2-Round 2022 NFL Mock Draft: Quarterbacks Fly Off The Board Early

2022 NFL mock draft: 2022 NFL Draft prospect Malik Willis. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)
2022 NFL mock draft: 2022 NFL Draft prospect Malik Willis. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images) /
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Desmond Ridder, 2022 NFL Mock Draft
2022 NFL Mock Draft, Desmond Ridder #QB13 of the Cincinnati Bearcats (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images) /

Scouting Report. Cincinnati. Pick Analysis. QB. Desmond Ridder. 7. player. 55

A run on QBs?? That shouldn’t surprise anyone too much. Yes, this class doesn’t possess a “can’t miss” prospect at the position, but that doesn’t mean they won’t still get pushed up the draft board. If the past week in the NFL is any indication, teams are feening for elite QBs. If you don’t have an elite QB, what is the next best thing? An elite roster with a rookie QB, if you ask me.

The Steelers find themselves between a rock and a hard place. The Browns brought in Deshaun Watson, adding to Lamar-Ravens and Burrow-Bengals in the AFC North. Pittsburgh signed former No.2 overall pick Mitchell Trubisky earlier in the offseason, but after re-evaluating the landscape in their own division, I could see them wanting to take the chance on a “traits-y” guy like Ridder in this 2022 NFL Mock Draft. He possesses the potential to grow into an elite signal-caller and won’t be thrust into the lineup immediately.

Travon Walker. player. 44. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. Georgia. EDGE. 8

You would have been hard pressed to find Travon Walker included in the first two rounds of any mock draft prior to the 2021 season. Even after being a key piece to the Georgia defense, Walker still was a fringe first-round pick most places. Then the NFL Scouting Combine happened.

Walker produced one of the most impressive performances all offseason, rivaled only by other Georgia players. This time, rather than being overshadowed by his teammates, Walker snatched the spotlight for himself. Now, you’ll have a hard time finding him outside of a top-ten in any mock draft. In this 2022 NFL mock draft, he doesn’t even have to leave the state. Atlanta had 18 total sacks in 2021, by far the worst in the league. They need someone to ignite the pass rush, and Walker does that.