NFL 2022 Mock Draft 4.0: Final Three-Round Mock

Welcome to my Mock Draft 4.0! The pre-draft process has been a blast, and we’re mere hours away from the big day. This final mock is much more of a predictive mock based on rumors around the NFL, team needs, and front office preferences. I’ll include some further writing on my analysis of each player, but I did my best to make these picks based on what I think will happen. At the very bottom of this page, there’s a complete trade tracker for the five trades I made between Days 1 and 2. If you disagree with any of my picks, feel free to hit me up on Twitter as always to let me know! Let’s get into it.

Round 1

#1: Jacksonville Jaguars – ED Travon Walker, Georgia

There has been a full-blown shift in betting odds towards Travon Walker to be the #1 pick, and I expect the Jaguars to shoot for the moon with Walker’s tremendous athletic upside. Walker is the only edge defender other than Myles Garrett this decade to post a Relative Athletic Score (RAS) of 9.99 or better (on a scale out of 10).

#2: Detroit Lions – ED Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan

Brad Holmes and Dan Campbell will sprint in their draft card if Aidan Hutchinson is still available at #2 overall. He would help the team continue to reset its culture with his natural leadership and work ethic. There’s a misconception that Hutchinson lacks elite athleticism, but his 9.88 RAS isn’t far away from Walker’s, and he posted the best 3-cone time in MockDraftable’s database history dating back to 1999.

#3: Houston Texans – CB Derek Stingley Jr., LSU

The Texans are tough to figure out with so many needs on both sides of the ball, but Derek Stingley Jr. is the betting favorite to be the pick here as of Tuesday, and I’m buying in. Stingley is arguably the highest-upside prospect at any position in this class, and he would be a massive upgrade in one of the worst secondaries in the NFL.

#4: New York Jets – OT Ikem Ekwonu, NC State

I believe the Jets will be choosing between two players here in Ikem Ekwonu and Kayvon Thibodeaux. Robert Saleh and his defensive staff would likely prefer Thibodeaux, but sources around the NFL have expressed that general manager Joe Douglas covets Ikem Ekwonu. With such a deep edge class this year, I believe the Jets will ignore the positional need and take the player who likely sits atop their draft board.

#5: New York Giants – OT Evan Neal, Alabama

The Giants have been circling Evan Neal throughout the pre-draft process, and while there has been some late momentum for Charles Cross, I still believe Neal is their top-rated tackle. Neal’s elite physical attributes give him an enormous ceiling, and his experience playing right tackle helps him project cleanly across from Andrew Thomas upfront.

#6: Carolina Panthers – QB Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh

If I were sitting in the Panthers’ front office, I wouldn’t be picking a quarterback here. Still, it will be difficult for them to pass up on a passer with Sam Darnold slated to start again after a highly disappointing debut season with the team. Pickett’s three-level accuracy and poise in the pocket make him the top quarterback prospect, but make no mistake – this is a desperation move from Scott Fritterer and Matt Rhule.

#7: New York Giants – CB Ahmad Gardner, Cincinnati

Landing Evan Neal and Ahmad Gardner would represent a dream scenario for the Giants, and it’s highly conceivable. Kayvon Thibodeaux could be enticing here, but Gardner is a lockdown press-man cornerback whose skillset perfectly fits new defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale’s scheme. If the Texans take Gardner over Stingley, the Giants could pivot to Stingley here.

#8: Atlanta Falcons – ED Kayvon Thibodeaux, Oregon

The Falcons have been linked to a wide receiver all offseason, but pass-rush is arguably just as prominent of a need, and it will be tough to pass on Thibodeaux here. Atlanta generated just 18 sacks last year, the fewest in the NFL, and Thibodeaux would give them a young superstar in the making with an explosive first step and elite speed-to-power rushing ability.

#9: New Orleans Saints (TRADE) – QB Malik Willis, Liberty

Trade Details: Saints get #9, Seahawks get #16, #49, 2023 3rd

The Saints might just sit back and draft two top talents at #16 and #19, especially given their lack of salary cap flexibility, but Mickey Loomis has never been the type to play it safe. Malik Willis is easily the highest-upside quarterback prospect in this class with his arm strength and athleticism. The Saints have a veteran in Jameis Winston in place for him to sit behind for a year while he refines his technical limitations.

#10: New York Jets – WR Drake London, USC

Elijah Moore had a promising rookie season, and Corey Davis is a solid starter at receiver. Still, the Jets have been heavily linked to several of the big-name receivers who have become available in trades, so I don’t think they’re content with what they have at the position. London is the best contested-catch receiver in this draft, and his route-running and ability to separate are better than he gets credit for.

#11: Washington Commanders – S Kyle Hamilton, Notre Dame

In my estimation, this is where Kyle Hamilton’s draft range starts, but it could also easily be where it ends. Hamilton’s play speed is much more impressive than what he showed at the combine, so that’s overblown. I still have Hamilton as a top-five prospect in this class, and I’d imagine his potential game-changing impact would entice Ron Rivera with his versatile skill set and leadership qualities.

#12: Kansas City Chiefs (TRADE) – WR Jameson Williams, Alabama

Trade Details: Chiefs get #12, Vikings get #29, #50, #94

Jameson Williams has been another player who has benefitted from the recent buzz, and the odds on him to be the first wide receiver off the board have shrunk considerably. The Chiefs can afford to be patient with Williams as he works back from his injury. He could provide a similarly game-changing vertical element to their passing offense to Tyreek Hill while costing a fraction of the amount on a rookie contract.

#13: Houston Texans – OT Charles Cross, Mississippi State

After selecting Derek Stingley in the first round, the Texans would likely look to the offensive side of the ball here. There have been rumors linking them to Garrett Wilson. Still, it would be difficult to pass on the opportunity to pair Charles Cross and his elite pass-protection skill set with Laremy Tunsil upfront as Houston attempts to develop Davis Mills.

#14: Baltimore Ravens – ED Jermaine Johnson II, Florida State

While the Ravens’ injuries in the secondary were a large part of their defense going off the rails last year, their lack of impact players on the edge was quietly a massive problem. Jermaine Johnson had an incredible breakout season at Florida State and a dominant Senior Bowl and combine showing. He’s a Day 1 high-level contributor in the pass-rush.

#15: Philadelphia Eagles – WR Garrett Wilson, Ohio State

The Eagles are likely having some internal debate about going with a wide receiver in the first round for a third straight year, but recent trade rumors regarding Jalen Reagor show they are ready to move on from him. Wilson is an acrobatic receiver who’s much better in contested-catch settings than he should be at his size. He’s also an elite YAC player, and he would make Jalen Hurts’s life much easier passing the ball.

#16: Seattle Seahawks – QB Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati

The Seahawks picked up an extra second-round pick by trading down here, and they still get the quarterback they likely had their eye on at #9. Desmond Ridder has reportedly left executives very impressed throughout the combine and Senior Bowl, both on and off the field. Seattle has many needs other than quarterback, but now with four picks in the top 50 of a deep class, they can take a swing on their favorite passer and load up on other talent later.

#17: Los Angeles Chargers – CB Trent McDuffie, Washington

Offensive tackle and wide receiver are arguably more pressing needs for the Chargers, but it would be difficult for them to pass on McDuffie with the way this board broke. The Chargers drafted Asante Samuel Jr. last year, who is 5’10”, 184 lbs, so they don’t mind smaller cornerbacks. McDuffie’s intelligence, athleticism, and physicality would make a fantastic compliment to Samuel and J.C. Jackson on the back end.

#18: Philadelphia Eagles – DT Jordan Davis, Georgia

The Eagles will be facing the pending free agencies of Fletcher Cox and Javon Hargrave next year, and they need to get younger up front. Jordan Davis offers a rare blend of speed and agility at his size and the obvious power of being a 6’6”, 342-lb defensive lineman. If Davis can rectify his issues with stamina and maintain a consistent motor, he can become one of the best players in this class.

#19: New Orleans Saints – OT Trevor Penning, Northern Iowa

I wouldn’t be taking Trevor Penning here, and I’m not even sure if I see him as a first-round pick, but the Saints love taking high-level athletes, and his 9.95 RAS was impressive – he ran a 4.89-second 40-yard dash at 6’7”, 325 lbs. After losing Terron Armstead in free agency, the Saints have a huge need at left tackle.

#20: Pittsburgh Steelers – CB Andrew Booth Jr., Clemson

The Steelers’ defense still lacks a top-notch cornerback, and Andrew Booth Jr. would be an excellent fit for their single-high centric defense. There aren’t any offensive tackles in this spot worth considering unless Pittsburgh views Tyler Smith in that lens, and with Pickett, Willis, and Ridder off the board, the Steelers would pass on a quarterback in this spot.

#21: New England Patriots – LB Devin Lloyd, Utah

Devin Lloyd simply feels like a Patriots player as he matches many of the measurables and tools they typically look for in linebackers. I love the Fred Warner comparison for Lloyd as a linebacker who has excellent instincts to make plays all over the field and has very few weaknesses in his game.

#22: Green Bay Packers – ED George Karlaftis, Purdue

The Packers will be thinking wide receiver after the Davante Adams trade, but it would be hard for them to pass on George Karlaftis if he’s still on the board in this spot. After losing Za’Darius Smith in free agency, the Packers should be looking to continue to bolster their pass-rush, and Karlaftis would give them a different element with his strong frame and bull-rush package.

#23: Arizona Cardinals – OG Zion Johnson, Boston College

Cardinals fans might find this pick boring, but the team might need a little boring right now. Arizona should continue to bolster the offensive line to keep Kyler Murray happy. Zion Johnson is a plug-and-play Pro Bowl-level guard with the agility and athleticism to play some tackle in a pinch – he tested with a RAS of 9.75.

#24: Dallas Cowboys – WR Chris Olave, Ohio State

It sounds like the Cowboys don’t feel they have as much of an offensive line need as the media does despite losing La’el Collins in free agency, and I’m not penciling in that position here. Instead, Dallas adds another talented receiver on a rookie contract to help replace Amari Cooper and Cedrick Wilson while bridging the gap until Michael Gallup can get healthy.

#25: Buffalo Bills – HB Breece Hall, Iowa State

I’m not usually a huge fan of taking a running back in the first round, but I believe it would be warranted in this case. The Bills need to find a more consistent identity on the ground to help keep defenses honest and extend Josh Allen’s longevity, and Hall would eat against the weak boxes he would be facing in Buffalo. He’s a great fit with his durability and three-down skill set.

#26: Tennessee Titans – OT/OG Tyler Smith, Tulsa

The Titans have a clear need at offensive guard after Rodger Saffold left in free agency, and Tyler Smith is an easy plug-and-play option. Smith just turned 21 years old this month and has the athleticism and frame to play at tackle long-term. If Dillon Radunz doesn’t pan out at right tackle this year, the Titans could kick Smith out there or continue to play him as a road-grading guard.

#27: Tampa Bay Buccaneers – S Daxton Hill, Michigan

Daxton Hill has become one of my favorite prospects in this class with his elite range, athleticism, and all-around versatility. He can fill various roles at safety, provide elite coverage in the slot, and even fill in as a boundary cornerback in a pinch. Hill would make a ton of sense after the Buccaneers lost Jordan Whitehead in free agency and dealt with several injuries in the secondary last year.

#28: Green Bay Packers – WR Treylon Burks, Arkansas

Green Bay would likely be thrilled if they could pass on a wide receiver at #22 and still scoop up Treylon Burks here. While Burks is an unpolished route-runner and is untested against press coverage, he fits the thresholds the Packers typically look for in wide receivers in size and speed. Aaron Rodgers would get the most out of Burks right away.

#29: Minnesota Vikings – CB Kaiir Elam, Florida

Cornerback was likely the Vikings’ top need at #12, but in this mock draft scenario, they could trade down and pick up some extra compensation while still scooping up Kaiir Elam at #29. Elam’s 4.39-second 40-yard dash boosted his shadow coverage projection, and if he can clean up his technique and limit his penalties, his excellent traits can shine through in the NFL.

#30: Kansas City Chiefs – ED David Ojabo, Michigan

There’s something to be said about the Chiefs opting not to take another injured player, but David Ojabo’s upside might be too good to pass up here. Achilles injuries seemingly aren’t the death sentence they once were, and Ojabo would likely be able to get back on the field for the Chiefs at some point this season. Once he does, he would provide massive upside with his elite pass-rush production as someone who’s only been playing football for a few years.

#31: Cincinnati Bengals – DT Devonte Wyatt, Georgia

Between reported character concerns and his age of 24 years old, it’s not as impossible as it once seemed that Devonte Wyatt could fall out of the first round. After resigning B.J. Hill, the defensive tackle isn’t the Bengals’ most significant need. Still, Wyatt could provide more of a pass-rushing presence on the interior while forming an elite rotation with Hill and D.J. Reader.

#32: Atlanta Falcons (TRADE) – QB Matt Corral, Mississippi

Trade Details: Falcons get #32, Lions get #43 and 2023 2nd

It may sound crazy, but I don’t think the Lions are necessarily opposed to heading into this year with Jared Goff as their starter again. However, the Falcons are looking for a quarterback, and they’ve been linked to Matt Corral lately. They would make this trade up to secure the fifth-year option on Corral’s contract, while the Lions could pick up an extra second-round pick in 2023 to make a move up for a quarterback if they want.

Round 2

#33: Jacksonville Jaguars – C Tyler Linderbaum, Purdue

I have Linderbaum ranked as my 12th overall prospect, but I wouldn’t be shocked if he falls out of the first round. He’s undersized and scheme-specific at a position that doesn’t carry as much value. If he falls out of the first round, he won’t last very long. After Brandon Linder retired over the offseason, the Jaguars have a serious need at center. Adding Linderbaum next to their big free-agent signing Brandon Scherff, would give Jacksonville a strong foundation on the interior.

#34: Detroit Lions – S Lewis Cine, Georgia

The Lions extended Tracy Walker on a three-year deal over the offseason, but their secondary is still a work in progress. Lewis Cine could play considerable snaps in the slot while also having the versatility to play over the top depending on how Walker is used. With DeShon Elliott on just a one-year deal, safety is a real need moving forward for this team, and Cine is seen by some as a first-round prospect.

#35: New York Jets – ED Arnold Ebiketie, Penn State

After passing on the edge position with the #4 and #10 picks, the Jets would feel great if Ebiketie were still on the board. He may not be on the same level as Kayvon Thibodeaux or Aidan Hutchinson, but Ebiketie is an elite athlete with a 9.07 RAS, and he has an excellent first step and elite hand usage to beat offensive tackles.

#36: New York Giants – WR Skyy Moore, Western Michigan

The Giants are reportedly exploring trade options for Kadarius Toney, and Sterling Shepard is working his way back from a torn Achilles, adding to his history of lower-body injuries. Skyy Moore would greatly complement Kenny Golladay in the receiving corps with his dynamic release package, sudden short-area agility, and ability to make defenders miss.

#37: Houston Texans – HB Kenneth Walker III, Michigan State

Texans’ head coach Lovie Smith wants to emphasize the run game. He can’t do that with Marlon Mack and Rex Burkhead. Kenneth Walker is an elite running back with the ability to win with strength and elusiveness. His pass protection isn’t polished, but his running style would allow him to produce.

#38: Indianapolis Colts (TRADE) – WR George Pickens, Georgia

Trade Details: Colts get #38, Jets get #42 and #122

With George Pickens sliding down the board a bit, the Colts make an aggressive trade-up to jump in front of the Bears, who are also wide receiver needy. The Colts are more confident in their offensive line than most media assumes, and they desperately need another receiver across from Michael Pittman Jr.

#39: Chicago Bears – OT Bernhard Raimann, Central Michigan

While Bernhard Raimann’s age (24 years old) and arm length (32 7/8”) could push him out of the first round, it’s hard to imagine him getting past the Bears here. Chicago needs a lot of offensive line help for Justin Fields to be more successful this season, and Raimann would provide an excellent baseline at right tackle opposite Teven Jenkins.

#40: Seattle Seahawks – LB Leo Chenal, Wisconsin

Linebacker isn’t the Seahawks’ most significant need here even after losing Bobby Wagner, but Leo Chenal just fits the bill of what they look for so closely. Chenal’s downhill physicality and aggressiveness are impressive, and he lives in the backfield with his rocked-up 6’3”, 250-lb frame and 9.99 RAS.

#41: Seattle Seahawks – OG Kenyon Green, Texas A&M

The Seahawks need a better production baseline on the offensive line to support new franchise quarterback Desmond Ridder. Green’s technical refinement and strong lower half helped him contribute at every position along the line except center at Texas A&M. Green’s disappointing combine and pro-day testing likely pushed him out of the first round, but not by much.

#42: New York Jets – LB Nakobe Dean, Georgia

National champion and two-time Butkus Award winner Nakobe Dean was one of my favorite players to watch in college football last season, and I had him at #9 to the Broncos in my first mock draft in February. I’m certainly not as high on him as I was then, but Dean’s explosiveness and lateral quickness would help him be a true playmaker as a weakside linebacker in Robert Saleh’s defense.

#43: Detroit Lions – ED Nik Bonitto, Oklahoma

The Lions already selected Aidan Hutchinson in the first round, but double-dipping at edge rusher wouldn’t be the worst idea for the team that had the third-fewest sacks in the NFL last year. Bonitto might be used as an off-ball linebacker in the NFL because he is undersized, but his well-developed speed rush moves and quick processing will help him make plays no matter what position he is playing.

#44: Cleveland Browns – DT Logan Hall, Houston

The first-round buzz for Logan Hall has been building, but I didn’t see a solid spot to put him until now. The Browns’ defensive line is in bad shape outside of Myles Garrett, and Logan Hall would be an ideal fit. He has a unique build – he’s the same height as Jordan Davis but 60 pounds lighter – and he has to bulk up to survive on the inside long-term. However, he would provide an immediate pass-rush boost to the Cleveland defense.

#45: Baltimore Ravens – CB Jalen Pitre, Baylor

The Ravens signed Marcus Williams in free agency and still have Chuck Clark, but Jalen Pitre would provide a different dynamic to the secondary. He’s not quite big enough to be a sub-package linebacker, but his slot coverage and burst to the football are enticing. He was one of the most productive slot corners in the country last year, which would allow Marcus Peters and Marlon Humphrey to play outside full time.

#46: Minnesota Vikings – QB Sam Howell, North Carolina

The days of mocking Malik Willis to the Vikings in the first round are gone, but Minnesota could still make a play for a long-term Kirk Cousins replacement in the second round. Howell was once considered the top quarterback option in this class, and sitting behind Cousins for a year would allow him to develop his field processing, poise in the pocket, and overall mechanics.

#47: Washington Commanders – WR Jahan Dotson, Penn State

I was tempted to give the Commanders a wide receiver in the first round, but Jahan Dotson would be an easy choice in the second round. Dotson isn’t elite on contested catches, but he rarely drops the ball and is a genuine three-level threat with excellent change-of-direction ability and suddenness out of his breaks.

#48: Chicago Bears – WR Christian Watson, North Dakota State

The Bears are in a multi-year rebuild, so they can afford to be patient with Christian Watson as he refines his game and learns how to play receiver at an NFL level. With a 9.96 RAS and a 6’4”, 208-lb frame, Watson is an athletic freak who has otherworldly potential if his route running can come along.

#49: Seattle Seahawks – DT Travis Jones, Connecticut

Travis Jones has been overshadowed by Jordan Davis and Devonte Wyatt in this interior defensive line class, but he shouldn’t be. Jones tested with a 9.39 RAS and combined a sub-5 second 40-yard dash with a massive lower body that he uses to anchor in the run game. It will be a slam dunk if he’s still on the board here.

#50: Dallas Cowboys – ED Drake Jackson, USC

In this mock, the Cowboys spent their first-round pick on a receiver, but they still have a significant need at the edge after losing Randy Gregory in free agency. Drake Jackson has excellent lateral agility and acceleration; his short-area mobility was occasionally utilized in coverage at USC. His upside is immense as he adds bulk to be more of a force in the run game and as a bull-rusher.

#51: Philadelphia Eagles – LB Quay Walker, Georgia

This is likely the earliest that the Eagles would consider drafting a linebacker, but they’re still getting a great one here in Quay Walker. Some see the Georgia linebacker as a better prospect than his teammate Nakobe Dean, and his excellent coverage capabilities will be coveted in the NFL.

#52: Pittsburgh Steelers – OT Abraham Lucas, Washington State

The Steelers struck out on the quarterback class this year, but if they want to be in on the market in 2023, they have to set a better foundation to protect their young passer. Abraham Lucas has three years of starting experience at right tackle, and his refinement and athleticism could see him be the long-term left tackle answer for Pittsburgh.

#53: Green Bay Packers – CB Kyler Gordon, Washington

The Packers like to be ahead of the curve when addressing the impending free agency of their players, and Jaire Alexander is due for a new contract in 2023. If they can make things work with him, Kyler Gordon would be a great third corner along with Eric Stokes. If not, Gordon would be an excellent insurance plan.

#54: New England Patriots – ED Josh Paschal, Kentucky

The Patriots don’t have much of an identity on defense right now, so adding another player to their front seven after Devin Lloyd makes a lot of sense. Josh Paschal has the versatility to play as a three-technique rusher or full-time on the edge, and Bill Belichick would value his run-stopping prowess.

#55: Arizona Cardinals – ED Boye Mafe, Minnesota

After adding to their offensive line in the first round, the Cardinals would look to add to their defensive line in the second. J.J. Watt struggled to stay healthy last season and is on the decline, while Chandler Jones left in free agency, so the Cardinals need a long-term pass-rusher with upside. Mafe fits the bill and is barely scratching the surface of his athletic upside.

#56: Minnesota Vikings – WR Alec Pierce, Cincinnati

The Vikings don’t have enough consistent pass-catching production outside of Justin Jefferson, as Adam Thielen isn’t at the peak of his powers anymore, so adding another wide receiver makes sense. Pierce is a high-upside athlete who excels at the catch point and is an improving route-runner.

#57: Buffalo Bills – OG Dylan Parham, Memphis

With Rodger Saffold and Mitch Morse becoming free agents in 2023, the interior of the offensive line has to be addressed in this draft for the Bills. Dylan Parham has the versatility to play at guard or center, and his time at tackle for Memphis makes him an adept pass-protector with high-level processing speed.

#58: Atlanta Falcons – WR John Metchie, Alabama

Whether the Falcons plan on starting Marcus Mariota or, in this scenario, rookie Matt Corral, they need more pass-catchers to support them. John Metchie is a route-running technician who gets open with high-level football IQ and craftiness.

#59: Green Bay Packers – S Jaquan Brisker, Penn State

Drafting Brisker here is another future-oriented move for the Packers as both Adrian Amos and Darnell Savage hit free agency in 2023. Brisker is at his best in a downhill box safety role, but he has enough range to produce in pass coverage.

#60: Tampa Bay Buccaneers – DT Perrion Winfrey, Oklahoma

The defensive line is arguably the Buccaneers’ most significant team need, with Jason Pierre-Paul and Ndamukong Suh leaving behind a high volume of starting snaps. Perrion Winfrey was miscast as a nose tackle at Oklahoma and would excel as a 3-technique pass-rusher with a vicious first step next to Vita Vea.

#61: San Francisco 49ers – IOL Cole Strange, Chattanooga

With Laken Tomlinson and Tom Compton leaving in free agency, the 49ers’ need on the interior offensive line is only exacerbated, especially with Alex Mack being 36 years old. Cole Strange had an absurd combine to earn a 9.95 RAS and nicely fits Kyle Shanahan’s scheme.

#62: Kansas City Chiefs – ED Kingsley Enagbare, South Carolina

Even after adding David Ojabo in the first round, the Chiefs’ edge-rushing room is lacking. Kingsley Enagbare doesn’t have the same elite athleticism as other prospects in this edge class, but his consistent production over two years of SEC play is impressive.

#63: Cincinnati Bengals – TE Trey McBride, Colorado State

The Bengals lost C.J. Uzomah in free agency, and while they replaced him with Hayden Hurst, they would likely want to add another productive young tight end. Thanks to refined route-running, natural hands, and contested-catch prowess, Trey McBride accounted for a whopping 38.1% of Colorado State’s passing offense.

#64: Denver Broncos – LB Troy Andersen, Montana State

Troy Andersen played quarterback, running back, and linebacker at Montana State, and with his 10.0 RAS, it’s easy to see why. That athleticism allows him to be an aggressive downhill playmaker while holding up in coverage, and his upside is well worth taking a chance on here.

Round 3

#65: Jacksonville Jaguars – CB Roger McCreary, Auburn

Shaquill Griffin and free agency signing Darious Williams will be the Jaguars’ starting outside cornerbacks this year, but they could use reinforcements in the slot. McCreary’s lack of length may limit his ability to be a boundary corner, but his physical coverage and fluid movement show his upside for slot duties.

#66: Detroit Lions – WR Jalen Tolbert, South Alabama

One of the pre-eminent deep-ball threats in college football, Jalen Tolbert had 16 deep catches for 646 deep yards per PFF, tied for the country’s seventh-most. Tolbert would offer an element of verticality that doesn’t currently exist in the Detroit offense.

#67: New York Giants – LB Brian Asamoah, Oklahoma

The Giants’ Blake Martinez is working his way back from a torn ACL, while Tae Crowder isn’t the long-term answer as he was one of the worst starting linebackers in the NFL last year. Brian Asamoah’s insane 6’8” wingspan excellent combine testing showcase his rangy playmaking ability.

#68: Houston Texans – ED Cameron Thomas, San Diego State

Cameron Thomas is a bit of a tweener as he’s undersized for a 3-4 defensive end and lacks explosiveness for a true edge. However, his refined pass-rush skill set with hand usage and footwork help his upside as a rotational defensive lineman.

#69: New York Jets – S Nick Cross, Maryland

While the Jets signed Jordan Whitehead in free agency, Lamarcus Joyner is a free agent after this year. Nick Cross is a former track star with a 9.91 RAS and a 4.34-second 40-yard dash. His instincts, footwork, and stiff lower body hold back his playmaking, but his upside is worth pursuing with his blend of athleticism, size, and strength.

#70: Jacksonville Jaguars – OG Jamaree Salyer, Georgia

Jamaree Salyer had an elite pass-blocking grade at left tackle for Georgia last year, but he’s a better fit for a guard at his size. His underwhelming combine testing is a factor worth considering, but his NFL-caliber size and length are worth a shot in the third round.

#71: Chicago Bears – CB Cam Taylor-Britt, Nebraska

The Bears started 2020 fifth-round pick Kindle Vildor at cornerback last year, and he struggled immensely. Cam Taylor-Britt ran a 4.38-second 40-yard dash and blends that speed with physicality and quick feet. His instincts and play recognition need work, but the upside is there.

#72: Seattle Seahawks – OT Zach Tom, Wake Forest

Zach Tom spent two seasons at left tackle for the Seahawks and has an excellent pass-protection film. He lacks the typical size and length of a left tackle, but his athleticism and refined skill set help him project as a potential starter on the outside. At worst, he’s a high upside athletic interior offensive lineman.

#73: Indianapolis Colts – TE Greg Dulcich, UCLA

The Colts don’t have much in the way of productive tight end play outside of Mo Alie-Cox following the retirement of Jack Doyle, and Greg Dulcich would offer their offense a great big-play threat – he had 37 targets of 10+ air yards last season per Sports Info Solutions.

#74: Atlanta Falcons – LB Chad Muma, Wyoming

Chad Muma had excellent combine testing, a former safety convert who meets all of the height, weight, and strength thresholds for a linebacker. He’s an elite tackler with just an 8% career missed tackle rate and has the coverage and range you look for in a modern linebacker.

#75: Denver Broncos – C Cam Jurgens, Nebraska

The Broncos hosted Cam Jurgens on a pre-draft visit, and they may not be opposed to moving on from starter Lloyd Cushenberry III as their starting center. Jurgens is an elite athlete with a 9.94 RAS, and while he struggled in his zone-blocking reps, he has high-end tools for the position.

#76: Baltimore Ravens – CB Marcus Jones, Houston

Marcus Jones is small – at 5’8”, 174 lbs, he would be the smallest cornerback in the NFL. However, he plays with a ton of heart and tenacity, and the Ravens haven’t minded undersized cornerbacks. Jones can contribute as a backup cornerback and a dynamic return man.

#77: Minnesota Vikings – S Kerby Joseph, Illinois

The Vikings are excited about what Camryn Bynum showed in his rookie season, but they could still stand to add some depth at safety. Kerby Joseph was a true ball hawk with five interceptions and four pass breakups last season, and his senior year breakout wasn’t a fluke.

#78: Cleveland Browns – C Dohnovan West, Arizona State

J.C. Tretter remains unsigned for the Browns, and 2020 fifth-round pick Nick Harris is currently slated as their starting center. Dohnovan West is a polished pass-protecting center with solid football IQ, and while he’s not a steadfast anchor at the position, he would add some much-needed depth and versatility to the Browns’ offensive line.

#79: Los Angeles Chargers – OT Kellen Diesch, Arizona State

Whether the Chargers go with Storm Norton or Trey Pipkins at right tackle, they don’t have a good enough option in-house. Kellen Diesch is an excellent athlete with quick hands and a tremendous base, but his age of 24 years old and short arms of 32 1/4” could limit his draftability.

#80: Houston Texans – LB Christian Harris, Alabama

Christian Harris has been a starter at Alabama since his true freshman season in 2019, and his 97th percentile 40-yard dash and 99th percentile broad jump were the highlights of an all-around outstanding combine performance. His versatility would boost his role in the Houston defense.

#81: New York Giants – ED DeMarvin Leal, Texas A&M

DeMarvin Leal is a difficult evaluation at 6’3”, 283 lbs, as his lack of size and power limit his run defense production. His refined pass-rush skill set and bend and flexibility to win on the edge are enticing, but the former five-star recruit never entirely developed the way we hoped.

#82: Atlanta Falcons – CB Tariq Woolen, UTSA

The Falcons brought Casey Hayward Jr. to start opposite A.J. Terrell, but Hayward is nearing 33 years old and won’t be around for the long haul. He has ideal traits for a developmental cornerback with a 6’4”, 205-lb frame, and a 4.26-second 40-yard dash.

#83: Philadelphia Eagles – OG Darian Kinnard, Kentucky

With Brandon Brooks retiring and Jason Kelce likely entering his last season, the Eagles need to continue to add reinforcements on the interior of the offensive line. Darrian Kinnard was a productive starter at right tackle in the SEC but will kick inside at his size. I love his competitive aggressiveness and power to finish blocks through the whistle.

#84: Pittsburgh Steelers – QB Carson Strong, Nevada

Depending on how the medical evaluations check out, Carson Strong will likely hear his name called during Day 2, and the Steelers didn’t land one of the top five quarterbacks in this draft. Strong’s arm talent and ability to make full-field reads make him an intriguing option despite his lack of mobility.

#85: New England Patriots – WR David Bell, Purdue

David Bell’s combine performance was incredibly disappointing – he tested with a 4.03 RAS – but the Patriots have never particularly cared about that. Bell’s all-around skillset and consistent production in the Big Ten make him a strong option at this point.

#86: Las Vegas Raiders – OG Luke Goedeke, Central Michigan

Luke Goedeke is yet another tight end who converted to tackle in college, but he will likely play guard in the NFL due to his lack of length (32 1/4” arms). Regardless, the Raiders are desperate for reinforcements on the offensive line, and he would provide a solid baseline on the interior.

#87: Arizona Cardinals – WR Justyn Ross, Clemson

Medical evaluations will be a big part of Justyn Ross’s projection. Still, if the Cardinals feel confident in that aspect, he would provide the big-bodied, contested-catch element to the offense they are looking for on the perimeter.

#88: Dallas Cowboys – OT Sean Rhyan, UCLA

Sean Rhyan was a three-year starter at left tackle for UCLA, and his pass-protection experience should translate despite his lack of ideal length and strength. The Cowboys should look to keep adding depth to their offensive line after losing La’el Collins in free agency.

#89: Buffalo Bills – TE Jelani Woods, Virginia

The Bills signed O.J. Howard to a one-year deal in free agency, and it shows that they want to get into more two-tight end sets long-term. Jelani Woods tested as the most athletic tight end of all time with a 10.0 RAS, and he’s an ideal developmental project for the team.

#90: Tennessee Titans – CB Jalyn Armour-Davis, Alabama

Jalyn Armour-Davis only had one year of starting experience at Alabama, but he flashed plenty of high-upside potential, particularly with a 4.39-second 40-yard dash in his 6’0”, 197-lb frame. The Titans rely on 2021 first-round pick Caleb Farley to stay healthy this season, and cornerback depth is always good.

#91: Tampa Bay Buccaneers – TE Cade Otton, Washington

The Buccaneers could use another tight end with Rob Gronkowski possibly retiring and O.J. Howard heading to Buffalo. Cade Otton was wasted in a bad Washington offense the past two years, and his versatile run-blocking, reliable hands, and underrated YAC creation would be put to good use in Tampa.

#92: Green Bay Packers – TE Jeremy Ruckert, Ohio State

The Packers have been linked to a potential Darren Waller trade lately, which opens the door for them to possibly draft a tight end. Jeremy Ruckert was primarily used as a run-blocker at Ohio State and is elite in that respect, but he has some untapped receiving upside that he could uncover in Green Bay.

#93: San Francisco 49ers – ED Sam Williams, Mississippi

Sam Williams is a boom-or-bust pick, with the former battery charges a major red flag for his profile. If the 49ers feel comfortable looking past that, his three-down skill set and 12.5 sacks in his senior year could make him a tremendous steal.

#94: Minnesota Vikings – ED Myjai Sanders, Cincinnati

You can never have enough edge depth even after adding Za’Darius Smith and retaining Danielle Hunter. Myjai Sanders’s combine was a massive letdown as he had gotten sick and lost a bunch of weight, but he made amends at his pro day and should be a Day 2 pick with his 8.72 RAS and excellent production – he had ten pressures against Alabama in the playoff per PFF.

#95: Cincinnati Bengals – CB Coby Bryant, Cincinnati

The Bengals have been linked to cornerbacks in the first round before the draft, but they hold off and get a great value in Coby Bryant here. The Cincinnati cornerback held his own despite seeing tons of targets in the wake of Ahmad Gardner taking away half of the field for opposing passers.

#96: Denver Broncos – ED DeAngelo Malone, Western Kentucky

The Broncos brought in DeAngelo Malone on a pre-draft visit, and it’s easy to see why with his 9.06 RAS. He’s undersized at 6’3”, 243 lbs, but he plays bigger than his listed size and can provide a boost to the Broncos’ pass-rush depth.

#97: Detroit Lions – DT Phidarian Mathis, Alabama

The Lions drafted Levi Onwuzurike and Alim McNeill last year, and they could look to continue to fortify the interior of the defensive line with Phidarian Mathis here. Mathis has the ideal length for the position and strong violent hands to shed blockers.

#98: New Orleans Saints – WR Calvin Austin III, Memphis

With Malik Willis and Trevor Penning added in the first round, the Saints still need to add to their pass-catching corps. Austin expectedly struggled on contested catches at 5’7.5” and 170 lbs, but he’s a dynamic athlete who is a consistent playmaker when he gets the ball in his hands.

#99: Cleveland Browns – HB James Cook, Georgia

Running back isn’t a top-priority need for the Browns, but Kareem Hunt and De’Ernest Johnson will become free agents in 2023. James Cook is an elite receiver at the position who can contribute more between the tackles if he continues to put on weight. With Nick Chubb entrenched as the early-down runner, Cook would be a perfect complement.

#100: Baltimore Ravens – LB Brandon Smith, Penn State

It’s tough to know where scouts will value Brandon Smith’s elite athleticism and underwhelming production, especially at a non-premium position. Still, his 9.97 RAS highlighted his untapped potential, and he could end up being an excellent player to pair with Patrick Queen.

#101: Philadelphia Eagles – HB Isaiah Spiller, Texas A&M

Isaiah Spiller has inspired a wide range of draft evaluations, but the Eagles would likely value his durability and proven consistent production. He broke multiple tackles in every game in 2021, and his footwork and elusiveness are better than you’d expect for such a high-cut running back.

#102: Miami Dolphins – C Luke Fortner, Kentucky

The Dolphins should continue to fortify their offensive line with their first selection in the draft, and Luke Fortner is the last of a talented crop of Day 2 interior linemen. Fortner has guard/center flexibility and solid body control and hand usage. He’s not an elite athlete, but he’s very steady and would provide stability for Miami.

#103: Kansas City Chiefs – WR Danny Gray, SMU

The Chiefs made the aggressive trade up for Jameson Williams early in the draft, but why not continue to add speed here? Danny Gray is your discount deep threat in this class with a 4.33-second 40-yard dash, and Kansas City hasn’t traditionally shied away from drafting smaller receivers like him.

#104: Los Angeles Rams – CB Zyon McCollum, Sam Houston

The Rams don’t have many true needs, but Darious Williams’s free agency departure could leave them wanting more youth in the secondary. Zyon McCollum is an elite athlete with a 10.0 RAS who excels at making plays on the football with speed and physicality.

#105: San Francisco 49ers – WR Wan’Dale Robinson, Kentucky

Even if the 49ers don’t end up trading Deebo Samuel, they could look to add more playmaking to the offense in the form of a dynamic YAC threat who is a monster on screen passes. Robinson is sneaky good at tracking the ball and attacking at the catch point, as well, and he plays much more significant than his 5’8”, 178-lb frame would indicate.

Full Trade Tracker

  • Saints get #9, Seahawks get #16, #49, 2023 3rd
  • Chiefs get #12, Vikings get #29, #50, #94
  • Falcons get #32, Lions get #43 and 2023 2nd
  • Colts get #38, Jets get #42 and #122
  • Cowboys get #50, Vikings get #56 and #129

Final Team Day 1 and 2 Draft Hauls

  • Arizona Cardinals: OG Zion Johnson, ED Boye Mafe, WR Justyn Ross
  • Atlanta Falcons: ED Kayvon Thibodeaux, QB Matt Corral, WR John Metchie, LB Chad Muma, CB Tariq Woolen
  • Baltimore Ravens: ED Jermaine Johnson, CB Jalen Pitre, CB Marcus Jones, LB Brandon Smith
  • Buffalo Bills: HB Breece Hall, OG Dylan Parham, TE Jelani Woods
  • Carolina Panthers: QB Kenny Pickett
  • Chicago Bears: OT Bernhard Raimann, WR Christian Watson, CB Cam Taylor-Britt
  • Cincinnati Bengals: DT Devonte Wyatt, TE Trey McBride, CB Coby Bryant
  • Cleveland Browns: DT Logan Hall, C Dohnovan West, HB James Cook
  • Dallas Cowboys: WR Chris Olave, ED Drake Jackson, OT Sean Rhyan
  • Denver Broncos: LB Troy Andersen, C Cam Jurgens, ED DeAngelo Malone
  • Detroit Lions: ED Aidan Hutchinson, S Lewis Cine, ED Nik Bonitto, WR Jalen Tolbert, DT Phidarian Mathis
  • Green Bay Packers: ED George Karlaftis, WR Treylon Burks, CB Kyler Gordon, S Jaquan Brisker, TE Jeremy Ruckert
  • Houston Texans: CB Derek Stingley Jr., OT Charles Cross, HB Kenneth Walker III, ED Cameron Thomas
  • Indianapolis Colts: WR George Pickens, TE Greg Dulcich
  • Jacksonville Jaguars: ED Travon Walker, C Tyler Linderbaum, CB Roger McCreary, OG Jamaree Salyer
  • Kansas City Chiefs: WR Jameson Williams, ED David Ojabo, ED Kingsley Enagbare, WR Danny Gray
  • Las Vegas Raiders: OG Luke Goedeke
  • Los Angeles Chargers: CB Trent McDuffie, OT Kellen Diesch
  • Los Angeles Rams: CB Zyon McCollum
  • Miami Dolphins: C Luke Fortner
  • Minnesota Vikings: CB Kaiir Elam, QB Sam Howell, WR Alec Pierce, S Kerby Joseph, ED Myjai Sanders
  • New England Patriots: LB Devin Lloyd, ED Josh Paschal, WR David Bell
  • New Orleans Saints: QB Malik Willis, OT Trevor Penning, WR Calvin Austin III
  • New York Giants: OT Evan Neal, CB Ahmad Gardner, WR Skyy Moore, LB Brian Asamoah, ED DeMarvin Leal
  • New York Jets: OT Ikem Ekwonu, WR Drake London, ED Arnold Ebiketie, LB Nakobe Dean, S Nick Cross
  • Philadelphia Eagles: WR Garrett Wilson, DT Jordan Davis, LB Quay Walker, OG Darrian Kinnard, HB Isaiah Spiller
  • Pittsburgh Steelers: CB Andrew Booth Jr., OT Abraham Lucas, QB Carson Strong
  • San Francisco 49ers: IOL Cole Strange, ED Sam Williams, WR Wan’Dale Robinson
  • Seattle Seahawks: QB Desmond Ridder, LB Leo Chenal, OG Kenyon Green, DT Travis Jones, OT Zach Tom
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers: S Daxton Hill, DT Perrion Winfrey, TE Cade Otton
  • Tennessee Titans: OT/OG Tyler Smith, CB Jalyn Armour-Davis
  • Washington Commanders: S Kyle Hamilton, WR Jahan Dotson
I've been writing about sports for Lineups since the beginning of 2020 and on my own website since 2018. In May 2021, I graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in sport management. With my educational background in the sports business and a strong knowledge of the inner workings of professional and collegiate sports, I hope to tell enthralling stories about the world of sports as it unfolds around me.

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