2022 NFL Mock Draft with simple descriptions for each pick


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Aidan Hutchinson in Michigan’s game vs. Rutgers on September 25, 2021.

NFL mock drafts can be confusing, but I’m here to give you a simplified NFL 2022 Mock Draft.

1.) Jacksonville Jaguars- Evan Neal, T, Alabama

Neal is one of the best offensive linemen in the draft and is perfect for the Jaguars to get a franchise guy to protect QB Trevor Lawrence.

2.) Detroit Lions- Aidan Hutchinson, DE, Michigan

Hutchinson was one of the best college defenders last season and plays defense in a ferocious way, which is the way Head Coach Dan Campbell wants on his Lions defense.

3.) Houston Texans- Ikem Ekwonu, T, NC State

The Texans are still in a complete rebuild, and a great thing to get during a complete rebuild is a franchise OT, which Ekwonu has a great chance of being.

4.) New York Jets- Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU

The Jets don’t have any great CBs and need a CB who can be a No. 1 CB, and Stingley is destined to fit that role.

5.) New York Giants- Kayvon Thibodeaux, DE, Oregon

The Giants need people who can get pressure on the QB often, and Thibodeaux is perfect for this since he is one of the best pass rushers in the draft to do this.

6.) Carolina Panthers- Kenny Pickett, QB, Pittsburgh

Pickett and the Carolina Panthers have been meant to be since the beginning of the draft process. Carolina is in need of a QB now, and Pickett is the most pro-ready. Pickett and the Panthers are familiar since Panthers Head Coach Matt Rhule recruited Pickett out of high school.

7.) New York Giants- Charles Cross, T, Mississippi State

The Giants need a lot of OL help and getting a top 3 lineman in Ekwonu in this draft is a perfect pick for them at N0. 7.

8.) Atlanta Falcons- Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner, CB, Cincinnati

The Falcons are projected to be one of the worst teams in the NFL next season, but getting a CB as great as Gardner is the perfect start to their rebuild.

9.) Seattle Seahawks- Malik Willis, QB, Liberty

The Seahawks just traded their star QB, Russel Wilson. Drafting Willis at No. 9 is the Seahawks believing they found their Wilson replacement.

10.) New York Jets- Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State

The Jets need a promising No. 1 WR and Wilson is that archetype for the Jets.

11.) Washington Commanders- Tyler Linderbaum, C, Iowa

The newly named Commanders hope to give their offensive line a huge boost after OG Brandon Scherff left, and Linderbaum can be the new commander of a great offensive line.

12. ) Minnesota Vikings- Trayvon Walker, DE, Georgia

Walker has tested at the Combine as one of the best athletes in this draft, and Minnesota is hoping he will be a huge threat to the offenses alongside Danielle Hunter. (Don’t be shocked if Walker is drafted No. 1overall because he is currently the favorite to be picked then.)

13.) Houston Texans- Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame

Hamilton is projected to be the biggest faller of this draft. On the field, he looked like one of the best prospects in this draft, but he tested horribly at the combine. This will make teams worry about picking him as early as originally projected. But the Texans picking here again at 13 would be perfect for them to get him.

14.) Baltimore Ravens- Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington

The Ravens had a rough year with all their injuries, and one of the positions that got most affected by this is CB. McDuffie will add depth and another possible star CB alongside Marlon Humphrey.

15.) Philadelphia Eagles- Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah

The Eagles were a year early on their rebuild, and someone who will help make their rebuild even faster is a field general at linebacker, and Lloyd is that.

16.) New Orleans Saints- Bernard Raimann, T, Central Michigan

The Saints just lost their franchise Tackle in Terron Armstead, and Raimann will help fill that gap that Armstead is leaving.

17.) Los Angeles Chargers- Jordan Davis, DL, Georgia

The Chargers had one of the worst-run defenses in the NFL last season, and Davis is 6-foot-6 341-pounds and is one of the most athletic players in this draft would definitely help that.

18.) Philadelphia Eagles- Drake London, WR, USC

The Eagles need another great WR alongside DeVonta Smith, and London is a perfect fit for that since his skill set is perfect to be on the opposite of Smith, which works very often in the NFL.

19.) New Orleans Saints- Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama

The Saints have the weakest WR room in the NFL, and getting a WR as great as Williams would be huge for the Saints.

20.) Pittsburgh Steelers- Andrew Booth Jr. CB, Clemson

The Steelers have a lack of depth and have no bonafide No. 1 CB talent, and Booth has the ability to fill both of those gaps for the Steelers.

21.) New England Patriots- Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia

The Patriots currently don’t have any great LBs, and gaining a great LB in Dean would be huge for Head Coach Bill Belichick’s defense.

22.) Green Bay Packers- Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State

The Packers just traded the best WR in the NFL in Davante Adams for this pick (along with other picks), and with picking Olave, they are hoping to find their new star WR.

23.) Arizona Cardinals- George Karlaftis, DE, Purdue

The Cardinals have one very strong edge rusher in J.J. Watt. Getting Karlaftis would be huge for the Cardinals because having two great edge rushers can be one of the scariest things to have in the NFL.

24.) Dallas Cowboys- Deonte Wyatt, DL, Georgia

The Cowboys run a defense that uses two defensive tackles which they are relatively weak at. Wyatt would immediately change that adding more strength to that defensive line.

25.) Buffalo Bills- Kenneth Walker III, HB, Michigan State

The Bills have one of the most complete offenses in the NFL, but they don’t have a star RB. Walker is the missing piece to fill that gap.

26.) Tennesse Titans- Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas

The Titans released WR Julio Jones, and now the Titans need another WR. Burks would replace Jones as another physical WR for the Titans.

27.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Lewis Cine, S, Georgia

The Buccaneers need safety depth, which Cine adds, and he is a promising safety who has a chance to become a star in the NFL.

28.) Green Bay Packers- Tyler Smith, T, Tulsa

All of last season, the Packers dealt with injuries on the 0ffensive line. Grabbing Smith here would add depth and a future key piece of the Packers’ offensive line. 

29.) Kansas City Chiefs- Kair Elam, CB, Florida

The Chiefs don’t have any dominant CBs on their roster currently. Adding Elam would add a potential player who can be that.

30. ) Kansas City Chiefs- Christian Watson, WR, North Dakota State

Watson tested as one of the best athletes in the 2022 NFL Combine. After trading away Hill, the Chiefs need another athletic WR, and Watson is that.

31.) Cincinnati Bengals- Trevor Penning, T, University of Northern Iowa

As we all saw in the Super Bowl, the Bengals need offensive line help. Drafting Penning is a huge boost to that porous group.

32.) Detroit Lions- Desmond Ridder, QB, Cincinnati

The Lions are still rebuilding, and they need to find a QB to start that rebuild with. Drafting Ridder No. 32 overall could make him be that guy. He would be under no pressure to start immediately and would be able to learn for a year in the Lions system, which is a very underrated advantage for a young QB in the NFL.