2022 NFL Mock Draft: QB-needy Panthers take a shot despite weak class, Jaguars keep No. 1 pick

Michigan

• Sr

• 6’7″

/ 260 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

3rd

POSITION RNK

2nd

They landed a bunch of players in free agency, including bringing back Cam Robinson and signing Brandon Scherff to the offensive line. That means they go edge and take Hutchinson.

Georgia

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 272 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

15th

POSITION RNK

1st

The Lions are in a tough spot without a real need for an offensive tackle. They could trade down, but if they stay here I have them taking an edge rusher in Walker, who NFL people love.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 337 lbs

Projected Team

Houston

PROSPECT RNK

4th

POSITION RNK

1st

They restructured the contract of Laremy Tunsil to keep him at left tackle, so I have them taking Neal and playing him on the right side. He is a power player who would give them a good tackle tandem.

Oregon

• Soph

• 6’4″

/ 254 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

2nd

POSITION RNK

1st

They need to improve their pass rush, which is why Thibodeaux would make sense here. He has the tools, even if some scouts have cooled on him, and would fit perfectly in their scheme.

NC State

• Soph

• 6’4″

/ 310 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

PROSPECT RNK

10th

POSITION RNK

4th

Andrew Thomas is set at left tackle, but they need help on the other side. They could move Thomas to the right side or play Ekwonu there. Either way, it’s a win-win.

Pittsburgh

• Sr

• 6’3″

/ 217 lbs

Projected Team

Carolina

PROSPECT RNK

25th

POSITION RNK

3rd

They have to solve their quarterback situation and Pickett is the best of a bad class. Even so, they have to take the swing.

Notre Dame

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 220 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

PROSPECT RNK

1st

POSITION RNK

1st

Safety isn’t a value position, which is why this might be high. But the Giants need a playmaker on the back end, a guy who can bring a lot of big plays.

Liberty

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 219 lbs

Projected Team

Atlanta

PROSPECT RNK

23rd

POSITION RNK

2nd

He is raw, and can spend a year learning behind a veteran. But he has the tools that teams love now with his ability to move. They have to take a shot on a young passer.

Mississippi State

• Soph

• 6’5″

/ 307 lbs

Projected Team

Seattle

PROSPECT RNK

7th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Left tackle Duane Brown is a free agent who remains unsigned. But they need to get a long-term solution at the position anyway.

Cincinnati

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 190 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

9th

POSITION RNK

2nd

They have some corners they like, but you can never have enough with Buffalo in the same division. Gardner is a long corner who would fit the system.

USC

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 219 lbs

Projected Team

Washington

PROSPECT RNK

12th

POSITION RNK

3rd

They traded to get Carson Wentz, so why not get him another young weapon? London is a big receiver who will help liven up the passing game.

LSU

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 195 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

5th

POSITION RNK

1st

They need to get help on the corner, especially since they don’t know if Patrick Peterson is coming back. Even if he does, Stingley has too much talent to pass up.

Utah

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 237 lbs

Projected Team

Houston

PROSPECT RNK

17th

POSITION RNK

1st

Landing a run-and-chase linebacker who can also rush the passer would be a good move for this young team. Texans need players at a lot of spots, so take one of the best in this draft.

Florida State

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 254 lbs

Projected Team

Baltimore

PROSPECT RNK

29th

POSITION RNK

4th

They upgraded the secondary in free agency, so it’s time to add an edge to go with Odafe Oweh, last year’s top pick. Johnson would give them a nice combination off the edge.

Georgia

• Sr

• 6’6″

/ 341 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

18th

POSITION RNK

2nd

They brought Fletcher Cox back on a one-year deal, but they need help for the future. This kid is a big, power player who will be great early against the run.

Ohio State

• Sr

• 6’0″

/ 187 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

27th

POSITION RNK

5th

It looks like Jalen Reagor is a miss. So it’s time to get another receiver with this second of their picks in the first round. Olave could end up as the best in this class.

Northern Iowa

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 321 lbs

They have major issues at right tackle. Getting a young player to play that side will solidify the line in front of Justin Herbert.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 183 lbs

Projected Team

New Orleans

PROSPECT RNK

8th

POSITION RNK

1st

They have to get more help outside in the passing game. Wilson would add some much-needed speed for a downfield threat for Jameis Winston, who is back on a two-year deal.

Clemson

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 194 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

16th

POSITION RNK

3rd

They have to get better at corner, which is why this makes sense with one of their three first-round picks.

Ole Miss

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 212 lbs

Projected Team

Pittsburgh

PROSPECT RNK

22nd

POSITION RNK

1st

Mitch Trubisky is only holding the position for the next guy. That would give Corral a year to learn before he takes over the next season in this scenario.

Texas A&M

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 323 lbs

Projected Team

New England

PROSPECT RNK

30th

POSITION RNK

7th

They traded away Shaq Mason, so it’s time to get his replacement. Green can also play right tackle if need be.

Penn State

• Sr

• 5’11”

/ 178 lbs

Projected Team

Green Bay

PROSPECT RNK

39th

POSITION RNK

6th

He has the speed that this offense needs with the ability to turn short passes into big plays. They have to address receiver in this first round.

Purdue

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 266 lbs

Projected Team

Arizona

PROSPECT RNK

13th

POSITION RNK

3rd

They lost Chandler Jones to the Raiders, so they have to get help for their pass rush. Karlaftis was a productive edge player who would give them some juice up front.

Iowa

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 296 lbs

Projected Team

Dallas

PROSPECT RNK

6th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Their center play hasn’t been great the past two seasons, so they can land the best inside player in this draft. He would be an immediate starter.

Boston College

• Sr

• 6’3″

/ 312 lbs

Projected Team

Buffalo

PROSPECT RNK

31st

POSITION RNK

8th

They could be tempted to go corner here, but with Ryan Bates getting visits as a restricted free agent, I would give them a guard to protect themselves. The Bills have to run it better and protect Josh Allen better.

Tulsa

• Soph

• 6’4″

/ 324 lbs

Projected Team

Tennessee

PROSPECT RNK

47th

POSITION RNK

11th

They need to upgrade their tackle spots. Smith played left tackle, but he could move to the right side and ultimately take over for Taylor Lewan down the road on the left side.

Georgia

• Sr

• 6’3″

/ 307 lbs

Projected Team

Tampa Bay

PROSPECT RNK

33rd

POSITION RNK

3rd

Ndamukong Suh is a free agent, so they need a younger inside player to go with Vita Vea. There are some scouts who think Wyatt will be better than teammate Jordan Davis on the next level.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 179 lbs

Projected Team

Green Bay

PROSPECT RNK

11th

POSITION RNK

2nd

They can take a risk on the best receiver in this draft after taking Dotson earlier in the draft. He is coming off a torn ACL, and probably won’t be ready until midseason, but the Packers will be getting a star when he is ready. Lo and behold, they can draft receivers in the first round.

Georgia

• Jr

• 5’11”

/ 229 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

21st

POSITION RNK

2nd

This is based on them signing a tackle in free agency. So with that the case — it could be Terron Armstead — I will give them a linebacker who can run and cover. He has the speed they will love.

Minnesota

• Sr

• 6’4″

/ 265 lbs

Projected Team

Kansas City

PROSPECT RNK

37th

POSITION RNK

5th

This is a player on the rise, a speed rusher, which is something the Chiefs need. He is raw, but the talent is there.

Michigan

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 250 lbs

Projected Team

Cincinnati

PROSPECT RNK

40th

POSITION RNK

6th

After signing three free agents to upgrade the O-line, they can wait for Ojabo, who tore an Achilles last week at his pro day workout.

Arkansas

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 225 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

14th

POSITION RNK

4th

He is a big, strong receiver who will give their passing game a boost. His 40 times have been disappointing, but he is still capable of being a productive receiver for a team in need.

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