As I mentioned earlier, The Houston Texans have needs across the board. To me, that means they can really just go after the best player available. I believe, at this point in the 2022 NFL Mock Draft, that player is Jermaine Johnson.
Jermaine Johnson had a very impressive Senior Bowl, showing that he has what it takes to be a top 10 pick in this draft. He has the size, power and athleticism that you look for in a prototypical defensive end and should be a staple for a very young and raw defense in Houston.
The Baltimore Ravens could go a lot of different ways here in this 2022 NFL Mock Draft. I almost went with Trent McDuffie to round out a very impressive secondary in a talented AFC North or Tyler Linderbaum to give Lamar Jackson a talented new center, but Jordan Davis just seems like a Baltimore Raven.
Sure, the Ravens brought back nose tackle, Michael Pierce, but he played in just eight games last year, after sitting out a year in 2020 for the Minnesota Vikings. Jordan Davis is a young, talented and huge player that will help stop the likes of Nick Chubb, Najee Harris and Joe Mixon in that AFC North early in his career, while he works with a great franchise to develop a pass rush.
Cornerback is the biggest need for the Philadelphia Eagles, in my opinion. Darius Slay has been an effective addition and Avonte Maddox has developed nicely as a nickel option, but finding another young, lockdown boundary corner would be huge for their defense.
Andrew Booth Jr. was exceptional for the Clemson Tigers and has the desirable length and athleticism to fight any NFL wide receiver that a team can throw at him. The Eagles secondary has been lackluster over the last handful of years, so general manager Howie Roseman and crew should take advantage of the opportunity to really make it a strength in 2022 and in the coming years.
With their second of back-to-back picks in this 2022 NFL Mock Draft, the Eagles add a playmaking weapon to their offense for Jalen Hurts. Jameson Williams did not play with Hurts or DeVonta Smith with the Crimson Tide, but he came in last year and showed why he deserves to be selected in the top half of the first round in the 2022 NFL Draft, despite his ACL tear.
Williams was mired behind other top 2022 NFL Draft prospects on the Ohio State depth chart early in his college career, so what did he do? Transferred to the other school that churns out NFL wide receivers and made a name for himself. Williams’ speed and talent is undeniable and will take the top off of the defense for Smith and Dallas Goedert to work underneath for young quarterback Jalen Hurts.
Last year, the Los Angeles Chargers drafted an offensive tackle in the first round of the NFL Draft. Here, they do the same in this 2022 NFL Mock Draft to really give young quarterback, Justin Herbert, the protection that he needs in the AFC West.
With Maxx Crosby/Chandler Jones, Bradley Chubb/Randy Gregory and Chris Jones/Frank Clark coming after him, Herbert needs a major upgrade at right tackle if he wants to stay upright in the pocket on a consistent basis. Trevor Penning could come in and be that guy.
Even as a rookie, I’d bet none of those guys I mentioned above would be excited to go against Penning. As one of the most nasty players in the draft, Penning is a physical nightmare for opponents. He has a mean streak and plays to and through the whistle, but also exhibits sound technique in pass protection. Herbert will love to have this guy on his side.