3 Quarterbacks, 2 Trades Inside Top 10 Of New 2-Round 2022 NFL Mock Draft
The 2022 NFL Draft is rapidly approaching with less than three weeks standing between now and the first round and the fun is just beginning. The Philadelphia Eagles and New Orleans Saints have already made a pre-draft trade and more are sure to come on draft night, if not before. As for this two round 2022 NFL Mock Draft, those trades come early and often.
2022 NFL Mock Draft: Two Rounds With Trades
This year has been another offseason where the time between the final game of the season and the draft has benefited quarterbacks. Talk has increased and what began as a first round that could be absent from more than one or two quarterbacks could see much more than that in just the first handful of picks. Without further delay, we’ll jump right into the picks.
For a long time this pick seemed like a sure-fire offensive linemen, then the free agency period happened. Jacksonville was able to franchise tag Cam Robinson at left tackle and added Brandon Scherff to play right guard. While Scherff was a great addition, the return of Robinson at least delayed the need for a tackle with this pick, allowing the Jags to take the best player available in the class.
Aidan Hutchinson entered the draft process as one of the top players on the board and what he was able to do at the NFL Combine eliminated any doubts in his ability. Hutchinson received the second best grade of any prospect, behind only Kyle Hamilton and was third on the Next Gen Stats list. For Jacksonville, a team that needs to build up a roster with the quarterback already in place, Hutchinson will make for an incredible addition.
*Detroit Lions send No. 2 to the New Orleans Saints for No. 16, No. 19, No. 49 and a 2024 1st
The New Orleans Saints didn’t add a second first round pick in the middle of the draft just because. That doesn’t happen before the draft. The Saints aren’t done making moves and adding a second pick in this draft gives them the tools to go after a trade to get the top quarterback in the class.
The 2012 NFL Draft saw Washington jump from No. 6 to No. 2 for Robert Griffin III. That offer gave the Rams the No. 6 pick, the No. 39 pick, a first the next year and another first the year after. Now 10 years later, we could see a similar deal. While neither pick is in the top 10 this year, Detroit gets an addition two picks in the first this year, giving them four picks in the first 34 selections, as well as a second this year and the Saints’ next first, which is in 2024 after the trade with Philly.
Now for the pick. Dennis Allen has taken the helm in New Orleans and a new era could be coming. Taysom Hill will be a tight end and the contract Jameis Winston signed doesn’t exactly say “automatic starter.” Just a two-year deal, Winston could be cut after 2022 with less than $12 million in dead cap.
What Willis could bring is a ton of potential. Sitting behind Winston for a bit would allow Willis to adjust and learn the speed of the NFL. He’s already regarded as the top quarterback prospect in this class and going to New Orleans could be a great opportunity for the young gunslinger. He would have the time needed to grow into an NFL quarterback with enough weapons and protection to make the transition smooth.