Kansas City Chiefs 7-Round 2022 Mock Draft: A New Playmaker At WR

Bearcats WR Alec Pierce. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports
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Los Angeles Chargers, 2022 NFL Draft, Jermaine Johnson II
FSU DE Jermaine Johnson II. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images) /

Round 1, 30th Overall: Jermaine Johnson II, EDGE, Florida State

The Kansas City Chiefs have a superstar in Chris Jones in the middle of the defensive line who can wreak havoc against anyone. However, it was clear that while interior pressure bothered Joe Burrow on Sunday, edge pressure wasn’t around much. Frank Clark won’t be going anywhere with his massive cap hit, but finding another top presence to rush the passer opposite him is important.

Jermaine Johnson II would be an excellent selection here. The Florida State Seminoles rusher transferred to Tallahassee from Georgia last offseason, as it was a struggle to separate from an elite rotation. Johnson put together a great year in 2021, registering 12 sacks and 17.5 tackles for loss.

The production was great, and the initial film viewing looks good as well. Johnson is a phenomenal run defender with quick-strike hands to set the edge and shed blocks. His powerful hands make his go-to move, working speed and explosion off the line into power a devastating one.

Johnson still has work to do as a pass rusher from improving counters to showing he can win with good change of direction skills. He’s shown a ton down at the Senior Bowl this week in terms of dominating in the 1v1 drills, and is a sure fire first round talent.