Draft order courtesy of http://www.tankathon.com
1. Detroit Lions (0-8)
Pick: DE Kayvon Thibodeaux, Oregon – 6’5, 258 lbs
2021 Stats: 28 tackles, 4 sacks
Yet another miserable year for Lions fans. A small consolation would be landing one of the best pass rushers in recent memory in the 2022 draft. Kayvon Thibodeaux has returned from injury with a vengeance, and is nearly a shoo-in for the first overall pick. Pass rushers like him are hard to find.
2. Houston Texans (1-8)
Pick: DE DeMarvin Leal, Texas A&M – 6’4, 290 lbs
2021 Stats: 42 tackles, 5.5 sacks
Kayvon Thibodeaux is the top defensive lineman in this class, but DeMarvin Leal is not far behind. He has the strength of a defensive tackle and the quickness of an end. He would be a huge asset in any defensive scheme, and would instantly be the best player on a putrid Houston Texans defense.
3. Philadelphia Eagles (3-6) (from MIA)
Pick: DE Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan – 6’6, 265 lbs
2021 Stats: 35 tackles, 6 sacks
Three picks in, three defensive lineman taken. Aidan Hutchinson has had a fantastic senior season, becoming a complete defensive end. He can get after the quarterback and stop the run. The Eagles have quite a few upcoming free agent ends, and Hutchinson should step into the starting lineup immediately.
4. New York Jets (2-6)
Pick: OT Evan Neal, Alabama – 6’7, 360 lbs
2021 Stats: N/A
New York Jets fans are already booing the thought of taking an offensive lineman in the first round for three straight years. Evan Neal, however, and fills a huge (literally and figuratively) need. A tackle duo of Mekhi Becton and Neal would be the envy of the NFL and go a huge way towards ensuring the already injured Zach Wilson stays upright and productive.
5. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-6)
Pick: FS Kyle Hamilton, Notre Dame – 6’4, 220 lbs
2021 Stats: 34 tackles, 3 INT
The Jaguars need it all, and should go best player available. Kyla Hamilton may be the most talented prospect in this class. Put him at safety or linebacker and let him make plays.
6. Washington Football Team (2-6)
Pick: QB Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh – 6’3, 220 lbs
2021 Stats: 235-342, 3171 yards, 29 TD, 3 INT
The Football Team needs to find a starting quarterback, no matter the cost. While all of the flashy underclassmen quarterbacks have struggled, redshirt senior Kenny Pickett has been the model of consistency for Pittsburgh. Pickett is not Joe Burrow, but I think a team can win with him.
7. Philadelphia Eagles (3-6)
Pick: QB Matt Corral, Ole Miss – 6’0, 200 lbs
2021 Stats: 182-272, 2527 yards, 16 TD, 2 INT
Though the Eagles play calling leaves a ton to be desired, I seriously doubt that Jalen Hurts is a long term starting quarterback in this league. Unfortunately for Philadelphia, this is not the best quarterback class, though there are quite a few intriguing players. Matt Corral has his warts, but I think he can make it as a starting quarterback in this league. He is a good athlete who can be a poor man’s dual threat type, and does not make many mistakes.
8. New York Giants (3-6)
Pick: CB Derek Stingley Jr., LSU – 6’1, 195 lbs
2021 Stats: 8 tackles
After his freshman season, Derek Stingley Jr. looked like a generational defensive back talent. Injuries has ruined his past two seasons, and there are more questions than answers. Still, cornerback is a premium position during the draft and the talent is still there for Stingley Jr. to be one of the very best. The Giants have two first round picks and it would be worth the gamble here.
9. New York Giants (3-6) (from CHI)
Pick: OT Nicholas Petit-Frere, Ohio State – 6’5, 315 lbs
2021 Stats: N/A
The Giants offensive line woes have been well documented. Nicholas Petit-Frere is so underrated. He is the best player on a stacked Ohio State team, and is yet to allow a sack all season. I would not be surprised if he eventually pushed Evan Neal for OT1 in this class.
10. Miami Dolphins (2-7) (from SF)
Pick: OG Kenyon Green, Texas A&M
2021 Stats: N/A
The Dolphins have swung and missed on several offensive lineman prospects in the draft, and the position remains in very bad shape. Kenyon Green is my top rated interior lineman since Quenton Nelson. He has the ability to play offensive tackle, but has All Pro potential at guard.
11. New York Jets (2-6) (from SEA)
Pick: CB Andrew Booth Jr., Clemson – 6’0, 200 lbs
2021 Stats: 33 tackles
It has been a season to forget for the Clemson Tigers, but Andrew Booth Jr. has been one of the few bright spots. He is a physical cornerback who is rarely tested. The Jets secondary seriously lacks playmakers and talent, and Booth Jr. would be an immediate starter.
12. Minnesota Vikings (3-5)
Pick: CB Kaiir Elam, Florida – 6’2, 196 lbs
2021 Stats: 17 tackles, 1 INT
The Vikings have had to rely on castoffs like Patrick Peterson and Trae Waynes in recent years, and the secondary remains a complete mess. Kaiir Elam is not quite in the class of a Derek Stingley or Andrew Booth, but he is a solid first round cornerback with all the traits you look for from a top guy.
13. Carolina Panthers (4-5)
Pick: QB Carson Strong, Nevada – 6’4, 215 lbs
2021 Stats: 289-410, 3197 yards, 25 TD, 7 INT
The Panthers are a quarterback away from being a pretty good team, and need to do whatever it takes to upgrade the position. Kenny Pickett and Matt Corral are my top two quarterbacks. After that, it seems like I have a new number three guy every week. This time out it is Carson Strong. He has a rocket arm and is putting up huge numbers against mediocre competition. The Panthers will really have to do their homework here.
14. Philadelphia Eagles (3-6) (from IND)
Pick: WR Garrett Wilson, Ohio State – 6’0, 188 lbs
2021 Stats: 43 rec, 687 yards, 6 TD
Philadelphia has spent quite a few early picks on receivers, but with three of the top 14 picks in this class, they have the chance to add a great talent opposite Devonta Smith. Garrett Wilson is not flashy, but he is supremely talented, a great route runner and just gets the job done. A steady WR like him would be great for Jalen Hurts or a possible draft pick.
15. Denver Broncos (5-4)
Pick: DE Kingsley Enagbare, South Carolina – 6’4, 265 lbs
2021 Stats: 35 tackles, 4.5 sacks
The Broncos chose to move on from long time franchise icon Von Miller, which makes pass rushing a priority. South Carolina is usually good for a first rounder or two every year, and this year it could be Kingsley Enagbare. He is quick enough to play 3-4 outside linebacker, and is one of the better pass rushers in college football.
16. Cincinnati Bengals (5-4)
Pick: OT Charles Cross, Mississippi State – 6’5, 315 lbs
2021 Stats: N/A
The Bengals have a plethora of skill position talent, but still need to build up the offensive line. Charles Cross is one of the most athletic tackles in this class and could be a sneaky top ten pick.
17. Cleveland Browns (5-4)
Pick: DE George Karlaftis, Purdue – 6’4, 275 lbs
2021 Stats: 25 tackles, 2.5 sacks
Myles Garrett might be the best in the business at defensive end, but the Browns could use a long term answer opposite him. George Karlaftis has really come on in recent weeks and could be taken much higher than this. He is a monster, extremely strong and relentless when he gets after the quarterback.
18. Kansas City Chiefs (5-4)
Pick: C Tyler Linderbaum, Iowa – 6’3, 290 lbs
2021 Stats: N/A
Kansas City’s offensive line rebuild has not gone well, to put it kindly. In actuality, it is a complete mess, and has greatly effected Patrick Mahomes, who is going through the worst stretch of his career. Tyler Linderbaum is an elite center prospect, perhaps the best in years, and could only help.
19. Atlanta Falcons (4-4)
Pick: OLB Drake Jackson, USC – 6’4, 250 lbs
2021 Stats: 35 tackles, 5 sacks
The Falcons are rolling, but there are still holes everywhere. Atlanta has struggled to generate a consistent pass rush for years, and Drake Jackson could be a great fit. He has really improved his stand up skills, and his ability to get after the quarterback has remained.
20. New England Patriots (5-4)
Pick: WR Drake London, USC – 6’5, 210 lbs
2021 Stats: 88 rec, 1084 yards, 7 TD
It was truly a shame that Drake London suffered a season ending injury, as he was on his way to a truly legendary season. I still think he is a first round pick, thanks to his huge frame and monster catch radius. The Patriots need to continue to put Mac Jones in a position to succeed, and adding a target like London would help.
21. New Orleans Saints (5-3)
Pick: QB Malik Willis, Liberty – 6’1, 215 lbs
2021 Stats: 156-235, 2159 yards, 21 TD, 9 INT
Malik Willis may be the most talented quarterback in this class, but he has three games where he has thrown 3 interceptions, leading to serious questions about decision making. The Saints are great at coaching and developing talent, and this could be a nice landing spot for him. Not to compare the two, but the same things were said about Lamar Jackson coming out of Louisville.
22. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-3)
Pick: DT Jordan Davis, Georgia – 6’6, 340 lbs
2021 Stats: 21 tackles, 2 sacks
Quarterback is a definite need, but I think Pittsburgh will go after a veteran once Big Ben hangs it up. Jordan Davis is an athletic freak of nature. Someone as big as him should not be that agile and quick. More than just a run plugging nose tackle, he would be a great fit in the middle of the Pittsburgh defense.
23. Las Vegas Raiders (5-3)
Pick: OG Ikem Ekwonu, NC State – 6’4, 320 lbs
2021 Stats: N/A
The surprising Raiders are still in the process of revamping their offensive line, including moving their first round tackle to guard after only a few games. Ikem Ekwonu has had a very good season playing tackle for the Wolfpack after manning a guard spot, and that versatility should endear himself to Raiders coaches.
24. Dallas Cowboys (6-2)
Pick: CB Ahmad Gardner, Cincinnati – 6’3, 200 lbs
2021 Stats: 24 tackles, 2 INT
The Cowboys defense is much, much, MUCH improved, but there are still holes throughout the roster. Trevon Diggs was quite the find in the second round of the 2021 draft, and Ahmad Gardner would be a good fit opposite. He needs to shore up his tackling, but has strong playmaking ability and quite a bit of experience.
25. Buffalo Bills (5-3)
Pick: WR Treylon Burks, Arkansas – 6’3, 225 lbs
2021 Stats: 48 rec, 799 yards, 8 TD
The Bills vs. Jaguars result is why I do not bet on football. I am still flabbergasted by that result. Buffalo still has one of the better rosters in the NFL and could go with the Treylon Burks luxury here. Buffalo’s receivers are on the small side, and Burks has tight end size to go with amazing physical skills. He would be a nice compliment to Stephon Diggs and Cole Beasley.
26. Los Angeles Chargers (5-3)
Pick: OT Sean Rhyan, UCLA – 6’5, 320 lbs
2021 Stats: N/A
The Chargers know the importance of protecting franchise quarterback Justin Herbert. Rashawn Slater has been fantastic as a rookie, but the offensive line still needs major upgrades. Sean Rhyan is as strong as an ox, and could make a very good interior lineman if he has to move inside.
27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-2)
Pick: CB Roger McCreary, Auburn – 6’0, 190 lbs
2021 Stats: 34 tackles, 2 INT
The Buccaneers have a ton of upcoming free agents on both sides of the ball, so they should just draft the best available talent here, with an eye on an average secondary. Roger McCreary has not gotten the hype as some other defensive backs, but he has simply been productive for years. He is quick and a very solid cover man. There is a lot to like here.
28. Detroit Lions (0-8) (from LAR)
Pick: WR Chris Olave, Ohio State – 6’1, 189 lbs
2021 Stats: 42 rec, 623 yards, 10 TD
Chris Olave has been the most steady receiver for the most talented group in college football. He has great speed and hands. The Lions lack anything resembling a top wide receiver, and Olave would instantly become just that in Detroit.
29. Baltimore Ravens (6-2)
Pick: FS Daxton Hill, Michigan – 6’0, 192 lbs
2021 Stats: 48 tackles, 2 INT
Offensive line is the biggest need in Baltimore, but I do not see a player worth picking here. So instead they look to fortify a safety group that has lost some talent in recent years. Daxton Hill was a former top recruit who has put it all together as a junior. He is a true playmaker in the secondary.
30. Green Bay Packers (6-1)
Pick: MLB Devin Lloyd, Utah – 6’3, 235 lbs
2021 Stats: 81 tackles, 6 sacks, 3 INT
The Packers have been picking up castoffs left and right, and perhaps they are finally serious about upgrading a middle linebacker position they historically forget about. Devin Lloyd might be the most productive defender in college. Sacks, tackles, interceptions, the Utes leader can do it all.
31. Tennessee Titans (7-2)
Pick: DE Zach Harrison, Ohio State – 6’6, 268 lbs
2021 Stats: 20 tackles, 3 sacks
Zach Harrison has had a nice year as a rotational end for a loaded Buckeyes defense. Pass rushing is always at a premium, and a deep team like the Titans that can afford to wait could reap the benefits a year or two from now.
32. Arizona Cardinals (8-1)
Pick: DE Isaiah Foskey, Notre Dame – 6’5, 260 lbs
2021 Stats: 42 tackles, 8 sacks
When in doubt, draft pass rushing. Isaiak Foskey has 12.5 sacks the past two years and could go much higher than this once draft time rolls around.