameis Winston in New Orleans.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 268 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK
POSITION RNK

The Jets add more juice to Robert Saleh’s pass-rush unit. A must.

USC

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 210 lbs

Projected Team

Cleveland

PROSPECT RNK
POSITION RNK

London has basketball athleticism at 6-foot-5 and around 225 pounds. The Browns have to diversify their offense with more receiving talent.

Cincinnati

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 255 lbs

Projected Team

Baltimore

PROSPECT RNK
POSITION RNK

Sanders feels like a Ravens edge rusher. He’s super-tenacious with length and plenty of speed around the corner.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 210 lbs

Projected Team

Green Bay

PROSPECT RNK
POSITION RNK

The future of the safety position in Green Bay is in flux given the unstable play of Darnell Savage. Battle comes with an Alabama pedigree and is equally as good in coverage as he is against the run.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 232 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK
POSITION RNK

The Dolphins fortify their linebacker spot with the next rangy, hard-hitting second-level defender from Nick Saban’s defense.

Iowa

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 290 lbs

Projected Team

Buffalo

PROSPECT RNK
POSITION RNK

The Bills absolutely have to address the interior of their offensive line next season. Drafting Linderbaum would be the headliner of that project.

Nevada

• Sr

• 6’2″

/ 200 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK
POSITION RNK

Doubs is a sizable vertical threat who’d be a welcomed addition in Detroit for Jared Goff.

Washington

• Soph

• 5’11”

/ 195 lbs

Projected Team

Tampa Bay

PROSPECT RNK
POSITION RNK

McDuffie is a big-time athlete hailing from a Washington secondary that’s recently sent a plethora of quality defensive backs to the NFL.

South Carolina

• Sr

• 6’4″

/ 260 lbs

The Chiefs edge-rushing group could use a boost. Enagbare is a freaky specimen with massive potential.


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