2022 NFL mock draft: Texans pass on QB in QB-heavy predictions

Oregon star defensive lineman Kayvon Thibodeaux can be the top pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, 2022 NFL mock draft.
Oregon star defensive lineman Kayvon Thibodeaux can be the top pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, 2022 NFL mock draft. /
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Kayvon Thibodeaux, possible top pick in the 2022 NFL Draft – 2022 NFL mock draft (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /

The paint has yet to completely dry with the 2021 NFL Draft, so why not throw another way-too-early 2022 NFL mock draft into the mix? NFL teams are in the true “off” season at this point with training camp only weeks away.

Although things are not 100 percent back to the “normal” we knew as of the 2019 NFL season, fans will be back at training camps across the country and filling up stadiums again in the 2021 season.

The 2022 NFL Draft is going to be a fascinating one, especially at the quarterback position. What ends up happening with star NFL players like Aaron Rodgers and Deshaun Watson could obviously have a direct impact on how the 2022 Draft ends up going.

No matter what happens with those guys, this class is shaping up to be a fun one at the quarterback position, but that doesn’t mean we’re going to see a run of QBs with the top three picks as we did in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Using the NFL Mock Draft Database simulator and draft order here’s an early look at the 2022 NFL Draft and, if nothing else, a look into some team needs and prospects to be keeping tabs on.

2022 NFL mock draft: 1st round predictions

Scouting Report. EDGE. player. 10. Kayvon Thibodeaux. 1. Pick Analysis. Oregon

It’s been quite the offseason for the Houston Texans. Really, looking back at the last 16-18 months, it’s just been a downright sad time to be a Houston Texans fan.

Houston has traded De’Andre Hopkins, let JJ Watt walk in free agency, fired head coach/GM Bill O’Brien, replaced him with Nick Caserio and David Culley, and their starting quarterback has both demanded a trade and found himself in potentially huge trouble with the law and league.

Houston has revamped its roster almost to the degree of an expansion franchise in the 2021 offseason.

Who knows what the direction of this team is, at this point?

Houston spent its top pick (a high third-round choice) in the 2021 NFL Draft on Stanford quarterback Davis Mills. Who knows how high they are on him as a QB of the future type, but they obviously liked Mills plenty to make him their top pick in this past draft.

If Houston doesn’t see a top overall pick at QB in this class, which they may not, they could go with a guy who is slowly gaining ‘consensus’ top overall player status in Kayvon Thibodeaux.

In his first 20 college games, Thibodeaux has 23.5 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks, and he’s getting after the QB.

Taking a shot on the QB position is a possibility here, for sure, but Thibodeaux might end up being too good to pass up on.