Jimmy Kempski’s full first-round 2022 NFL mock draft

Over the last four months, we have published a half-dozen “Eagles-only” seven-round mock drafts. For the first (and final) time, here is our one and only full first-round NFL mock draft.

1) Jaguars: Trevon Walker, DE, Georgia: I’d let Cam Robinson walk in free agency instead of franchising tagging him and just taken one of the premier offensive tackles at no. 1 overall, but that ship has sailed. Walker is the leader in the clubhouse going first overall, and I won’t disagree with Vegas here.

2) Lions: Aidan Hutchinson, DE, Michigan: This could be a landing spot for Kayvon Thibodeaux, but we’ll go chalk here with Hutchinson. If Thibodeaux goes here, my mock is ruined. Please don’t do me dirty, Lions.

3) Texans: Derek Stingley, CB, LSU: Lovie Smith has been publicly critical of the Texans’ cornerback play in 2021.

4) Jets: Evan Neal, OT, Alabama: There is an ugly situation brewing with LT Mekhi Becton, the Jets’ first-round pick in 2020, as it has been rumored that he may never play for the team again. Neal has experience playing both LT and RT at Bama, so he can play LT if the Jets’ relationship with Becton is not salvageable, or he can slide over to RT if it is.

5) Giants: Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner, CB, CincinnatiThe Giants are almost certain to deal with James Bradberry, and Sauce can fill right in as a starter in his place. Barring a trade back, they’d be assured of landing at either Ikem Ekwonu or Charles Cross at pick no. 7.

6) Panthers: Ikem Ekwonu, OT, North Carolina State: The Panthers have a gigantic “FOR SALE” sign on this pick for months, but if Ekwonu is there, they’ll sprint that pick to the podium.

7) Giants: Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State: The Giants have been linked for Cross for some time now. His fit at RT would be a little bit of a projection (assuming the Giants would just leave Andrew Thomas at LT), but the Giants desperately needed to solidify their offensive line like a decade. Also, “Sauce and Cross” rhymes.

8) Falcons: Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama: It felt like the Falcons would be the first team to take on a wide receiver in this draft, and they’ll likely have their pick of the litter. Williams would make a lot of sense here, seeing as the Falcons have already signed that they know they’re going to be bad this season after trading Matt Ryan. In other words, they don’t need immediate production from any receiver they might take, so they theoretically won’t be scared off by Williams’ ACL tear that could cause him to miss the start of the season.

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

10) Jets: Drake London, WR, USCThe Jets could also trade back here and still be a receiver, but there seems to be genuine interest between them and London.

11) Commanders: Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State: Terry McLaurin had 1053 receiving yards in 2021. The next closest player, RB JD McKissic, had 397. McLaurin couldn’t do it all on his own.

12) Vikings: Jermaine Johnson, EDGE, Florida State: The Vikings pretty badly need edge rusher help, and they’re lucky to have Johnson fall 12. I’m not buying the “Johnson is going top 5” smokescreen.

13) Texans: Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio StateThe Texans have Brandin Cooks at wide receiver, and not much else.

14) Ravens: Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame: Jordan Davis could also play in the Ravens, and safety is among Baltimore’s biggest needs, but Hamilton is too tempting to pass up at this spot.

15) Eagles: Jordan Davis, DT, Georgia: The Eagles get their unicorn. We get into this more detail on this pick here.

16) Saints: Kenny Pickett, QB, Pittsburgh: I still can’t figure out why the Saints made the trade in the world that they did with the Eagles. Will a new wide receiver and offensive tackle really make them contenders? They can’t really think that, right? They also really don’t think Jameis Winston is the answer at quarterback, right? And if he doesn’t, he shouldn’t have a first-round pick in 2023 to get one. So maybe they just take one now? It ‘s as logical a spot as any for Pickett to land.

17) Chargers: Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington: In a division with Patrick Mahomes, Russell Wilson, and Derek Carr, extra bodies would be helpful in the secondary.

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. Again, more analysis on this pick here. A trade back from this spot is possible as well.

19) Saints: Trevor Penning, OT, Northern Iowa: The departure of Terron Armstead left a gaping hole at LT on the Saints’ line. Penning has a Jon Runyan-like mentality and will bring some nastiness to New Orleans’ offense.

20) Steelers: Malik Willis, QB, Liberty: Bringing in Mitchell Trubisky buys the Steelers for a year to get Willis ready.

21) Patriots: George Karlaftis, DL, Purdue: This just feels like a Belichick pick.

22) Packers: Daxton Hill, CB / S, MichiganThe Packers love them some early-round defensive backs, and Hill can play both corner and safety. He would have a short-term answer in the slot and a long-term answer at safety.

23) Cardinals: Arnold Ebiketie, EDGE, Penn State: Arizona needs more pass rushing firepower. JJ Watt and Markus Golden are both well into their 30’s.

24) Cowboys: Zion Johnson, iOL, Boston CollegeThe Cowboys get a head start on rebuilding an offensive line that is beginning to fall apart.

25) Bills: Kaiir Elam, CB, Florida: Elam is 6’2 and he runs a 4.39. He’s going Round 1.

26) Titans: Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah: Hey, finally a linebacker! I think the Titans are hoping for a receiver to fall, but it doesn’t happen for them here. Lloyd fills a pretty obvious hole in the middle of the Titans ‘defense and will be playing a DROY candidate behind the Titans’ talented front.

27) Buccaneers: Lewis Cine, S, Georgia: Cine would have an immediate upgrade on Jordan Whitehead, who left in free agency.

28) Packers: Boye Mafe, EDGE, Minnesota: Preston Smith and Rashan Gary are good edge rushers, but there isn’t much depth behind them.

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

30) Chiefs: David Ojabo, EDGE, Michigan: The Chiefs don’t need players who can play early in the season. They need guys who can contribute in January.

31) Bengals: Andrew Booth, CB, Clemson: A sports hernia injury knocks Booth down a bit, but he should still go Round 1. Also, Eli Apple stinks.

32) Lions: Quay Walker, LB, Georgia: Walker edges out Georgia teammate Nakobe Dean in the first spot in the first round.


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