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2022 NFL Mock Draft: Mock Draft For Top 10 Overall Picks
We’re still a long way away from the NFL Draft this upcoming April. But, if you’re a fan of a bad team (like me) you’ve been looking at 2022 NFL mock drafts for weeks now. It’s never too early to start predicting who teams at the top of the draft are going to take, so that’s exactly what I plan on doing here.
Rather than trying to predict what some of the better teams are going to have in mind come April, I’m just going to be mocking the first 10 picks.
We’re far enough along in both the college football season and the NFL season to know pretty much what we have in some of these prospects and where teams are going to look once the NFL Draft rolls around. So, let’s get started on our 2022 NFL Mock Draft.
2022 NFL Mock Draft – Top 10 Picks
1. Detroit Lions
Selection: Kayvon Thibodeaux – Oregon EDGE
This is tough. We don’t even know who is going to be the Head Coach in Detroit come next season. If they go 0-17, you have to assume Dan Campbell is fired. Either way, Thibodeaux is the No. 1 player in this draft and despite the fact that the Lions need a QB, among other things, he’s the no-brainer choice here. He’s got the size, speed, strength and bend to be elite at the next level. If you watch him play, you know why people are so high on him. He dominates every single time he’s out there.
2. Philadelphia Eagles (via Miami Dolphins)
Selection: Derek Stingley Jr. – CB LSU
This could really be any defensive position they like, but Stingley is the best player on the board so the Eagles pair him up with Darius Slay to try and form an elite duo of corners. Stingley has been expected to be a top-5 pick since he started at LSU as a freshman. Unfortunately, he’s missed almost the entire year with a foot injury, but he’ll be good to go come next year. At 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, Stingley fits the prototypical corner mold. It will be interesting to see if he runs at the combine, and if he does, what 40-yard dash time he puts up. Either way, Stingley will hear his name called early in the 2022 NFL Draft.
3. Houston Texans
Selection: Matt Corral – Ole Miss QB
Quite honestly, this is too high for Corral. But, the Texans are desperate for a QB of the future and Corral is the No. 1 QB prospect during a down year for the position as a whole. If I were the Texans, I’d try and trade back, get some picks and maybe still get Corral or even take a shot at Malik Willis, but Corral at No. 3 makes sense as well. As far as arm talent is concerned, Matt Corral has as much of it as any QB prospect we’ve seen. The questions I have come with his size, durability and ability to sit in the pocket and deliver. At Ole Miss, Corral is on the move a lot and I don’t know if he’s a good enough athlete to do it in the NFL. I see a lot of Baker Mayfield in Corral, which isn’t a bad thing.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars
Selection: Aidan Hutchinson – Michigan EDGE
If you’ve watched Michigan football this season, you’re well aware of just how good Aidan Hutchinson is. Not only does he produce at a high level, but he’s an absolute freak of an athlete. We could see him put up insane numbers at the combine and end up in Philly, but in this situation, he falls to No. 4 and the Jaguars scoop him up. The Jags are in the good (bad?) situation where they need help everywhere (except QB) and can really draft the best player on the board. That is, by a fairly comfortable margin, Hutchinson.
5. New York Jets
Selection: Evan Neal – Alabama OT
Evan Neal is a dream come true for the Jets here at No. 5. The issue is that I could easily see Jacksonville taking Neal to give their line a cornerstone LT to protect Lawrence. But, with them taking Hutchinson here, he falls into the Jets lap. Neal is the kind of OL prospect that you stick at LT for the next 10 years and forget about him. His floor is probably higher than any prospect in the 2022 NFL Draft. The lone issue is his size. At 6-foot-8 and 360 pounds, he’s bordering on too big in the weight department. Luckily, he’s a great athlete, but the weight is something for teams to watch moving forward.
6. New York Giants
Selection: Tyler Linderbaum – Iowa OL
The Giants desperately need OL help. Ideally, they’re taking a tackle here. But, with Evan Neal off the board, I think a reach for OT No. 2 Ikem Ekwonu would be a mistake. Instead, I think the Giants mimic what the Colts did a few years ago with Quenton Nelson and anchor their interior OL by taking Linderbaum. Linderbaum played center throughout his career at Iowa, but he could easily make the transition to guard if needed. The Giants need playmakers around Daniel Jones, badly, but they also need to make sure they protect him. There is no reason to reach for a playmaker or a project here, especially when you have another top-10 pick coming up. Take the sure thing in Linderbaum
7. Washington Football Team
Selection: Kyle Hamilton – Notre Dame S
This is an absolute gift for the WFT here at No. 7. Kyle Hamilton is a certified star in the making, potentially the best player in the draft, and he falls all the way to No. 7. The problem with Hamilton is that he has been injured this season and he plays safety. As far as position value is concerned, safety is about as low as it gets on defense, next to linebacker, but Hamilton is worth the top-10 pick. At 6-foot-4, 219 pounds, Hamilton could honestly play linebacker if he wanted, but he’s too good of an athlete to have that close to the LOS. Hamilton plays the ball excellently in the air and has a knack for making big plays. This is a blessing for Washington.
8. Philadelphia Eagles
Selection: George Karlaftis – Purdue EDGE
The run on EDGE rushers continues as the Eagles select Purdue’s George Karlaftis No. 8 overall. As was the case with the No. 2 pick, the Eagles really can’t go wrong here when it comes to targeting a position, so they take the best player available. If, somehow, Kyle Hamilton gets past the WFT at No. 7, he’s the pick here. But, with Hamilton gone, Karlaftis is a great pick for the Birds. Derek Barnett is (thankfully) a free agent after this season. That leaves Josh Sweat and Brandon Graham as the only two established pass rushers on the roster. Karlaftis comes in and is immediately ready to contribute to the Eagles as a rotation pass rusher, and he can take over for Graham whenever his career comes to a close.
9. New York Jets (via Seattle Seahawks)
Selection: Kairr Elam – Florida CB
This is a no-brainer from a talent standpoint. The question is whether or not Joe Douglas and Robert Saleh will spend a top-10 pick on a CB. The issue is, with how the board breaks in this 2022 NFL Mock Draft, they don’t really have a choice. Linderbaum would be another great OL fit here for the Jets, but he’s off the board. Karlaftis is another one that the Jets would love, but he goes one pick before them in this scenario. So, Douglas is forced to go with the best player on the board and that is Kairr Elam.
10. New York Giants (via Chicago Bears)
Selection: Chris Olave – Ohio State WR
Take your pick of the Ohio State WRs here if you’re the Giants. I prefer Olave, but if Garrett Wilson sticks out to them, expect them to go with him instead. The Giants took Kadarius Toney last year and they STILL need playmakers on the outside. Olave has produced at an elite level, against elite completion, since he’s been in Columbus. He’s a burner, he has great hands and he’s a polished route runner. He’s not a perfect prospect, and a lot of that has to do with his physicality and slight frame, but the Giants loved Devonta Smith last year, so they aren’t scared of a wideout that may not fit the prototypical size of No. 1s around the NFL.