2022 NFL Mock Draft: Jameson Williams The First WR Off The Board?

2022 NFL Mock Draft, Jameson Williams. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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2022 NFL Draft, Aidan Hutchinson
2022 NFL Mock Draft, Aidan Hutchinson. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports /

1. Detroit Lions: Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE, Michigan

It’s going to be a conundrum at the top for the Detroit Lions. There are two edge rushers that are excellent prospects for the 2022 NFL Draft, and both have an argument to be the top pick. In this 2022 NFL Mock Draft, the Lions roll with the shocker and selection Aidan Hutchinson.

Hutchinson has been dominant all season long. He had 13 sacks and 15.5 tackles for loss in 2021, and came up with big plays in big moments for the Wolverines. Hutchinson is an athletic rusher who can win in a variety of ways and can elevate the culture in Detroit.

2. Houston Texans: Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon

Yeah, the Houston Texans could go quarterback here, but they need to add elite players to this underwhelming roster. Why not get a blue chip player to be a cornerstone on your defense? They do so selecting Kayvon Thibodeaux.

Thibodeaux might not have had the most productive 2021 season, but he’s still an elite prospect who can be an instant game-changer. He’s dominant against the run, establishing leverage quickly with good hand placement and can shed quickly to make plays. He’s an athletic rusher with great closing speed to boot.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Evan Neal, OT, Alabama

It’s going to be an extremely popular pairing because it needs to happen, even though the Jaguars current best receiver on the roster is Laquon Treadwell. Offensive line needs to be a priority in protecting Trevor Lawrence.

Evan Neal has made serious improvements in his move to left tackle. He’s a true mauler in the run game who has improved with his angles, and has the athleticism and fleet feet in pass protection.

4. New York Jets: Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU

Where do the New York Jets start in terms of building this roster up? Well, in this 2022 NFL Mock Draft, it’s going to start with the secondary. Michael Carter II has had a good rookie season, and Bryce Hall is improving, but they’re lacking a true shutdown corner.

There will be plenty to discuss with Derek Stingley Jr., especially with his play seemingly declining every season. Proving that his instincts, ball skills, and his lockdown ability in man coverage are still there will be huge, but the pedigree will get him drafted highly.