top of page

Glenn Kaplan- 1 Round mock with explanations

NFL Draft season is upon us now that Super Bowl LVI is now complete. For the next couple of months, there will be pro days and scouting combines. Teams will be gathering their final evaluations for the upcoming 2022 NFL Draft.

Some NFL teams have more needs than others. With the first round of the NFL Draft order officially set, who will each team select?

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars- Evan Neal, OL, Alabama

Jacksonville needs an offensive lineman for Trevor Lawrence. This pick makes sense and he is a left tackle.

  1. Detroit Lions- Aidan Hutchinson, DE, Michigan

Detroit needs help on the defensive side of the football. Hutchinson going to Detroit makes too much sense here.

  1. Houston Texans- Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon

Houston needs as much help as it possibly can get on the defensive side of the football. He can take plays off but is a special talent.

  1. New York Jets- Ikem Ekwonu, OL, North Carolina State

The New York Jets need more help on the offensive line. Ekwonu moves in any direction and can make key blocks.

  1. New York Giants- Charles Cross, OL, Mississippi State

With the New York Giants needing offensive line help in the worst way, they select an offensive line here with the top two offensive linemen already off the board. Cross fills in one of their needs badly, however. 

  1. Carolina Panthers- Kenny Pickett, QB, PITT

The Carolina Panthers are obviously not sold on Sam Darnold and need their quarterback of the future. He did play the ACC Championship Game in their own stadium and stood out.

  1. New York Giants- Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame

He would be the best football player on the board. Wink Martindale is a heavy Blitzer and Kyle Hamilton would fit that role perfectly. 

  1. Atlanta Falcons- David Ojabo, EDGE, Michigan

Ojabo is climbing up draft boards in a hurry. Atlanta needs a pass rusher badly and they were one of the worst teams in the NFL rushing the quarterback last year.

  1. Denver Broncos- Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati

The Denver Broncos would have a lockdown duo at cornerback with him and Patrick Surtain II since Aqib Talib and Chris Harris Jr. Denver has a lot of talent, but they need a quarterback.

  1. New York Jets- Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU

New York will use its second pick on the defensive side of the football. They need help in all areas, but Stingley Jr. is a nice start.

  1. Washington Commanders- Matt Corral, QB, Ole Miss

Washington needs a quarterback in the worst way and they will be one of the football teams that won’t wait. They have talent elsewhere.

  1. Minnesota Vikings- Travon Walker, DL, Georgia

Minnesota has an interesting offseason ahead of them. They need help up front on defense.