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Maurice Jones-Drew 2022 NFL mock draft 2.0: Four quarterbacks selected in top 10

Published: Apr 21, 2022 at 03:06 PM... Maurice Jones-Drew NFL.com Analyst

With the 2022 NFL Draft is one week away! Here's my second projection of the first round -- and this time around, I have two trades shaking things up.

Pick

1

Jacksonville Jaguars

Travon Walker, Georgia · DL · Junior

Without a superstar in this year's edge class, this pairing makes too much sense to me. Walker has a wide-ranging skill set and the highest ceiling with the right coaching.

Pick

2

Detroit Lions

Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan · Edge · Senior

Hutchinson stays in Michigan to give Dan Campbell's defense a proven player with elite tools. His presence immediately improves Detroit's pass rush and run defense.

Pick

3

Houston Texans

Kayvon Thibodeaux, Oregon · Edge · Junior

I kept Thibodeaux here because Lovie Smith's Cover 2 scheme needs a guy who can regularly pressure the quarterback. This is that guy.

Pick

4

New York Jets

Sauce Gardner, Cincinnati · CB · Junior

The Jets could go a number of ways here. Gardner gives Robert Saleh a premier cornerback with shutdown potential, which is a huge need in a division that has Stefon Diggs and now Tyreek Hill.

Pick

5

New York Giants

Ickey Ekwonu, N.C. State · OT · Junior

The Giants had one of the worst offensive lines in the league last season, so taking a top-tier tackle with their first pick -- to protect Daniel Jones in a make-or-break season -- is a no-brainer. 

Pick

6

Carolina Panthers

Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh · QB · Senior (RS)

At least Ben McAdoo realized he put his foot in his mouth earlier this week after saying Sam Darnold is Carolina's starting quarterback. Darnold ain't it, and the Panthers are running out of options. Pickett has enjoyed the most individual success of any QB in this class to this point, so he's got to be the guy.

Pick

7

New York Giants (from CHI)

Jermaine Johnson II, Florida State · Edge · Senior (RS)

The Giants improve in the trenches on both sides of the ball with Ekwonu and Johnson. The Florida State product is an explosive pass rusher who can also set the edge in the run game.

Pick

8

Atlanta Falcons

Malik Willis, Liberty · QB · Senior (RS)

The Falcons are intent on entering the 2022 season with a dual-threat quarterback. They signed Marcus Mariota after missing out on Deshaun Watson, and now they get a guy with an electric arm and big-time running ability. It's a new era in Atlanta after a decade and a half with pocket passer Matt Ryan.

Pick

9

Seattle Seahawks (from DEN)

Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati · QB · Senior (RS)

The Seahawks aren't done adding to the QB room, as they grab a guy who will compete with Drew Lock and Geno Smith. Ridder is a bit raw, but plays with confidence and commands the offense -- an attitude that will mesh well with Pete Carroll. 

Pick

10

New Orleans Saints (from SEA through NYJ)

Matt Corral, Mississippi · QB · Junior (RS)

PROJECTED TRADE WITH NEW YORK JETS

A run on quarterbacks prompts the Saints to send their two first-round picks to the Jets to land Corral, a dual-threat QB with a big arm who will benefit from learning behind Jameis Winston and Andy Dalton, two veterans on short-term deals.

Pick

11

Washington Commanders

Jameson Williams, Alabama · WR · Junior

The Commanders don't waste the opportunity to take the first receiver off the board, getting the best wideout in this draft class at No. 11.

Pick

12

Minnesota Vikings

Derek Stingley Jr., LSU · CB · Junior

The Vikings brought back Patrick Peterson but need a long-term answer at cornerback. Who better for Stingley to learn from than an eight-time Pro Bowler?

Pick

13

Houston Texans (from CLE)

Evan Neal, Alabama · OT · Junior

The QB run allows Houston to nab a highly pedigreed bookend blocker to play opposite Laremy Tunsil. 

Pick

14

Baltimore Ravens

Jordan Davis, Georgia · DT · Senior

Even though they already have Calais Campbell and Michael Pierce, the Ravens add a young run-stuffing cog who's also capable of pushing the pocket back into the quarterback.

Pick

15

Philadelphia Eagles (from MIA)

Kyle Hamilton, Notre Dame · S · Junior

The Eagles replace the departed Rodney McLeod with the best safety in this class.

Pick

16

New York Jets (from IND through PHI and NO)

Garrett Wilson

Ohio State · WR · Junior

PROJECTED TRADE WITH NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

After trading back, the Jets still get one of the premier wideouts here. Wilson is a special playmaker on the perimeter who will be a big boon to Zach Wilson's Year 2 development.

Pick

17

Los Angeles Chargers

Devonte Wyatt, Georgia · DT · Senior

The Chargers get a twitchy DT who can wreak havoc on the interior, with Joey Bosa and Khalil Mack coming off the edges. This Bolts' defensive front will be a force to be reckoned with this fall.

Pick

18

Philadelphia Eagles (from NO)

Drake London, USC · WR · Junior

After taking a versatile safety at No. 15, Howie Roseman brings in another talented receiving weapon -- the third first-round WR in as many years for the Eagles -- to aid Jalen Hurts.

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Pick

19

New York Jets (from PHI through NO)

Boye Mafe, Minnesota · Edge · Senior (RS)

PROJECTED TRADE WITH NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Having already snagged a corner and wide receiver, the Jets get a raw pass-rushing prospect. Mafe is the type of edge rusher who'll flourish under Robert Saleh's tutelage.

Pick

20

Pittsburgh Steelers

Charles Cross, Mississippi State · OT · Sophomore (RS)

The Steelers need help on the offensive line, and Cross fits the bill as a versatile, high-quality player who can slide in where he's needed.

Pick

21

New England Patriots

Devin Lloyd, Utah · LB · Senior (RS)

Lloyd's leadership traits and skill set scream NEW ENGLAND PATRIOT. He fits like a glove at linebacker alongside veteran Matthew Judon.

Pick

22

Green Bay Packers (from LV)

Chris Olave, Ohio State · WR · Senior

The Sammy Watkins signing helps fill the void left by Davante Adams' departure, but Aaron Rodgers needs more firepower. Olave's precise route running and speed could make him a Rodgers favorite this fall.

Pick

23

Arizona Cardinals

Trent McDuffie, Washington · CB · Junior

I'm sticking with McDuffie. He'll plug in opposite fellow Washington product Byron Murphy and be tasked with slowing some of the elite WRs who reside in the division.

Pick

24

Dallas Cowboys

Kenyon Green, Texas A&M · IOL · Junior

The Cowboys bring in much-needed help on the offensive interior. Green's power and explosiveness will help pave the way for Ezekiel Elliott and the Dallas run game.

Pick

25

Buffalo Bills

Breece Hall, Iowa State · RB · Junior

I'm sticking with this Buffalo-Hall pairing from my first mock. The Bills have everything on offense but a consistent running back. Void: FILLED.

Pick

26

Tennessee Titans

Andrew Booth, Clemson · CB · Junior

The Titans bring in a solid all-around cornerback who's not afraid to tackle -- the kind of player Mike Vrabel loves. 

Pick

27

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tyler Linderbaum, Iowa · IOL · Junior (RS)

The Bucs need to fill the void on the interior O-line and do so with the versatile Iowa standout. When you have a soon-to-be 45-year-old QB, you can't protect him enough.

Pick

28

Green Bay Packers

Trevor Penning, Northern Iowa · OT · Senior (RS)

If Penning is available here, the Packers could bring in a nasty tackle with a lot of upside. With versatile blocker Elgton Jenkins heading into a contract year, Green Bay needs to proactively boost the O-line.

Pick

29

San Francisco 49ers (from SF through MIA and KC)

Treylon Burks, Arkansas · WR · Junior

PROJECTED TRADE WITH KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

Welcome to the first round, San Francisco. Nice of you to join us. I project the 49ers will occupy this spot after trading away Deebo Samuel to the Chiefs in exchange for one of their first-round picks (and more). With it, they nab Burks to immediately fill the void.

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Pick

30

Kansas City Chiefs, George Karlaftis

Purdue · Edge · Junior

Receiver is no longer a need in this exercise, as the Chiefs traded Pick No. 29 for Deebo. So they address another area of concern at edge rusher, adding a consistent power rusher to Steve Spagnuolo's defense.

Pick

31

Cincinnati Bengals

DeMarvin Leal, Texas A&M · DT · Junior

Leal fills the void left by the presumed offseason departure of Larry Ogunjobi. He's a guy who will plug right in and contribute immediately, helping the Bengals disrupt the quarterback.

Pick

32

Detroit Lions (from LAR)

Jahan Dotson, Penn State · WR · Senior

The Lions add an explosive weapon in the passing game to help Jared Goff.  

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6 hours ago, Beerfish said:

I'd be happy with that for a first round. 

Yup.  Would be hard to argue with leaving Round 1 with a starting caliber CB, WR, and Edge rusher while still having picks at #35 and #38.

Although, just to nitpick, I might go with Devin Lloyd at LB there instead of Mafe and then come back in Round 2 for the Edge (maybe even trading up).  Mafe and Ebiketie would be the targets for me there.

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15 minutes ago, jetstream23 said:

Yup.  Would be hard to argue with leaving Round 1 with a starting caliber CB, WR, and Edge rusher while still having picks at #35 and #38.

Although, just to nitpick, I might go with Devin Lloyd at LB there instead of Mafe and the come back in Round 2 for the Edge (maybe even trading up).  Mafe and Ebiketie would be the targets for me there.

Sauce, Wilson, Lloyd would be an epic all time potential draft.   I cant imagine Llyod falling that far.

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1 hour ago, jetstream23 said:

4 QBs in the Top 10?  Is MJD in New Jersey where they legalized it today?

I don't think I've seen a mock with more than 1 QB in the Top 10.

How could they possibly legalize it today when yesterday was 4/20? That just seems cruel. 

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1 hour ago, jetstream23 said:

Yup.  Would be hard to argue with leaving Round 1 with a starting caliber CB, WR, and Edge rusher while still having picks at #35 and #38.

Although, just to nitpick, I might go with Devin Lloyd at LB there instead of Mafe and the come back in Round 2 for the Edge (maybe even trading up).  Mafe and Ebiketie would be the targets for me there.

I think we could grab an ILB at the top  of round 2. Seems to be the sweet spot for a few of them.  Not sure the edge guys make it back to us. 

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13 hours ago, jetstream23 said:

Although, just to nitpick, I might go with Devin Lloyd at LB there instead of Mafe and the come back in Round 2 for the Edge (maybe even trading up).  Mafe and Ebiketie would be the targets for me there.

Exactly my thought. I'm either taking Sauce, Wilson and Lloyd in this scenario, then targeting Mafe, Jackson, Arnold- amongst others in Rd. 2, Or JJ, LLoyd and Olave and targeting a best remaining OT in Rd. 2. Maybe RB? I know everyone loves Breece Hall, but I'm a big fan of Walker III.  

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