Daniel Garrett’s 2022 NFL Mock Draft 1.0

Kayvon Thibodeaux, first pick in our 2022 NFL Mock Draft
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Mock Draft Setup

The mock draft order is as it currently is following the Divisional Round of the playoffs. There were no trades allowed. Because of this, some players fell further than they may have given a lack of positional need. As the draft approaches, it will be easier, and more accurate, to project trades.

Where players are currently slotted is a very fluid process, and will change a lot as the draft cycle continues. All-star games, the NFL Draft Combine, pro days, and team interviews will significantly move players up and down the board. This 2022 NFL mock draft was composed with the help of our friends over at NFL Mock Draft Database. With that being said, let’s get started on my 2022 NFL Mock Draft 1.0.

2022 NFL Mock Draft 1.0

1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon

The Jacksonville Jaguars desperately need help at every position except for quarterback. With Kayvon Thibodeaux, they get a great combination of ability and positional value. Thibodeaux provides scheme flexibility for whatever they want to run, as well as being an exceptional talent at the position. He isn’t as skilled as previous number one overall selections at edge rusher, but he is still very good.

2. Detroit Lions: Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE, Michigan

Aidan Hutchinson not only fills a need but is also a good quality player at a high-value position. Hutchinson is a good scheme fit and also fits into the type of player and personality that this Detroit Lions’ staff values.

3. Houston Texans: Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU

Derek Stingley missed a good portion of this past year, after only playing in seven games the year before. However, as a freshman, he was one of LSU’s best players when they won the National Championship. He is a good cover corner for a team in the Houston Texans that desperately needs help at every position.

4. New York Jets: George Karlaftis, EDGE, Purdue

While the New York Jets are getting back Carl Lawson, they still will need someone opposite him, and George Karlaftis is the top edge rusher on the board. He has prototypical size for the position and has a high floor as well as a decently high ceiling.

5. New York Giants: Ikem Ekwonu, OT, NC State

The New York Giants are in desperate need of offensive line help, and Ikem Ekwonu is one of the best in this draft. Some have Ekwonu as their top offensive lineman. The Giants have a need at multiple offensive line positions, and Ekwonu will best help them get the five best linemen on the field.

6. Carolina Panthers: Evan Neal, OT, Alabama

Evan Neal is the top guy at the position and is very athletic. He won’t be one of the top tackles in the league immediately like Rashawn Slater and Tristan Wirfs have been the past two drafts, but he can start right away and be an upgrade for the Carolina Panthers. It isn’t ideal to rely on a third round pick to start at left tackle.

7: New York Giants (via Bears): Kyle Hamiton, S, Notre Dame

Kyle Hamilton is not only the best safety, he’s the best player in the draft. With their second pick in the draft, they go with the best player available. The Giants’ safety room isn’t terrible, but Hamilton would be an instant upgrade.

8: Atlanta Falcons: David Ojabo, EDGE, Michigan

The Atlanta Falcons need a play-maker on defense outside of A.J. Terrell, and David Ojabo has insane upside to become just that. Ojabo is only in his fifth year of playing football and is already showing a good amount of polish, coupled with insane athletic traits.

9: Denver Broncos: Kenny Pickett, QB, Pittsburgh

The Denver Broncos have everything to be a contender outside of quarterback. People connected to the NFL have said that Kenny Pickett will be the first quarterback drafted, and with all the elite talent in the draft gone, they can now reasonably take the risk on a quarterback prospect.

10: New York Jets (via Seahawks): Andrew Booth Jr., CB, Clemson

While Andrew Booth has fallen for a lot of people, with his physical tools he still has a very good chance to be the second corner off the board. The New York Jets have very little at corner, with no true starting-caliber players. Booth can come in, play immediately, and develop his technique under a good coaching staff.

11. Washington Football Team: Sam Howell, QB, North Carolina

Washington survived this season without free-agent addition Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback. Sam Howell is a good fit in Scott Turner’s offense. Washington has decent play-makers and a solid offensive line. The defensive back seven still needs some work, but this can provide a stable offense for them to rely on.

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12. Minnesota Vikings: Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner, CB, Cincinnati

The Minnesota Vikings have been playing a very old Patrick Peterson at cornerback. Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner provides some youth, length, and athleticism and is an instant starter specializing in press coverage.

13. Cleveland Browns: Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State

Garrett Wilson is a solid athlete and fantastic after the catch. He’s also very good at the catch-point. The Cleveland Browns need a lot of help in the wide receiver room and could end up selecting multiple receivers in this draft. There’s a lot of competition for wide receiver one, and this was down to three players for me. He edged out Treylon Burks as a route runner. Jameson Williams’s injury drops him just below Wilson.

14. Baltimore Ravens: Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama

The Baltimore Ravens have a deep threat in Marquis “Hollywood” Brown as well as a potential top receiver in last year’s first-round pick Rashod Bateman, both paired with star tight end Mark Andrews. The Ravens could still use one more pass catcher to help Lamar Jackson, and Jameson Williams has an argument to be the best one in this class.

15. Philadelphia Eagles (via Dolphins): Kaiir Elam, CB, Florida

Philadelphia needs a corner opposite Darius Slay, who himself is getting older. Kaiir Elam can be a good fit opposite Slay and has prototypical size and athleticism. The Eagles have a lot of picks and could end up trading one of these. While they typically try to bolster the trenches, the Eagles’ first selection is to fix what has been a weakness of theirs over the past few years.

16. Philadelphia Eagles (via Colts): Demarvin Leal, iDL, Texas A&M

With the Eagles’ second selection of this 2022 NFL mock draft, they go to their bread and butter and add to the trenches. While DeMarvin Leal has fallen since the summer, he still has a lot of athletic upside and has All-Pro potential. Leal will be transitioning from playing base end to a more interior role. He may have to add some additional weight in the NFL

17. Los Angeles Chargers: Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State

The Los Angeles Chargers’ offensive line was majorly upgraded with first-round pick left tackle Rashawn Slater and center Corey Linsley added in free agency. They still need to upgrade the right side of the offensive line. Charles Cross is a left tackle for Mississippi State, but his movement skills and pass blocking ability are worth drafting despite having to flip over to the opposite side.

18. New Orleans Saints: Matt Corral, QB, Ole Miss

The New Orleans Saints have a ready-made offense for a rookie quarterback. While they need to upgrade their pass catchers, their offensive line and running game are near the top of the NFL, and Sean Payton is a top-notch play-caller. Matt Corral is a player that Payton can develop to eventually be a solid starting quarterback.

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19. Philadelphia Eagles: Tyler Linderbaum, C, Iowa

The Eagles go back to the trenches for their third pick of this 2022 NFL mock draft. Jason Kelce may be retiring at center, and while Landon Dickerson can play center, he has the versatility to be a good guard — where he played this season. Tyler Linderbaum is a similar center to Kelce and can be a plug-and-play starter. The main concern is weight. Linderbaum will be able to do a lot of what Kelce does for the team.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Malik Willis, QB, Liberty

The Pittsburgh Steelers need a new quarterback with Ben Roethlisberger retiring. Malik Willis has a lot of upside. Mike Tomlin has talked about the need for mobility for a modern quarterback, and Malik Willis possesses good mobility and running skills.

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21. New England Patriots: Jordan Davis, iDL, Georgia

The New England Patriots have always loved big, strong, run-stuffing nose tackles. That is a spot-on description of Jordan Davis, who also adds more pass-rushing upside when in good shape. Davis is going to be an outstanding two-down player for a long time in the league and will make an instant impact.

22. Las Vegas Raiders: Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas

Treylon Burks has an argument for the top receiver in the class. He is outstanding after the catch and has the versatility to line up all over the field. The Las Vegas Raiders have a decision to make whether to rebuild or simply retool. If they retool, they have a good quarterback in Derek Carr and need to put another play-maker next to Darren Waller and Hunter Renfrow.

23. Arizona Cardinals: Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington

Arizona desperately needs cornerback help, and Trent McDuffie is one of the best in the draft. Marco Wilson has athletic upside, but may not be a long-term starter. Byron Murphy has good inside-out versatility. McDuffie will be a day one starter and provides scheme versatility.

24. Dallas Cowboys: Kenyon Green, iOL, Texas A&M

The Dallas Cowboys had struggles on their offensive line with a lot of injuries. Connor Williams struggled at left guard, and Kenyon Green can plug and play there. Green can help keep Dak clean, and that needs to always be the goal with a franchise quarterback.

25. Cincinnati Bengals: Darrian Kinnard, OT, Kentucky

The Cincinnati Bengals have had a very good season, but their number one issue has been their offensive line. They have a solid left tackle in Jonah Williams, but they need everything else, and Darrian Kinnard has the versatility to play guard or tackle. He can come in and start at right tackle immediately.

26. Miami Dolphins (via 49ers): Drake London, WR, USC

The Miami Dolphins need wide receiver help to be able to better evaluate Tua Tagovailoa. Jaylen Waddle was great as a rookie, and Drake London provides a different dynamic opposite him. Drake London can be a better version of what they have had in DeVante Parker.

27. Buffalo Bills: Derion Kendrick, CB, Georgia

The Buffalo Bills need a cornerback opposite Tre White, and they have for years. While they haven’t shown a willingness to fix the need, after a year without White, they may value the depth of the corner position more than before. Kendrick was previously at Clemson before transferring to Georgia this past year. He made a jump across the board while at Georgia.

28. Detroit Lions (via Rams): Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State

The Detroit Lions already picked edge rusher, Aidan Hutchinson, at 2, and now will look to go best player available. Chris Olave is a very good wide receiver prospect. While he probably won’t be a superstar, he has a very high floor. The Lions currently only have Amon-Ra St. Brown as a receiver going forward.

29. Kansas City Chiefs: Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah

Devin Lloyd will provide a lot of athleticism to the Kansas City defense. While they don’t necessarily have the biggest linebacker need, Lloyd would be an instant upgrade and start next to last year’s second round pick Nick Bolton. Lloyd is simply the best player available.

30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Drake Jackson, EDGE, USC

The Tampa Bay Bucs drafted an edge rusher in the first round last year, but Drake Jackson allows them to maintain a good rotation at the spot. He can rush standing up or from a three-point stance, and can be a quality addition for if they lose Jason Pierre-Paul in free agency this off-season.

31. Tennessee Titans: Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia

The Tennessee Titans have had a need at linebacker. Rashaan Evans has been a disappointment. The Titans have gotten solid production out of later picks but could use an infusion of athleticism at the position. Dean is a good value at this spot, and while undersized, he is still a good blitzer and solid against the run.

32. Green Bay Packers: Trevor Penning, OT, Northern Iowa

We round out this 2022 NFL mock draft with the Green Bay Packers. The Packers have been injured across the offensive line this season, and Penning can be a good fit to either play right tackle for Billy Turner or can sit behind David Bakhtiari for a while until Turner becomes a free agent after next season.

NFL Mock Draft 1.0 2022: Vance Meek

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On Monday night, Georgia’s national championship win wrapped up the 2021 college football season. This means that it is officially 2022 NFL Draft season. This is my opening mock draft of the year and will probably change a great deal before the real thing happens.

There are declarations still to come, and potentially some guys who will not declare. The NFL Draft order will also change as the playoffs play out. Pro Football Focus’ draft order and other features were utilized for this mock draft.

2022 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Picks 1-10)

1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Evan Neal, Offensive Line – Alabama

The Jaguars invested in what they hope will be their franchise quarterback last year. Now it’s time to protect him. Neal is the best offensive lineman in the class and maybe the best player overall. He’s enormous but moves gracefully and rarely gets beaten. 

2. Detroit Lions: Kayvon Thibodeaux, Edge – Oregon

Several positions need an upgrade in Detroit, so taking the best available player is the call. Another pass rusher has been getting the love lately, but Thibodeaux is my top edge rusher. He’s explosive, corners quickly, and closes in a blink.

3. Houston Texans: Aidan Hutchinson, Edge – Michigan

Some have Hutchinson as the top player overall in this draft, so getting him at #3 is good value. He rushes the passer with a nice set of moves, including a terrific bull rush. Of course, there’s no such thing as a can’t miss player, but he’s close.

4. New York Jets: Derek Stingley Jr, Cornerback – LSU

Even though some other CB’s have raised their stock this season, Stingley is still the top prospect at the position. He has the size, quickness, and technique NFL teams covet, and the Jets’ terrible secondary needs the help.

5. New York Giants: Kyle Hamilton, Safety – Notre Dame

Again, a team with many needs goes with the best player on the board. Safeties don’t get picked in the top spot, but Hamilton is good enough to deserve it. His combination of size, speed, and instincts is unmatched.

6. Carolina Panthers: Matt Corral, Quarterback – Ole Miss

This year’s QB class is weaker than usual, and I have just one passer with a first-round grade. The Sam Darnold experiment failed, and the Panthers go ahead and grab their guy. Corral has a big arm and can use his legs when necessary.

7. New York Giants: Charles Cross, Offensive Line – Mississippi State

I don’t know if the new head coach will stick with Daniel Jones at QB. However, whoever is under center will need more protection than the Giants have provided. Cross is a terrific pass blocker and upgrades the line immediately.

8. Atlanta Falcons: David Ojabo, Edge – Michigan

The other Michigan pass rusher is also pretty good. The Falcons defense badly needs to create more pressure, and Ojabo knows how to bring it. He explodes off the line and has a solid set of moves in his toolbox, including a lethal spin move.

9. Denver Broncos: Nakobe Dean, Linebacker – Georgia

The Broncos need a QB, but it would be a reach here. So instead, they add speed to the second level of the defense. The Butkus Award winner flies to the ball in the run game and has the tools to be a good coverage linebacker in the NFL as well.

10. New York Jets: Jermaine Johnson, Edge – Florida St.

None of the edge rushers in this class bring more violence in their hands than Johnson. When he comes in contact with a blocker, he goes on the offensive with shoves, rips, and punches to disengage from block attempts. He’s also relentless in pursuit of the ball.

2022 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Picks 11-20)

11. Washington Football Team: Treylon Burks, WR – Arkansas

The nameless Washington team has a star in Terry McLaurin but needs a QB. Like Denver, it’s too early here, so adding another stud receiver is the next best thing. Burks is a contested-catch machine with terrific hands and makes plays after the catch.

12. Minnesota Vikings: George Karlaftis, Edge – Purdue

It’s unknown at this time who will be rushing the passer for the Vikings in 2022. This year would be an excellent draft class to address that. Karlaftis uses strength and technique to get the passer. He is another high motor guy as well.

13. Cleveland Browns: Drake London, WR – USC

The Browns are a team in desperate need of help at receiver. Luckily this draft has some elite talent available, including London. The USC standout, another contested-catch artist, is an instant upgrade for a Browns team with high expectations.

14. Baltimore Ravens: Kenyon Green, Offensive Line – Texas A&M

An offense built entirely around the run game needs effective linemen. So, the Ravens use this pick to draft the best available big man. Green is a versatile blocker who can line up anywhere and undoubtedly aid the Baltimore run game.

15. Philadelphia Eagles: Andrew Booth Jr, Cornerback – Clemson

With three picks in the first round, the Eagles can upgrade their defense in a big way. They can start by selecting the top available cornerback after Derek Stingley. Booth is a tremendous athlete with A+ instincts. In addition, he has good ball skills and is a willing tackler.

16. Philadelphia Eagles: Devin Lloyd, Linebacker – Utah

More help for the defense is on the way with the second of back-to-back picks. This time, they add a linebacker to help their run defense. He excels in locating the ball and flying downhill to make the stop.

17. Los Angeles Chargers: Ahmad Gardner, Cornerback – Cincinnati

Adding some help to the defense seems like a given here. However, the value is at CB because of how things have played out. Gardner has excellent length and good speed to go with solid ball skills.

18. New Orleans Saints: Garrett Wilson, Wide Receiver – Ohio St.

The Saints are a mess. The offense needs a lot of help for whoever the QB winds up being, so adding a weapon makes sense. Wilson is a dynamic pass-catcher who can make plays down the field or take a short pass to the house.

19. Philadelphia Eagles: Drake Jackson, Edge – USC

They add to the pass rush here after adding defenders to the linebacking unit and secondary with their first picks. Jackson relies on natural gifts to get pressure and needs development, but his ceiling is sky-high.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Ikem Ekwonu, Offensive Line – North Carolina St.

The Steelers have ignored the OL for too long, and it has shown this season. They address it here. Ekwonu is a nasty run blocker who may ultimately be a guard, but the Steelers need both guards and tackles anyway.

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21. New England Patriots: Kaiir Elam, Cornerback – Florida

Elam is another long cornerback in this draft that projects to go early on. The Patriots may have a big hole there in 2022, so adding one makes sense. In addition, he’s a more physical defender than the other corners in this draft.

22. Miami Dolphins: Bernhard Raimann, Offensive Line – Central Michigan

The Dolphins have tried to address the line in the past but made poor choices. Raimann is technically sound and moves well. The biggest question will be about the level of competition that he’s faced.

23 Las Vegas Raiders: Tyler Linderbaum, Offensive Line – Iowa

Talent-wise, Linderbaum is a top 10 player in the draft. However, positional value and his size could drop him down boards. He’s stronger than he appears, moves very well, and plays with near-perfect technique.

24. Arizona Cardinals: Trent McDuffie, Cornerback – Washington

The Cardinals have had a great season, but going into 2022 could strengthen the secondary. McDuffie is a versatile corner who has the athleticism to play outside or inside. He is also a good tackler in run defense.

25. Cincinnati Bengals: DeMarvin Leal, Defensive Line – Texas A&M

Trey Hendrickson has been fantastic rushing the passer for the Bengals. However, they aren’t getting consistent interior pressure. Leal has the speed and strength to provide something missing since Geno Atkins left.

26. Buffalo Bills: Darian Kinnard, Offensive Line – Kentucky

There are a couple of solid options here. However, strengthening the OL is always intelligent. Kinnard should be able to play both tackle and guard in the NFL. He’s a mauler in the run game, and he anchors well as a pass blocker.

27. Detroit Lions: Malik Willis, Quarterback – Liberty

Jared Goff doesn’t seem like the long-term answer under center in Detroit. Willis likely will need some time to develop. He has a big arm and plenty of athletic gifts to go with it. Sitting behind Goff could be a pleasant situation for him.

28. Dallas Cowboys: Jaquan Brisker, Safety – Penn St.

The Cowboys have assembled an incredible roster capable of a Super Bowl run. The secondary has been a weakness, though. Brisker is an athletic specimen who can make plays on the ball in both coverage and run support.

29. Kansas City Chiefs: Chris Olave, Wide Receiver – Ohio St.

Despite having an offense that boasts one of the league’s best receivers and tight ends, the Chiefs could use an upgrade at WR. Olave is a fantastic route runner who manages to seemingly always be open.

30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Kyler Gordon, Cornerback – Washington

A running back is on the table here, but CB is more important to address. Gordon is yet another gifted Washington defensive back. He can play inside or outside and could be a star in Tampa.

31. Tennessee Titans: Jahan Dotson, Wide Receiver – Penn St.

The Titans added Julio Jones, but he hasn’t provided a lot. Dotson would give the team a consistent downfield threat that would open up the offense. In addition, he brings a quickness that they are currently missing.

32. Green Bay Packers: George Pickens, Wide Receiver – Georgia

The Packers have avoided drafting receivers early for a while now. This year, though, they break the cycle. Their entire WR room enters free agency. Pickens might have been the top WR in the draft pre-injury, but he looked back in the Playoff.

Dueling Atlanta Falcons Mock Draft: Challengers have arrived…

Atlanta Falcons Mock Draft

The Falcons won their divisional matchup against the Carolina Panthers 29-21 and are back in the hunt for the Wild Card spots. As always we are rolling out a dueling Atlanta Falcons Mock Draft challenge to see who can build this team back. But this week we are joined by two guest drafters.

This week joining Adam and Hunter will be: Eric Robinson (ESPN and the Falcoholic) and Luke Carr (Neptune Scouting and the 33rd Team). As always, be sure to vote in the Twitter poll to let us know who wins.

Hunter’s Falcons Mock Draft (@hthompsonNFL)

Round 1 Pick 9: Kyle Hamilton, SAF, Notre Dame

The Falcons need blue chip players across the board. Adding a safety might seem like a luxury pick. However, Kyle Hamilton is one of the best players in this draft. The rangy, dynamic safety would give Dean Pees a playmaker who can be used in a variety of ways for the Falcons defense.

Round 2 Pick 46: Nakobe Dean, LB, UGA

Another playmaker here, Nakobe Dean is one of the best LB’s in the nation. I don’t believe that Debo and Foye will both be on roster come next season, and Dean gives the Falcons the ability to move on. The explosive LB is a play waiting to happen and has been one of the best playmakers on the loaded Georgia defense.

Round 2 Pick 61: Zach Harrison, EDGE, Ohio State

Here we have an EDGE off the board for the Falcons. Zach Harrison is a very toolsy EDGE rusher who needs to refine his pass rushing moves in order to take the next step. Harrison is very raw, but the traits he has makes him a versatile chess piece for the defense going forward.

Round 3 Pick 77: Travis Jones, DT, UConn

The 6’4″ 335lb NT would be a huge addition to a defense that has been gashed by the run all season long. Travis Jones is a good alternative to a guy like Jordan Davis, while not having to use a Round 1 pick on a nose tackle. Jones would free up blocks and clog holes and let this mock’s new look defense eat.

Round 4 Pick 114: Zion Tupuola-Fetui, EDGE, Washington

This draft is too loaded to not double dip at EDGE. EDGE has been a position of need for the Falcons ever since John Abraham left the roster. Adding Zion Tupuola-Fetui to pair with Harrison and Ogundeji would give the Falcons a young rotation of guys who can all get after the QB while giving Dean Pees the versatility to change the fronts.

Adam’s Falcons Mock Draft (@Damski32)

Round 1 Pick 9 – Kyle Hamilton, SAF, Notre Dame

Dynamic playmaker in every sense, brings an eraser on the backend to a defense that is struggling big time with safety play. Kyle Hamilton has Sean Taylor like range, with incredible tackling ability as well. He can cover up many defines in Dean Pees complex scheme that requires really good safety play as he’s constantly moving guys around. He and Pees, like Arthur and Pitts, are a match made in heaven.

Round 2 Pick 46- Myaji Sanders, EDGE, Cincinnati

Myjai Sanders is a dynamic pass rusher out of Cincinnati. I remember watching him last draft cycle and thinking he needed to be more physical. He went back and did just that. He’s very good on stunts, something Pees loves to do with his EDGEs, but also gives you that versatility to drop off into coverage and carry TE’s/RB’s down field. His first step quickness and snap anticipation is fantastic and gives you a really good speed ball pass rusher.

Round 2 Pick 61 – Darrian Beavers, LB, Alabama

Darrian Beavers is a guy that I’ve tracked for a few games now and I’m so extremely impressed at the kid that I took him. His versatility screams the Belichick style defense in which guys are dropping and then blitzing every other play.

Their last game I was intrigued with him as a full-time pass rusher in the game and he was showing some really good strength with a bull rush. The next play he dropped and carried a RB wheel downfield. To me this is a no brainer and a fantastic scheme fit for Dean Pees

Round 3 Pick 77 – Phidarian Mathis, DL, Alabama

Basically an ox. No seriously, he’s really tough to move off of the ball in the run game and in the over/under fronts for Bama. He plays as a 5-tech (kind of how Pees is playing Mike Pennel currently) and he just shuts down a gap. I’ll admit he’s more than likely a career 2-down player, but he shows some decent reps in pass pro that I’d like to see what’s there in terms of development. Regardless, getting a big man from Alabama that is STOUT vs the run is always a W in my books.

Round 4 Pick 114 – Breece Hall, RB, Iowa State

Breece Hall makes the list once again, and to me it’s just good value for the 6’1 225 lb RB. His ability to see the hole, and even at times create his own, is the reason why I keep mocking him and why I’m so heavy on this train. Hall is also showing to be quite impressive in the pass game, thus showing he has three-down ability. He was already pretty decent as a run blocker, but he’s showing he can run some good routes to get open to create big plays in the pass game.

Eric’s Falcons Mock Draft (@_Eric_Robinson)

Round 1 Pick 17: David Ojabo, EDGE, Michigan

Traded down with Denver which netted a 2022 3rd, 2022 4th, and 2023 3rd. On the “best defender available” bandwagon, and a pass rusher with 10-sack a season potential was hard to pass up.

Round 2 Pick 46: Kyler Gordon, CB, Washington

Athletic corner with an NFL frame (6’0 200), fluid hips, long speed, and a sharp football IQ.

Round 2 Pick 61: Zach Charbonnet, RB, UCLA

Arthur Smith gets his bell cow RB that is capable of toting the rock 20+ times a game and providing a physical presence.

Round 3 Pick 76: George Pickens, WR, UGA

Not 100% certain that George Pickens would be here this late, but nonetheless here he is. A physical X-receiver with deep speed and big play ability.

Round 3 Pick 77: Grayson McCall, QB, Coastal Carolina

By no means does this spell the end of the Matt Ryan era, but the team should seriously think about life after Ryan. Greyson McCall can be groomed with his sharp accuracy and impressive velocity

Round 4 Pick 114: Nolan Smith, EDGE, Georgia

Decided to double dip at edge rusher because you can never have too many athletic pass rushers with untapped potential. Worth the 4th round value.

Round 4 Pick 119: Zakoby McClain, LB, Auburn

Not positive that Debo Jones will be a Falcon in 2022. While it’s possible they lean to a Walker/Oluokun duo, the position is still in need of depth. In addition to McClain being a possible starter in 2023.

Luke’s Falcons Mock Draft (@LukeCarrNFL)

Round 1 Pick 9: Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner, CB, Cincinnati

Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner is a great scheme fit for the Falcons, a physical corner with long arms who presses hard at the line of scrimmage and disrupts all offensive momentum. Makes great plays on the ball and is a force in the run game too.

Round 2 Pick 46: Jermaine Johnson, EDGE, Florida State

Jermaine Johnson has risen through draft boards all season. The DE transfer from Georgia has racked up 12 sacks and 17.5 TFLs in 2021 and boasts a great range of pass rushing moves to beat any OT.

Round 2 Pick 61: Phidarian Mathis, DL, Alabama

Phidarian “Phil” Mathis is a versatile IDL who can play DT or even flex out to a 5-Tech DE when required. For a guy who is 6-4, 312lbs, his bend, mobility, and speed is outstanding. Great technique and has the power to line up anywhere.

Round 3 Pick 77: Jalen Tolbert, WR, South Alabama

Jalen Tolbert is an X WR who has insane jump ball catch ability and extremely smooth route running — arguably one of the Falcons’ biggest needs entering this draft. He’d be a great pick (allowing Pitts more freedom), at 6-3, 195lbs he has the perfect frame to add another 10-15lbs on and make him a solid, durable NFL WR for years to come.

Round 4 Pick 114: Leo Chenal, LB, Wisconsin

Leo Chenal is a physical LB who attacks the run hard and takes on blockers superbly. Chenal has improved on his coverage ability in the last two seasons, and in 2021 was an All-B1G Ten First-Team selection. He would complement a rotation of Mykal Walker and Foye Oluokun perfectly.

Falcons Dueling Mocks

Falcons Dueling Mock
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Welcome back to another Falcons Dueling Mocks article brought to you by the Falcons ATB team. Stephen won last week after Adam’s dominant run as the title holder. Will Adam regain his crown? Will Hunter finally taste success? Read the mocks and vote on the Falcons ATB Twitter page.

Hunter’s Falcons Mock (@hthompsonNFL)

Decided to go with this route of “my guys” for most of my picks this week, I had to have confidence in my players and myself to pick these guys because I’m getting desperate for a dub. So if you’ve seen them before, it’s because these are guys I’d be pounding the table for.

Round 1 Pick 12: Jordan Davis, NT, Georgia

  • Dear God watching Carolina run all over us was brutal. So here we have Jordan Davis being the first pick of my mock for the first time this season. He is a mountain in the middle of the field who can do it all for the Falcons. He has absoluetly dominated at the point of attack all season for UGA and would help free up Grady Jarrett and other pass rushers, and Davis would help create holes for our undersized LB group to go make plays.

Round 2 Pick 47: Derion Kendrick, CB, Georgia

  • So full transparency, Derion Kendrick is the only guy on this mock that isn’t one of “my guys” but he is still a great talent. Kendrick has dominated in college ball for years now. He is a high ceiling CB who is still learning the position after switching over from WR while at Clemson. Kendrick works well in both man and zone and really gives Arthur Smith and Dean Pees the ability to trust him against opposing WR’s like they do with AJ Terrell.

Round 2 Pick 63: Zach Charbonnet, RB, UCLA

  • Tweeted out the other day that Zach Charbonnet has a very real chance to become my highest rated RB this draft cycle. He has carried UCLA this season and has shot up draft boards each week. He displays good vision, hits the hole hard, and has great size at 6’1″ 220lbs to be a bell-cow in the Arthur Smith offense. If Atlanta lands Charbonnet, the running game will immediately improve and help the team get back on track.

Round 3 Pick 78: Jalen Tolbert, WR, South Alabama

  • I absolutely have loved Jalen Tolbert ever since Devin Jackson (@RealD_Jackson on Twitter) put him on my radar. You’ve seen me draft him before, but the 6’3″ vertical threat has sticky hands and is a great contested catch player. Tolbert is explosive with the ball in hand and could thrive as a YAC Daddy in the Arthur Smith offense. He needs some work in the route running department, but would still be a welcome addition to our weak WR Room.

Round 4 Pick 115: Cade Otton, TE, Washington

  • In this mock, I pick Cade Otton the 6’5″ 250lb TE from Washington. Otton lets us move on from Hayden Hurst without a massive dropoff. Otton is just a very solid player who does everything. He’s a solid pass catcher, solid size, and a solid athlete. He’s just solid. He does need to work on his blocking a bit, but other than that, feels like grabbing a guy who will let Arthur Smith keep running the two and three TE sets here is good value.

Adam’s Falcons Mock (@Damski32)

Round 1 Pick 12: DeMarvin Leal, DL, Texas A&M:

  • DeMarvin Leal makes his way back here. Other than Jordan Davis I’m still convinced Leal is one of the more logical fits for this defensive fronts. A&M uses a ton of over/under fronts and Leal lines up everyone and gives you juice. Coming off the EDGE is ideal in my opinion, but I don’t hate trying to work him inside along with Grady on twists and stunts. Brings some much needed size/nastiness to this front that’s been needed for a long, long time.

Round 2 Pick 47: Jermaine Johnson, EDGE, Florida State

  • Jermaine Johnson makes his first of what I’m sure is many visits to a mock draft for me. Johnson is a perfect fit for Pees scheme as an OLB or can stick his hand in the dirt and rush out of a 3-point stance. Johnson shows great length in his rushes but also shows incredible power while destroying gaps in the run game, he really could find himself in the first round come next years draft.

Round 2 Pick 63: Brandon Smith, LB, Penn State

  • Brandon Smith is a BIG physical LB that shows fantastic range and can be a really good asset for ATL in terms of having a guy that can play man-up on TEs. Pees has shown that he wants to play a bunch of man, but doesn’t yet have that TE eraser. Combine that with the fact that ATL might lose one of their star ILBs this coming off-season due to the salary cap, Smith makes a ton of sense as a tone setter and just giving some really good talent on the defensive side of the ball.

Round 3 Pick 78: Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama

  • Jameson Williams is a walking home run threat for Alabama, it’s something ATLs offense sorely needs as the group here is really missing some real big time talent. Williams gives ATL something they don’t have in a big play WR that can also be a machine in getting YAC. Jameson is still a smaller WR, but he shows ability to go over the middle and play the ball well while maintaining explosive speed.

Round 4 Pick 115: Amare Barno, EDGE, Virginia Tech

  • Amare Barno is another EDGE (yes, that’s four total trench picks) and I’m well aware of what I’m doing. Arthur Smith came out after the Carolina game and you could tell he was upset at the trench play, so I really made a focus to attack the front in a big pay and Barno is that next guy. He shows surprising strength for his size, but also is able to bend the corner. A bit of a liability in the run game, but I want him to be a dominate pass defender/rusher.

Stephen’s Falcons Mock Draft (@stevieraylee)

*Cues the Ric Flair intro music* You’re mock draft heavyweight champion is back with another banger! I ruffled enough feathers with my shameless (but successful) fan service mock draft last week, so this week I’m going back to something a little less tongue in cheek. The battering Atlanta took against the Panthers showed precisely how ineffective this team is in the trenches. 2022 is the year we try to turn that around.

Round 1 Pick 12: Jordan Davis, DT, Georgia

Y’all will get sick of seeing Davis’ name in these mocks by the time we get to the draft. I’ve said that already, and I’ll keep saying it. It’s not the most entertaining start to a mock draft, but watching Ameer Abdullah and Chuba Hubbard post a 70%+ rushing success rate isn’t fun either. Atlanta’s defensive front is broken beyond the point of scheming around weaknesses. This Atlanta defense will never be effective if they can’t win at the line, and Davis is a one-man wrecking crew at nose tackle. Plug him in and watch everyone around him get better. My only concern is he’ll be gone before we get a chance to pick him.

Round 2 Pick 47: Trevor Penning, OT, Northern Iowa

  • It’s a challenge to present new names in these mock drafts, of course. That said, I was happy to see that no one’s brought up the massive offensive tackle from UNI. Penning has an outstanding combination of size and athleticism, landing him on Bruce Feldman’s Freaks list for 2021. At 6’7 with 35″ arms, he has elite length and reportedly runs a 5.0 forty at 340lbs. Penning’s tantalizingly rare mix of size, strength, and athleticism will shoot him up draft boards this spring. Technically he’s more advanced than you’d expect from a small school prospect, but there is still work to be done there. Still, I’d much rather take a player that can do things you can’t coach and teach him the rest. Atlanta needs another option at tackle, a fact that is torturously apparent after watching Brian Burns and Haason Reddick assault Matt Ryan for 60 minutes on Sunday.

Round 2 Pick 63: Jermaine Johnson, EDGE, FSU

  • I’m going to enjoy taking Johnson here for as long as I can, but I suspect he’ll move into the first round in most projections before too long. It would be easy to phone it in playing for a Florida St. team that is dreadful, but Johnson is playing like his hair is on fire. He’s piled up 7.5 sacks and routinely finds himself in opposing backfields. He has the size and frame to play with his hand in the dirt and the athleticism to handle the coverage responsibility Dean Pees doles out to his outside linebackers. The defensive front is far and away Atlanta’s biggest weakness, and Johnson, especially paired with Jordan Davis, is a huge step towards solving this perineal problem.

Round 3 Pick 78: Zion Tupuola-Fetui, Edge, Washington

  • Making his second appearance in my mock, ZTF completes my phase one rebuild of the defensive front. Atlanta has been bullied at the point of attack because they lack size and power. Tupuola-Fetui is a multiple tool pass rusher with the size and power to set the edge in the run game. After largely ignoring the defensive front, adding a mammoth NT and two 260+lbs edge rushers in the first three rounds is the type of heavy investment that should pay immediate dividends for the Falcons.

Round 4 Pick 115: Kenneth Walker III, RB, Michigan St.

  • Walker is another example of a player that won’t be available in the middle rounds for much longer. He’s here now, though, and I’ll happily sprint to the podium to get him with the 115th pick. Walker is the new favorite to win the Heisman after posting a five-touchdown performance this week. Walker’s contact balance and burst are exceptional. Pair that with his NFL-ready size, and he’s got the makings of a standout lead back.

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