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Peter Schrager 2022 NFL mock draft 2.0: Bills add offense; Chiefs double down on D
Published: Apr 19, 2022 at 06:53 AM


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1. Jacksonville Jaguars
Travon Walker, Georgia · DL · Junior
I'm told by people in the know that the decision on this pick is far from made. With less than two weeks to go, the Jaguars are still building their board. The fact that it remains a debate makes me think Trent Baalke is leaning toward Walker.

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2. Detroit Lions
Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan · Edge · Senior
If the Jags go with Travon Walker, Detroit won't waste a second turning in this draft card. Local ties aside, Hutchinson is everything the Lions are looking for in a franchise building block and future 10-year starter up front.

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3. Houston Texans
Ickey Ekwonu, N.C. State · OT · Junior
I've heard a lot of noise from folks around the league that Houston could pick one of the two corners -- Sauce Gardner or Derek Stingley Jr. -- but this seems too rich a spot in the draft to take a DB. Houston will address the lack of talent in their current defensive backfield at some point. 


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4. New York Jets
Kayvon Thibodeaux, Oregon · Edge · Junior

If Evan Neal, Sauce Gardner and Thibodeaux are all on the board at No. 4, it will be a simulation and conversation the Jets have explored for weeks. I'm told the team is still sorting its board, but that its meeting with Thibodeaux last Friday went extremely well. At some point, the Jets front office needs to get Robert Saleh an edge rusher.

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5. New York Giants
Charles Cross, Mississippi State · OT · Sophomore (RS)
Your first big shocker of the draft: The Giants take Cross over Evan Neal and Sauce Gardner. I've heard the Giants love the Mississippi State product, who's not only rising up their board, but several other teams', as well.

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6. Carolina Panthers
Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh · QB · Senior (RS)
Pickett's meeting with the Panthers last week went really well. In fact, all of the QB prospect meetings with Carolina did. With only one other pick in the top 140, I think the Panthers just take their QB of choice, hold their nose and deal with any draft-day critiques suggesting they reached with this selection.


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7. New York Giants (from CHI)
Sauce Gardner, Cincinnati · CB · Junior
New defensive coordinator Wink Martindale will be the happiest man on the planet if Sauce falls to No. 7. The former Bearcat is one of the few DBs in recent college football history who could be left on an island and come out on top. Considering Wink's blitz-everyone-and-their-brother-and-mother approach, Gardner would be a perfect fit in the Giants' defensive backfield.

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8. Atlanta Falcons
Evan Neal, Alabama · OT · Junior
The Falcons sit pretty at No. 8 and take the best player available in Neal. This situation would be a lot like what happened to the Chargers last year when Pro Bowler Rashawn Slater unexpectedly fell out of the top 12.

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9. Seattle Seahawks (from DEN)
Derek Stingley Jr., LSU · CB · Junior
Defensive back might not be the most pressing need for Seattle, but Stingley can ball. There's a big drop-off on teams' overall boards at the corner spot after Gardner and Stingley. Seattle gets another LSU Tiger to join Jamal Adams in the secondary.

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10. New York Jets (from SEA)
Jameson Williams, Alabama · WR · Junior

Williams is still working his way back from ACL surgery, but that shouldn't eliminate his chances of going in the top 10. The Jets are still looking to beef up their receiver room, and Williams has WR1 potential. 


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11. Washington Commanders
Garrett Wilson, Ohio State · WR · Junior
Whether or not Washington extends Terry McLaurin isn't a contributing factor with my pick here. The Commanders can go a variety of ways, but if Wilson slips out of the top 10, I think they'd pounce on the former Buckeye.

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12
Minnesota Vikings
Jermaine Johnson II, Florida State · Edge · Senior (RS)
Derek Stingley Jr.'s defensive coordinator at LSU, Daronte Jones, is now coaching with Minnesota (defensive backs), and I think the talented corner is the apple of the Vikings’ eye. If he’s off the board, look for Johnson, an Eden Prairie, Minnesota, native who’s viewed by most teams as the fourth pass rusher off the board. 

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13. Houston Texans (from CLE)
Kyle Hamilton, Notre Dame · S · Junior
The Texans need to address their defensive backfield. In Hamilton, they get the best safety in this draft and a guy who could be a captain his first year on the field.

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14. Baltimore Ravens
Trevor Penning, Northern Iowa · OT · Senior (RS)
Love this fit, both for the landing spot and value. Lamar Jackson will relish playing behind Penning, who has a nasty streak the Ravens may have lost when they traded Orlando Brown Jr. a year ago.

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15. Philadelphia Eagles (from MIA)
Drake London, USC · WR · Junior
Could Philly draft a wide receiver in the first round for the third straight year? Yes. Yes, they can. Remember, they have 10 total selections, and Nick Sirianni is an offensive coach with a big say in this pick.

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16. New Orleans Saints (from IND through PHI)
Chris Olave, Ohio State · WR · Senior
New Orleans takes a WR with elite speed and tremendous upside to pair with the big, physical Michael Thomas.

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17. Los Angeles Chargers
Treylon Burks, Arkansas · WR · Junior
The run at WR continues with the Chargers scooping up another target for Justin Herbert. Burks is the 2022 prospect most often compared to Deebo Samuel, in that he's a prolific playmaker from the perimeter and out of the backfield.

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18. Philadelphia Eagles (from NO)
Devin Lloyd, Utah · LB · Senior (RS)
Lloyd's a great player and person and has the X's-and-O's know-how to be the shot-caller of the Eagles' D. He has exceptional pass-coverage skills (check out his INT against Stanford) and can line up with tight ends in the passing game.


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19. New Orleans Saints (from PHI)
Jordan Davis, Georgia · DT · Senior
The NFL Scouting Combine superhero would find a great defensive coaching staff and core to learn from in New Orleans. Is he going to be the 340-pound physical freak we all saw in Indy or the 360-pound player at UGA who struggled to stay on the field versus Alabama the first time they played last season?


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20. Pittsburgh Steelers
Malik Willis, Liberty · QB · Senior (RS)
Drafting Willis wouldn't be an indictment on Mitchell Trubisky -- it'd be a move toward the future. May the best man win. Willis, who'd be a value pick at No. 20, has a lot of fans around the league -- just not sure there's one willing to take him in the top 10 at this point.

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21. New England Patriots
Trent McDuffie, Washington · CB · Junior
The Patriots didn't re-sign J.C. Jackson and are looking at Jalen Mills and Malcolm Butler as the likely starting corners. Neither is the long-term answer at CB1. McDuffie has a lot of fans around the league.

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22. Green Bay Packers (from LV)
Jahan Dotson, Penn State · WR · Senior
I think the Packers take the best WR left on the board. Dotson isn't going to be Davante Adams anytime soon (or likely ever), but he's a quality receiver who can contribute right away from multiple spots on the field. Eventually, by the end of the season, he could be the Packers' No. 1 or 2 option. 

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23. Arizona Cardinals
Zion Johnson, Boston College · IOL · Senior
Incredibly intelligent and versatile, Johnson would immediately find a spot along Arizona's offensive line. I don't see the Cardinals taking a defensive player in the first round for a third straight year -- regardless of who's on the board.

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24. Dallas Cowboys
Tyler Linderbaum, Iowa · C · Junior (RS)
The Cowboys need offensive line help, and if Linderbaum is still available at No. 24, I could see the former standout wrestler as the team's starting center from Day 1.

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25. Buffalo Bills
Breece Hall, Iowa State · RB · Junior
Everyone's loading up with offensive weapons in the AFC. The Bills are no different. Hall is the only running back I have going in the first round and would immediately become Buffalo's RB1. 


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26. Tennessee Titans
Kenyon Green, Texas A&M · IOL · Junior
Green has interviewed well with teams the past few weeks and has an edge to him that will jell with that Titans offensive line. 

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27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Dax Hill, Michigan · S · Junior
The Bucs were able to keep Carlton Davis in free agency, but lost well-regarded safety Jordan Whitehead to the Jets. With a still-loaded defense up front, Tampa looks to the school where Tom Brady (and front office impresario John Spytek) went so many years ago. 

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28. Green Bay Packers
Devonte Wyatt, Georgia · DT · Senior
Wyatt had an amazing combine performance that was overshadowed by his Georgia teammate, Jordan Davis. Nimble for his size (6-3, 304), Wyatt can be an immediate impact player on Joe Barry's defensive front.

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29. Kansas City Chiefs (from SF through MIA)
George Karlaftis, Purdue · Edge · Junior
Karlaftis could go anywhere from the 20s to the 40s. If he's still on the board at No. 29, the Chiefs could scoop him up; he'd be a good fit in Steve Spagnuolo's 4-3 defense. Karlaftis, who spent his early years in Greece playing water polo, has emerged as a polished talent over the last few seasons in the Big Ten.

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30. Kansas City Chiefs
Kyler Gordon, Washington · CB · Junior (RS)
The Chiefs respond to the AFC's arms race by adding another defensive back. Gordon is well-regarded around the league, with some teams liking him as much as his Washington teammate, Trent McDuffie. 

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31. Cincinnati Bengals
Tyler Smith, Tulsa · OT · Sophomore (RS)
Smith is only a redshirt sophomore, but he's viewed as having one of the highest upsides of any lineman in this class. In the offseason of "Protect Joe Burrow AT ALL COSTS," Cincinnati keeps the theme going strong.

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32. Detroit Lions (from LAR)
Matt Corral, Mississippi · QB · Junior (RS)
Corral has fans around the league and conceivably could go as high as the top 10. I think Detroit grabs a quarterback (for the fifth-year option) with the 32nd pick. 

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Edge and WR.  What so many of us have been predicting all along.

Williams still feels very risky to me, if this happens, I really hope I'm wrong and he's suiting up opening day, not still nursing it come October or later...Zach needs immediate help, not late-season help.  Still prefer G. Wilson, but /shrug, will be what it'll be.

Follow these up with LB Chenal and RB Breece Hall in the 2nd, and I'll be happy enough.  Nice split between D and O needs.

CB/DT later, TE and another WR later.

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6 minutes ago, slimjasi said:

Wow, Walker number 1 overall. 

I don't know - I don't quite see it. Seems like a reach. 

It is a reach for sure, but not surprising since Baalke is not a good GM. I don't dislike the player and he might develop into a dominant edge, he's just got hyped up way more than his play on tape warrants and is going to be be overdrafted in all likelihood.

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12 minutes ago, MysticalJet2 said:

Jameson may become the next Jerry Rice for all I know, but I just don’t think the Jets have the luxury to take an injured WR who won’t be ready for a bit.  It’s too risky for them imo.

This thinking makes no sense.  The are in a great position to take Jameson Williams for plenty of reasons.

1- They have plenty of pass catches to hold them over until hes ready in October.  Davis, Moore, Berrios, Uzomah, Conky, Mimsy.

2- 2022 is a year of growth and development.  The plan all along is to be ready to compete with the big boys in 2023.  This is the perfect year to ease Jameson Williams in and have him ready to go for 2023.

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8 minutes ago, Joe W. Namath said:

1- They have plenty of pass catches to hold them over until hes ready in October.  Davis, Moore, Berrios, Uzomah, Conky, Mimsy.

A disappointing and dropsy #2 WR (Davis), a 2nd year guy who missed alot of time in 2021 (Moore, best of the group) and a career #5WR/KR, plus two mid-pack TE's and a bust?

That is what you call "plenty"?  I call it a subpar unit without an infusion of top talent.  I like Berrios, but he's not good enough to be an every down #3 WR IMO.   This unit puts Zach in a bad spot IMO, one routine hamstring pull from "worst WR group in NFL" status, especially if it's Moore's hamstring.  

8 minutes ago, Joe W. Namath said:

2- 2022 is a year of growth and development.  The plan all along is to be ready to compete with the big boys in 2023.  This is the perfect year to ease Jameson Williams in and have him ready to go for 2023.

So punt on 2022, just like 2021 and 2020, of course.

I am sure come say, 2027 you might be ready to think about maybe possibly considering winning as a thing we might potentially want to do.  Perhaps.  No pressure on anyone, or anything.

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4 minutes ago, Joe W. Namath said:

This thinking makes no sense.  The are in a great position to take Jameson Williams for plenty of reasons.

1- They have plenty of pass catches to hold them over until hes ready in October.  Davis, Moore, Berrios, Uzomah, Conky, Mimsy.

2- 2022 is a year of growth and development.  The plan all along is to be ready to compete with the big boys in 2023.  This is the perfect year to ease Jameson Williams in and have him ready to go for 2023.

I am more and more a fan of getting Pickens somewhere in the top 20-40 picks rather than Williams. Both probably locks for top 10 picks if no injury derailment? Pickens ACL recovery is 9 months ahead of schedule compared to Williams. He would be a day 1 starter, probably WR1 when the year is done. 

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20 minutes ago, Warfish said:

Edge and WR.  What so many of us have been predicting all along.

Williams still feels very risky to me, if this happens, I really hope I'm wrong and he's suiting up opening day, not still nursing it come October or later...Zach needs immediate help, not late-season help.  Still prefer G. Wilson, but /shrug, will be what it'll be.

Follow these up with LB Chenal and RB Breece Hall in the 2nd, and I'll be happy enough.  Nice split between D and O needs.

CB/DT later, TE and another WR later.

Ive said it a few times but I like Pickens better if we are going this direction. You can probably get him within picks 20-40 and his timeline is 9 months ahead in terms of ACL recovery than Williams.

Instant starter week 1 with top end talent. Probably your heir apparent to C. Davis and WR1 heading into next offseason. 

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5 minutes ago, T0mShane said:

It’s perfect because it leads to a new management group in 2024.

I suppose you're sticking with same tired narrative that the Jets have already given up on Wilson and are planning to try and hide him with running 70%...

So you're thinking T, C is how management keeps their jobs?

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1 hour ago, MysticalJet2 said:

Jameson may become the next Jerry Rice for all I know, but I just don’t think the Jets have the luxury to take an injured WR who won’t be ready for a bit.  It’s too risky for them imo.

It would be moronic to take Williams at 10. There is no assurance he’ll even fully recover and his game is totally dependent on his speed. If there’s no viable pick (Sauce, Stingley, JJ) @ 10, then trade down and get extra picks. I don’t want any OL or WR @ 10. We don’t need an OL there and the WR’s aren’t worthy of it that high. 

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1 minute ago, FidelioJet said:

I suppose you're sticking with same tired narrative that the Jets have already given up on Wilson and are planning to try and hide him with running 70%...

Breece Hall in the 2nd would certainly help with that.

Until he shows he can lead via his passing in a game better than in 2021 (alot better), it IS a legit way of protecting him as he develops.

A dominant running game is a young QB's best friend.  

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56 minutes ago, MysticalJet2 said:

Jameson may become the next Jerry Rice for all I know, but I just don’t think the Jets have the luxury to take an injured WR who won’t be ready for a bit.  It’s too risky for them imo.

On top of the injury bug that has plagued the Jets for years now. 
I don’t like either pick 

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5 minutes ago, Warfish said:

Breece Hall in the 2nd would certainly help with that.

Until he shows he can lead via his passing in a game better than in 2021 (alot better), it IS a legit way of protecting him as he develops.

A dominant running game is a young QB's best friend.  

Oh, I don't discount that - I would love a great running game.  

I think their system wants/requires a strong running attack to function the way they want.  Which is why I would love Breece.  But I also believe having a strong passing attack and helping our young QB with quality weapons through the air is also very important to Jets management.

This was really specific to @TomShane who an otherwise funny and enjoyable poster has the need to attack Wilson at every turn...and his stated belief that Jets managmeent have already given up on Zach - and will do everything they can to hide him to save their jobs by only focusing on running the ball.  I simply disagree with that position.

 

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22 minutes ago, FidelioJet said:

I suppose you're sticking with same tired narrative that the Jets have already given up on Wilson and are planning to try and hide him with running 70%...

So you're thinking T, C is how management keeps their jobs?

My thinking is that Woody Johnson is back in the building and Joe Douglas needs to be able to jingle some shiny toys in front of his face or Woody is going to get an itchy trigger finger. Douglas foolishly let himself (and the Jets) get publicly clowned in the Tyreek Hill imbroglio, and he needs to produce some W’s right away to recover. Maybe Thibodeaux is that guy, but if the Jets are 1-5 on November and Thibodeaux doesn’t feel like jumping into a foxhole with this bunch of losers, there’ll be hell to pay. As for Jameson Williams, you’re only going to see him when the season is already toast and the stadium is empty, and the damage is already done. It’s cool to say that we can wait for him, but I don’t think that’s the reality of their situation. 

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9 minutes ago, T0mShane said:

My thinking is that Woody Johnson is back in the building and Joe Douglas needs to be able to jingle some shiny toys in front of his face or Woody is going to get an itchy trigger finger. Douglas foolishly let himself (and the Jets) get publicly clowned in the Tyreek Hill imbroglio, and he needs to produce some W’s right away to recover. Maybe Thibodeaux is that guy, but if the Jets are 1-5 on November and Thibodeaux doesn’t feel like jumping into a foxhole with this bunch of losers, there’ll be hell to pay. As for Jameson Williams, you’re only going to see him when the season is already toast and the stadium is empty, and the damage is already done. It’s cool to say that we can wait for him, but I don’t think that’s the reality of their situation. 

Man do I hope that JD selects Williams!

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1 hour ago, Joe W. Namath said:

This thinking makes no sense.  The are in a great position to take Jameson Williams for plenty of reasons.

1- They have plenty of pass catches to hold them over until hes ready in October.  Davis, Moore, Berrios, Uzomah, Conky, Mimsy.

2- 2022 is a year of growth and development.  The plan all along is to be ready to compete with the big boys in 2023.  This is the perfect year to ease Jameson Williams in and have him ready to go for 2023.

I agree with you.  I also think that Jameson will be playing this season, but eased in slowly.  Probably by the second half of the season, he should be getting substantial playing time.  Let's hope!

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23 minutes ago, T0mShane said:

My thinking is that Woody Johnson is back in the building and Joe Douglas needs to be able to jingle some shiny toys in front of his face or Woody is going to get an itchy trigger finger. Douglas foolishly let himself (and the Jets) get publicly clowned in the Tyreek Hill imbroglio, and he needs to produce some W’s right away to recover. Maybe Thibodeaux is that guy, but if the Jets are 1-5 on November and Thibodeaux doesn’t feel like jumping into a foxhole with this bunch of losers, there’ll be hell to pay. As for Jameson Williams, you’re only going to see him when the season is already toast and the stadium is empty, and the damage is already done. It’s cool to say that we can wait for him, but I don’t think that’s the reality of their situation. 

okay, cynical take - doesn't seem like JD's done anything to show he's managed scared, but certainly just the fact that Woody's back, is far different and likely more difficult than CJ - it's certainly plausible.

Who do you suggest they take that will accomplish these goals?

Two players that will be shiny new toys out of the gate and will also be locks to be that?

Note: This idea that you'll be waiting a long time to get Williams on the field seems to being disputed by most in the know including the player himself.  But again, let's assume you're right.

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