2022 NFL Mock Draft: Panthers Go QB, Giants Double Down On OLine

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Cincinnati QB Desmond Ridder. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
Cincinnati QB Desmond Ridder. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

21. Philadelphia Eagles (via IND): Kaiir Elam, CB, Florida

The third of the Eagles picks in this first round features a trip to the secondary well, which hasn’t been addressed just yet. Getting the next lockdown corner to play opposite Darius Slay is important, and the 2022 NFL Draft offers a great crop at the position.

Kaiir Elam has the size and transition skills to play the position at a high level. He has good ball skills and stays physical at the catch point.

22. Miami Dolphins (via SF): Drake London, WR, USC

The Miami Dolphins should continue to improve the offensive line to help out quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, but the value at this point in the draft isn’t that great with the top options off the board.

Instead, they opt for getting another wide receiver. Drake London is a dynamite player at the catch point, and is tough to bring down after the catch. He’s more fluid and precise with his routes than expected for someone of his size, and he’d be excellent with Jaylen Waddle.

23. Los Angeles Chargers: Jordan Davis, DL, Georgia

It’s easy to keep bringing up this fit for the Los Angeles Chargers because of how seamless it is. Brandon Staley’s defense relies on the safeties to fill the alleys in the run game, but imagine getting an elite run defender who can eat up space?

In this 2022 NFL Mock Draft, imagination becomes reality. Jordan Davis would help out the Chargers run defense and free up the linebackers and safeties to make plays. He offers a hot motor and good range working laterally as well.

24. Detroit Lions (via LAR): Desmond Ridder, QB, Cincinnati

The Detroit Lions won’t stick in Jared Goff purgatory forever, and while this isn’t the best quarterback class to start a rebuild, they have a great young offensive line to give whoever they draft a good chance.

Desmond Ridder is a true dual-threat at quarterback, and he flashes some elite placement at times. There are inconsistencies, but he plays with great confidence and poise and has a great chance to make an impression down at the Senior Bowl.