Devin Lloyd is a picture perfect fit for the New England Patriots. He can do a little of everything, a trait that Bill Belichick and the team both covet. Lloyd brings an ability to cover downfield, attack gaps in the run game, and even bring down quarterbacks on well-timed rushes. The former PAC-12 Defensive Player of the Year will be donning the green dot on his helmet and a “C” on his jersey by week one.
The Chiefs got creative and restructured Frank Clark’s contract last month, keeping the pass rusher in Kansas City for at least one more season. Even in doing so, they still need help consistently pressuring opposing quarterbacks. Arnold Ebiketie was born to rush the passer, utilizing his prototypical size to blow by and outmuscle offensive linemen regularly. This is one of my favorite pairings of the draft.
Tyler Linderbaum is a near perfect prospect as a center. Don’t let the fact he is expected to fall fool you into thinking it is due to his talent at the position. Center simply isn’t valued as highly as others, and Linderbaum is smaller than you’d want for a guard. The fall benefits him in a sense in this 2022 NFL Mock Draft, landing in Cincinnati as a savior for Joe Burrow’s health.
Trent McDuffie suffers from a few of the same issues as Linderbaum. McDuffie lacks ideal size to play on the outside, and slot cornerbacks typically do not hear their names called on the first day. The former Washington Huskies corner plays bigger than he is, though, and is one of the smartest players in the entire class. His intangibles are enough for the Lions to take a chance on at the very end of round one of this 2022 NFL Mock Draft.