Two Round 2022 NFL Mock Draft: Jets Address Trenches, Saints Go QB

Detroit Lions, 2022 NFL Mock Draft, Travon Walker.(Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
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2022 NFL Draft, Evan Neal
2022 NFL Mock Draft, Evan Neal. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) /

The Jets go trenches early, the Saints go quarterback, and much more in this latest two round 2022 NFL Mock Draft.

Somehow, some way, we’ve made it through one Sunday without football. The good news, though, is that we’re in the thick of draft season. The 2022 NFL Draft should be absolute chaos. Obviously, evaluations will be all over the place, and without a sure fire top signal-caller, who knows what will happen.

Speaking of the quarterbacks, we also don’t know how the draft order will look a couple months from now. Veteran quarterbacks could be on the move, with a couple headlining the list in Jimmy Garoppolo and Russell Wilson. Aaron Rodgers could be, but we will see.

The interesting news surrounds the NFL combine, with around 150 potential draft picks threatening to boycott the event without a relaxation on protocols. If they really do not show up, it creates another year of unverified testing and another year with chaos in the first round.

2022 NFL Mock Draft: Latest Two-Round Projection

With all that uncertainty, let’s try to navigate through the madness and project what happens in the first two rounds. This 2022 NFL Mock Draft features plenty of surprises, new pairings, the Jets going trenches early, the Giants shaking it up, and more! Let’s dive in!

1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Evan Neal, OT, Alabama

The Jacksonville Jaguars are on the clock for the second year in a row, and this time, there’s much less of a consensus. They’ve got their franchise quarterback, so the options here are protect Trevor Lawrence, or go get one of the top edge rushers.

Once again, we’re on the mission of protecting Lawrence. Even if the Jaguars bring back Cam Robinson, plugging him in at guard makes sense, and you get a true left tackle in Evan Neal. The elite size, ability in the run game, and fleet feet and power as a pass protector give Doug Pederson a cornerstone piece along the line.

2. Detroit Lions: Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE, Michigan

Aidan Hutchinson just feels like a Detroit Lions selection, and he is in this 2022 NFL Mock Draft and probably a couple hundred more before draft day. The Lions do need to have someone anchor a pass rush that is still lacking a bit more, and Hutchinson has a great baseline of traits. He’s a good athlete with strong hands and good quickness to change direction. He can come in and produce six-eight sacks in year one.