The 2022 NFL Draft is three months away, and as the playoffs roll on, the draft order continues to be shaped heading into the Super Bowl.
The NFL season is roaring into the Divisional Round, this after an incredible Super Wild Card Weekend that started with an exciting matchup between the Cincinnati Bengals and Las Vegas Raiders. Now, there are eight teams remaining for the coveted Lombardi Trophy, including some familiar faces like Tampa Bay and Kansas City, the two Super Bowl teams from a year ago.
As we get ready for the playoff action this weekend, let us dive into our latest 2022 NFL Mock Draft.
2022 NFL Mock Draft: Playoffs continue to shape first round
The Jacksonville Jaguars hold the No. 1 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, and for this franchise, they certainly need it. Despite picking No. 1 overall in 2021, the Jaguars were once again a laughingstock in 2021, and they even fired head coach Urban Meyer in the process, a hire that was a big mistake.
At the top of the draft, the Jags will have their choice, and right now, it looks like the biggest question will be which edge rusher goes No. 1 overall. In this mock, that pick is Kayvon Thibodeaux, an extremely talented player from Oregon who could be a double-digit sack guy in Year 1 alongside Josh Allen in Jacksonville.
In any other year, the quarterback position would be well-represented in the top-5 of the NFL Draft, as most teams picking in that area likely have an issue there. However, the quarterback class of 2022 does not have any glaring star pick at the position group, so even teams with a question at the spot, like the Detroit Lions, will likely go in another direction.
Picking at No. 2 overall, the Lions decide to go pass rusher as well, bringing in a player who played in-state in college in University of Michigan star Aidan Hutchinson. This is a kid who is actually No. 1 on many big boards, and if he does not land in Jacksonville, he gets to stay close to his Wolverines fans with the Lions.
The Houston Texans could be in the driver’s seat when it comes to the 2022 NFL Draft, as they hold the No.3 overall pick, and could have plenty of draft capital if they trade away Deshaun Watson. Davis Mills played very well as a rookie this season, and likely has earned the job, so I can see them shying away at bringing in a first-round quarterback as well.
With this pick, Houston could go a number of different ways, including bringing in Alabama offensive tackle Evan Neal. However, I believe that when the draft cycle gets started, Kyle Hamilton from Notre Dame is going to be too good a prospect to pass up on, and he lands here in Houston and their rebuild.