The New York Giants will pick twice in a span of three picks, and after going offense at pick No. 5 overall, they turn their attention to the defense here. The truth is, the Giants could go offensive line with both of their first-round picks in 2022, but if they choose defense, they have to bring in an edge rusher.
One prospect who is going to be selected in the top-10 is Jermaine Johnson, who dominated Senior Bowl Week down in Mobile. The Giants want to be fast on the defensive side of the ball, and Johnson is an elite athlete who can get after the quarterback.
The Atlanta Falcons are certainly a team to keep an eye on this offseason, as there are many different ways they could go with pick no. 8 overall. Some feel they should move on from quarterback Matt Ryan, but there is no upgrade from him in this draft class, so I think they should go defense here at No. 8 overall.
With this pick the Falcons look to address the edge rusher spot, bringing in Michigan star David Ojabo. The combination of Ojabo and Hutchinson going in the top-10 is a testament to how good this Michigan defense was last year, and both men could be double-digit sack guys in Year 1.
The Denver Broncos have a big decision to make this offseason in terms of the quarterback spot, as it is clear Drew Lock is not the answer. Both Lock and Teddy Bridgewater tried to hold down the position last season, but in the end, the Broncos finished at the bottom of the AFC West once again.
At pick No. 9 overall, they can turn the page on both quarterbacks, and they do so in our latest mock by adding Liberty signal-caller Malik Willis. This guy proved he is top-10 material at the Senior Bowl and could be the long-term answer in Denver.
The New York Jets will close out the top-10 by adding arguably the best cornerback in this draft class is LSU’s Derek Stingley Jr. This is a kid who has had star written all over him since making his collegiate debut, and he fills an immediate void on this Jets defense.
Robert Saleh needs more elite playmakers on the defensive side of the ball, and some feel Stingley is the most NFL-ready player in this draft class. He would instantly become their best defensive back and could change the narrative surrounding this secondary as a rookie.