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1. Jacksonville Jaguars—DE Kayvon Thibodeaux, Oregon 

The Jacksonville Jaguars will have at least a new head coach—and a new general manager if the fans get their way—and are owners of the No. 1 overall pick for the second-straight season. What the new head coach does with that pick will be the subject of much debate. The Jaguars could attempt to trade the pick, but in a class without a clear-cut QB1 that’s unlikely to happen. Instead, holding tight and drafting the best available player is most likely. Kayvon Thibodeaux’s speed and athleticism will help a defense that was sixth-worst in sack production last year.

2. Detroit Lions—DE Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan 

The Lions hit big with their 2021 draft picks of Penei Sewell and Amon-Ra St. Brown. General manager Brad Holmes needs to hit again with the No. 2 pick. The Lions are in great position to simply sit tight and draft the best pass-rusher on the board. Aidan Hutchinson relentless pass-rush skills and all-around game are a great fit with head coach Dan Campbell’s style. He’ll also help a team that had just 30 sacks all season long.

3. Houston Texans—CB Derek Stingley Jr., LSU 

The Houston Texans are likely to trade quarterback Deshaun Watson this offseason, which will only add to their war chest of draft capital. Instead of selecting a replacement for Watson at No. 3 overall, the Texans should roll with 2021 third-rounder Davis Mills as the starter next season after a strong rookie showing. At No. 3 overall the Texans don’t need a left tackle, so they instead focus on an athletic, productive, NFL-ready cornerback with shutdown potential. 

4. New York Jets—CB Sauce Gardner, Cincinnati 

The Jets have two first-rounders in the 2022 class (thanks to the Jamal Adams trade) and have to address a secondary that notched just seven interceptions all season long. Sauce Gardner has sweet feet at 6’2” and impressed against every receiver he faced the last two seasons. It shouldn’t be a surprise if he lands as the top cornerback drafted in late April.

5. New York Giants—OT Evan Neal, Alabama 

Second-year offensive tackle Andrew Thomas took a turn toward being a Pro Bowl-caliber player in 2021, but the rest of the Giants’ offensive line needs a complete makeover. While many disagree with the strategy of spending two top five picks on offensive tackles within a three-year span, the Giants have to fix their problems up-front. Neal, at 6’7” and 360 pounds, can line up at right tackle with Thomas securing the left.

6. Carolina Panthers—OT Charles Cross, Mississippi State 

The expectation around the league is that the Panthers will be very involved in any trade talks involving Deshaun Watson, Russell Wilson or Aaron Rodgers. That means they likely won’t own this pick when the actual draft kicks off. Should they strike out trading for a top-tier veteran, the Panthers could reach for a quarterback here but after missing a few times on different passers, it’s more likely they’d roll with Sam Darnold again in 2022 and try again in a quarterback-rick 2023 draft class.

7. New York Giants (f/CHI)—S Kyle Hamilton, Notre Dame

The Giants’ defense was improved under Patrick Graham as defensive coordinator, but the talent-level could use a boost–especially in the secondary. Kyle Hamilton is the modern defensive weapon at 6’3” and 220 pounds. He’s a matchup safety who can play deep middle, in the box or erase tight ends in man coverage. Safeties are rarely difference-makers, but Hamilton can be.

8. Atlanta Falcons—DE David Ojabo, Michigan 

The Falcons could look at a quarterback of the future, but with Matt Ryan returning for 2022 it’s smarter that they address the league’s worst pass-rush stats. With just 18 sacks in 17 games, the Falcons need immediate help up-front. Ojabo is raw, but his length and speed are enticing. He’s a major impact on passing downs right out of the gate.

9. Denver Broncos—OT Ikem Ekwonu, NC State 

A new head coach will determine the direction of the Denver Broncos–which means this pick could very well be sent to a team like Seattle, Houston or Green Bay for a veteran quarterback. I fully expect the Broncos to compete with the Panthers as the two most aggressive teams pursuing quarterbacks this off-season. If they strike out, we could see another year of Drew Lock and a stop-gap veteran instead of reaching for a passer here. If the Broncos stay pat, Ikem Ekwonu is the type of mauler that would make this offensive line one of the most promising in the NFL.

10. New York Jets (f/SEA)—OC Tyler Linderbaum, Iowa CB

The Jets don’t know if they can rely on offensive tackle Mekhi Becton moving forward–he missed all but Week 1 with an injury–but they know the offensive line needs beefed up. Pairing Tyler Linderbaum with last year’s first-rounder Alijah Vera-Tucker would give the Jets an athletic, smart interior offensive line duo to build around. With Zach Wilson showing tremendous promise late in the season, investing in his protection is wise.

11. Washington Football Team—QB Matt Corral, Ole Miss 

The Football Team will likely be heavily involved in quarterback trade talks this off-season, but outside of Ron Rivera there isn’t much here (from an ownership and front office perspective) to make it an attractive destination for established starters. Instead, look for Washington to be very involved in the first-round crop of quarterbacks. Matt Corral has the arm strength and athleticism to be the dual-threat difference-maker this offense needs. There are rumors of prickliness in his personality, but Rivera isn’t the type to mind.

12. Minnesota Vikings—DT DeMarvin Leal, Texas A&M 

The Vikings will have a new general manager and a new head coach next season but the expectation around the league is that they’ll have the same quarterback. With Kirk Cousins and a strong offensive core returning, the Vikings can focus on rebuilding a defense that slipped badly in ‘21. DeMarvin Leal is a fit no matter the defensive front you’re running thanks to his 6’5”, 290 pound frame and top-tier athleticism.

13. Cleveland Browns—WR Drake London, USC 

Just four months ago the Browns’ wide receiver room looked like a strength. Now, Odell Beckham, Jr. is gone and Jarvis Landry may be moved in a salary cap savings situation. The Browns are back to needing a WR1 and someone who can expand the strike zone for Baker Mayfield–especially in the red zone. Drake London is the best 50/50 receiver in the draft and a physical nightmare for cornerbacks.

14. Baltimore Ravens—DE George Karlaftis, Purdue 

What has been a strength in Baltimore for quite some time could be a unit made for a makeover in 2022. Brandon Williams is a free agent and Calais Campbell is 35 years old. The front four could be a big focus for the Ravens’ this offseason. George Karlaftis is the ideal scheme fit given his ability to play 4-3 defensive end or kick inside as a nickel 3-technique. Offensive tackle and wide receiver could definitely be in play here, but Karlaftis is a great value at No. 14.

15. Philadelphia Eagles (f/MIA)—WR Jameson Williams, Alabama 

With three picks in Round 1, the Philadelphia Eagles can completely remake the roster this offseason. Some believe they’ll use that capital to acquire Deshaun Watson (or another quarterback), but with Jalen Hurts playing well enough to get the team into the playoffs, it makes more sense to load up the rest of the roster with premium picks. Jameson Williams will give the Eagles the complement to DeVonta Smith that they need for a Crimson Tide triangle in the passing game. Williams’ speed and after-catch ability are the best in the draft.

**Editor’s Note: This article was written before the National Title game and Williams’ injury. Until the full extent of his injury is known, his draft stock is questionable.**

16. Philadelphia Eagles (f/IND)—EDGE Travon Walker, Georgia 

With back-to-back picks the Eagles land another high-athleticism playmaker, but this time on defense. Travon Walker is a bit raw, but the 275-pounder has the ability to play as a down defensive end or kick inside in nickel situations. Walker’s just scratching the surface of his ability–something that stood out greatly against Joe Moore Award winning Michigan’s offensive line.

17. Los Angeles Chargers—WR Garrett Wilson, Ohio State 

Wide receiver might not seem like the biggest need after watching the Chargers fail to stop the run on Sunday night, but with Mike Williams set to hit free agency and Keenan Allen entering his age 30 season, this is a sneaky big need. Garrett Wilson’s upside, sticky hands, and route-running are all a smidge ahead of his teammate Chris Olave; he also has the ability in space to threaten defenses deep.

18. New Orleans Saints—QB Kenny Pickett, Pitt 

A good pre-draft process could definitely push Kenny Pickett up the board, but right now he ranks as a mid-first round talent. That’s perfect for the New Orleans Saints where Pickett’s accuracy, anticipation, and moxie would make him the Week 1 starter in 2022. Pickett doesn’t have the big-time elite traits, but he’s simply a really smooth passer with the tools to be a good mid-level starter in the pros that can be elevated with a good team around him.

19. Philadelphia Eagles—LB Devin Lloyd, Utah

The final Philadelphia pick in Round 1 goes to the defense where linebacker Devin Lloyd can be an ideal three-down heat-seeking missile for the front seven. Lloyd is a monster at 6’3” and 230 pounds with excellent range, long arms to stack up blockers, and an ability to diagnose in a hurry. He could be a riser throughout this process.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers—QB Carson Strong, Nevada 

Questions about a knee injury could affect Strong’s draft stock, but with Ben Roetliisberger likely done in Pittsburgh there is a need for a big-armed passer who can work with the team’s talented receivers. Strong fits the bill of a passer able to handle the weather in the Steel City but does lack the top-end athleticism that many teams prefer. If the Steelers are willing to stick with a pocket quarterback, Strong is ideal.

21. New England Patriots—LB Nakobe Dean, Georgia 

Wide receiver is the biggest need for the team, but the Patriots have terrible luck drafting at the position and are more likely to spend free agent dollars finding a pass-catcher. One thing Bill Belichick does very well is draft defenders; and linebacker Nakobe Dean is the athletic, rangy ‘backer that can instantly slide into a starting spot at middle or weakside linebacker.

22. Miami Dolphins (f/SF)—OT Trevor Penning, Northern Iowa 

The Dolphins hit big with wide receiver Jaylen Waddle in the 2021 draft; now they need to build up an offensive line that was very inconsistent this past season. Trevor Penning is a little underrated right now but that could change after the Senior Bowl. He has left tackle length, agility, and technique.

23. Las Vegas Raiders—WR Jahan Dotson, Penn State 

The loss of Henry Ruggs was felt at wide receiver, but even before his arrest the Raiders lacked the playmakers the offense needed. Dotson can be that electric playmaker from either the slot or boundary with his speed but also with his hands and route-running. This isn’t a one-trick speed pony, but a polished all-around receiver.

24. Arizona Cardinals—DE Drake Jackson, USC 

The Cardinals faded down the stretch this year and one reason was the lack of a pass-rush outside of Chandler Jones. Even if you’re counting on JJ Watt coming back in ‘22 and being a part of this front, the front office has to focus on getting younger and healthier. Drake Jackson was red hot earlier in the year and flashed big-time potential. While he (and USC) cooled after midseason, he has the athleticism to be a factor as a stand-up or hand-down rusher.

25. Cincinnati Bengals—OT Nicholas Petit-Frere, Ohio State 

Many criticized the Bengals for passing on Penei Sewell or Rashawn Slater with the No. 5 overall pick in the ‘21 draft, but the selection of Ja’Marr Chase paid off big time. Now, though, the Bengals must address the offensive line. Nicholas Petit-Frere was elite at left tackle until he faced Aidan Hutchinson (the same can be said for a lot of offensive tackles…); don’t let that one game wreck his grade, though. NPF is an NFL starter at tackle or guard and could bolster the Bengals’ front five immediately.

26. Buffalo Bills—WR Chris Olave, Ohio State 

With Cole Beasley set to hit free agency, the Bills have a quiet need at wide receiver opposite Stefon Diggs. Pairing Diggs and Olave would be a match made in heaven thanks to this former Ohio State receiver’s footwork, route-running and tough hands. 

27. Detroit Lions (f/LAR)—QB Malik Willis, Liberty

The Lions went with pass-rusher Aidan Hutchinson at No. 2 overall due to this being a weak quarterback class but they still land a viable future starter in Malik Willis. Based purely on traits, Willis is the most intriguing of the ‘22 class. He has to speed up his process and cut down on his turnovers, but the arm talent and athleticism he possesses are worth trying to develop. As a late-first-rounder, the pressure would be off Willis to save the Lions and instead give him time to acclimate and learn.

28. Dallas Cowboys—CB Roger McCreary, Auburn 

It’s hard to top what Dallas has done in the draft recently with star like CeeDee Lamb, Trevon Diggs and Micah Parsons; they need that same energy this offseason to reload in key spots. Opposite Diggs there is an opening at cornerback and Roger McCreary’s length and toughness at the line of scrimmage are tailor-made for Dallas.

29. Kansas City Chiefs—WR Treylon Burks, Arkansas 

Wide receiver might not seem like the biggest need, but drops from Tyreek Hill this season are concerning and have some around the league wondering if the star wideout is slowing down. Even if he’s not, the Chiefs badly miss a second lethal weapon at receiver. Treylon Burks gives Kansas City size it lacks at wide receiver and a big play threat with the ball in his hands post-catch.

30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers—CB Martin Emerson, Miss. State 

If the Buccaneers are still building around Tom Brady, then they’re reloading for Super Bowl runs each offseason. With that in mind, Jason Licht and Bruce Arians could focus on wide receivers given the Antonio Brown situation and Chris Godwin’s impending free agency (and current injury). Instead, with the receiver position showing good depth in this class, the Bucs focus on the secondary that led them to a Super Bowl last year with the long, speedy Martin Emerson to keep rotating the youth movement in the Tampa defensive backfield.

31. Tennessee Titans—TE Trey McBride, Colorado State 

The Titans have drafted well and filled holes through trades and free agency to a point that they don’t have a true bold print need this offseason. That said, the team does miss tight end Jonnu Smith. Despite a few contenders to take his spot, the Titans could use pick No. 31 overall on an athletic tight end with the meanness in the run game Mike Vrabel and Co. will love.

32. Green Bay Packers—DE Logan Hall, Houston 

The Packers could look at wide receiver or offensive linemen, but the value of Logan Hall fits both the philosophy of the front office and of the defense. Hall, at 6’6”, can play inside or outside for the Packers can give them a beast to play opposite Rashan Gary and the rest of this exciting defense.

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1 hour ago, Bronxville Jets Fan said:

35. Jets—OL Darian Kinnard, Kentucky

38. Jets (f/CAR)—WR John Metchie III, Alabama

69. Jets—EDGE Kingsley Enagbare, South Carolina 

108. Jets (f/CAR)—TE Jeremy Ruckert, Ohio State

114. Jets (f/MIN)—DT Travis Jones, UConn

so in this scenario the jets don't take an edge rusher until the 3rd round and they have 4 picks in the first 2 rounds.  

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1. Jacksonville Jaguars—DE Kayvon Thibodeaux, Oregon 

The Jacksonville Jaguars will have at least a new head coach—and a new general manager if the fans get their way—and are owners of the No. 1 overall pick for the second-straight season. What the new head coach does with that pick will be the subject of much debate. The Jaguars could attempt to trade the pick, but in a class without a clear-cut QB1 that’s unlikely to happen. Instead, holding tight and drafting the best available player is most likely. Kayvon Thibodeaux’s speed and athleticism will help a defense that was sixth-worst in sack production last year.

2. Detroit Lions—DE Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan 

The Lions hit big with their 2021 draft picks of Penei Sewell and Amon-Ra St. Brown. General manager Brad Holmes needs to hit again with the No. 2 pick. The Lions are in great position to simply sit tight and draft the best pass-rusher on the board. Aidan Hutchinson relentless pass-rush skills and all-around game are a great fit with head coach Dan Campbell’s style. He’ll also help a team that had just 30 sacks all season long.

3. Houston Texans—CB Derek Stingley Jr., LSU 

The Houston Texans are likely to trade quarterback Deshaun Watson this offseason, which will only add to their war chest of draft capital. Instead of selecting a replacement for Watson at No. 3 overall, the Texans should roll with 2021 third-rounder Davis Mills as the starter next season after a strong rookie showing. At No. 3 overall the Texans don’t need a left tackle, so they instead focus on an athletic, productive, NFL-ready cornerback with shutdown potential. 

4. New York Jets—CB Sauce Gardner, Cincinnati 

The Jets have two first-rounders in the 2022 class (thanks to the Jamal Adams trade) and have to address a secondary that notched just seven interceptions all season long. Sauce Gardner has sweet feet at 6’2” and impressed against every receiver he faced the last two seasons. It shouldn’t be a surprise if he lands as the top cornerback drafted in late April.

5. New York Giants—OT Evan Neal, Alabama 

Second-year offensive tackle Andrew Thomas took a turn toward being a Pro Bowl-caliber player in 2021, but the rest of the Giants’ offensive line needs a complete makeover. While many disagree with the strategy of spending two top five picks on offensive tackles within a three-year span, the Giants have to fix their problems up-front. Neal, at 6’7” and 360 pounds, can line up at right tackle with Thomas securing the left.

6. Carolina Panthers—OT Charles Cross, Mississippi State 

The expectation around the league is that the Panthers will be very involved in any trade talks involving Deshaun Watson, Russell Wilson or Aaron Rodgers. That means they likely won’t own this pick when the actual draft kicks off. Should they strike out trading for a top-tier veteran, the Panthers could reach for a quarterback here but after missing a few times on different passers, it’s more likely they’d roll with Sam Darnold again in 2022 and try again in a quarterback-rick 2023 draft class.

7. New York Giants (f/CHI)—S Kyle Hamilton, Notre Dame

The Giants’ defense was improved under Patrick Graham as defensive coordinator, but the talent-level could use a boost–especially in the secondary. Kyle Hamilton is the modern defensive weapon at 6’3” and 220 pounds. He’s a matchup safety who can play deep middle, in the box or erase tight ends in man coverage. Safeties are rarely difference-makers, but Hamilton can be.

8. Atlanta Falcons—DE David Ojabo, Michigan 

The Falcons could look at a quarterback of the future, but with Matt Ryan returning for 2022 it’s smarter that they address the league’s worst pass-rush stats. With just 18 sacks in 17 games, the Falcons need immediate help up-front. Ojabo is raw, but his length and speed are enticing. He’s a major impact on passing downs right out of the gate.

9. Denver Broncos—OT Ikem Ekwonu, NC State 

A new head coach will determine the direction of the Denver Broncos–which means this pick could very well be sent to a team like Seattle, Houston or Green Bay for a veteran quarterback. I fully expect the Broncos to compete with the Panthers as the two most aggressive teams pursuing quarterbacks this off-season. If they strike out, we could see another year of Drew Lock and a stop-gap veteran instead of reaching for a passer here. If the Broncos stay pat, Ikem Ekwonu is the type of mauler that would make this offensive line one of the most promising in the NFL.

10. New York Jets (f/SEA)—OC Tyler Linderbaum, Iowa CB

The Jets don’t know if they can rely on offensive tackle Mekhi Becton moving forward–he missed all but Week 1 with an injury–but they know the offensive line needs beefed up. Pairing Tyler Linderbaum with last year’s first-rounder Alijah Vera-Tucker would give the Jets an athletic, smart interior offensive line duo to build around. With Zach Wilson showing tremendous promise late in the season, investing in his protection is wise.

11. Washington Football Team—QB Matt Corral, Ole Miss 

The Football Team will likely be heavily involved in quarterback trade talks this off-season, but outside of Ron Rivera there isn’t much here (from an ownership and front office perspective) to make it an attractive destination for established starters. Instead, look for Washington to be very involved in the first-round crop of quarterbacks. Matt Corral has the arm strength and athleticism to be the dual-threat difference-maker this offense needs. There are rumors of prickliness in his personality, but Rivera isn’t the type to mind.

12. Minnesota Vikings—DT DeMarvin Leal, Texas A&M 

The Vikings will have a new general manager and a new head coach next season but the expectation around the league is that they’ll have the same quarterback. With Kirk Cousins and a strong offensive core returning, the Vikings can focus on rebuilding a defense that slipped badly in ‘21. DeMarvin Leal is a fit no matter the defensive front you’re running thanks to his 6’5”, 290 pound frame and top-tier athleticism.

13. Cleveland Browns—WR Drake London, USC 

Just four months ago the Browns’ wide receiver room looked like a strength. Now, Odell Beckham, Jr. is gone and Jarvis Landry may be moved in a salary cap savings situation. The Browns are back to needing a WR1 and someone who can expand the strike zone for Baker Mayfield–especially in the red zone. Drake London is the best 50/50 receiver in the draft and a physical nightmare for cornerbacks.

14. Baltimore Ravens—DE George Karlaftis, Purdue 

What has been a strength in Baltimore for quite some time could be a unit made for a makeover in 2022. Brandon Williams is a free agent and Calais Campbell is 35 years old. The front four could be a big focus for the Ravens’ this offseason. George Karlaftis is the ideal scheme fit given his ability to play 4-3 defensive end or kick inside as a nickel 3-technique. Offensive tackle and wide receiver could definitely be in play here, but Karlaftis is a great value at No. 14.

15. Philadelphia Eagles (f/MIA)—WR Jameson Williams, Alabama 

With three picks in Round 1, the Philadelphia Eagles can completely remake the roster this offseason. Some believe they’ll use that capital to acquire Deshaun Watson (or another quarterback), but with Jalen Hurts playing well enough to get the team into the playoffs, it makes more sense to load up the rest of the roster with premium picks. Jameson Williams will give the Eagles the complement to DeVonta Smith that they need for a Crimson Tide triangle in the passing game. Williams’ speed and after-catch ability are the best in the draft.

**Editor’s Note: This article was written before the National Title game and Williams’ injury. Until the full extent of his injury is known, his draft stock is questionable.**

16. Philadelphia Eagles (f/IND)—EDGE Travon Walker, Georgia 

With back-to-back picks the Eagles land another high-athleticism playmaker, but this time on defense. Travon Walker is a bit raw, but the 275-pounder has the ability to play as a down defensive end or kick inside in nickel situations. Walker’s just scratching the surface of his ability–something that stood out greatly against Joe Moore Award winning Michigan’s offensive line.

17. Los Angeles Chargers—WR Garrett Wilson, Ohio State 

Wide receiver might not seem like the biggest need after watching the Chargers fail to stop the run on Sunday night, but with Mike Williams set to hit free agency and Keenan Allen entering his age 30 season, this is a sneaky big need. Garrett Wilson’s upside, sticky hands, and route-running are all a smidge ahead of his teammate Chris Olave; he also has the ability in space to threaten defenses deep.

18. New Orleans Saints—QB Kenny Pickett, Pitt 

A good pre-draft process could definitely push Kenny Pickett up the board, but right now he ranks as a mid-first round talent. That’s perfect for the New Orleans Saints where Pickett’s accuracy, anticipation, and moxie would make him the Week 1 starter in 2022. Pickett doesn’t have the big-time elite traits, but he’s simply a really smooth passer with the tools to be a good mid-level starter in the pros that can be elevated with a good team around him.

19. Philadelphia Eagles—LB Devin Lloyd, Utah

The final Philadelphia pick in Round 1 goes to the defense where linebacker Devin Lloyd can be an ideal three-down heat-seeking missile for the front seven. Lloyd is a monster at 6’3” and 230 pounds with excellent range, long arms to stack up blockers, and an ability to diagnose in a hurry. He could be a riser throughout this process.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers—QB Carson Strong, Nevada 

Questions about a knee injury could affect Strong’s draft stock, but with Ben Roetliisberger likely done in Pittsburgh there is a need for a big-armed passer who can work with the team’s talented receivers. Strong fits the bill of a passer able to handle the weather in the Steel City but does lack the top-end athleticism that many teams prefer. If the Steelers are willing to stick with a pocket quarterback, Strong is ideal.

21. New England Patriots—LB Nakobe Dean, Georgia 

Wide receiver is the biggest need for the team, but the Patriots have terrible luck drafting at the position and are more likely to spend free agent dollars finding a pass-catcher. One thing Bill Belichick does very well is draft defenders; and linebacker Nakobe Dean is the athletic, rangy ‘backer that can instantly slide into a starting spot at middle or weakside linebacker.

22. Miami Dolphins (f/SF)—OT Trevor Penning, Northern Iowa 

The Dolphins hit big with wide receiver Jaylen Waddle in the 2021 draft; now they need to build up an offensive line that was very inconsistent this past season. Trevor Penning is a little underrated right now but that could change after the Senior Bowl. He has left tackle length, agility, and technique.

23. Las Vegas Raiders—WR Jahan Dotson, Penn State 

The loss of Henry Ruggs was felt at wide receiver, but even before his arrest the Raiders lacked the playmakers the offense needed. Dotson can be that electric playmaker from either the slot or boundary with his speed but also with his hands and route-running. This isn’t a one-trick speed pony, but a polished all-around receiver.

24. Arizona Cardinals—DE Drake Jackson, USC 

The Cardinals faded down the stretch this year and one reason was the lack of a pass-rush outside of Chandler Jones. Even if you’re counting on JJ Watt coming back in ‘22 and being a part of this front, the front office has to focus on getting younger and healthier. Drake Jackson was red hot earlier in the year and flashed big-time potential. While he (and USC) cooled after midseason, he has the athleticism to be a factor as a stand-up or hand-down rusher.

25. Cincinnati Bengals—OT Nicholas Petit-Frere, Ohio State 

Many criticized the Bengals for passing on Penei Sewell or Rashawn Slater with the No. 5 overall pick in the ‘21 draft, but the selection of Ja’Marr Chase paid off big time. Now, though, the Bengals must address the offensive line. Nicholas Petit-Frere was elite at left tackle until he faced Aidan Hutchinson (the same can be said for a lot of offensive tackles…); don’t let that one game wreck his grade, though. NPF is an NFL starter at tackle or guard and could bolster the Bengals’ front five immediately.

26. Buffalo Bills—WR Chris Olave, Ohio State 

With Cole Beasley set to hit free agency, the Bills have a quiet need at wide receiver opposite Stefon Diggs. Pairing Diggs and Olave would be a match made in heaven thanks to this former Ohio State receiver’s footwork, route-running and tough hands. 

27. Detroit Lions (f/LAR)—QB Malik Willis, Liberty

The Lions went with pass-rusher Aidan Hutchinson at No. 2 overall due to this being a weak quarterback class but they still land a viable future starter in Malik Willis. Based purely on traits, Willis is the most intriguing of the ‘22 class. He has to speed up his process and cut down on his turnovers, but the arm talent and athleticism he possesses are worth trying to develop. As a late-first-rounder, the pressure would be off Willis to save the Lions and instead give him time to acclimate and learn.

28. Dallas Cowboys—CB Roger McCreary, Auburn 

It’s hard to top what Dallas has done in the draft recently with star like CeeDee Lamb, Trevon Diggs and Micah Parsons; they need that same energy this offseason to reload in key spots. Opposite Diggs there is an opening at cornerback and Roger McCreary’s length and toughness at the line of scrimmage are tailor-made for Dallas.

29. Kansas City Chiefs—WR Treylon Burks, Arkansas 

Wide receiver might not seem like the biggest need, but drops from Tyreek Hill this season are concerning and have some around the league wondering if the star wideout is slowing down. Even if he’s not, the Chiefs badly miss a second lethal weapon at receiver. Treylon Burks gives Kansas City size it lacks at wide receiver and a big play threat with the ball in his hands post-catch.

30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers—CB Martin Emerson, Miss. State 

If the Buccaneers are still building around Tom Brady, then they’re reloading for Super Bowl runs each offseason. With that in mind, Jason Licht and Bruce Arians could focus on wide receivers given the Antonio Brown situation and Chris Godwin’s impending free agency (and current injury). Instead, with the receiver position showing good depth in this class, the Bucs focus on the secondary that led them to a Super Bowl last year with the long, speedy Martin Emerson to keep rotating the youth movement in the Tampa defensive backfield.

31. Tennessee Titans—TE Trey McBride, Colorado State 

The Titans have drafted well and filled holes through trades and free agency to a point that they don’t have a true bold print need this offseason. That said, the team does miss tight end Jonnu Smith. Despite a few contenders to take his spot, the Titans could use pick No. 31 overall on an athletic tight end with the meanness in the run game Mike Vrabel and Co. will love.

32. Green Bay Packers—DE Logan Hall, Houston 

The Packers could look at wide receiver or offensive linemen, but the value of Logan Hall fits both the philosophy of the front office and of the defense. Hall, at 6’6”, can play inside or outside for the Packers can give them a beast to play opposite Rashan Gary and the rest of this exciting defense.

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37 minutes ago, JiFapono said:

God, blow my brains out.  I hate this draft so much.

Seriously.  If I’m JD I’m just trying to hit doubles and not homeruns with those first four picks (i.e., no Stingley).  In other words I’d be less concerned about positional values and just take good players like Hamilton and Linderbaum.

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There are a slew of guys out there penning up mock drafts who don't really have a clue about 30 of the 32 teams represented.  They are almost rattling down a big board with a few adjustments for 'team needs' they see elsewhere.  Hardly worth getting worked up about.

Some sites put the work in.  You may still hate the mocks, but it's not for lack of effort on their part.

It's still too early though.  Frankly, until the SB is over and the positions locked, it's sort of the wild west of stupidity.

By the way, whatever your flavor, one thing is certain.  cbssports has the absolute dumbest analysts to walk the earth.  One of their guys had Mason Rudolph as his #1 QB before the 2018 draft and was dead serious about it. 

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6 hours ago, Bronxville Jets Fan said:

4. New York Jets—CB Sauce Gardner, Cincinnati 

The Jets have two first-rounders in the 2022 class (thanks to the Jamal Adams trade) and have to address a secondary that notched just seven interceptions all season long. Sauce Gardner has sweet feet at 6’2” and impressed against every receiver he faced the last two seasons. It shouldn’t be a surprise if he lands as the top cornerback drafted in late April.

 

Who are their sauces for this info?

 

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I would literally take ANY of the 6 guys taken directly after the Jets picked instead of Special Sauce.

The Jets could use any of those three OTs, a DE, or elite Safety instead of a CB for a zone system.

If the Draft unfolded as above I'd likely go Evan Neal at #4 and Karlaftis at #10.  OL and DL, then call it a day and setup for WR, LB, TE and more on Day 2.

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45 minutes ago, jetstream23 said:

It's just one source (CBS rankings) but the sense I get is there's no elite TE talent but a bunch Day 2 type guys.

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Seems like a decent crop. I would think we could get a starting type guy in Rds3/4. Like the LaPorta kid from Iowa a bunch. Maybe draft one, sign one in FA? Have to address this, no more kicking the can down the road.

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Not a lot of consensus yet on the rankings.  Doesn't seem to be a Kyle Pitt level star but probably a handful of solid prospects that could work in the 2nd round.  Having said that, there are probably ten guys who would be the best TE on our team next year so we can probably draft one in round 2 and another on day 3 and be better off for it.

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That mock draft underscores that Miller has no understanding of how the Jets will operate under Douglas/Saleh. It's more likely the Jets will invest a high pick in a safety than corner, and McGovern does well enough at centre to not have to burn a top 10 pick on one.

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On 1/12/2022 at 3:15 PM, BurntDice said:

I would be furious with this.  This would make three 1st and one 2nd round OL over 3 years. Complete and total overkill while sacrificing the rest of the team in a major way. Leaving the lbs, safeties, etc completely baron 

I feel like Jet fans have been complaining about a porous oline and overpaid O-line FAs passed their prime who don't even want to really come here. Now we have a GM who is committed to rebuilding the oline and doing it through the draft. If we got Kinnard and Linderbaum it would be overkill, I agree, but it would set us up with depth and a dominant o-line for the future (assuming both guys hit).  

I don't like the draft. But not nec. because of the o-line selections. And certainly not because JD drafted Becton and AVT. 

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