Jimmy Kempsky’s Complete Draft for the 2022 NFL First Round 2022-04-27 21:47:08


Over the past four months, we’ve published half a dozen “Eagles only” seven-round drafts. For the first (and last) time, here’s the first and only mock draft of the first round of the NFL.

1) Jaguar: Trevon Walker, Georgia: I’d have let Cam Robinson walk free agency instead of giving the franchise a mark on him and just took one of my first offensive tackles in first overall, but that ship sailed. Walker is the club lead that goes first overall, and I wouldn’t disagree with Vegas here.

2) Lions: Aidan Hutchinson, DE, Michigan: This might be a landing spot for Kyvon Tebodo, but we’re going here in chalk with Hutchinson. If Tibodo goes here, my identity will be broken. Please don’t do me dirty, black.

3) Texas: Derek Stingley, CB, LSU: Luffy Smith publicly criticized the play corner in Texas in 2021.

4) Aircraft: Evan Neal, OT, Alabama: there Ugly case brewing with LT Mekhi Becton, the Jets’ first-round pick in 2020, as it was rumored he might not play for the team again. Neil has experience playing both LT and RT at Bama, so he can play LT if the Jets’ relationship with Becton is beyond repair, or he can move to RT if it is.

5) Giants: Ahmed “Sauce” Gardner, CB, Cincinnati: The Giants are almost certain to contend with James Bradbury, and the sauce can fill their spot right as a novice. Barring a trade return, they’ll be sure to land either Ikem Ekwonu or Charles Cross in pick #7.

6) Panthers: Ikem Ekwonu, OT, North Carolina: The Panthers have had a huge “FOR SALE” tag on this selection for months, but if Ekwonu was around, they would quickly run to the podium.

7) Giants: Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi: Giants have been linked to Cross for quite some time now. His fit in RT would be just an expectation (assuming the Giants would leave Andrew Thomas in LT), but the Giants have been desperate to cement their offensive streak for a decade. Also, “sauce and cross” rhymes.

8) Hawks: Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama: I’ve felt all along that the Falcons will be the first team to take a wide future in this draft, and they’ll likely have their pick of the litter. Williams would make a lot of sense here, given that the Hawks have already indicated they know they’re going to be bad this season after trading Matt Ryan. In other words, they don’t need immediate production from whatever receiver they might take, so in theory they wouldn’t fear Williams’ AFC Champions League rupture that could cause him to miss the start of the season.

9) Seahawks: Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon: Seahawks have almost nothing on the edges. Thibodeaux probably won’t fall any further than this.

10) Airplanes: Drake London, WR, USC: Jets can also trade here and still land on a receiver, but there seems to be a real interest between them and London.

11) Leaders: Chris Olaf, WR, Ohio State: Terry McLaurin had 1,053 yards in 2021. The closest player, RB JD McKissic, was 397. McLaurin can’t do it all alone.

12) Vikings: Jermaine Johnson, Edge, Florida: The Vikings desperately need rush help, and they’re lucky Johnson’s dropping to 12. I’m not buying a “Johnson’s Going Top 5” smoke curtain.

13) Texas: Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State: Texans have Brandion cooks in a wide receiver, and nothing more.

14) Crows: Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame: Jordan Davis might be playing here too for the Ravens, and safety isn’t among Baltimore’s biggest needs, but Hamilton is too tempting to miss in this spot.

15) Eagles: Jordan Davis, DT, Georgia: eagles get their unicorn. get in More details about this selection method here.

16) Saints: Kenny Beckett, QB, Pittsburgh: I still can’t figure out why the saints in the world did the trade they did with eagles. Will the new wide receiver and offensive tackle really make them competitive? They can’t really think about that, can they? They also can’t really think that James Winston is the answer in the middle, can they? And if not, they won’t have a first-round pick in 2023 to get one. So maybe they take one now? It’s as logical a place as any where Beckett lands.

17) Chargers: Trent McDuffy, CB, Washington: In a section with Patrick Mahomes, Russell Wilson, and Derek Carr, additional secondary bodies may be helpful.

18) Eagles: Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas: Burks is a big-bodied YAC monster who can play in the slot between DeVonta Smith and Quez Watkins. repeatedly, More analysis on this choice here. Returning from this spot is also possible.

19) Saints: Trevor Benning, OT, Northern Iowa: Terron Armstead’s departure left a huge hole in LT on the Saints line. Penning has a mentality similar to that of John Runyan and would bring some naivety to the attack of New Orleans.

20) Steelers: Malik Willis, QB, Liberty: Bring on Mitchell Trubesky buys the Steelers annually to outfit Willis.

21) Patriots: Georges Karlavtis, Del, Bordeaux: That just feels like choosing Belichick.

22) Packers: Duxton Hill, CB/S, Michigan: The Necessaries like them for some of their defensive backs in the early round, and Hill can play in corner and safety. It would be a short-term answer in the hole and a long-term answer in Aman.

23) Cardinals: Arnold Ebiketie, EDGE, Pennsylvania: Arizona needs more accelerated firepower. JJ Watt and Markus Golden are both in their 30s.

24) Cowboys: Zion Johnson, IOL Institute, Boston College: The Cowboys are getting a head start in rebuilding an offensive line that has begun to crumble.

25) Invoices: Cair Elam, CB, Florida: Elam is 6’2 and he runs 4.39. He’s going into the first round.

26) Titans: Devin Lloyd, LP, Utah: Hey, finally Zaheer! I think the Giants are hoping for a receiver to fall, but that’s not happening to them here. Lloyd fills in a very obvious gap in the middle of the Titans’ defense and would be a DROY candidate playing behind the Titans’ talented front.

27) Pirates: Louis Ceni, Georgia: The cinema would be an immediate upgrade for Jordan Whitehead, who left on free agency.

28) Packers: Boy Maffei, Edge, MNBy: Preston Smith and Garry Rashan It’s a good rush, but there isn’t much depth behind them.

29) Chiefs: Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn State: The Chiefs continue to increase their attack speed, especially after trading Tyreek Hill.

30) Presidents: David Ogabo, EDGE, Michigan: The Chiefs do not need players who can play at the beginning of the season. They need men who can contribute in January.

31) Bengals: Andrew Booth, CB, Clemson: A sports hernia injury caused Booth to fall a bit, but he still had to go in the first round. Also, Elle Apple stinks.

32) Black: Quay Walker, LB, Georgia: Walker beats his Georgia teammate Nakobi Dean for last place in the first round.

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