The New York Giants will pick twice within a three-selection run, and they will be looking to improve this roster on both sides of the ball. New head coach Brian Daboll, who worked wonders with Josh Allen in Buffalo, will try and figure out what he has in Daniel Jones, but they need to improve the offensive line in front of him if they wish to do so.
That is what makes Charles Cross the selection here at No. 7 overall, as some believe he could be the best offensive tackle in this draft class. Cross would be an immediate starter for this Giants offensive line, bolstering the pass protection for Jones, and creating running lanes for Saquon Barkley.
For months, we have had an edge rusher as the No. 1 overall pick, flip-flopping back and forth between Aidan Hutchinson from Michigan, and Kayvon Thibodeaux from Oregon. The truth is, both players are going to be playmakers at the next level, but is it possible a team could take an edge rusher with the first pick?
In this mock, both men fall a bit in the first round, but neither make it out of the top-10, with Hutchinson going No. 5 to the New York Giants, and Thibodeaux landing here with Atlanta and No. 8. He is a dynamic edge rusher that can improve a defense in what should be a wide-open NFC South next season.
When it comes to the Denver Broncos, it is clear that they have some work to do in terms of the quarterback spot. Drew Lock is not the answer, nor is Teddy Bridgewater in the long-term, so using the No. 9 overall pick on the position group could be the way Nathaniel Hackett and company go this offseason.
Of course, the Broncos appear to be in play for Aaron Rodgers, and that would change everything here, but if they are not landing him, they have to go, quarterback. The selection is Matt Corral from Ole Miss, a player who could start right away for this team, giving Hackett a new quarterback to build his offense around.
We close out the top-10 picks in the 2022 NFL Draft with the New York Jets, making their second pick within the first ten selections. The Jets went quarterback with the No. 2 overall pick last year, and after adding some protection for him at No. 4 overall, they bring in a playmaker for him to throw the ball to here at No. 10.
That selection is Garrett Wilson, a playmaking wideout from Ohio State who I believe should be the first player at his position off the board this April. If the Jets want to see what Wilson has, they have to load up with playmakers this offseason, and Wilson is just what they need.