With the NFL draft, just minutes from opening and 32 young men’s lives changing forever, experts from multiple outlets have been releasing their final mock drafts in preparation for tonight’s spectacle. With that said the staff at ANYS have come together on a consensus mock first round. So, who will be shaking the commissioner’s hand as 2022’s first overall pick?
Travon Walker EDGE
Jacksonville needs pass rush help desperately. Newly hired head coach Doug Pederson has advocated for OT Ikem Ekwonu so he could be in play. However, Edge seems to be the biggest need given Cam Robinson’s new deal. Aidan Hutchinson is also in play but Trent Baalke has tipped his hand towards Walker here at 1 overall.
Aidan Hutchinson EDGE
Detroit won’t waste any time handing in the card should Hutchinson be on the board for their pick. Dan Cambell gets himself a defensive leader. Hutchinson stays home in Michigan.
Derek Stingley CB
Houston could go a number of directions here, ultimately Lovie Smith needs help on what was an awful secondary last year. Stingley fits exactly what the Texans want to do and Houston makes the first shocking selection.
Ikem Ekwonu OT
The Jets need defensive help, however, protecting Zach Wilson has to be the biggest priority. Who knows if Mekhi Becton will ever be healthy enough to be relied on. Worst case, the Jets kick someone inside.
Evan Neal OT
This seems like an ideal scenario for Big Blue. New York needs to address the offensive line to give Daniel Jones a fair evaluation. Neal fits the bill having experience all over the line, especially at RT.
- PHI (via CAR, traded 15 + 18)
Jameson Williams WR
The first big trade of the night, as the eagles, consolidate their picks to move up and add yet another weapon for Jalen Hurts. Williams is the best receiver in the class even with his ACL injury likely holding him out into next season.
- NO (via NYG, traded 19 + 16)
Kenny Pickett QB
The Giants would love to move back at seven and adding an extra first-rounder would be a “dream” according to Jordan Raanan. The saints jump ahead of divisional rival Atlanta to take their pick at their favorite QB. My money is on Kenny Pickett.
Malik Willis QB
Atlanta clearly wants a dual-threat QB to enter next season. Mariota will serve nicely as a bridge QB for Malik Willis who clearly needs to polish his game before becoming an NFL starter.
Charles Cross OT
Seattle could go EDGE here but Cross is the last of the tier one tackles and at this point in the draft they would likely trade back with a tackle needy team or just take Cross themselves.
Ahmad Gardner CB
The jets end up with likely the biggest steal of the top 10. Sauce Gardner will likely be a top-five pick and first CB off the boar but in this scenario, trades for position players and Houston going with Stingley could cause Sauce to slide a bit.
Garrett Wilson WR
Washington adds another weapon to line up across from Terry McLaurin. Carson Wentz will have all the tools to succeed.
Kyle Hamilton S
Minnesota’s secondary was the worst in the league last year. With Gardner and Stingley off the board, The vikings don’t panic and go with Hamilton, the best safety in the draft.
Kayvon Thibodeaux EDGE
The Texans add potentially the best player in the draft with Kayvon Thibodeaux. KT and Stingley will bolster this defense immediately.
- KC (via BAL, traded 29 + 30)
Chris Olave WR
The Chiefs need to replace Tyreek Hill badly and Marquez Valdes-Scantling will not get the job done. The Chiefs trade with the Ravens who are notorious for stacking picks in order to select their new WR.
- CAR (via PHI, traded 6)-
Trevor Penning OT
Carolina moves back here and acquires more pick in a year where they have very few. They still bring in Penning who is a good pick at this point in the draft. Penning isn’t Charles Cross, but he sure is mean in the trenches and Carolina pick again at 18.
- NYG (via NO, traded 7)
Jermaine Johnson EDGE
The Giants are able to trade back and take a player they may have even considered at 7. Jermain Johnson has great athleticism and can get to the QB while also setting the edge against the run.
Jordan Davis IDL
The Chargers go with Davis, the physical specimen who is widely considered the best IDL in the draft. The new-look Chargers defense will be scary
- CAR (via PHI, traded 6)
Tyler Linderbaum IOL
Carolina continues to add to the OL adding Linderbaum, the best center in the draft. In adding Penning and Linderbaum the Panthers are guaranteeing whoever their QB will be will eventually have time to process plays.
- NYG (via NO, traded 7)
Zion Johnson IOL
The Giants hop on the train of trading back and adding two OL. Zion Johnson is a smart player who can slide in at either guard spot and play well. The Giants are helping their own cause with this pick.
Desmond Ridder QB
The Steelers sit patiently and bring in what could be the future of their organization. Desmond Ridder is an all-around leader with many of the tools necessary to be a successful NFL QB.
Devin Lloyd LB
This seems like such a Patriots pick, Lloyd is the best MLB in the draft and he falls into Belichiks hands. Who knows what potential they can unlock in Foxboro.
Drake London WR
Green Bay lands the big body WR from USC to try and fill the empty shoes of Devante Adams. London reminds me of a more nimble Mike Evans
Trent McDuffie CB
Arizona could go edge here after letting Chandler Jones walk, however, McDuffie is a great value selection here and Arizona also needs a new CB
George Karlaftis EDGE
Karlaftis was once a projected top ten pick, however, a lot about him feels familiar to Bills Edge AJ Epenesa, who also plummeted down draft boards and ended up in the second round. The same could happen to Karlaftis, however here I have the Cowboys scooping him up.
Andrew Booth Jr. CB
The Bills could easily go the best player available or even fill a need like RB here, however, Booth will be a nice addition to the Bills secondary that now has to guard Tyreek Hill twice a year.
Treylon Burks WR
Burks is a very versatile player. He is essentially Deebo Samuel in a massive body. Burks can unlock an entirely new layer of offense for the Titans who need all the variety they can get.
Kenyon Green IOL
Green has some injury concerns and can slide, however, the need is too big for Tampa Bay to pass on first-round talent like Green.
Boye Mafe EDGE
The Packers add another edge to the mix as Zadarius Smith won’t be returning. Mafe has a lot of potential and won’t have too much pressure on him in Green Bay.
- BAL (via KC, traded 14)
Devonte Wyatt IDL
Baltimore adds one of the best IDL in the draft here. Wyatt fits the scheme well and will step in and start day one.
- BAL (via KC, traded 14)
Tyler Smith IOL
Many have written off Smith as a tackle and have labeled him a guard. However, he can potentially be cached up and fill that missing tackle spot for the Ravens.
Daxton Hill S
The Bengals fixed their OL problems in free agency (at least we think they did). The secondary can use help, however. Hill is considered one of the top safeties in the draft.
Jahan Dotson WR
Detroit closes out the first round with Dotson, an undersized but explosive receiver who will be just another weapon across from mon Ra st. Brown. Goff will need all the help he can get.
FULL TRADE LIST
- CAR sends 6 ovr – PHI sends 15 + 18 ovr
- NYG sends 7 ovr – NO sends 16 + 19 ovr
- BAL sends 14 ovr – KC sends 29 + 30 ovr