It’s been a hectic week in the NFL world with move after move breaking news. Those changes cause a ripple effect through this 2-round 2022 NFL Mock Draft.
The last week in the NFL has been an absolute whirlwind. Aaron Rodgers is staying, but Russell Wilson and Carson Wentz are moving, not to mention Khalil Mack. The Green Bay Packers and Denver Broncos have their quarterback questions answered, but now what about the Seattle Seahawks and Indianapolis Colts? Or how about the Washington Commanders, are they done adding quarterbacks?
It’s becoming clear that the NFL landscape is going to be much different by the time the season starts, but what about the 2022 NFL Draft? Things are certainly going to change with the recent moves and with free agency looming the changes are far from over, making the draft even more exciting.
As we draw closer to the 2022 NFL Draft, here’s a take on a 2-round 2022 NFL Mock Draft, completed with trades. Lots can, and most likely will, change before the draft begins, but this is how teams could be looking towards the first two rounds.
2022 NFL Mock Draft: Round 1, Pick 1 (Jacksonville Jaguars)
This is still no surprise. The Jacksonville Jaguars need to protect Trevor Lawrence, who struggled to stay upright a season ago. While Ikem Ekwonu made waves at the NFL Combine, the Jaguars need to stay the course with this pick. When it comes to offensive lineman, production on the field needs to take the forefront and Evan Neal still holds the advantage there.
Neal is a strong blocker in all aspects of the game and would provide a cornerstone to this offensive line for years to come. Ekwonu’s intrigue will require the Jaguars to follow through with all their evaluations, but Neal is the best pick for Jacksonville at the top of the 2022 NFL Draft.
2022 NFL Mock Draft: Round 1, Pick 2 (Detroit Lions)
The Detroit Lions shouldn’t be changing their plans with the second overall pick any time soon. Unless the Jaguars shock the NFL world and don’t take an offensive tackle, the Lions should have this pick written down in Sharpie.
Hutchinson is the type of player that can transform a defense. The Lions had one of the worst pass rushes in the league during the 2021 season and this pick will immediately change that. Hutchinson has only scratched the surface of what he can do and should continue to grow in the state of Michigan with the Lions.