2022 NFL Draft: Sam Howell on top of NFL preseason mock draft

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Sam Howell, 2022 NFL Draft

2022 NFL Draft prospect Sam Howell. Mandatory credit: Robert Willett/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports

The 2022 NFL Draft is still a long way off, but it’s never too early to look at prospects and make predictions. The latest first-round mock draft is here.

The 2021 NFL preseason is just about to get underway, which means that the college football season is also closing in. That means from here on out, 2022 NFL Draft talk is going to be continually ramping up.

It’s far too early to be making predictions for the 2022 NFL Draft as far as where NFL teams will wind up selecting and even projecting the accurate top 32 players in the class. Players will emerge, some will unfortunately decline or suffer setbacks. NFL teams will not play to the level some think they are capable of and some teams picking low in this mock draft are going to probably be far better than the masses seem to think.

That’s just the nature of the beast, so we’re going to take a crack at not just some predictions, but more so looking at players who could go high in the 2022 NFL Draft and what NFL teams they may fit on.

The order for this particular mock draft comes from the NFL Mock Draft Simulator.

2022 NFL Draft: 1st round

Sam Howell
QB North Carolina

What are the Houston Texans and general manager Nick Caserio going to do with this roster next?

From an outside perspective, it feels like Caserio got full control over a roster and has gone way over the top when it comes to rebuilding and reloading.

The Texans have not gotten better in the 2021 offseason, and not only have they not gotten better, but they’ve also gotten older.

With so many expiring contracts and the future of Deshaun Watson very much up in the air, what is there to get excited about with this franchise in 2021?

Not a whole lot.

The Texans are as easy of a pick to earn the first overall selection in the 2022 NFL Draft as the Jacksonville Jaguars were a year ago at this time, maybe even easier.

This is a roster that will be rebuilding for at least another couple of offseasons.

In this case, the rebuild really begins with the addition of North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell, a Heisman Trophy candidate and certainly one of the best passers in all of college football.

The Texans do have 2021 third-round pick Davis Mills as an option, but if they get the top overall pick, Howell or whoever emerges as the clear QB1 by that point in time will need to get serious consideration here.

Howell has drawn some comparisons in terms of his size and play style to Baker Mayfield coming out of Oklahoma.

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