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2022 NFL Three Round Mock Draft – Matthew Morse 1.0

2022 NFL Three Round Mock Draft – Matthew Morse 1.0

2022 NFL Three Round Mock Draft – Matthew Morse 1.0

The NFL has become a year-round sport. Though we only see on-the-field NFL action in the Fall, the NFL offseason never seems to disappoint. We have already seen huge names demanding trades and moving to new teams via blockbuster trades this offseason (Tyreek Hill, anyone?) and I think there is likely another domino or two to fall before or during the draft next week. I think it is more likely than not that a guy like Deebo Samuel is playing for a new franchise come Week 1 next year. If I were a betting man (and I am) I like the odds that Samuel ends up on the Jets. The Jets have the most draft pick ammunition to make a trade like that happen and there are too many 49ers connections on the Jets.

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Speaking of trades, I am not making any here in this mock draft. I am going to make the selections I think each team will make in the first three rounds without trading out of their current draft pick position. Obviously, a lot can change. There is a good chance the Jets move one or both of their second-round picks in the draft before or on draft night and that would obviously change things. But for now, let’s see what I think each team is going to do with their picks in the first three rounds. I may not agree with the choices, but I am doing my best to predict what each franchise thinks is best for their team’s future. Enjoy my first NFL mock draft of the 2022 offseason!

NFL Draft Round 1

See who your team gets in Round 1 of this NFL Mock.

#TeamPickPosCollege
1

Jaguars
Aidan HutchinsonDEMichigan
The Jaguars are familiar with the top half of the draft. That is what happens when you are perpetually at the bottom half of the league, record-wise. I am going chalk here and think the Jaguars are too. The Jaguars, like the rest of the NFL, know it is all about the QB. You need to have an elite QB with weapons to throw to, on the offensive side of the ball and you need to invest in players that disrupt the opponent's QB, on the defensive side of the ball. While I think you could make an argument for an offensive lineman here, the Jaguars already
2

Lions
Malik WillisQBLiberty
This was a tough call. I am not sure I even 100% convinced myself this is the answer. We know that coach Dan Campbell loves players that bite kneecaps to the likelihood they go offensive and defensive lineman here is also very high. Campbell knows football is a game won in the trenches. I could see a scenario where they go Ikem Ekwonu out of Nebraska, Evan Neal from Alabama or even Kavyon Thibodeaux out of Oregon. Ultimately, regardless of what the Lions says about winning with an average QB, I think they know Goff is not the answer. His price tag is too high for his lack of production. Willis seems like an ultra-athletic QB with the most upside in this class and I think the Lions reach a little here to lock down their QB of the future and give him a year to “learn” behind Goff.
3

Texans
Kyle HamiltonSNotre Dame
The Texans have a lot of needs. There are still quality offensive linemen on the board here and the Texans want to protect Davis Mills at all costs and get a good read on his abilities. That being said the Texans defense was bad in 2021 and their secondary was horrendous. They gave up the 10th most yards in the league and tied for the worst passing yards per play allowed in 2021. They lost S Justin Reid in the offseason and Hamilton both fills that hole and give them an ultra-athletic young defender in the secondary.
4

Jets
Kavyon ThibodeauxDEOregon
The Jets still have so many needs but they also have the most draft capital in the 2022 NFL draft. They really need to leave the draft with an edge rusher, a wide receiver and a corner. An argument could be made for any of those positions here. I think a blue chip receiver can and will be available at pick 10 and Saleh’s defensive philosophy does not lend itself to spending such a high pick on a corner. Saleh wants to have an aggressive defensive line with as many talented bodies to rotate in and out as possible. Even with Carl Lawson on the mend, the Jets need to make some additions to the line after only having 33 sacks last year. KT makes too much sense here and gives the Jets their best young pass rusher since John Abraham.
5

Giants
Evan NealOTAlabama
The giants had the least passing yards in the league last year. They already invested the most money in the league in their WR room and likely would not justify drafting another after taking Toney last year. If Toney gets traded, things could change. For now Neal feels like the most logical pick here and gives them a big body to protect Daniel Jones as he gets one last chance to prove he is “the guy.”
6

Panthers
Ikem EkwonuOT/OGNebraska
I wanted to go quarterback so bad here. While I think Kenny Pickett could still go here, I am going with versatile linemen from NC State. Ben McAdoo continues to be a clown impersonating an NFL coach and let it slip that they are planning on starting Sam Darnold this year. While I do not agree with the decision, getting him more protection and one of the best players in the draft here just makes too much sense.
7

Giants
Travon WalkerDEGeorgia
This is likely a desirable scenario for the Giants. They get to address two major needs on both sides of the ball, beef up their manpower in the trenches, and get a player that has been talked about as a potential number one overall pick. The Giants have a lot of needs but only managing 34 sacks last year is unacceptable and needs to be addressed.
8

Falcons
Kenny PickettQBPittsburgh
The Falcons have so many needs. Their roster is terrible and they just lost franchise cornerstone Matt Ryan. They had the least sacks in the NFL last year with 18. The top 3 pass rushers are off the board already and let’s face it, if you do not have a QB you have no chance in today’s NFL. I highly doubt they think Marcus Mariota is the long-term answer. They take Pickett here even though he might not see much of the field in 2022.
9

Seahawks
via DEN
Ahmad “Sauce” GardnerCBCincinnati
The Seahawks have a ton of needs but their defense was horrendous in 2021 and gave up the second-most passing yards in the league. A lockdown corner feels like a Pete Carrol pick here.
10

Jets
via SEA
Drake LondonWRUSC
The Jets are dreaming of this scenario. Their choice of WR at pick 10 as none are off the board yet. Assuming they do not trade for a veteran (Deebo Samuel anyone?) with their second-round picks, I think a WR is a shoe-in at pick 10. It was tempting to go Garret Wilson here but the Jets lack a big-bodied 50-50 receiver and London is easily the best big receiver in this draft class and may be the best overall rookie WR this season.
11

Washington
Derek StingleyCBLSU
The Commanders’ clear-cut biggest need is corner and they gave up the fourth-most passing yards in the NFL last season. Stingley could be the best corner in this draft. This was an easy one.
12

Vikings
Jermaine JohnsonDEFlorida State
Vikings might have bigger needs here as they were second in the league in sacks with 51. They somehow still managed to give up the fifth-most passing yards in the league in 2021. With the top corners and Hamilton already off the board, Johnson is far too good of a value to pass up at 12.
13

Texans
via CLE
Charles Cross, OTMississippi
The Texans already addressed the defensive side of the ball at pick 3 and will do everything they can to help their young QB. They could go a WR here but I see them locking down a potential cornerstone tackle to keep Mills upright for years to come.
14

Ravens
Trent McDuffieCBWashington
This might be a bit of a reach but in a scenario where Hamilton, Stingley, and Sauce Gardner are off the board McDuffie is the next best choice in the secondary. The Ravens gave up the most passing yards in the league last year. That needs to be addressed.
15

Eagles
via MIA/i>
George KarlaftisDEPurdue
The Eagles could use some youth infusion on the DL. They also had the second least sacks in the league last year. They take the best edge rusher left on the board.
16

Saints
via PHI/i>
Garrett WilsonWROhio State
The Saints are likely to work on rebuilding their offense this year. They had the least passing yards in the league last year. These are no longer your Sean-Drew Brees’ Saints. Winston needs help. The Saints spring to the podium to select another stud Ohio State WR to pair with Michael Thomas.
17

Chargers
Trevor Penning/b>OTIowa
Chargers spent big on defense already this offseason adding Mack and Jackson. The Chargers will likely invest heavily on offense in this year’s draft to help Herbert continue to blossom. They gave Mike Williams a huge contract already and have Keenan Allen. I see them pairing a huge OT with Slater to lock down each side of the line and keeping Herbert upright for years to come.
18

Eagles
via NO/i>
Devin LloydLBUtah
Eagles have a clear need at linebacker and Lloyd is the best LB prospect in this draft. This is a clear case of need meeting best player available.
19

Saints
via PHI/i>
Matt CorralQBOle Miss
The Saints did not trade back into the first round for a second selection to not take a QB. They clearly likely one or more QBs enough to take one and let them learn behind Winston for at least this year. The Saints are hoping to rebuild and retool and rumor has it they may like Corral.
20

Steelers
Zion JohnsonOGBoston College
The Steelers will likely be disappointed in this board as the top three QBs are off the board. They think they can win with Trubisky and could use some help on the OL. Zion Johnson makes a ton of sense here as an athletic, versatile OL to give Trubisky the best chance to succeed.
21

Patriots
Jordan DavisDTGeorgia
This just wreaks of a Patriots draft selection. The Patriots have a habit of drafting and developing high-quality defensive linemen.
22

Packers
via LV
Treylon BurksWRArkansas
This feels like a popular choice for the Packers in mock draft but it just makes too much sense. The Packers currently have the worst WR room in the league and two first-round picks. You do the math.
23

Cardinals
Andrew Booth, Jr. CBClemson
The Cardinals have nothing that scares you in their cornerback room. Booth is best CB available at this point and is a pretty good value at 23. This just makes too much sense for the Cardinals who are ready to win now and can’t afford to have a bunch of nobodies covering the opponent's best receiver.
24

Cowboys
Tyler LinderbaumOG/CIowa
The Cowboys have holes to fill and were at their best when they had a top 5 OL in the league. Linderbaum is a premier talent and a steal at this point in the draft.
25

Bills
Jameson WilliamsWRAlabama
Bills fans are going to love this. Williams is a top 10 talent and coming off injury falls all the way to the Bills at 25. The Bills already boast one of the best offenses in the league and with the emergence of Gabe Davis and the addition of Jamison Crowder, they can afford to wait for Williams to be healthy coming off an ACL injury. This team likely makes a stronger push for the Super Bowl if they can land a guy like Williams.
26

Titans
Nakobe DeanLBGeorgia
Arguably the best traditional three-down linebacker with the most potential to become a league leader in tackles, I don’t think Mike Vrabel will be able to pass on Dean. A defense-first guy is going to continue to work on his defense and address a big positional need.
27

Buccaneers
Devonte WyattDTGeorgia
The Bucs might be the most complete roster in the league so everything they draft in 2022 is gravy. They could take a developmental QB here but they are also trying to win now. As of this moment, Ndamukong Suh is a free agent and Tampa Bay could use a young replacement who is ready to start now.
28

Packers
Chris OlaveWROhio State
I am not kidding. The Packers should take wide receivers with both of their first-round picks. Their WR corps is currently led by the corpse of Sammy Watkins on a prove-it deal and they only have Aaron Rodgers for a few more years. If they are serious about winning a super bowl they load up on WR in a deep class.
29

Chiefs
via 49ers via MIA
Jahan DotsonWRPenn State
The Chiefs have back-to-back picks at the end of the first round and there is absolutely no way at least one of them is not a WR. Instead of mortgaging their future and giving Tyreek Hill they decided to trade him to Miami and that picks will 100% be used on a younger more cost-effective replacement.
30

Chiefs
Dax Hill, SMichigan
It does not look like Tyrann Mathieu is coming back to KC. Drafting a high-quality and cost-effective replacement again makes too much sense for a well-run franchise.
31

Bengals
Kenyon GreenOLTexas A & M
The Bengals already signed three offensive linemen this offseason and they draft another one here to complete their unit overhaul. Burrow is the face of their franchise and he probably already has a Superbowl MVP under his belt if they were able to keep him upright.
32

Lions
via LAR
David OjaboDEMichigan
The Lions decided to take a QB at the top of round 1 and I know Dan Campbell is chomping at the bit to dip into the deep edge class. He gets Ojabo here who on talent alone probably should have went higher but because of injury concerns, the Lions are able to steal him to round out round 1.

NFL Draft Round 2

Who will come off the board in Round 2? Why?

#TeamPickPosCollege
33

Jaguars
Quay WalkerLBGeorgia
The Jaguars nab a suitable replacement for the loss of Myles Jack. Jack’s production will be hard to match.
34

Lions
Christian WatsonWRNorth Dakota State
The lions have some nice young pieces like Amon Ra St. Brown but desperately need more playmakers. They get a good one here.
35

Jets
Kaiir Elam, CBFlorida
The Jets must come out of this draft with a starting-caliber edge, WR and CB. They went edge and WR in round one so they nab the best CB left here filling another hole on their roster.
36

Giants
Chad MumaLBWyoming
The Giants have so many needs on both sides of the ball but continue to shore up the defense here by selecting one of the best linebackers on the board.
37

Texans
Logan HaulDEHouston
The Texans keep the Houston product in town and add an edge defender in a very deep class.
38

Jets
via CAR
Bernhard RaimannOTCental Michigan
Joe Douglas loves the trenches and he especially loves OL. The Jets are very likely going to spend a top 40 pick on an OL to continue building a wall in front of Zach Wilson.
39

Bears
Skyy MooreWRCentral Michigan
The Bears desperately need to get Justin Fields some young weapons to grow with. Luckily for them, this is a deep class and they still land a good one without a first-round.
40

Seahawks
via DEN
Desmond RidderQBCincinnati
The Seahawks claim to be high on Drew Lock but I would bet they draft a QB. They take a project in Ridder to sit behind Lock or….Baker Mayfield?
41

Seahawks
Arnold EbiketieDEPenn State
The Seahawks continue to work on a horrid defense here. Lucky for them, this is a deep edge class.
42

Colts
via WAS
Tyler SmithOLTulsa
The Colts pride themselves on good O-line play and are in win-now mode with Matt Ryan under center for a few years. They grab a tackle to protect their new QB.
43

Falcons
Lewis CineSGeorgia
The Falcons need help everywhere. They might be the worst roster in the NFL. Taking the best player available here and Cine is great value and good a player.
44

Browns
George PickensWRGeorgia
You have to think the Browns sprint to the podium to make this pick. They need more weapons for Watson and with such a deep class a potential blue-chip WR is available here.
45

Ravens
Travis JonesDTConnecticut
The Ravens continue to shore up the defensive line here on a defensive unit that needs as much help as it can get.
46

Vikings
Christian HarrisLBAlabama
The Vikings need all the help they can get on defense and they land a nice player here to help soften the blow of losing Anthony Barr.
47

Washington
Cam JurgensCNebraska
To stem the tide of losing a good O-linemen like Brandon Scherff the Commanders take a guy who can play center and guard.
48

Bears
via LAC
Boye MafeDEMinnesota
The Bears look to get a pass rusher to help replace the lost production of Khalil Mack.
49

Saints
Jalen PitreSBaylor
a. The Saints lost Marcus Williams but added Marcus Maye. I think they still want to shore up their secondary for the future and get great value in Pitre here.
50

Chiefs
via MIA
Perrion WinfreyDTOklahoma
The Chiefs take one of the top DTs left and beef up their defensive line here.
51

Eagles
Kyler GordonCBWashington
The Eagles continue to go hard on defense and take the top corner left on the board.
52

Steelers
Sam HowellQBNorth Carolina
If the Steelers do not nab a QB in the first, I think it is highly likely they take one they like in the second. Howell will not have to start in year 1.
53

Packers
via LV
Drake JacksonDEUSC
The Packers need help at edge after losing Z. Smith. They take the best one left here.
54

Patriots
Roger McCrearyCBAuburn
I would be stunned if the Patriots do not draft a CB or two. They lost JC Jackson in the offseason and need a plan to somehow replace his production
55

Cardinals
Darian KinnardOGKentucky
Getting more protection for Kyler Murray is another step closer to appease their disgruntled star.
56

Cowboys
Leo ChanalLBWisconsin
Cowboys have a need at linebacker and addressed their o-line in the first round. This feels like a good pick here.
57

Bills
Breece HallRBIowa State
This pick feels like the one everyone knows is going to happen. The Bills need more production out of their RB room. Hall has visited the Bills and they seem to love each other. The Bills would be wise to stock up on as many weapons as possible for Josh Allen
58

Falcons
via TEN
Jalen TolbertWRAlabama
Did I mention the Falcons are bad? The Falcons add a potential weapon for Mariota and/or Pickett.
59

Packers
Daniel FaaleleOTMinnesota
The Packers are going all in to surround Rodgers with weapons and protection.
60

Buccaneers
Jamaree SalyerOGGeorgia
The Buccaneers get the luxury of shoring up the trenches of one of the best rosters in the NFL. The addition of Salyer helps offset the loss of Alex Cappa.
61

49ers
Jaquan BriskerSPenn State
The Niners need some safety help and Brisker is a really good value here.
62

Chiefs
John Metchie IIIWRAlabama
The Chiefs are likely throwing a few darts at WR in this draft after losing Hill.
63

Bengals
Cam Taylor-BrittCBNebraska
The Bengals could use some secondary help. Burrow is likely to find himself in some shootouts and some help on the defensive side of the ball would go a long way.
64

Broncos
via LAR
Trey McBrideTEColorado State
This is another one of those picks that just seems like destiny. The Broncos went all in and acquired QB Russell Wilson and in the process lost TE Noah Fant. They replace that production with a Colorado kid.

NFL Draft Round 3

And for some more fun, ROUND 3!!!

#TeamPickPosCollege
65

Jaguars
Demarvin LealDTTexas A&M
66

Lions
Troy AndersenLBMontona State
67

Giants
Luke GoedekeOGCentral Michigan
68

Texans
Phidarian MathisDTAlabama
69

Jets
Kenneth Walker IIIRBMichigan State
70

Jaguars
via CAR
Marcus JonesCBHouston
71

Bears
Dylan ParhamCMemphis
72

Seahawks
via DEN
Nick BonittoDEOklahoma
73

Colts
via WAS
Carson StrongQBSan Diego State
74

Falcons
Kingsley EnagbareDESouth Carolina
75

Broncos
Cole StrangeCChattanooga
76

Ravens
Channing TindallLBGeorgia
77

Vikings
Greg DulcichTEUCLA
78

Browns
Luke FortnerCKentucky
79

Chargers
Bryan CookSCincinnati
80

Texans
via NO
Dominique RobinsonDEMiami (Ohio)
81

Giants
via MIA
Tariq WoolenCBUTSA
82

Falcons
via IND
Abraham LucasOTWashington State
83

Eagles
Deangelo MaloneDEWestern Kentucky
84

Steelers
Josh PaschalDEKentucky
85

Patriots
Nick CrossSMaryland
86

Raiders
Brian AsamoahLBOklahoma
87

Cardinals
Jeremy RuckertTEOhio State
88

Cowboys
Coby BryantCBCincinnati
89

Bills
Cameron ThomasDESan Diego State
90

Titans
Alec PierceWRCincinnati
91

Buccaneers
Sam WilliamsDEOle Miss
92

Packers
Cade Otton, TEWashington/b>
93

49ers
Joshua WillaimsCBFayetteville State
94

Chiefs
Damarri MathisCBPittsburgh
95

Bengals
Myjai SandersDECincinnati
96

Broncos
via LAR
David BellWRPurdue
97

Lions
Comp Pick
Alex Wright OGUCLA
98

Saints
Comp Pick
Jelani WoodsDEUAB
99

Browns
Comp Pick
Nicholas Petite-FrereTEVirginia
100

Ravens
Comp Pick
Tariq Castro-FieldsOTOhio State
101

Eagles
CBPenn State
102

Dolphins
Comp Pick via 49ers
QBFlorida
103

Chiefs
Comp Pick
QBFlorida
104

Rams
Comp Pick
QBFlorida
105

49ers
Comp Pick
QBFlorida

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