2022 NFL Mock Draft: Giants grab Kenny Pickett, Vikings get Justin Jefferson a running mate at receiver – CBS Sports

2022 NFL Mock Draft: Giants grab Kenny Pickett, Vikings get Justin Jefferson a running mate at receiver – CBS Sports
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Alabama

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 350 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

4th

POSITION RNK

1st

The Jaguars will and should take a long look at Neal regardless of where they pick inside the top 10. He’s a gigantic athletic marvel at left tackle.

Michigan

• Sr

• 6’6″

/ 265 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

7th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Hutchinson wasn’t spectacular against Georgia, but he has the best combination of size, power, athleticism, and pass-rushing moves at the edge rusher spot in this class.

Oregon

• Soph

• 6’5″

/ 258 lbs

Projected Team

Houston

PROSPECT RNK

2nd

POSITION RNK

1st

Thibodeaux could easily add 15 pounds to his frame, which he’ll likely need to do once he reaches the NFL. But his burst and high-level flashes are already special.

Mississippi State

• Soph

• 6’5″

/ 310 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

29th

POSITION RNK

5th

Cross is a freaky smooth athlete who was outstanding protecting his edge of the Mississippi State offensive line in 2021. He just turned 21 in November. Major potential in this prospect.

Pittsburgh

• Sr

• 6’3″

/ 220 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

PROSPECT RNK

2nd

POSITION RNK

1st

I could totally see Joe Judge adoring Pickett during the pre-draft process and the next GM wanting “his guy” at quarterback.

Liberty

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 195 lbs

Projected Team

Carolina

PROSPECT RNK

30th

POSITION RNK

3rd

The Panthers have to find their quarterback, or Matt Rhule’s going to be out as head coach. Willis’ project label will buy the current regime more time, and Willis is easily the most naturally talented quarterback in this class.

LSU

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 195 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

3rd

POSITION RNK

1st

Stingley would be a tremendous get for the Jets this late in the top 10. He’s long, ultra-athletic and plays with tremendous ball skills.

NC State

• Soph

• 6’4″

/ 320 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

PROSPECT RNK

12th

POSITION RNK

1st

Giants get a quarterback and a tackle in Round 1. Ekwonu isn’t the longest blocker but plays with a powerful, well-balanced style.

Notre Dame

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 219 lbs

Projected Team

Washington

PROSPECT RNK

1st

POSITION RNK

1st

Probably the lowest you’ll see Hamilton, a monstrous safety with more than just ample athletic skills and coverage abilities.

Purdue

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 275 lbs

Projected Team

Atlanta

PROSPECT RNK

6th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Karlaftis has all the talent to be a perennial Pro Bowler. Plus he boasts an NFL body and plenty of strength right now.

Georgia

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 225 lbs

Projected Team

Denver

PROSPECT RNK

27th

POSITION RNK

3rd

The Broncos ran through a bunch of linebackers in 2021 due to injury, and Dean is the finest second-level defender in the class.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 192 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

8th

POSITION RNK

1st

Given Adam Thielen’s age and the fact his 2021 ended on injured reserve, the Vikings should be looking at more receiver help opposite Justin Jefferson. Wilson is a high-end prospect.

Ohio State

• Sr

• 6’1″

/ 188 lbs

Projected Team

Cleveland

PROSPECT RNK

16th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Olave is silky smooth when attempting to get open and is quietly an awesome wideout in contested-catch situations.

Utah

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 235 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

20th

POSITION RNK

1st

Lloyd is a rocket to the football at linebacker, and that spot is a position the Eagles need to address early in this draft.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 189 lbs

Projected Team

New Orleans

PROSPECT RNK

24th

POSITION RNK

6th

Williams is the biggest riser at the receiver position, and the Saints have to revamp that spot.

Cincinnati

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 188 lbs

Projected Team

Baltimore

PROSPECT RNK

17th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Gardner feels like a Ravens type of cornerback. In-your-face, physical, dynamic in man coverage.

Ole Miss

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Pittsburgh

PROSPECT RNK
POSITION RNK

Corral may fall due to his leg injury, and the Steelers would be smart to scoop him up at this juncture of Round 1.

Florida

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 196 lbs

Projected Team

Las Vegas

PROSPECT RNK

26th

POSITION RNK

4th

Elam is a long, physical cornerback with years of SEC experience. The Raiders have to bring in more talent on the perimeter of their defense.

Clemson

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 200 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

11th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Booth has light feet and crazy ball skills. The Eagles could add more youth to their secondary.

Penn State

• Sr

• 6’3″

/ 256 lbs

Ebiketie is chiseled, with great burst, and a stellar array of pass-rushing moves. Nice piece opposite Joey Bosa in Los Angeles.

Michigan

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 250 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

33rd

POSITION RNK

5th

Ojabo is a hyper-athletic, somewhat raw rusher who’ll instantly replace Derek Barnett in Philadelphia.

Central Michigan

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 305 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

37th

POSITION RNK

7th

Rainmann is going to be a big riser during the pre-draft process because of his size, length, and athleticism. The Dolphins’ offensive line investment continues.

San Diego State

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 270 lbs

Thomas has steadily improved his production at San Diego State, and the Patriots could use another rusher opposite Matthew Judon on the outside.

Arkansas

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 225 lbs

Projected Team

Arizona

PROSPECT RNK

22nd

POSITION RNK

4th

Burks is a power forward who’s a nightmare to corral in the open field. Another weapon for Kyler Murray.

USC

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 210 lbs

Projected Team

Buffalo

PROSPECT RNK

23rd

POSITION RNK

5th

The Bills get some size at receiver with the rebounding specialist who’s also dynamic after the catch.

Texas A&M

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 325 lbs

Projected Team

Cincinnati

PROSPECT RNK

13th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Green is a battle-tested blocker who can be a quality guard immediately in Cincinnati or kick out to tackle. More protection for Joe Burrow.

Purdue

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Dallas

PROSPECT RNK

34th

POSITION RNK

7th

Bell can win on the outside with his routes and ball skills. Dallas will probably be in the market to add another wideout early in the 2022 draft with Michael Gallup hitting free agency.

Auburn

• Sr

• 6’0″

/ 190 lbs

Projected Team

Tampa Bay

PROSPECT RNK

33rd

POSITION RNK

5th

The Auburn cornerback pipeline to Tampa Bay continues. McCreary would join fellow Tiger alums Jamel Dean and Carlton Davis in the Buccaneers’ active secondary.

Penn State

• Sr

• 6’1″

/ 200 lbs

Projected Team

Kansas City

PROSPECT RNK

47th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Tyrann Mathieu is unlikely to leave the Chiefs despite his expiring contract, but Kansas City could use more youth at safety. Brisker is a safe prospect.

Cincinnati

• Sr

• 6’4″

/ 215 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK
POSITION RNK

Ridder is an experienced, athletic quarterback who can take over for the Lions in 2023.

Washington

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 310 lbs

Projected Team

Tennessee

PROSPECT RNK

28th

POSITION RNK

4th

Kirkland is a better pass blocker than he is getting downhill for the run game, but the Titans have to address the edges of their offensive line.

Houston

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 275 lbs

Hall is the type of long, versatile defensive lineman the Packers love.