NFL mock draft: N.J.'s Pickett in mix for No. 1 pick?
Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett or Oregon defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux could be the No. 1 overall in the 2022 NFL Draft.
It’s never too early for NFL mock draft season.
As the 2021 NFL regular season story is crystallizing, the same can be said for the outlook of the 2022 NFL Draft. With the bulk of Week 11 in the books and Thanksgiving just days away, here’s the latest draft order, mock draft and how it all could shake out in April, including the Jets, Giants and Eagles controlling the first round with seven of the first 16 selections.
Draft order updated (and based on current standings) heading into play on November 22nd.
1. Detroit Lions: Kenny Pickett, QB, Pittsburgh: Small hands and older draft status won’t stop Dan Campbell from taking a leader at No. 1.
2. New York Jets: Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon: Draft luck finds the Jets. The best player in the class arrives in New York to add to what’s already a talented front.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State: The investment in Trevor Lawrence was made. Now it’s time to protect him.
4. Houston Texans: Matt Corral, QB, Ole Miss: The next quarterback to lead this franchise needs to play with an attitude and swagger. Corral brings that.
5. New York Jets (from Seahawks): Derek Stingley Jr. CB, LSU: Risky after a season-ending injury? Perhaps, but worth the risk based on ability.
6. New York Giants (from Bears): Aidan Hutchinson, DE, Michigan: The best Giants teams have been built on a big-time pash rush. This is a difference-making selection for defensive coordinator Patrick Graham.
7. New York Giants: Evan Neal, OT, Alabama: If Daniel Jones is the guy for 2022, adding more upfront to protect him is wise.
8. Philadelphia Eagles (from Dolphins): Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame: Hamilton has All-Pro potential, something the Eagles franchise hasn’t been able to say about a drafted safety since the late 90s.
9. Atlanta Falcons: Nakobe Dean, ILB, Georgia: Hometown player for a defense that desperately needs an influx of talent in the front seven.
10. Washington Football Team: Malik Willis, QB, Liberty: The quarterback of the future arrives.
11. Philadelphia Eagles: DeMarvin Leal, DL, Texas A&M: Versatile, with the ability to play the run or pass. The Eagles need to continue to overall haul the defensive line, and Leal can add to what’s there with Josh Sweat, Javon Hargrave and Milton Williams.
12. Carolina Panthers: Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State
13. Denver Broncos: Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah
14. Miami Dolphins (from 49ers): Tyler Linderbaum, C, Iowa
15. Las Vegas Raiders: Drake London, WR, USC
16. Philadelphia Eagles (from Colts): George Karlaftis, DE, Purdue: The Eagles signed an old, washed-up version of Ryan Kerrigan. What about a young, cheaper and hungry version?
17. Cleveland Browns: Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn State
18. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jordan Davis, DT, Georgia
19. New Orleans Saints: Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama
20. Minnesota Vikings: Kaiir Elam, CB, Florida
21. Buffalo Bills: Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State
22. Los Angeles Chargers: Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas
23. Cincinnati Bengals: Roger McCreary, CB, Auburn
24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
25. Kansas City Chiefs: Kingsley Enagbare, OLB, South Carolina
26. New England Patriots: Nicholas Petit-Frere, OT, Ohio State
27. Detroit Lions (from Rams): David Ojabo, OLB, Michigan
28. Dallas Cowboys: Trey McBride, TE, Colorado State
29. Baltimore Ravens: Bernhard Raimann, OT, Central Michigan
30. Green Bay Packers: Zion Johnson, OL, Boston College
31. Tennessee Titans: Jalen Wydermyer, TE, Texas A&M
32. Arizona Cardinals: Andrew Booth Jr., CB, Clemson