The NFL season is coming to a close as we have Championship Sunday this weekend, but first, let us look at our latest 2022 NFL Mock Draft.
This weekend, we were witness to some of the greatest NFL playoff matchups we have seen in recent memory. Multiple underdogs won on the road, and every game came down to the last play, as four teams punched their tickets to Championship Sunday.
Here, we dive into what the first round could potentially look like in April.
Edge, Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jacksonville Jaguars have still yet to select a new head coach, this fact the debacle that was the less-than-one-year run for Urban Meyer. The worst team in the NFL in 2021, there are some things to like about this franchise, making it a solid destination for a head coach, including quarterback Trevor Lawrence.
After picking Lawrence No. 1 overall in 2021, the Jags once again have the first pick this April, and this time, they add an elite edge rusher on the other side of the ball. This pick could be either Kayvon Thibodeaux or Aidan Hutchinson, but based on the projections, I like Thibodeaux to be the pick here.
Edge, Detroit Lions
Staying with the edge rusher theme early here in the first round, the Detroit Lions hold the No. 2 overall pick, and would be wise to keep Aidan Hutchinson home. The former Michigan Wolverine was so dominant during the 2021 season that he was actually a Heisman Trophy finalist, something you just do not see with defensive players.
Truth is, this is the kind of kid who could be a game-changer in Detroit, as they look to finally get off the mat in the NFC North. This franchise has been bad for a long time, and it likely does not help to see their former franchise quarterback, Matthew Stafford, still playing meaningful games this season.
Safety, Houston Texans
It is the offseason for the Houston Texans, which means they are going to be in the news a lot, and the news will surround former franchise quarterback Deshaun Watson. It remains to be seen where Watson will play next season, but when it comes to the Texans, they may have found their future at the position in Davis Mills.
Turning our attention to the other side of the ball, the Texans were awful on defense for most of the season, and they can get an elite defensive player here at No. 3 overall. Kyle Hamilton is the best safety and defensive back in this draft class, and he would be a giant boost for this pass defense in 2022 and beyond.