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.

  1. Cleveland Browns- Trelyon Burks, WR, Arkansas

Cleveland needs a wide receiver in the worst way because they don’t have playmakers on the outside. Burks provides a physical body frame, great hands, and speed.

  1. Baltimore Ravens- Tyler Linderbaum, OL, Iowa

Baltimore needs help on the offensive line. Their offensive line was very shaky last season and Linderbaum is the best center prospect in this NFL Draft.

  1. Philadelphia Eagles- Devin Llyod, LB, Utah

Philadelphia will use one of their three picks on defense. Getting a linebacker wouldn’t hurt here.

  1. Philadelphia Eagles- Jermaine Johnson II, EDGE, Florida State

Using an edge rusher with this second pick is a good way to go. Johnson II has a ton of upside.

  1. Los Angeles Chargers- George Karlaftis, EDGE, Purdue

The Los Angeles Chargers need massively help on defense. Karlaftis is a top 10 talent, who slips in this NFL Draft.

  1. New Orleans Saints- Drake London, WR, USC

The New Orleans Saints need a wide receiver. Drake London can go anywhere from the mid-first round to the end of the first round.

  1. Philadelphia Eagles- Zion Johnson, OL, Boston College

Philadelphia will need help on the offensive line because they are getting older at the position. Johnson would be a very good schematic fit for the Eagles.

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers- Malik Willis, QB, Liberty

The Pittsburgh Steelers feel like Willis would have a higher upside than Mason Rudolph and Dwayne Haskins if they don’t go out and get a veteran quarterback to replace Ben Roethlisberger. Pittsburgh is very high on Willis.

  1. New England Patriots- Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington

With J.C. Jackson potentially leaving in free agency, New England would need to replace him at the cornerback position. McDuffie would be a good selection here.

  1. Las Vegas Raiders- Andrew Booth Jr., CB, Clemson

The Raiders have a pass rush, but they have holes in the secondary. With a new general manager at the helm, they hope they’ll get it right with Booth Jr.

  1. Arizona Cardinals- Kenyon Green, OL, Texas A & M

The Cardinals need more help on the offensive line. Green is a day one starter in the NFL.

  1. Dallas Cowboys- Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia

The Cowboys do need some more help on defense despite being much better on that side of the football last season. Dean was on that elite Georgia defense that won the National Title.

  1. Buffalo Bills- Logan Hall, DL, Georgia

The Bills will get richer on the defensive side of the football with this selection. Buffalo had the number one ranked defense a season ago and Hall would add to that.

  1. Tennessee Titans- Garrett Wilson Jr., WR, Ohio State

The Titans would trip themselves going to the podium. Wilson Jr. would be a great addition to this already elite offense.

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama

With Chris Godwin potentially leaving in free agency, they are not going to be very deep at wide receiver other than Mike Evans. Jameson Williams is a solid wide receiver when healthy.

  1. Green Bay Packers- Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State

Olave would be the perfect number two wide receiver for this football team if Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams decided to stay. This would put this offense on another level.

  1. Miami Dolphins- Trevor Penning, OL, Northern Iowa

Penning is moving up draft boards with his senior bowl presence and excellence. He could potentially move up once the scouting combine starts. 

  1. Kansas City Chiefs- Devonte Wyatt, DL, Georgia

Kansas City needs more help on the defensive side of the football. It all starts up front with Wyatt.

  1. Cincinnati Bengals- Bernhard Raimann, OL, Michigan

Cincinnati needs to draft all offensive linemen in order to protect quarterback Joe Burrow. Raimann is an interior offensive lineman and it would be a nice start.

  1. Detroit Lions- Daxton Hill, S, Michigan

Detroit would add more defense with this selection. They have scouted Hill immensely throughout college.

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