Ryan McCrystal, the #3 most accurate mock drafter over the past five NFL seasons according to The Huddle Report, gives you his 2022 NFL Mock Draft — making predictions for every team and every pick in the first round. Teams without a first-round pick are also included. 

The 2022 NFL Draft is finally here.

In this NFL mock draft, I’m projecting what I think each team will do based on a combination of draft needs, available talent, GM tendencies, and scheme fits.

To simplify the process, no trades are projected in this version, which may lead to some players (especially quarterbacks) coming off the board slightly lower in this mock draft than they will on draft day.

All stats are from TruMedia/PFF, unless otherwise noted.

Final 2022 NFL Mock Draft

PickTeamPlayerPos.College
1JaguarsTravon WalkerEDGEGeorgia
2LionsAidan HutchinsonEDGEMichigan
3TexansIkem EkwonuOTNC State
4JetsJermaine JohnsonEDGEFlorida State
5GiantsCharles CrossOTMiss.State
6PanthersEvan NealOTAlabama
7GiantsAhmad GardnerCBCincinnati
8FalconsDrake LondonWRUSC
9SeahawksKayvon ThibodeauxEDGEOregon
10JetsGarrett WilsonWROhio State
11CommandersChris OlaveWROhio State
12VikingsTrent McDuffieCBWashington
13TexansDerek Stingley Jr.CBLSU
14RavensJordan DavisDTGeorgia
15EaglesKyle HamiltonSNotre Dame
16SaintsTrevor PenningOTN. Iowa
17ChargersZion JohnsonIOLBoston College
18EaglesJameson WilliamsWRAlabama
19SaintsKenny PickettQBPittsburgh
20SteelersMalik WillisQBLiberty
21PatriotsDevin LloydLBUtah
22PackersJahan DotsonWRPenn State
23CardinalsKenyon GreenIOLTexas A&M
24CowboysTreylon BurksWRArkansas
25BillsLewis CineSGeorgia
26TitansTyler SmithOTTulsa
27BuccaneersLogan HallDLHouston
28PackersGeorge KarlaftisEDGEPurdue
29ChiefsBoye MafeEDGEMinnesota
30ChiefsKyler GordonCBWashington
31BengalsKaiir ElamCBFlorida
32LionsNakobe DeanLBGeorgia

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1st Overall Pick Odds, NFL Draft 2022

PlayerDraft OddsCollegePos
Travon Walker-300GeorgiaEDGE
Aidan Hutchinson+300Michigan EDGE
Ikem Ekwonu+400NC StateOT
Evan Neal+2000AlabamaOT
Desmond Ridder+3000CincinnatiQB
Kayvon Thibodeaux+5000OregonEDGE
Malik Willis+5000LibertyQB
Charles Cross+10000Miss.StateOT
Ahmad Gardner+10000CincinnatiCB
Jordan Davis+10000GeorgiaDL
Derek Stingley+15000LSUCB
Kyle Hamilton+15000Notre DameS
Matt Corral+15000Ole MissQB
Sam Howell+20000N. CarolinaQB
Garrett Wilson+20000Ohio StateWR
Tyler Linderbaum+20000IowaIOL

1. Jacksonville Jaguars, Top Draft Pick Prediction: Travon Walker, EDGE, Georgia

Previous 7.0 Mock Draft selection: Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE

Best Draft Targets for the Jaguars with the first pick:

  • Travon Walker: The one consistent rumor out of Jacksonville has been that GM Trent Baalke wants Walker. Though Hutchinson is the safer pick (and probably preferred by some in the organization) and offensive-minded head coach Doug Pederson may want an offensive tackle, the guy with final say over the roster usually gets his way.
  • Aidan Hutchinson: This is the safe, expected route for the Jaguars 一 and that alone might be enough to tip the scales in Hutchinson’s favor. Trent Baalke does not have a strong recent track record as GM 一 dating back to his final years in San Francisco 一 and his reputation probably can’t sustain the blow of missing on this critical pick. It’s possible he go with Hutchinson to avoid some of the pressure he would face by selecting Walker. 
  • Left Tackle: This may be Pederson’s preferred route, as he undoubtedly wants to support Trevor Lawrence, but it’s not his call to make. It sounds like Jacksonville did plenty of homework on the tackles, but ultimately decided the edge-rushers offer more value. 
  • Trade: It’s an extreme longshot, but if someone puts together an offer for the top pick at the last minute, Baalke would jump at the chance to move out of No. 1. 

Who Calls the Shots in Jaguars Draft Room?

GM Trent Baalke (second year) and head coach Doug Pederson (first year) supposedly share control of the roster. The Jaguars have not publicly stated who has the final say 一though it’s likely Baalke, considering he participated in the hiring of Pederson. 

Key Stats & Notes for the Jaguars heading into the 2022 NFL Draft

  • Trevor Lawrence: -0.48 EPA per dropback versus pressure, ranked 27th out of 39.
  • Lawrence was pressured on 33.1% of his dropbacks, ranked 18th.
  • Lawrence completed 40.8% of his throws 10 or more yards downfield, ranked 35th.
  • Cam Robinson: team-worst 5.4% pressure rate allowed.
  • Defense generated 30.2% pressure rate, ranked 16th.

Key Offseason Additions for Jaguars

  • WR Christian Kirk
  • OG Brandon Scherff
  • LB Foyesade Oluokun
  • CB Darious Williams
  • TE Evan Engram

Key Offseason Departures for Jaguars

  • WR D.J. Chark (Lions)
  • LB Myles Jack (Steelers)
  • OG Andrew Norwell (Commanders)
  • OG A.J. Cann (Texans)
  • RB Carlos Hyde (free agent)

2. Detroit Lions, Top Draft Pick Prediction: Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE, Michigan

Previous 7.0 Mock Draft selection: Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE

Best Draft Targets for the Lions with the second pick:

  • Edge Rusher: Based on all the information out there, this is my best guess on Detroit’s draft board: 1) Aidan Hutchinson, 2) Kayvon Thibodeaux 3) Travon Walker. It’s no secret Detroit has spent a lot of time with Thibodeaux – but that may have been based on their initial expectation that Hutchinson would go No. 1. GM Brad Holmes has talked at length about his affinity for players with high character and a strong work ethic. As a result, Thibodeaux is probably less appealing than Hutchinson, who offers a similar traits/production combination without the perceived baggage. 
  • Trade Down: Detroit will probably stick with Jared Goff at quarterback for another year due to the lack of available signal-callers. However, trading down and accumulating more future draft picks could potentially make it easier to acquire their quarterback of the future in the 2023 draft.

Who Calls the Shots in Lions Draft Room?

GM Brad Holmes (second year) has final say over personnel decisions. 

Key Stats & Notes for the Lions heading into the 2022 NFL Draft

  • Running backs hit at or behind the line of scrimmage on 43% of carries when running between the tackles, ranked 27th, per Sports Info Solutions. 
  • Kalif Raymond led team with five receptions at 20 or more yards downfield, tied for third-fewest by a team leader. 
  • Allowed 20 or more yards on 10.3% of opponent pass attempts, ranked 29th. 
  • Generated pressure in 2.5 seconds or less on 17.7% of opponent dropbacks, ranked 30th.
  • Generated 38.4% pressure rate versus traditional dropbacks, ranked 31st, per Sports Info Solutions.

Key Offseason Additions for Lions

  • WR D.J. Chark
  • CB Mike Hughes
  • LB Jarrad Davis

Key Offseason Departures for Lions

  • EDGE Trey Flowers (free agent)
  • LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin (Houston)
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3. Houston Texans, Top Draft Pick Prediction: Ikem Ekwonu, OT, NC State

Previous 7.0 Mock Draft selection: Evan Neal, OT

Best Draft Targets for the Texans with the third pick:

  • Offensive Tackle: Houston has Laremy Tunsil at left tackle and Charlie Heck and former first-round pick Tytus Howard as options on the right side. Howard played well filling in for Tunsil last season, but GM Nick Caserio has been unwilling to commit to Howard staying at tackle. Drafting one of the premier tackle prospects to play right tackle and shifting Howard back to guard appears to be an option they’re considering. My best guess on their ranking of the tackles: 1) Ekwonu, 2) Evan Neal, 3) Charles Cross. 
  • Edge Rusher: If either Travon Walker or Aidan Hutchinson falls, they’ll be on Houston’s radar. Jacob Martin, last year’s team leader in pressures, signed with the Jets this offseason. Caserio appears to be focusing on adding players with a strong reputation for work ethic and character, so it’s possible he’ll avoid Thibodeaux for that reason.

Who Calls the Shots in Texans Draft Room?

GM Nick Caserio (second year) has final say over the roster, but executive VP Jack Easterby (third year) appears to be involved in all aspects of the organization. 

Key Stats & Notes for the Texans heading into the 2022 NFL Draft

  • Quarterbacks pressured in 2.5 seconds or less on 26% of dropbacks, ranked 26th.
  • Running backs averaged 0.71 yards before contact per attempt (excluding short-yardage attempts), ranked 32nd. 
  • Generated 38.7% pressure rate versus traditional dropbacks, ranked 30th, per Sports Info Solutions.

Key Offseason Additions for Texans

  • OG A.J. Cann
  • LB Ogbonnia Okoronkwo
  • CB Steven Nelson

Key Offseason Departures for Texans

  • QB Deshaun Watson (Browns)
  • QB Tyrod Taylor (Giants)
  • EDGE Jacob Martin (Jets)
  • S Justin Reid (Chiefs)
  • OT Marcus Cannon (free agent)
  • OT Geron Christian (Chiefs)

4. New York Jets, Top Draft Pick Prediction: Jermaine Johnson, EDGE, Florida State

Previous 7.0 Mock Draft selection: Ahmad Gardner, CB

Best Draft Targets for the Jets with the fourth pick:

  • Jermaine Johnson: The Jets like Johnson, that’s not a secret. Do they like him more than Thibodeaux? That’s unclear, but they may be more comfortable with how he fits into their locker room. If they want Johnson, they can’t assume he’ll last until No. 10 with Atlanta and Seattle potentially having interest as well. 
  • Garrett Wilson: The Jets also can’t assume Wilson will fall to No. 10, if he’s their top wideout. However, it’s always easier to find receivers than edge rushers, so it’s less likely they’ll feel the need to reach for their top receiver early. 
  • Offensive Tackle: The Jets likely don’t view George Fant as their long-term right tackle (he’s in the final year of his contract) and who knows where Mekhi Becton stands with the organization right now. If Ikem Ekwonu is available, there’s a good chance the Jets take him. 

Who Calls the Shots in Jets Draft Room?

GM Joe Douglas (fourth year) has final say over personnel decisions. 

Key Stats & Notes for the Jets heading into the 2022 NFL Draft

  • Zach Wilson generated -1 EPA or worse on 26.7% of dropbacks, ranked 36th out of 39 quarterbacks.
  • Defense allowed 1.8 yards before contact per attempt to running backs (excluding short-yardage attempts), ranked 31st. 
  • Allowed 20 or more yards on 12.4% of opponent pass attempts, ranked 32nd. 
  • Generated 42.1% pressure rate versus traditional dropbacks, ranked 28th, per Sports Info Solutions.
  • As GM in New York and VP of Player Personnel in Philadelphia, Douglas has not been part of a draft in which his team selected a first-round wide receiver. His teams have drafted three second-round receivers in that span.

Key Offseason Additions for Jets

  • OG Laken Tomlinson
  • EDGE Jacob Martin
  • CB D.J. Reed
  • S Jordan Whitehead
  • TE C.J. Uzomah

Key Offseason Departures for Jets

  • WR Jamison Crowder (Bills)
  • OT Morgan Moses (Ravens)
  • S Marcus Maye (Saints)

5. New York Giants, Top Draft Pick Prediction: Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State

Previous 7.0 Mock Draft selection: Ikem Ekwonu, OT

Best Draft Targets for the Giants with the fifth pick:

  • Offensive Tackle: The Giants have stated a commitment to fixing Daniel Jones. Assuming they are genuine in that desire, offensive tackles Evan Neal, Ikem Ekwonu, and Charles Cross must be their primary targets in the first round. Since Carolina is also a candidate to draft an offensive lineman with the sixth pick, New York may make their offensive line selection here rather than wait until the seventh pick. Drafting Cross to play left tackle, and sliding Andrew Thomas to the right side, may be their plan. 
  • Kayvon Thibodeaux: Aidan Hutchinson will likely be gone by this point, but questions about Kayvon Thibodeaux’s motor and commitment to the game may lead to him sliding. While there’s certainly some risk in drafting Thibodeaux, with two top-10 picks the Giants may feel the freedom to be more bold than other franchises. There are arguably bigger needs to address, but you don’t get many opportunities to draft premier talent like Thibodeaux.

Who Calls the Shots in Giants Draft Room?

GM Joe Schoen (first year) has final say over roster decisions. He spent the past five seasons as the assistant general manager to Brandon Beane in Buffalo. 

Key Stats & Notes for the Giants heading into the 2022 NFL Draft

  • Notable pro days attended by Schoen: Oregon, Georgia, Ohio State, Cincinnati
  • Gained +1 EPA or higher on 14.2% of offensive plays, lowest rate in the league. 
  • Quarterbacks pressured in 2.5 seconds or less on 24.5% of dropbacks, ranked 22nd.
  • Running backs averaged 1.15 yards before contact per attempt (excluding short-yardage attempts), ranked 27th. 
  • Darius Slayton led team with three receptions at 20 or more yards downfield, lowest total by a team leader. 
  • Defense allowed 1.9 yards before contact per attempt to running backs (excluding short-yardage attempts), ranked 32nd. 
  • Generated pressure in 2.5 seconds or less on 18.2% of opponent dropbacks, ranked 29th.
  • With Schoen as the assistant GM in Buffalo, 11 of 31 Bills draft picks were from non-Power Five conferences (35%). The Bills also drafted four FCS players in that span.

Key Offseason Additions for Giants

  • OG Mark Glowinski
  • OG Jon Feliciano
  • OG Max Garcia
  • QB Tyrod Taylor

Key Offseason Departures for Giants

  • OT Nate Solder (free agent)
  • OG Will Hernandez (Cardinals)
  • TE Evan Engram (Jaguars)
  • S Logan Ryan (Buccaneers)
  • S Jabrill Peppers (Patriots)
  • EDGE Lorenzo Carter (Falcons)

6. Carolina Panthers, Top Draft Pick Prediction: Evan Neal, OT, Alabama

Previous 7.0 Mock Draft selection: Charles Cross, OT

Best Draft Targets for the Panthers with the sixth pick:

  • Offensive Tackle: Assuming Carolina doesn’t find a quarterback, upgrading one of the league’s worst offensive lines is their next best path to fixing the offense. Cam Erving was a liability at left tackle and any of the three top-tier prospects (Evan Neal, Ikem Ekwonu or Charles Cross) would be an upgrade. It’s likely they will be left with the third of the top tackles. 
  • Quarterback: It would be stunning if Carolina selected a quarterback at No. 6, but we have to acknowledge the possibility of them trading down and snagging someone later in the first round. If they can acquire a pick in the back end of the first round, Matt Corral might be a good fit for their offense.

Who Calls the Shots in Panthers Draft Room?

HC Matt Rhule (third year) has final say over Panthers personnel decisions, with input from GM Scott Fitterer (second year). 

Key Stats & Notes for the Panthers heading into the 2022 NFL Draft

  • Notable visits/workouts conducted with quarterbacks Malik Willis, Kenny Pickett, Desmond Ridder, Matt Corral and Sam Howell.
  • Quarterbacks pressured in 2.5 seconds or less on 25.4% of dropbacks, ranked 24th.
  • Cam Erving allowed 8.5% pressure rate when lined up at left tackle, ranked 32nd out of 34 players with at least 250 pass protection snaps at left tackle. 
  • Under Matt Rhule, 15 of 18 draft picks (83%) have been from Power Five conferences (including Notre Dame). Only 63% of total draft picks in that span have been from the Power Five.

Key Offseason Additions for Panthers

  • OG Austin Corbett
  • WR Rashard Higgins
  • S Xavier Woods
  • C Bradley Bozeman

Key Offseason Departures for Panthers

  • LB Haason Reddick (Eagles)
  • CB Stephon Gilmore (Colts)
  • C Matt Paradis (free agent)
  • DL DaQuan Jones (Bills)

7. New York Giants, Top Draft Pick Prediction: Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati

Previous 7.0 Mock Draft selection: Travon Walker, EDGE

Best Draft Targets for the Giants with the seventh pick:

  • Cornerback: Veteran James Bradberry is believed to be on the trading block, which would open up a hole at cornerback opposite Adoree’ Jackson. Ahmad Gardner stands out a perfect blend of value and need if he’s on the board.
  • Kyle Hamilton: This would be a best-available-player approach. Safety isn’t a glaring need, although depth at the position is severely lacking. While Schoen was in Buffalo, they rarely passed over top-tier talent in favor of needs, so depending on how the board falls, Hamilton may be an option.  
  • Garrett Wilson: Kenny Golladay was one of the biggest free agency busts of 2021, and failed to produce as a downfield weapon for Daniel Jones. Ohio State’s Garrett Wilson provides outside/slot versatility which should make him a natural fit for the role Stefon Diggs played for new head coach Brian Daboll in Buffalo. 

See fifth pick for more on Giants draft plans.

8. Atlanta Falcons, Top Draft Pick Prediction: Drake London, WR, USC

Previous 7.0 Mock Draft selection: Garrett Wilson, WR

Best Draft Targets for the Falcons with the eighth pick:

  • Wide Receiver: Atlanta’s depth chart at wide receiver is the worst in the league by a wide margin. Adding Ohio State’s Garrett Wilson or USC’s Drake London this year would ensure their quarterback of the future has someone to work with when they inevitably draft one in the near future. Arthur Smith utilized A.J. Brown as his big slot receiver in Tennessee and London could fill that role in Atlanta. 
  • Kyle Hamilton: GM Terry Fontenot was in the Saints organization when they drafted Kenny Vaccaro at No. 15, and Malcolm Jenkins  at No. 14. So while some GMs won’t draft a safety this early, there’s reason to believe Fontenot may value the position more than others.
  • Offensive Tackle: If Ekwonu, Cross, or Neal falls, it would be extremely difficult to justify passing over one of those three. Northern Iowa’s Trevor Penning may be a consideration, though he’s probably better suited for a gap blocking scheme — the Falcons used the league’s highest rate of zone blocking in 2021, per Sports Info Solutions. 

Who Calls the Shots in Falcons Draft Room?

GM Terry Fontenot (second year) has the final say over roster construction. 

Key Stats & Notes for the Falcons heading into the 2022 NFL Draft

  • Quarterbacks pressured on 39.7% of dropbacks, ranked 32nd.
  • Quarterbacks pressured on 36.9% of non-blitz dropbacks, ranked 32nd.
  • Running backs averaged 1.21 yards before contact per attempt (excluding short-yardage attempts), ranked 24th. 
  • Generated pressure in 2.5 seconds or less on 17.1% of opponent dropbacks, ranked 32nd.
  • Generated 32.9% pressure rate versus traditional dropbacks, ranked 32nd, per Sports Info Solutions.

Key Offseason Additions for Falcons

  • CB Casey Hayward
  • EDGE Lorenzo Carter
  • LB Rashaan Evans
  • QB Marcus Mariota
  • OT Germain Ifedi
  • TE Anthony Firkser

Key Offseason Departures for Falcons

  • LB Foyesade Oluokun (Jaguars)
  • WR Russell Gage (Buccaneers)
  • EDGE Dante Fowler Jr. (Cowboys)
  • S Duron Harmon (Raiders)

9. Seattle Seahawks, Top Draft Pick Prediction: Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon

Previous 7.0 Mock Draft selection: Devin Lloyd, LB

Best Draft Targets for the Seahawks with the ninth pick:

  • Kayvon Thibodeaux: Carroll has been willing to take a chance on players with difficult personalities 一 and often with success. As a result, Seattle is likely among the teams willing to gamble on Thibodeaux if he slides this far.
  • Offensive Line: Knowing Pete Carroll’s desire to run the ball, if Seattle targets an offensive lineman Northern Iowa’s Trevor Penning looks like the Seahawks’ ideal right tackle.
  • Cornerback: The secondary has been an issue since the Legion of Boom was broken up. With four defensive backs on the free agent market, there should be significant shakeup again this offseason. Cincinnati’s Ahmad Garnder is a natural fit based on his height and length, which Seattle covets. LSU’s Derek Stingley Jr. doesn’t quite fit the physical mold of the prototypical Pete Carroll cornerback, but his elite ceiling would be tough to pass up.
  • Linebacker: Parting with K.J. Wright and Bobby Wagner in consecutive offseasons has created a void in the middle of Seattle’s dense. Jordyn Brooks stepped into a role similar to Wright’s last year, and now either Utah’s Devin Lloyd or Georgia’s Nakobe Dean could be added to create what Seattle would hope becomes a new long-term duo at the position. This position group is more likely to enter the conversation if Seattle trades down – which they’ve been known to do.

Who Calls the Shots in Seahawks Draft Room?

Head coach Pete Carroll (13th year) has final say over personnel decisions, but works in tandem with GM John Schneider (13th year).

Key Stats & Notes for the Seahawks heading into the 2022 NFL Draft

  • Quarterbacks pressured on 34.2% of non-blitz dropbacks, ranked 31st.
  • Generated pressure in 2.5 seconds or less on 17.5% of opponent dropbacks, ranked 31st.
  • Generated 42.2% pressure rate versus traditional dropbacks, ranked 27th, per Sports Info Solutions. 

Key Offseason Additions for Seahawks

  • OL Austin Blythe
  • EDGE Uchenna Nwosu
  • CB Artie Burns

Key Offseason Departures for Seahawks

  • QB Russell Wilson (Broncos)
  • LB Bobby Wagner (Rams)
  • LT Duane Brown (free agent)
  • DE Carlos Dunlap (free agent)
  • TE Gerald Everett (Chargers)
  • CB D.J. Reed (Jets)
  • C Ethan Pocic (Browns)
  • OT Brandon Shell (free agent)

10. New York Jets, Top Draft Pick Prediction: Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State

Previous 7.0 Mock Draft selection: Jermain Johnson, EDGE

Best Draft Targets for the Jets with the 10th pick:

  • Wide Receivers: Finding more weapons for Zach Wilson needs to be a priority. Knowing the Jets affinity for receivers with YAC ability, Garrett Wilson seems like the obvious target 一 though Alabama’s Jameson Williams and Treylon Burks would be great fits as well. If they don’t go wide receiver with this selection, a trade back into the first round to land Burks could be an alternative plan. 
  • Trevor Penning: If tackle isn’t addressed at No. 4, Penning will be in the mix with this selection depending on how the board falls. A trade back, with the intention of drafting Penning later, is also a possibility.
  • Devin Lloyd: Robert Saleh’s best defenses have been anchored by great linebacker play. Lloyd could potentially be the Jets’ version of Fred Warner, who excelled under Saleh in San Francisco. He’s unlikely to be the selection at No. 10, but could enter the conversation if New York trades back. 

See 4th pick for more on Jets draft plans.

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11. Washington Commanders, Top Draft Pick Prediction: Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State

Previous 7.0 Mock Draft selection: Kyle Hamilton, S

Best Draft Targets for the Commanders with the 11th Pick:

  • Wide Receiver: Washington’s willingness to invest in a receiver likely depends on how the team views last year’s third-round pick Dyami Brown. After opening the year as a full-time starter, Brown struggled to get on the field late in the season. Ron Rivera likes big receivers 一 Antonio Gandy-Golden is a recent example, Kelvin Benjamin is another from his Carolina days. Drake London would be a more talented version of that mold. If London is gone, Olave is the safe option who brings elite route-running ability and speed to stretch the field. 
  • Kyle Hamilton: If he falls this far, Hamilton will certainly be on Rivera’s radar. Though Kamren Curl and Bobby McCain are still in Washington, Landon Collins has departed. Curl, McCain and Collins shared the field together for an average of 34.5 snaps per game last season, so Rivera and DC Jack Del Rio were already playing around with ways to deploy three or more safeties to build a faster, more versatile defense.

Who Calls the Shots in Commanders Draft Room?

Head coach Ron Rivera (third year) has final say, with input from GM Martin Mayhew (second year)

Key Stats & Notes for the Commanders heading into the 2022 NFL Draft

  • Notable pro days attended by Mayhew and/or Rivera: LSU (Derek Stingley), Ohio State (Chris Olave, Garrett Wilson)
  • Quarterbacks pressured 32.3% of non-blitz dropbacks, ranked 22nd.
  • Taylor Heinicke ranked 29th (out of 39) in EPA per dropbacks versus pressure
  • Used three or more wide receivers on 82% of pass plays. 

Key Offseason Additions for Commanders

  • OG Andrew Norwell 

Key Offseason Departures for Commanders

  • OG Brandon Scherff (Jaguars)
  • DT Tim Settle (Bills)

12. Minnesota Vikings, Top Draft Pick Prediction: Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington

Previous 7.0 Mock Draft selection: McDuffie

Best Draft Targets for the Vikings with the 12th pick:

  • Cornerback: A best player available approach is likely for Minnesota. Based on the players potentially on the board, cornerback appears to be the position most likely to blend need and value for Minnesota. Derek Stingley Jr. and Trent McDuffie are the likely options on the board.
  • Trade Down: Since the Vikings are in the first year of a rebuild, a trade down to acquire more assets is a strong possibility. Minnesota’s 2022 draft assets rank 20th in total value 一 less than ideal for a rebuilding franchise. 
  • Wide Receiver: New head coach Kevin O’Connell is likely to run an offense similar to Sean McVay’s in Los Angeles, which means they’ll rely heavily on 11 personnel. Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson are a great one-two punch, but the Rams’ offense under O’Connell was always at its best with a solid third option. The versatility of Ohio State’s Garrett Wilson would likely appeal to the coaching staff. 

Who Calls the Shots in Vikings Draft Room?

GM Kwesi Adofo-Mensah (first year) has final say over the roster. He has a background in analytics and spent the previous two seasons working under Andrew Berry in Cleveland. He was the director of football research & development under Trent Baalke in San Francisco prior to joining the Browns. 

Key Stats & Notes for the Vikings heading into the 2022 NFL Draft

  • Defense allowed 1.76 yards before contact per attempt to running backs (excluding short-yardage attempts), ranked 29th. 
  • Generated pressure in 2.5 seconds or less on 20.3% of opponent dropbacks, ranked 23rd.
  • Allowed 9.4 yards per target to slot receivers, ranked 32nd, per Sports Info Solutions. 

Key Offseason Additions for Vikings

  • LB Jordan Hicks
  • DT Harrison Phillips 
  • Za’Darius Smith

Key Offseason Departures for Vikings

  • S Xavier Woods (Panthers)
  • EDGE Anthony Barr (free agent)
  • DL Sheldon Richardson (free agent)

13. Houston Texans, Top Draft Pick Prediction: Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU

Previous 7.0 Mock Draft selection: George Karlaftis, EDGE

Best Draft Targets for the Texans with the 13th Pick:

  • Derek Stingley Jr.: I believe Houston’s rumored interest in Stingley is legit – but is their intention to grab him at No. 3 or No. 13? Houston has the draft capital to move up a few spots and could snag Stingley in the back half of the top 10.
  • Edge Rusher: If Houston doesn’t land Hutchinson or Thibodeaux at No. 3, the  best available pass-rusher (George Karlaftis?) becomes an option at No. 13. A pass-rusher to replace Jacob Martin is a top priority.  

See 3rd pick for more on Texans draft plans.

14. Baltimore Ravens, Top Draft Pick Prediction: Jordan Davis, DT, Georgia

Previous 7.0 Mock Draft selection: Derek Stingley Jr., CB

Best Draft Targets for the Ravens with the 14th pick:

  • Defensive Line: The Ravens front seven was among the oldest in the league with Calais Campbell (35 years old), Justin Houston (33), Brandon Williams (33) and Justin Ellis (31) 一 and only Campbell is on the roster now. Jordan Davis is a pure nose tackle, which not every team wants, but Baltimore has routinely found success with those types of players in their defense. 
  • Cornerback: Although Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters are a solid duo, Peters is a free agent after the season and depth is lacking. Stingley or McDuffie could be viewed as players who improve the depth in the short term, and potentially take over for Peters in 2023.
  • Trevor Penning: Baltimore’s run-heavy offense with a gap-blocking scheme would be an ideal fit for Penning. Although they signed Morgan Moses to play right tackle, his three-year contract is effectively structured as a one-year deal with options. So it’s possible he was only added as an insurance policy in case the draft didn’t break their way.

Who Calls the Shots in Ravens Draft Room?

GM Eric DeCosta (fourth year as GM, 26th year in organization) controls roster construction and has maintained a similar approach to his former boss Ozzie Newsome. 

Key Stats & Notes for the Ravens heading into the 2022 NFL Draft

  • DeCosta on drafting centers: “It’s a tough position to fill via the draft.”
  • Lamar Jackson pressured in under 2.5 seconds on 26.9% of dropbacks, third-highest rate in the league. 
  • Allowed 20 or more yards on 11.9% of opponent pass attempts, ranked 31st. 
  • Allowed 9.2 yards per target to slot receivers, ranked 31st, per Sports Info Solutions. 
  • Generated 42.5% pressure rate versus traditional dropbacks, ranked 26th, per Sports Info Solutions.

Key Offseason Additions for Ravens

  • OT Morgan Moses 
  • S Marcus Williams

Key Offseason Departures for Ravens

  • EDGE Justin Houston (free agent)
  • DT Brandon Williams (free agent)
  • DT Justin Ellis (Giants)
  • C Bradley Bozeman (Panthers)
  • CB Jimmy Smith (free agent)

15. Philadelphia Eagles, Top Draft Pick Prediction: Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre DAme

Previous 7.0 Mock Draft selection: Chris Olave, WR

Best Draft Targets for the Eagles with the 15th pick:

  • Kyle Hamilton: If Hamilton slides, this would be a best-available-player approach. While in Minnesota, defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon worked with Harrison Smith, and Hamilton could play a similar role for the Eagles. 
  • Edge Rusher: The Eagles interior pass-rush is among the best in the game but they lack talent on the edge. Even with Derek Barnett returning, additional pass-rush talent is needed. Barnett generated a disappointing 4.6% pressure rate from the edge last season. Purdue’s George Karlaftis is an option. A trade up for Thibodeaux or Jermaine Johnson could be in the works as well. 
  • Cornerback: The Eagles were believed to have interest in Jaycee Horn and/or Patrick Surtain in last year’s draft, but both came off the board early. If Stingley slides this far, the Eagles would likely jump at the opportunity to land a premier talent at a position of need. Trent McDuffie fits their scheme also. 
  • Tyler Linderbaum: Linderbaum’s lack of ideal size might limit his interest to teams leaning heavily on the zone-blocking scheme. According to Sports Info Solutions, the Eagles used zone blocking on 73% of designed runs last year, making them a potential landing spot. Jason Kelce – also an undersized center – returns in 2022, but a long-term replacement will be needed for the 34 year old. Linderbaum would likely only enter the conversation if Philly trades down into the 20s. 

Who Calls the Shots in Eagles Draft Room?

GM Howie Roseman (12th year) has final say over the roster. Roseman has held the title of general manager and/or executive vice president of football operations since 2010, however, he did not control the roster during Andy Reid and Chip Kelly’s tenure. Roseman gained full control of personnel decisions in 2016. 

Key Stats & Notes for the Eagles heading into the 2022 NFL Draft

  • Generated 45.4% pressure rate versus traditional dropbacks, ranked 21st, per Sports Info Solutions.

Key Offseason Additions for Eagles

  • LB Haason Reddick
  • WR Zach Pascal

Key Offseason Departures for Eagles

  • CB Steven Nelson (Texans)

16. New Orleans Saints, Top Draft Pick Prediction: Trevor Penning, OT, Northern Iowa

Previous 7.0 Mock Draft selection: Penning

Best Draft Targets for the Saints with the 18th pick:

  • Trevor Penning: The Saints have never been shy about drafting small-school prospects and they need to find Terron Armstead’s replacement. Landing Penning may require a trade up.
  • Wide Receiver: Whether the Saints draft Malik Willis or move forward with Jameis Winston, adding another deep threat would help either quarterback. USC’s Drake London, Ohio State’s Chris Olave and Alabama’s Jameson Williams are all potential available potions who can stretch the field.

Who Calls the Shots in Saints Draft Room?

It’s unclear who has final say over the Saints roster now that Sean Payton is gone. GM Mickey Loomis may technically hold that power, but assistant GM and director of college personnel Jeff Ireland likely has substantial input in the draft. 

Key Stats & Notes for the Saints heading into the 2022 NFL Draft

  • Running backs averaged 0.84 yards before contact per attempt (excluding short-yardage attempts), ranked 31st. 
  • Generated pressure in 2.5 seconds or less on 18.9% of opponent dropbacks, ranked 28th.
  • Played man coverage at fifth-highest rate (36%) and allowed 8.1 yards per attempt in man coverage, ranked 28th. 

Key Offseason Additions for Saints

  • S Marcus Maye
  • OG Forrest Lamp

Key Offseason Departures for Saints

  • S Marcus Williams (Jets)
  • S Malcolm Jenkins (retired)
  • OT Terron Armstead (Dolphins)

17. Los Angeles Chargers, Top Draft Pick Prediction: Zion Johnson, IOL, Boston College

Previous 7.0 Mock Draft selection: Johnson

Best Draft Targets for the Chargers with the 17th pick:

  • Offensive Line: Justin Herbert was pressured at the fifth lowest rate last season, but there’s still room for upgrades on the right side of the line. If Northern Iowa’s Trevor Penning is available, he could step in at right tackle. Texas A&M’s Kenyon Green and Boston College’s Zion Johnson may be options at right guard.
  • Wide Receiver: Although Mike Williams has returned, it looks like you’ll need to light up the scoreboard to compete in the AFC West. Adding another weapon, such as Alabama’s Jameson Williams or Ohio State’s Chris Olave, could be an option to upgrade an already strong unit 

Who Calls the Shots in Chargers Draft Room?

 GM Tom Telesco (10th year) has final say over personnel decisions.

Key Stats & Notes for the Chargers heading into the 2022 NFL Draft

  • Generated 32.7% pressure rate on blitzes (ranked 31st) and blitzed at 11th highest rate (27.2%)
  • Storm Norton allowed 7.8% pressure rate when lined up at right tackle, ranked 32nd out of 37 players with at least 250 pass protection snaps at right tackle. 

Key Offseason Additions for Chargers

  • CB J.C. Jackson
  • DT Sebastian Joseph-Day
  • TE Gerald Everett

Key Offseason Departures for Chargers

  • EDGE Uchenna Nwosu (Seahawks)
  • DT Justin Jones (Bears)
  • TE Jared Cook (free agent)
  • OG Michael Schofield (free agent)
  • CB Chris Harris Jr. (free agent)
  • DT Linval Joseph (free agent)

18. Philadelphia Eagles, Top Draft Pick Prediction: Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama

Previous 7.0 Mock Draft selection: Jordan Davis, DT

Best Draft Targets for the Eagles with the 16th pick:

  • Wide Receiver: Drafting a first-round wide receiver for a third consecutive year wouldn’t be an ideal use of resources, but there’s little reason to think 2020 first-round pick Jalen Reagor has anything meaningful to contribute. If they want the pure speed Reagor was supposed to provide this offseason, Jameson Williams would be a great fit. Treylon Burks, who’s built like a running back and has extensive experience in the slot, could also be an ideal complement to undersized, outside receiver DeVonta Smith.
  • Jordan Davis: Javon Hargrave hits free agency next offseason and Fletcher Cox the year following. Adding Davis now could allow them to let Hargrave walk, freeing up significant money to spend elsewhere.

See 15th pick for more on Eagles draft plans.

19. New Orleans Saints, Top Draft Pick Prediction: Kenny Pickett, QB, Pittsburgh

Previous 7.0 Mock Draft selection: Malik Willis, QB

Best Draft Targets for the Saints with the 18th pick:

  • Quarterback: The Saints are likely to consider a quarterback even if Jameis Winston is re-signed (or another veteran brought in). Since New Orleans is trying to remain in win-now mode, the NFL-ready prospect (Pickett) may be more appealing. Though Willis’s long-term potential would be easy to justify as well, especially with the opportunity to sit behind Winston for a season. 
  • Wide Receiver: Whether the Saints draft a quarterback or move forward with Jameis Winston, adding another deep threat would help either quarterback. USC’s Drake London, Ohio State’s Chris Olave and Alabama’s Jameson Williams are all potential available potions who can stretch the field.

See 16th pick for more on Saints draft plans.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers, Top Draft Pick Prediction: Malik Willis, QB, Liberty

Previous 7.0 Mock Draft selection: Kenny Pickett, QB

Best Draft Targets for the Steelers with the 20th pick:

  • Quarterback: Mitchell Trubisky and Mason Rudolph are an acceptable pair of quarterbacks in the short term, though finding Ben Roethlisberger’s replacement is obviously a priority in the near future. There has been speculation that Pittsburgh has interest in Malik Willis and covet a quarterback with athleticism. Pickett lacks the elite tools of Willis but, unlike Willis, may be ready to start in 2022.
  • Wide Receiver: Although it was not unexpected, the departure of JuJu Smith-Schuster dealt a blow to the Steelers’ depth at wide receiver. In 2021, Pittsburgh averaged 5.5 yards per play with Smith-Schuster on the field, compared to 4.6 without him. A polished receiver like Ohio State’s Chris Olave could provide the immediate boost this unit needs. 
  • Offensive Line: Forcing a rookie quarterback to play behind the offensive line as currently constructed would not be a wide decision. Rebuilding the offensive line first, then finding a quarterback looks like the smart process for Pittsburgh. Boston College’s Zion Johnson may have separated himself from Texas A&M’s Kenyon Green at the combine, though both are possible targets for Pittsburgh.

Who Calls the Shots in Steelers Draft Room?

GM Kevin Colbert (23rd year) controls the Steelers roster but has already announced he will step down after the draft. A replacement has not been named but VP of football and business administration Omar Kahn and pro scouting coordinator Brandon Hunt are considered strong internal candidates, and many outside the organization have been interviewed as well. When a replacement is named, expect him to have more sway than usual over this draft. 

Key Stats & Notes for the Steelers heading into the 2022 NFL Draft

  • Ben Roethlisberger generated -1 EPA or worse on 43.8% of his dropbacks under pressure, ranked 39th out of 39 quarterbacks.
  • Running backs averaged 1.0  yards before contact per attempt (excluding short-yardage attempts), ranked 30th. 
  • Dan Moore Jr. allowed 6.9% pressure rate when lined up at left tackle, ranked 30th out of 34 players with at least 250 pass protection snaps at left tackle. 
  • Used three or more wide receivers on 84% of pass plays. 
  • Defense allowed 1.76 yards before contact per attempt to running backs (excluding short-yardage attempts), ranked 30th. 

Key Offseason Additions for Steelers

  • QB Mitchell Trubisky
  • CB Levi Wallace
  • OG James Daniels 
  • LB Myles Jack
  • C Mason Cole
  • S, Karl Joseph

Key Offseason Departures for Steelers

  • QB Ben Roethlisberger (retired)
  • WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (Chiefs)
  • CB Joe Haden (free agent)
  • S Terrell Edmonds (free agent)
  • OG Trai Turner (free agent)
  • LB Joe Schobert (free agent)

21. New England Patriots, Top Draft Pick Prediction: Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah

Previous 7.0 Mock Draft selection: Kyler Gordon, CB

Best Draft Targets for the Patriots with the 21st pick:

  • Linebacker: Lately, Bill Belichick has invested in bigger, more physical linebackers like Dont’a Hightower but he’s also used smaller athletes like Jerod Mayo. That makes it tough to guess who he’d prefer between Nakobe Dean and Devin Lloyd, though both are likely on New England’s radar. The Patriots value highly intelligent linebackers and both Dean and Lloyd fit that description. 
  • Cornerback: New England uses man coverage at a higher rate than most, so they need someone with a blend of size and athleticism. Derek Stingley would be an ideal target, but Kaiir Elam fits as well given his experience in press-man at Florida. 
  • Wide Receiver: Bill Belichick has an abysmal track record drafting wide receivers (N’Keal Harry, Chad Jackson, Aaron Dobson, etc), but maybe he’ll take another shot. An outside receiver who can stretch the field, such as Alabama’s Jameson Williams, would be a nice complement to Jakobi Meyers.

Who Calls the Shots in Patriots Draft Room?

Head coach Bill Belichick (22nd year) has final say over personnel decisions. Matt Groh was promoted to director of player personnel this offseason after one season as the Patriots’ director of college scouting. Groh was previously a scout for the team, but this is may be the least experienced front office Belichick has been supported by during his tenure in New England. 

Key Stats & Notes for the Patriots heading into the 2022 NFL Draft

  • Running backs hit at or behind the line of scrimmage on 38.7% of carries when running between the tackles, ranked 22nd, per Sports Info Solutions. 
  • Played man coverage at fourth-highest rate (38%) and allowed 6.1 yards per attempt in man coverage, ranked 16th. 

Key Offseason Additions for Patriots

  • S Terrance Mitchell 
  • WR DeVante Parker

Key Offseason Departures for Patriots

  • CB J.C. Jackson (Chargers)
  • OG Ted Karras (Bengals)
  • LB Dont’a Hightower (free agent)

22. Green Bay Packers, Top Draft Pick Prediction: Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn State

Previous 7.0 Mock Draft selection: Drake London, WR

Best Draft Targets for the Packers with the 22nd pick:

  • Wide Receiver: The Packers lost over 60% of their downfield targets between Davante Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling. Ohio State’s Chris Olave and USC’s Drake London each have the tools to fill that role as a downfield weapon for Aaron Rodgers. If the top tier of receivers are off the board, they may settle for Dotson, who lacks the size Green Bay typically likes but all of his other traits make him a safe option. Treylon Burks is a popular selection for Green Bay, but there are questions about his football intelligence and route-running ability – that could mean he won’t mesh well with Rodgers and the expectations for receivers in the Packers’ offense. 

Who Calls the Shots in Packers Draft Room?

GM Brian Gutekunst (fifth year) has final say over the roster, but Gutekunst, director of football operations Russ Ball, and head coach Matt LaFleur all report directly to president/CEO Mark Murphy. This structure theoretically gives more personnel influence to Ball and LaFleur than if they reported directly to the GM, as most front offices are organized. 

Key Stats & Notes for the Packers heading into the 2022 NFL Draft

  • Defense allowed 1.71 yards before contact per attempt to running backs (excluding short-yardage attempts), ranked 28th. 
  • Allowed three or more yards before contact on 30% of rush attempts, excluding plays inside the 10-yard line, ranked 27th. 

Key Offseason Additions for Packers

  • DL Jarran Reed

Key Offseason Departures for Packers

  • WR Davante Adams (Raiders)
  • EDGE Za’Darius Smith (Vikings)
  • OL Billy Turner (Broncos)
  • WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling (Chiefs)
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23. Arizona Cardinals, Top Draft Pick Prediction: Kenyon Green, OL, Texas A&M

Previous 7.0 Mock Draft selection: Jameson Williams, WR

Best Draft Targets for the Cardinals with the 23rd pick:

  • Offensive Line: Improving Kyler Murray’s protection has to be a top priority this offseason. Texas A&M’s Kenyon Green or Boston College’s Zion Johnson could step in at right guard in place of the departed Max Garica.
  • Wide Receiver: The Cardinals need another weapon, besides DeAndre Hopkins, who can make plays downfield. Chris Olave, Jameson Williams and Drake London all fit naturally as outside receivers in Kingsbury’s offense.
  • Pass-Rusher: Despite blitzing at the league’s third-highest rate, Arizona ranked dead last in pressure rate on the blitz. Even if Chandler Jones is re-signed, adding an impact pass-rusher has to be a top priority. Arizona may be a candidate to trade up to acquire Jermaine Johnson or George Karlaftis. Or, if they’re willing to be patient with his injury, Michigan’s David Ojabo could be an option with this selection. 

Who Calls the Shots in Cardinals Draft Room?

GM Steve Keim (10th year) has final say over personnel decisions.

Key Stats & Notes for the Cardinals heading into the 2022 NFL Draft

  • Quarterbacks pressured in 2.5 seconds or less on 26.1% of dropbacks, ranked 29th.
  • Used three or more wide receivers on 80% of pass plays. 
  • Generated 29.8% pressure rate on blitzes (ranked 32nd) and blitzed at third-highest rate (35.7%)
  • Allowed three or more yards before contact on 30% of rush attempts, excluding plays inside the 10-yard line, ranked 26th. 

Key Offseason Additions for Cardinals

  • CB Jeff Gladney
  • OG Will Hernandez

Key Offseason Departures for Cardinals

  • EDGE Chandler Jones (Raiders)
  • WR Christian Kirk (Jaguars)
  • LB Jordan Hicks (Vikings)
  • RB Chase Edmonds (Dolphins)
  • CB Robert Alford (free agent)
  • OG Max Garcia (Giants)

24. Dallas Cowboys, Top Draft Pick Prediction: Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas

Previous 7.0 Mock Draft selection: Burks

Best Draft Targets for the Cowboys with the 24th pick:

  • Wide Receiver: Due to the departure of Amari Cooper, wide receiver is once again an issue in Dallas. Over the last two seasons, Dak Prescott averaged 8.0 yards per attempt with Cooper on the field, compared to just 6.3 yards per attempt with CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup on the field without Cooper, per TruMedia. Treylon Burks is a dangerous weapon after the catch from the slot and would be able to take on most of Cooper’s role in the offense. 
  • Offensive Line: We know Dallas values a strong offensive line and their unit has degraded in recent years. Zion Johnson and Kenyon Green are obvious fits. Tyler Linderbaum may be an option, but only if they view Tyler Biadasz as a good fit at guard. 

Who Calls the Shots in Cowboys Draft Room?

Director of player personnel Stephen Jones effectively acts as the general manager with significant input from VP of player personnel Will McClay. Obviously, owner Jerry Jones has been known to step in and make decisions as well. 

Key Stats & Notes for the Cowboys heading into the 2022 NFL Draft

  • Allowed 20 or more yards on 10.1% of opponent pass attempts, ranked 27th. 
  • Played man coverage at second-highest rate (39%) and allowed 7.6 yards per attempt in man coverage, ranked 21st. 
  • Allowed three or more yards before contact on 33% of rush attempts, excluding plays inside the 10-yard line, ranked 31st. 

Key Offseason Additions for Cowboys

  • EDGE Dante Fowler  Jr. 

Key Offseason Departures for Cowboys

  • WR Amari Cooper (Browns)
  • EDGE Randy Gregory (Broncos)
  • OG Connor Williams (Dolphins)
  • OG La’el Collins (Bengals)

25. Buffalo Bills, Top Draft Pick Prediction: Lewis Cine, S, Georgia

Previous 7.0 Mock Draft selection: Daxton Hill, S

Best Draft Targets for the Bills with the 25th pick:

  • Safety: Buffalo has some tough decisions to make at safety next offseason. Jordan Poyer is a free agent after the season and Micah Hyde carries a $10.8M cap hit in 2023. Daxton Hill and Lewis Cine are both options with this pick. 
  • Cornerback: Tre’Davious White’s injury highlighted a lack of ideal depth in the Bills secondary. And with Levi Wallace now in Pittsburgh, it’s become a pressing issue. Trading up for Trent McDuffie may be an option they’ll pursue, as he’ll likely be the last corner on the board with tools to make an immediate impact. Kaiir Elam, Kyler Gordon and Andrew Booth are other options if they stay put. 
  • Left Guard: Over the last two seasons, four different linemen have played at least 200 snaps at left guard in Buffalo. Texas A&M’s Kenyon Green would be an ideal fit based on his experience in A&M’s heavy use of zone blocking schemes, which would allow for an easy transition to Buffalo. Boston College’s Zion Johnson would fit well for the same reason.  

Who Calls the Shots in Bills Draft Room?

GM Brandon Beane (sixth year) officially has final say over the roster, but head coach Sean McDermott’s opinion is believed to carry equal weight. McDermott and Beane were hired together in 2017 after also working together for six seasons in Carolina. 

Key Stats & Notes for the Bills heading into the 2022 NFL Draft

  • Used 3 or more wide receivers on 88% of pass plays, third highest rate.
  • Allowed 5.7 yards per pass attempt prior to Tre’Davious White’s injury, and 6.5 yards per attempt after White was lost for the season (including playoffs). 
  • Played man coverage at eighth highest rate (35%).

Key Offseason Additions for Bills

  • EDGE Von Miller
  • OG Rodger Saffold
  • DT Tim Settle
  • DT DaQuan Jones
  • TE O.J. Howard 
  • WR Jamison Crowder

Key Offseason Departures for Bills

  • EDGE Jerry Hughes (free agent)
  • CB Levi Wallace (Steelers)
  • DT Harrison Phillips (Vikings)
  • DT Star Lotulelei (free agent)
  • DT Vernon Butler (Raiders)
  • WR Emmanuel Sanders (free agent)
  • WR Cole Beasley (free agent)
  • OT Daryl Williams (free agent)

26. Tennessee Titans, Top Draft Pick Prediction: Tyler Smith, OL, Tulsa

Previous 7.0 Mock Draft selection: Desmond Ridder, QB

Best Draft Targets for the Titans with the 26th pick:

  • Right Tackle: The Titans are still in the market for a power run-blocker at right tackle, who would allow them to shift Dillon Radunz inside to guard. Tulsa’s Tyler Smith and Texas A&M’s Kenyon Green are potential fits.
  • Quarterback: The Titans are built to win now, even without elite quarterback play. So why continue paying Ryan Tannehill when they could save a ton of money to use elsewhere by plugging in a rookie contract? Tennessee has been visiting with quarterback prospects, so this scenario is definitely something they’ve discussed. 
  • Jordan Davis/Travis Jones: The Titans run defense was league-average or better by most metrics, but could improve further with an upgrade in the middle of the defensive line. Tennessee lined up with a defensive tackle in the zero- or one-tech position on 88% of opponents rush attempts, according to Sports Info Solutions, typically with Naquan Jones or Teair Tart in that role. Jordan Davis or Travis Jones would offer a substantial upgrade.
  • Wide Receiver: This issue was supposed to be solved by the addition of Julio Jones. Jones was targeted at least 10 yards downfield on 46% of his opportunities last year, so Tennessee may be looking for another outside weapon who can stretch the field. Robert Woods, who has regularly lined up in the slot, is probably not that type of receiver at this stage of his career. Jahan Dotson might be an option, though he lacks the ideal size. It would be a reach, but North Dakota State’s Christian Watson is a possibility as well. 
  • Edge Rusher: Tennessee blitzed at the second lowest rate last season but ranked 28th in pressure rate on non-blitzes. Last year’s addition of Bud Dupree made minimal impact on one of the league’s worst pass-rush units. Penn State’s Arnold Ebiketie is another option. 

Who Calls the Shots in Titans Draft Room?

GM Jon Robinson (seventh year) has final say over personnel decisions. 

Key Stats & Notes for the Titans heading into the 2022 NFL Draft

  • Running backs hit at or behind the line of scrimmage on 45.8% of carries when running between the tackles, ranked 31st, per Sports Info Solutions. 
  • Nick Westbrook-Ikhine led team with four receptions at 20 or more yards downfield, second lowest total by a team leader. 
  • A.J. Brown and Julio Jones combined for six receptions on 20 targets at 20 or more yards downfield.
  • David Quessenberry allowed a 7.0% pressure rate when lined up at right tackle, ranked 29th out of 37 players with at least 250 pass protection snaps at right tackle. 
  • Blitzed at second-lowest rate (16.2%) but ranked 28th in pressure rate on non-blitzes (24.5%). 
  • Ranked 22nd in pressure rate generated in 3rd-and-long situations (38%).
  • Generated pressure in 2.5 seconds or less on 19.8% of opponent dropbacks, ranked 26th.
  • Generated 29% pressure rate with Harold Landry on field, and only 21% pressure rate with Landry off the field. 

Key Offseason Additions for Titans

  • WR Robert Woods
  • TE Austin Hooper

Key Offseason Departures for Titans

  • OG Rodger Saffold (Bills)
  • WR Julio Jones (free agent)
  • LB Rashaan Evans (Falcons)
  • OT David Quessenberry (free agent)
  • TE Anthony Firkser (Falcons)

27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Top Draft Pick Prediction: Logan Hall, DL, Houston

Previous 7.0 Mock Draft selection: Devonte Wyatt, DT

Best Draft Targets for the Buccaneers with the 27th pick:

  • Defensive Tackle: With Ndamukong Suh still unsigned, there’s a glaring hole in the defensive line. He may still return, but Tampa would have to consider plugging that gap in the draft if he hasn’t re-signed yet. Tampa uses a lot of 3-4 alignments and Hall is well suited for that role. 
  • David Ojabo: Ojabo’s torn Achilles, suffered at his pro day, likely means he’s sliding down the draft board. He may fall out of the first round altogether, but the Bucs will likely have the luxury of not needing immediate production from this selection. Ojabo’s upside outweighs the Bucs’ other options, so Tampa may view this as an opportunity to steal a top-20 prospect in the late first-round.

Who Calls the Shots in Buccaneers Draft Room?

GM Jason Licht (ninth year) has final say over the roster.  

Key Stats & Notes for the Buccaneers heading into the 2022 NFL Draft

  • Used three or more wide receivers on 78% of pass plays. 

Key Offseason Additions for Buccaneers

  • S Logan Ryan
  • WR Russell Gage 

Key Offseason Departures for Buccaneers

  • OG Alex Kappa (Bengals)
  • S Jordan Whitehead (Jets)
  • DT Ndamukong Suh (free agent)
  • EDGE Jason Pierre-Paul (free agent)
  • RB Ronald Jones (Chiefs)
  • TE Rob Gronkowski (free agent)

28. Green Bay Packers, Top Draft Pick Prediction: George Karlaftis, EDGE, Purdue

Previous 7.0 Mock Draft selection: Nakobe Dean, LB

Best Draft Targets for the Packers with the 28th Pick:

  • Pass-Rusher: Green Bay has a type they prefer on the edge and both Karlaftis and USC’s Drake Jackson fit the mold. Karlaftis would be an ideal blend of need and value if he’s still on the board.
  • Linebacker: We’ve seen enough of Krys Barnes over two seasons to know he’s not the playmaker Green Bay needs at linebacker. Nakobe Dean could fill the same role, bringing more range to the position.
  • Right Tackle: Billy Turner (now with Broncos) and Dennis Kelly (free agent) were the Packers’ right tackles last season. Although Bernhard Raimann, a converted tight end, has limited experience, he was tested against two SEC opponents last year (Missouri and LSU) and suffered just two blown blocks on 102 snaps in pass protection, per Sports Info Solutions. 

See 22nd pick for more on Packers draft plans.

29. Kansas City Chiefs, Top Draft Pick Prediction: Boye Mafe, EDGE, Minnesota

Previous 7.0 Mock Draft selection: Jahan Dotson, WR

Best Draft Targets for the Chiefs with the 29th pick:

  • Boye Mafe: The Chiefs have not hidden their affinity for Mafe. If they want him, they need to grad him here because he would be coveted option early on Day 2 if the slides out of the first round.
  • Wide Receiver: With Tyreek Hill gone, the Chiefs need to add some speed. Jahan Dotson has outside/slot versatility with an ability to stretch the field and produce quality YAC.
  • Jordan Davis: The Chiefs re-signed Derrick Nnadi but lost Jarran Reed, hurting their depth at nose tackle. Davis would provide a substantial upgrade to Kansas City’s run defense in that role.

Who Calls the Shots in Chiefs Draft Room?

GM Brett Veach (sixth year) officially has final say over the roster, but Andy Reid’s opinion carries significant weight. The two have worked together since Reid hired Veach as a coaching intern in 2004, and Veach followed Reid to Kansas City in 2013. 

Key Stats & Notes for the Chiefs heading into the 2022 NFL Draft

  • Defense allowed 1.73 yards before contact per attempt to running backs (excluding short-yardage attempts), ranked 29th. 
  • Allowed three or more yards before contact on 31% of rush attempts, excluding plays inside the 10-yard line, ranked 28th. 
  • Allowed 9.1 yards per target to slot receivers, ranked 27th, per Sports Info Solutions. 

Key Offseason Additions for Chiefs

  • S Justin Reid
  • WR JuJu Smith-Schuster
  • OT Geron Christian
  • RB Ronald Jones

Key Offseason Departures for Chiefs

  • WR Tyreek Hill (Dolphins)
  • S Tyrann Mathieu (free agent)
  • CB Charvarius Ward (49ers)
  • CB Mike Hughes (Lions)
  • DT Jarran Reed (Packers)

30. Kansas City Chiefs, Top Draft Pick Prediction: Kyler Gordon, CB, Washington

Previous 7.0 Mock Draft selection: David Ojabo, EDGE

Best Draft Targets for the Chiefs with the 30th pick:

  • Cornerback: Between Charvarius Ward and Mike Hughes, the Chiefs lost over 1,000 cornerback snaps from a season ago 一 and that doesn’t even account for Tyron Matthieu, who regularly lined up in coverage in the slot. Florida’s Kaiir Elam and Washington’s Kyle Gordon appear to be the most likely options. 
  • David Ojabo: As long as Mahomes is healthy, the Chiefs won’t be drafting in the upper half of the first round, which means players with Ojabo’s talent are rarely available for Kansas City. Even if his recent injury wipes out his 2022 season, this may be a rare opportunity to land a top-tier talent the Chiefs’ can’t pass up.
  • Safety: The Chiefs may need someone to fill Tyrann Mathieu’s role as the box safety. Penn State’s Jaquon Brisker has plenty of experience in the box and at free safety — that versatility may be attractive to Kansas City. If they’re focused solely on performance in the box, Baylor’s Jalen Pitre would be a perfect fit. 

See 29th pick for more on Chiefs draft plans.

31. Cincinnati Bengals, Top Draft Pick Prediction: Kaiir Elam, CB, Florida

Previous 7.0 Mock Draft selection: Tyler Linderbaum, C

Best Draft Targets for the Bengals with the 31st pick:

  • Cornerback: DC Lou Anarumo has discussed his desire for players with long speed and press-man ability – that describes Elam. If he’s off the board, maybe they settle for Kyler Gordon or Andrew Booth.
  • Tyler Linderbaum: The Bengals have overhauled their offensive line, but Ted Karras doesn’t look like a long-term solution at center 一 his contract is structured effectively as a one-year deal with team options. If Linderbaum slides this far, Cincinnati might view him as yet another upgrade to the offensive line.
  • Daxton Hill: With Jessie Bates on the franchise tag and Eli Apple re-signed to a one-year deal, the Bengals secondary may not need any immediate attention. However, there are still questions beyond 2022 一 Bates, Apple and Vonn Bell are all set to become free agents next offseason. Daxton Hill’s versatility could be valuable to Cincinnati, who would benefit from some depth at cornerback but may also need to replace Bates in 2023 if an extension can’t be reached. Hill has experience at both corner and free safety.

Who Calls the Shots in Bengals Draft Room?

Director of Player Personnel Duke Tobin has final say over roster construction. 

Key Stats & Notes for the Bengals heading into the 2022 NFL Draft

  • Joe Burrow was pressured in under 2.5 seconds on 24.2% of his dropbacks, 10th highest rate in the league. 
  • Running backs averaged 1.1 yards before contact per attempt (excluding short yardage attempts), ranked 29th. 
  • Jonah Williams allowed a 6.4% pressure rate when lined up at left tackle, ranked 29th out of 34 players with at least 250 pass protection snaps at left tackle. 
  • Allowed 20 or more yards on 10.4% of opponent pass attempts, ranked 30th. 

Key Offseason Additions for Bengals

  • OG Alex Kappa
  • IOL Ted Karras 
  • OL La’el Collins

Key Offseason Departures for Bengals

  • TE C.J. Uzomah (Jets)
  • OT Riley Reiff (free agent)
  • DT Larry Ogunjobi (free agent)

32. Detroit Lions, Top Draft Pick Prediction: Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia

Previous 7.0 Mock Draft selection: Lewis Cine, S

Best Draft Targets for the Lions with the 32nd pick:

  • Linebacker: Detroit values leadership and intelligence, so we should assume they love both Nakobe Dean and Devin Lloyd.
  • Safety: Detroit used two-high safety formations 41% of the time last season, so adding a ball hawk in the deep secondary could be an option. This is a strong safety class, but there are more box-safeties than those who fit in a traditional free safety role. Cine stands out as the best fit for a team who wants a playmaker on the back end of the defense.
  • Quarterback: If you’re drafting a quarterback at the end of Round 1, you clearly don’t love him as a prospect. However, we see teams take these risks (Teddy Bridgewater and Lamar Jackson, for example) because the fifth-year option makes this pick significantly more valuable and gives the team added time to make a decision on his future. Desmond Ridder’s athleticism makes him stand out above the other options, though Kenny Pickett could be an option if he’s available.  
  • Edge-Rusher: If the Lions don’t land Hutchinson or Thibodeaux at No. 2, they’ll have to consider adding a pass-rusher at No. 32. Penn State’s Arnold Ebiketie could bring some much-needed explosiveness to the Detroit defense.
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39. Chicago Bears, Top Draft Pick Prediction: Jaquan Brisker, S, Penn State

Previous 6.0 Mock Draft selection: Brisker

Best Draft Targets for the Bears with the 39th pick:

  • Safety: With the Colts last season, Matt Eberflus relied on two-high safety looks at the sixth highest rate. The Bears have Eddie Jackson to play one of those roles, but could potentially add someone like Penn State’s Jaquan Brisker or Michigan’s Daxton Hill to play next to him.
  • Wide Receiver: With Allen Robinson gone an outside receiver with some size, such as Georgia’s George Pickens, would be a good fit. If Chicago prefers to add some speed in the slot, Jahan Dotson could be a target.
  • Offensive Line: The Bears added two draft picks (Teven Jenkins and Larry Borom) to the offensive line last year, but with a new regime taking over it remains to be seen how they view those prospects. There will likely be significant shakeup to the unit. Boston College’s Zion Johnson, Kentucky’s Darian Kinnard, and UCLA’s Sean Rhyan could all be options. 

Who Calls the Shots in Bears Draft Room?

GM Ryan Poles (first year) has final say over roster construction. Poles had been with the Chiefs since 2009, most recently working under GM Brett Veach as director of player personnel. 

Key Stats & Notes for the Bears heading into the 2022 NFL Draft

  • Justin Fields pressured in under 2.5 seconds on 27.8% of dropbacks, the league’s highest rate. 
  • Quarterbacks pressured on 36% of non-blitz dropbacks, ranked 31st.
  • Running backs hit at or behind the line of scrimmage on 46.2%% of carries when running between the tackles, ranked 32nd, per Sports Info Solutions. 
  • Allowed 20 or more yards on 10.1% of opponent pass attempts, ranked 24th. 
  • Allowed 44.6% completion rate on throws 20 or more yards downfield, ranked 29th.
  • Allowed 9.1 yards per target to slot receivers, ranked 29th, per Sports Info Solutions. 

Key Offseason Additions for Bears

  • DT Justin Jones
  • OG Lucas Patrick 

Key Offseason Departures for Bears

  • WR Allen Robinson (Rams)
  • OG James Daniels (Steelers)
  • CB Artie Burns (Seahawks)
  • DT Bilal Nichols (Raiders)
  • DT Akiem Hicks (free agent)
  • OT Jason Peters (free agent)
  • OT Germain Ifedi (Falcons)

44. Cleveland Browns, Top Draft Pick Prediction: Drake Jackson, EDGE, USC

Previous 6.0 Mock Draft selection: Nik Bonitto, EDGE

Best Draft Targets for the Browns with the 44th pick:

  • Edge-Rusher: Cleveland may need to replace Jadeveon Clowney and Takk McKinley, who are both still on the free-agent market. Cleveland likes to draft for both proven production and high-end traits, so USC’s Drake Jackson and Oklahoma’s Nik Bonitto will be on their radar.

Who Calls the Shots in Browns Draft Room?

GM Andrew Berry (third year) has final say, with input from chief strategy officer Paul DePodesta (seventh year) and head coach Kevin Stefanski (third year)

Key Stats & Notes for the Browns heading into the 2022 NFL Draft

  • Baker Mayfield completed 41.6% of his throws at 10 or more yards downfield, ranked 34th out of 39 quarterbacks.
  • Mayfield generated -1 EPA or worse on 41.2% of his dropbacks under pressure, ranked 38th.
  • Donovan Peoples-Jones led team with seven receptions on 16 targets at 20 or more yards downfield.
  • Generated 34% pressure rate with Jadeveon Clowney on the field and 25% pressure rate with Clowney off the field. 

Key Offseason Additions for Browns

  • QB Deshaun Watson
  • WR Amari Cooper
  • C Ethan Pocic

Key Offseason Departures for Browns

  • EDGE Jadeveon Clowney (free agent)
  • C J.C. Tretter (free agent)
  • WR Jarvis Landry (free agent)
  • TE Austin Hooper (Titans)
  • DL Malik Jackson (free agent)
  • EDGE Takk McKinley (free agent)

47. Indianapolis Colts, Top Draft Pick Prediction: Christian Watson, WR, North Dakota State

Previous 6.0 Mock Draft selection: Abraham Lucas, OT

Best Draft Targets for the Colts with the 47th pick:

  • Wide Receiver: Receiver was a weak area of the Colts’ depth chart already, and now T.Y. Hilton and Zach Pascal are set to hit free agency. Adding a weapon with slot/outside versatility to pair with Michael Pittman Jr. would make the most sense. Western Michigan’s Skyy Moore and Penn State’s Jahan Dotson are two options that fit that description. If they want to add more pure speed, Christian Watson fits as well. 
  • Offensive Line: The Colts have a statue at quarterback again, so upgrading Matt Ryan‘s offensive line is a must. There’s not a ton of exciting Day 2 offensive line prospects, but Tulsa’s Tyler Smith and Minnesota’s Daniel Faalele are two possible options.  

Who Calls the Shots in Colts Draft Room?

GM Chris Ballard (sixth year) has final say over roster construction. 

Key Stats & Notes for the Colts heading into the 2022 NFL Draft

  • Quarterbacks pressured 34% of non-blitz dropbacks, ranked 28th.
  • Eric Fisher allowed an 8.8% pressure rate when lined up at left tackle, ranked 33rd out of 34 players with at least 250 pass protection snaps at left tackle. 
  • Defense blitzed at the fifth-lowest rate (19.8%) and ranked 26th in pressure rate on non-blitzes (25.7%). 

Key Offseason Additions for Colts

  • QB Matt Ryan
  • EDGE Yannick Ngakoue
  • CB Stephon Gilmore
  • S Rodney McLeod

Key Offseason Departures for Colts

  • QB Carson Wentz (Commanders)
  • OG Mark Glowinski (Giants)
  • LT Eric Fisher (free agent)
  • WR T.Y. Hilton (free agent)
  • WR Zach Pascal (Eagles)
  • CB Xavier Rhodes (free agent)

61. San Francisco 49ers, Top Draft Pick Prediction: Cam Taylor-Britt, CB, Nebraska

Previous 7.0 Mock Draft selection: Cade Otton, TE

Best Draft Targets for the 49ers with the 61st pick:

  • Cornerback: The 49ers have the potential to lose over 2,500 combined snaps from the secondary to free agency. Cam Taylor-Britt brings a physical presence to the secondary, which fits well in San Francisco. 
  • Tight End: Over the last two seasons, the 49ers averaged 6.5 yards per play outside the red zone when George Kittle was on the field, compared to 5.8 when he was off. The injuries are mounting for Kittle 一 he’s missed 11 games over the last two years 一 so adding a quality insurance policy could be part of game plan this offseason. 

Who Calls the Shots in 49ers Draft Room?

GM John Lynch (sixth year) has final say over personnel decisions. 

Key Stats & Notes for the 49ers heading into the 2022 NFL Draft

  • Running backs averaged 1.12  yards before contact per attempt (excluding short-yardage attempts), ranked 28th. 
  • Running backs hit at or behind the line of scrimmage on 45.7% of carries when running between the tackles, ranked 30th, per Sports Info Solutions. 
  • Allowed 46.4% completion rate on throws 20 or more yards downfield, ranked 31st.

Key Offseason Additions for 49ers

  • CB Charvarius Ward

Key Offseason Departures for 49ers

  • OG Laken Tomlinson (Jets)
  • DT D.J. Jones (Broncos)
  • S Jaquiski Tartt (free agent)
  • CB K’Waun Williams (Broncos)
  • CB Jason Verrett (free agent)
  • CB Josh Norman (free agent)

64. Denver Broncos, Top Draft Pick Prediction: Nik Bonitto, EDGE, Oklahoma

Previous 7.0 Mock Draft selection: Myjai Sanders, EDGE

Best Draft Targets for the Broncos with the 64th pick:

  • Edge-Rusher: The Broncos can’t replace Von Miller with this pick, but they can potentially add a weapon like Myjai Sanders who could be used as a pass-rush specialist early in his career. Oklahoma’s Nik Bonitto has a limited skill set, but as a situational pass-rusher he could offer value here. 
  • Cornerback: Denver invested heavily in the secondary last year, but Kyle Fuller and Bryce Callahan are still free agents. Prior to joining Denver, GM George Paton was the right-hand man to Vikings GM Rick Spielman for 14 drafts, during which they drafted a defensive back in the first or second round eight times. 

Who Calls the Shots in Broncos Draft Room?

GM George Paton (second year) has final say over the roster. Prior to joining Denver, he spent the majority of his career as Rick Spielman’s right-hand man in Minnesota and Miami, and appears to be taking a similar approach to building the Broncos as he and Spielman did with the Vikings.

Key Stats & Notes for the Broncos heading into the 2022 NFL Draft

  • After the Von Miller trade, Denver ranked 29th in QB pressure rate at 25.7%.
  • Played man coverage at third highest rate (38.5%) and allowed 7.4 yards per attempt in man coverage, ranked 20th. 

Key Offseason Additions for Broncos

  • QB Russell Wilson
  • OT Billy Turner
  • EDGE Randy Gregory
  • DT D.J. Jones
  • CB K’Waun Williams

Key Offseason Departures for Broncos

  • CB Bryce Callahan (free agent)
  • CB Kyle Fuller (free agent)
  • RT Bobby Massie (free agent)
  • LB Alexander Johnson (free agent)

86. Las Vegas Raiders, Top Draft Pick Prediction: Nicholas Petit-Frere, OT, Ohio State

Previous 7.0 Mock Draft selection: Petit-Frere

Best Draft Targets for the Raiders with the 22nd pick:

  • Offensive Line: An upgrade is needed at right tackle. It could come from within if last year’s first-round pick Alex Leatherwood is ready to shift from guard to tackle 一 though he did not look ready as a rookie. Depending on his status, either right tackle or right guard will be an area that could be addressed with this selection.
  • Wide Receiver: The addition of Davante Adams is obviously a massive upgrade, but Las Vegas may also want to add another deep threat to their arsenal. Despite playing just seven games, Henry Ruggs III led the Raiders in receptions at 20 or more yards downfield last year. Cincinnati’s Alec Pierce could be a third-round option.

Who Calls the Shots in Raiders Draft Room?

GM Dave Ziegler (first year, spent previous nine seasons in Patriots front office) has final say over the roster, though head coach Josh McDaniels (first year) will likely have significant input. McDaniels and Ziegler were college teammates at John Carroll and it was McDaniels who helped Ziegler get his first NFL job with the Broncos when McDaniels was their head coach. 

Key Stats & Notes for the Raiders heading into the 2022 NFL Draft

  • Derek Carr pressured in under 2.5 seconds on 24.5% of dropbacks, ninth highest rate in league. 
  • Quarterbacks pressured on 33.6% of non-blitz dropbacks, ranked 26th.
  • Running backs hit at or behind the line of scrimmage on 39.6% of carries when running between the tackles, ranked 25th, per Sports Info Solutions. 
  • Brandon Parker allowed 9.4% pressure rate when lined up at right tackle, ranked 35th out of 37 players with at least 250 pass protection snaps at right tackle. 

Key Offseason Additions for Raiders

  • WR Davante Adams
  • EDGE Chandler Jones
  • DT Bilal Nichols
  • DT Vernon Butler

Key Offseason Departures for Raiders

  • EDGE Yannick Ngakoue (Colts)
  • CB Casey Hayward (Falcons)
  • WR Zay Jones (Jaguars)

102. Miami Dolphins, Top Draft Pick Prediction: Kevin Austin Jr., WR, Notre Dame

Previous 7.0 Mock Draft selection: Alec Pierce, WR

Best Draft Targets for the Dolphins with the 102nd pick:

  • Wide Receiver: Miami is clearly trying to load up on offensive weapons to give Tua Tagovailoa the best opportunity to succeed. Since Jaylen Wadden and Tyreek Hill are undersized receivers who excel in the slot, it would make sense to add another bigger weapon on the outside. 
  • Running Back: The Dolphins are loading up with offensive weapons, so why not add one more in the draft. James Cook may not be a workhorse running back, but he’s an ideal weapon in the passing game to play a versatile role in Mike McDaniels’s offense. 

Who Calls the Shots in Dolphins Draft Room?

GM Chris Grier (seventh year) has final say over personnel decisions but has accepted substantial input from past head coaches, which likely applies to Mike McDaniel (first year) as well. 

Key Stats & Notes for the Dolphins heading into the 2022 NFL Draft

  • Quarterbacks pressured in 2.5 seconds or less on 27.4% of dropbacks, ranked 30th.
  • Tua Tagovailoa generated -1 EPA or worse on 39.1% of his dropbacks under pressure, ranked 35th out of 39 quarterbacks.
  • Liam Eichenberg allowed an 8.9% pressure rate when lined up at left tackle, ranked 34th out of 34 players with at least 250 pass protection snaps at left tackle. 
  • Played man coverage at highest rate (46%) and allowed 7.4 yards per attempt in man coverage, ranked 19th. 

Key Offseason Additions for Dolphins

  • WR Tyreek Hill
  • OT Terron Armstead
  • OG Connor Williams
  • RB Chase Edmonds
  • WR Cedric Wilson 

Key Offseason Departures for Dolphins

  • WR Will Fuller (free agent)
  • WR DeVante Parker (Patriots)
  • CB Justin Coleman (Seahawks)
  • OG Jesse Davis (Vikings)

104. Los Angeles Rams, Top Draft Pick Prediction: Kellen Diesch, OT, Arizona State

Previous 7.0 Mock Draft selection: Sean Rhyan, OL

Best Draft Targets for the Rams in the third round:

  • Offensive Line: With Austin Corbett and Andrew Whitworth gone, the Rams have some questions on what used to be a reliable offensive line. Finding a tackle tackle with this selection could be tough, but there are also some quality interior lineman likely to be available such as Chattanooga’s Cole Strange and Kentucky’s Darian Kinnard. 
  • Linebacker: The Rams have excelled at finding and developing linebacker prospects in the middle and late rounds of the draft. With a need at the position once again, Wisconsin’s Leo Chenal and Wyoming’s Chad Muma are two possible options. 

Who Calls the Shots in Rams Draft Room?

 GM Les Snead (11th year) has final say over personnel decisions. 

Key Stats & Notes for the Rams heading into the 2022 NFL Draft

  • The Rams do not currently own a pick before the fourth round, but they will be awarded a third-round compensatory pick for losing their former director of college Scouting, Brad Holmes, to the Lions last offseason. 
  • Used 11 personnel on 85% of offensive snaps. 
  • Allowed 9.0 yards per target to slot receivers, ranked 26th, per Sports Info Solutions. 

Key Offseason Additions for Rams

  • WR Allen Robinson
  • LB Bobby Wagner

Key Offseason Departures for Rams

  • OT Andrew Whitworth (retired)
  • EDGE Von Miller (Bills)
  • CB Darious Williams (Jaguars)
  • LB Ogbonnia Okoronkwo (Texans)
  • OG Austin Corbett (Panthers)
  • DT Sebasthian Joseph-Day (Chargers)
  • WR Odell Beckham Jr. (free agent)

7.0 NFL Mock Draft from Ryan McCrystal (Apr 18)

PickTeamPlayerPos.College
1JaguarsAidan HutchinsonEDGEMichigan
2LionsKayvon ThibodeauxEDGEOregon
3TexansEvan NealOTAlabama
4JetsAhmad GardnerCBCincinnati
5GiantsIkem EkwonuOTNC State
6PanthersCharles CrossOTMiss.State
7GiantsTravon WalkerEDGEGeorgia
8FalconsGarrett WilsonWROhio State
9SeahawksDevin LloydLBUtah
10JetsJermaine JohnsonEDGEFlorida State
11CommandersKyle HamiltonSNotre Dame
12VikingsTrent McDuffieCBWashington
13TexansGeorge KarlaftisEDGEPurdue
14RavensDerek Stingley Jr.CBLSU
15EaglesChris OlaveWROhio State
16SaintsTrevor PenningOTN. Iowa
17ChargersZion JohnsonIOLBoston College
18EaglesJordan DavisDTGeorgia
19SaintsMalik WillisQBLiberty
20SteelersKenny PickettQBPittsburgh
21PatriotsKyler GordonCBWashington
22PackersDrake LondonWRUSC
23CardinalsJameson WilliamsWRAlabama
24CowboysTreylon BurksWRArkansas
25BillsDaxton HillSMichigan
26TitansDesmond RidderQBCincinnati
27BuccaneersDevonte WyattDLGeorgia
28PackersNakobe DeanLBGeorgia
29ChiefsJahan DotsonWRPenn State
30ChiefsDavid OjaboEDGEMichigan
31BengalsTyler LinderbaumIOLIowa
32LionsLewis CineSGeorgia

6.0 NFL Mock Draft from Ryan McCrystal (Apr 11)

PickTeamPlayerPos.College
1JaguarsAidan HutchinsonEDGEMichigan
2LionsKayvon ThibodeauxEDGEOregon
3TexansEvan NealOTAlabama
4JetsAhmad GardnerCBCincinnati
5GiantsIkem EkwonuOTNC State
6PanthersCharles CrossOTMiss.State
7GiantsTravon WalkerEDGEGeorgia
8FalconsGarrett WilsonWROhio State
9SeahawksDevin LloydLBUtah
10JetsJameson WilliamsWRAlabama
11CommandersKyle HamiltonSNotre Dame
12VikingsTrent McDuffieCBWashington
13TexansJermaine JohnsonEDGEFlorida State
14RavensTrevor PenningOTN. Iowa
15EaglesGeorge KarlaftisEDGEPurdue
16SaintsMalik WillisQBLiberty
17ChargersZion JohnsonIOLBoston College
18EaglesTreylon BurksWRArkansas
19SaintsDrake LondonWRUSC
20SteelersKenny PickettQBPittsburgh
21PatriotsDerek Stingley Jr.CBLSU
22PackersChris OlaveWROhio State
23CardinalsJahan DotsonWRPenn State
24CowboysTravis JonesDTConnecticut
25BillsAndrew Booth Jr.CBClemson
26TitansTyler SmithOTTulsa
27BuccaneersDevonte WyattDLGeorgia
28PackersNakobe DeanLBGeorgia
29ChiefsJordan DavisDTGeorgia
30ChiefsDavid OjaboEDGEMichigan
31BengalsTyler LinderbaumIOLIowa
32LionsDesmond RidderQBCincinnati

5.0 NFL Mock Draft from Ryan McCrystal (Mar 28)

PickTeamPlayerPos.College
1JaguarsAidan HutchinsonEDGEMichigan
2LionsTravon WalkerEDGEGeorgia
3TexansEvan NealOTAlabama
4JetsIkem EkwonuOTNC State
5GiantsKayvon ThibodeauxEDGEOregon
6PanthersCharles CrossOTMiss.State
7GiantsAhmad GardnerCBCincinnati
8FalconsKyle HamiltonSNotre Dame
9SeahawksTrevor PenningOTN. Iowa
10JetsGarrett WilsonWROhio State
11CommandersDrake LondonWRUSC
12VikingsGeorge KarlaftisEDGEPurdue
13TexansJermaine JohnsonEDGEFlorida State
14RavensDevonte WyattDLGeorgia
15EaglesDerek Stingley Jr.CBLSU
16EaglesJameson WilliamsWRAlabama
17ChargersZion JohnsonIOLBoston College
18SaintsMalik WillisQBLiberty
19EaglesDevin LloydLBUtah
20SteelersChris OlaveWROhio State
21PatriotsNakobe DeanLBGeorgia
22PackersTreylon BurksWRArkansas
23CardinalsKenyon GreenIOLTexas A&M
24CowboysJordan DavisDTGeorgia
25BillsKaiir ElamCBFlorida
26TitansTravis JonesDTConnecticut
27BuccaneersDavid OjaboEDGEMichigan
28PackersBernhard RaimannOTC. Michigan
29ChiefsRoger McCrearyCBAuburn
30ChiefsJahan DotsonWRPenn State
31BengalsDaxton HillSMichigan
32LionsDesmond RidderQBCincinnati

4.0 NFL Mock Draft from Ryan McCrystal (Mar 21)

PickTeamPlayerPos.College
1JaguarsAidan HutchinsonEDGEMichigan
2LionsKyle HamiltonSNotre Dame
3TexansEvan NealOTAlabama
4JetsIkem EkwonuOTNC State
5GiantsKayvon ThibodeauxEDGEOregon
6PanthersCharles CrossOTMiss.State
7GiantsTrevor PenningOTN. Iowa
8FalconsTravon WalkerEDGEGeorgia
9SeahawksAhmad GardnerCBCincinnati
10JetsDevin LloydLBUtah
11CommandersGarrett WilsonWROhio State
12VikingsGeorge KarlaftisEDGEPurdue
13TexansJermaine JohnsonEDGEFlorida State
14RavensDevonte WyattDLGeorgia
15EaglesDerek Stingley Jr.CBLSU
16EaglesNakobe DeanLBGeorgia
17ChargersZion JohnsonIOLBoston College
18SaintsMalik WillisQBLiberty
19EaglesJameson WilliamsWRAlabama
20SteelersChris OlaveWROhio State
21PatriotsKaiir ElamCBFlorida
22PackersTreylon BurksWRArkansas
23CardinalsKenyon GreenIOLTexas A&M
24CowboysJordan DavisDTGeorgia
25BillsTrent McDuffieCBWashington
26TitansDrake LondonWRUSC
27BuccaneersDavid OjaboEDGEMichigan
28PackersBernhard RaimannOTC. Michigan
29DolphinsTyler LinderbaumIOLIowa
30ChiefsTravis JonesDTConnecticut
31BengalsDaxton HillSMichigan
32LionsDesmond RidderQBCincinnati

3.0 NFL Mock Draft from Ryan McCrystal (Mar 14)

PickTeamPlayerPos.College
1JaguarsAidan HutchinsonEDGEMichigan
2LionsKyle HamiltonSNotre Dame
3TexansEvan NealOTAlabama
4JetsIkem EkwonuOTNC State
5GiantsKayvon ThibodeauxEDGEOregon
6PanthersCharles CrossOTMiss.State
7GiantsAhmad GardnerCBCincinnati
8FalconsTravon WalkerEDGEGeorgia
9SeahawksDevin LloydLBUtah
10JetsGarrett WilsonWROhio State
11CommandersKenyon GreenIOLTexas A&M
12VikingsGeorge KarlaftisEDGEPurdue
13BrownsChris OlaveWROhio State
14RavensTrevor PenningOTN. Iowa
15EaglesDerek Stingley Jr.CBLSU
16EaglesJermaine JohnsonEDGEFlorida State
17ChargersJordan DavisDTGeorgia
18SaintsMalik WillisQBLiberty
19EaglesTyler LinderbaumIOLIowa
20SteelersZion JohnsonIOLBoston College
21PatriotsKaiir ElamCBFlorida
22RaidersNakobe DeanLBGeorgia
23CardinalsDavid OjaboEDGEMichigan
24CowboysJameson WilliamsWRAlabama
25BillsDevonte WyattDLGeorgia
26TitansTreylon BurksWRArkansas
27BuccaneersRoger McCrearyCBAuburn
28PackersDrake LondonWRUSC
29DolphinsBernhard RaimannOTC. Michigan
30ChiefsJaquan BriskerSPenn State
31BengalsTrent McDuffieCBWashington
32LionsArnold EbiketieEDGEPenn State

2.0 NFL Mock Draft from Ryan McCrystal (Mar 7)

PickTeamPlayerPos.College
1JaguarsAidan HutchinsonEDGEMichigan
2LionsKyle HamiltonSNotre Dame
3TexansEvan NealOTAlabama
4JetsIkem EkwonuOTNC State
5GiantsKayvon ThibodeauxEDGEOregon
6PanthersCharles CrossOTMiss.State
7GiantsAhmad GardnerCBCincinnati
8FalconsDavid OjaboEDGEMichigan
9SeahawksDerek Stingley Jr.CBLSU
10JetsDevin LloydLBUtah
11CommandersKenny PickettQBPittsburgh
12VikingsGeorge KarlaftisEDGEPurdue
13BrownsGarrett WilsonWROhio State
14RavensJordan DavisDTGeorgia
15EaglesTyler LinderbaumIOLIowa
16EaglesTravon WalkerEDGEGeorgia
17ChargersTrevor PenningOTN. Iowa
18SaintsChris OlaveWROhio State
19EaglesTreylon BurksWRArkansas
20SteelersZion JohnsonIOLBoston College
21PatriotsKaiir ElamCBFlorida
22RaidersNakobe DeanLBGeorgia
23CardinalsKenyon GreenIOLTexas A&M
24CowboysJameson WilliamsWRAlabama
25BillsDevonte WyattDLGeorgia
26TitansJermaine JohnsonEDGEFlorida State
27BuccaneersAndrew Booth Jr.CBClemson
28PackersDrake LondonWRUSC
29DolphinsBernhard RaimannOTC. Michigan
30ChiefsJalen PitreSBaylor
31BengalsTrent McDuffieCBWashington
32LionsMalik WillisQBLiberty

1.0 NFL Mock Draft from Ryan McCrystal (Feb 28)

PickTeamPlayerPos.College
1JaguarsAidan HutchinsonEDGEMichigan
2LionsKayvon ThibodeauxEDGEOregon
3TexansEvan NealOTAlabama
4JetsDerek Stingley Jr.CBLSU
5GiantsIkem EkwonuOTNC State
6PanthersCharles CrossOTMiss.State
7GiantsKyle HamiltonSNotre Dame
8FalconsDavid OjaboEDGEMichigan
9BroncosAhmad GardnerCBCincinnati
10JetsDevin LloydLBUtah
11CommandersKenny PickettQBPittsburgh
12VikingsAndrew Booth Jr.CBClemson
13BrownsGarrett WilsonWROhio State
14RavensTyler LinderbaumIOLIowa
15EaglesNakobe DeanLBGeorgia
16EaglesGeorge KarlaftisEDGEPurdue
17ChargersTrevor PenningOTN. Iowa
18SaintsChris OlaveWROhio State
19EaglesTreylon BurksWRArkansas
20SteelersKenyon GreenIOLTexas A&M
21PatriotsKaiir ElamCBFlorida
22RaidersDrake LondonWRUSC
23CardinalsJermaine JohnsonEDGEFlorida State
24CowboysJordan DavisDTGeorgia
25BillsTrent McDuffieCBWashington
26TitansKingsley EnagbareEDGES.Carolina
27BuccaneersJameson WilliamsWRAlabama
28PackersTravon WalkerEDGEGeorgia
29DolphinsBernhard RaimannOTC. Michigan
30ChiefsJalen PitreSBaylor
31BengalsDarian KinnardIOLKentucky
32LionsMalik WillisQBLiberty
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