Houston uses their newly-acquired pick from the Deshaun Watson trade to add a guy that was being mocked to them at three earlier in the offseason. As mentioned before, Derek Stingley Jr. doesn’t only bring an immense level of talent with him to the NFL, he also brings a bevy of injury concerns. At pick 13 — and for a team still overhauling their roster — the value is simply too good to pass up here in this 2022 NFL Mock Draft.
If Stingley is able to return to form for the Texans, they’re going to be getting one heck of a player. The former LSU Tiger burst onto the scene as a true freshman, leading the defensive unit en route to a National Championship in 2019. The next two seasons, Stingley never quite looked like the player from freshman year, with most blaming injuries. With a clean bill of health, he’s a top-five talent in this draft. Much like Thibodeaux, he will suffer a bit of a slide and the team that picks him will get a bargain. Texans nailed the first round.
Jordan Davis moves so well for his size that it legitimately doesn’t make sense. The 341-pound former Georgia Bulldog ran a sub-4.8 40 yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine. If I didn’t see it with my own eyes, I would have never believed it. Anyone could see that Davis was a freak athlete, but it’s truly amazing that he was able to surpass all expectations with testing.
Davis was a perennial game-wrecker all 2021, arguably being the best player in the entire country while playing a shade under 60% of the total snaps. Therein lies the rub. Even with his improved conditioning, some evaluators are questioning whether or not Davis can be a three-down player in the NFL. My rebuttal is, if he is the best player on the field for 60% of the snaps, isn’t that worth a mid first-round pick? Especially if he continues to get in better shape and add pass rushing moves, both of which he’s shown capable of doing.