2022 NFL Mock Draft: Kayvon Thibodeaux falls to Falcons, Giants take top-five QB, six receivers go in Round 1

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 350 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

6th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Neal may not be the clear-cut “best” prospect in this class, but he has mammoth size, insane athleticism, and the Jaguars have to protect Trevor Lawrence a lot better in 2022 than they did in his rookie season.

Michigan

• Sr

• 6’6″

/ 265 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

4th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Hutchinson feels like a Dan Campbell selection, and he’s got all the tools to be a All-Pro type on the edge.

Notre Dame

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 219 lbs

Projected Team

Houston

PROSPECT RNK

1st

POSITION RNK

1st

Nick Caserio was in New England during the prime of the Devin McCourty era, and Hamilton can provide a similar caliber impact on Houston’s defense.

Mississippi State

• Soph

• 6’5″

/ 310 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

13th

POSITION RNK

4th

Cross is a smooth operator with effortless movement skills and anchor. The Jets have to get better in the trenches.

Liberty

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 195 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

PROSPECT RNK

17th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Willis has the most magnificent traits in this draft class, and the Giants could keep him on the sideline for at least half a season with Daniel Jones still under contract.

Pittsburgh

• Sr

• 6’3″

/ 220 lbs

Projected Team

Carolina

PROSPECT RNK

15th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Pickett has ties to Matt Rhule, and we know how much Rhule loves former recruits and players. The Panthers have to fix their quarterback spot.

NC State

• Soph

• 6’4″

/ 320 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

PROSPECT RNK

10th

POSITION RNK

1st

Ekwonu is a nasty but balanced blocker who will start at right tackle for the Giants.

Oregon

• Soph

• 6’5″

/ 258 lbs

Projected Team

Atlanta

PROSPECT RNK

3rd

POSITION RNK

1st

Thibodeaux to the Falcons would be a tremendous get for Atlanta at No. 8 overall. The Falcons need more edge-rushing help — a lot of it — and Thibodeaux has rare attributes at his size.

Purdue

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 275 lbs

Projected Team

Denver

PROSPECT RNK

9th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Karlaftis is an NFL-ready, three-down defensive end who can help keep the Broncos pass rush afloat.

LSU

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 195 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

2nd

POSITION RNK

1st

Stingley falls a bit, and the Jets are elated to land him. He has All-Pro traits at the outside cornerback spot.

Ole Miss

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Washington

PROSPECT RNK

15th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Corral needs polish, but the quick release and athleticism make him an worthwhile quarterback choice here for the Washington Football Team.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 192 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

7th

POSITION RNK

1st

Wilson is a bouncy speedster who’d be an instant star in an offense with Justin Jefferson.

Arkansas

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 225 lbs

Projected Team

Cleveland

PROSPECT RNK

21st

POSITION RNK

4th

Burks is a horse in the open field due to his size and chiseled frame, rebounds it well down the field, and isn’t a stiff route runner.

Cincinnati

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 188 lbs

Projected Team

Baltimore

PROSPECT RNK

25th

POSITION RNK

4th

Gardner is the smooth, no-nonsense cornerback the Ravens will love to add to their man-heavy defense.

Georgia

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 225 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

11th

POSITION RNK

1st

Dean is a missile at linebacker and diagnoses run plays in an instant. The Eagles have to get more athletic at linebacker.

Iowa

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 290 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

5th

POSITION RNK

1st

Linderbaum is impeccable in the run and screen game, and with more weight to his frame can be tremendous in pass protection, too.

Michigan

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 250 lbs

Ojabo is a raw rusher with high upside because of his explosive and bendiness around the corner. He’d be a perfect running mate alongside Joey Bosa in Los Angeles.

Ohio State

• Sr

• 6’1″

/ 188 lbs

Projected Team

New Orleans

PROSPECT RNK

19th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Olave gets open frequently and is dynamite when he has to track the ball down the field. The Saints have to prioritize their receiver group this offseason.

Penn State

• Sr

• 6’3″

/ 256 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

39th

POSITION RNK

4th

Ebiketie is an explosive, bendy rusher who got better each season at Penn State. The Eagles have to address the outside of their pass rusher with youth.

Texas A&M

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 325 lbs

Projected Team

Pittsburgh

PROSPECT RNK

48th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Green is a mauler at guard. Regardless of what the Steelers do at quarterback for the 2022 season, they have to get better in the trenches.

USC

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 210 lbs

Projected Team

New England

PROSPECT RNK

27th

POSITION RNK

6th

London would give the Patriots more size at receiver, and the USC star can get open despite being around 6-foot-5. He’s a high-point monster, too.

Florida

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 196 lbs

Projected Team

Las Vegas

PROSPECT RNK

19th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Elam is a long, ultra-physical cornerback with good fluidity for a defensive back his size. The Raiders have to get stronger in their secondary.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 189 lbs

Projected Team

Arizona

PROSPECT RNK

8th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Williams’ torn ACL sinks him outside the top 20, but the Cardinals can’t pass on him given the state of their receiver group heading into the 2022 season.

Georgia

• Sr

• 6’3″

/ 315 lbs

Projected Team

Dallas

PROSPECT RNK

102nd

POSITION RNK

12th

Wyatt has a lightning-quick first step, and the Cowboys have to get sturdier on the interior of their defensive line.

Central Michigan

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 305 lbs

Projected Team

Cincinnati

PROSPECT RNK

30th

POSITION RNK

5th

Rainmann is bound to rise up boards after the Senior Bowl, when teams will get an up-close look at just how long and athletic he is on the edge.

Kentucky

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 345 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

23rd

POSITION RNK

1st

Kinnard is a wide, high-energy blocker who’d help the Dolphins get more physical up front.

Auburn

• Sr

• 6’0″

/ 190 lbs

Projected Team

Buffalo

PROSPECT RNK

29th

POSITION RNK

5th

McCreary was always around the football in the SEC with 29 pass breakups in his final three seasons at Auburn.

Purdue

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

38th

POSITION RNK

7th

Bell was a steady, high-producing presence on the outside over the past three years for the Boilermakers.

Clemson

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 200 lbs

Projected Team

Kansas City

PROSPECT RNK

20th

POSITION RNK

3rd

The Chiefs are happy to end Booth’s fall to provide their secondary with a twitchy ball hawk on the outside.

Houston

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 275 lbs

Projected Team

Tampa Bay

PROSPECT RNK

32nd

POSITION RNK

2nd

Hall is the long, versatile defensive lineman the Buccaneers love in the trenches. And Tampa Bay has to add more youth to that unit.

Washington

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 310 lbs

Projected Team

Tennessee

PROSPECT RNK

36th

POSITION RNK

7th

Kirkland is one of the more underrated blockers in this class, and the Titans need to fortify their group up front.

Colorado State

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 260 lbs

Projected Team

Green Bay

PROSPECT RNK

54th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Surprise! McBride is an athletic, pass-catching monster at the tight end position who’d be a welcomed addition in Green Bay, regardless of who the team’s quarterback is next year.

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Huynh Nguyen

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