The “fall” ends for a player that many consider to be the true best prospect in this 2022 NFL Mock Draft. A slow 40-yard dash and the fact that he is listed as a safety will likely prevent him from going as early as he should on Thursday, but I think everyone can agree that whoever does draft Kyle Hamilton is getting a heck of a player.
Hamilton has the potential to do it all. He shows on tape that he has the speed and instincts to play deep in zone coverage. He has the size and athleticism to play man against wide receivers, tight ends and running backs. He excels when playing in the box, running sideline-to-sideline, pursuing the ball carrier and knifing his way into the backfield.
The Washington Commanders may want to add a weapon or protection for their new quarterback, Carson Wentz, here. They could even draft his eventual replacement if they love Malik Willis or another quarterback. But adding a player on defense that can come in and do it all right away would be a great thing for a team trying to seize an opportunity to win their wide-open division.
Trade number two! This one is for our first quarterback to come off the board, Liberty’s Malik Willis. Similar to the last trade, I just can’t see Mike Tomlin and the Pittsburgh Steelers leaving this draft without this player.
Tomlin has talked extensively how important it is to have a quarterback that can be a threat with his legs. There is no one better in this 2022 NFL Mock Draft at that than Malik Willis. Willis looks like a running back with the ball in his hands, displaying great vision and elusiveness in the open field.
Willis is more than just a runner, however. He has an absolute cannon for an arm, and can make any NFL throw with ease. He needs to be more consistent with his accuracy and could take some time to learn the Steelers’ NFL offense, but with proper coaching (which Tomlin is surely confident that he can provide) Willis could become a top NFL quarterback for the Steelers after a bridge year or two with Mitchell Trubisky.
The Houston Texans added a cornerback early in this 2022 NFL Mock Draft, and go right back to the defensive side of the football with edge rusher, Jermaine Johnson. Johnson thrived with the Florida State Seminoles last season and showed that he can be a valuable, three-down commodity at the next level.
He may not be in that “top edge rusher” conversation, but Johnson has the blend of size, speed, athleticism and production that a team looks for. For a team like the Houston Texans, they need to find that dominant edge rusher to pair with their new lock-down corner to build their defense around for new head coach Lovie Smith.
Jordan Davis just seems like a Baltimore Ravens selection. His size and athleticism will make him an absolute nightmare for blockers, even at the next level. Everyone wants to see Davis develop as a pass rusher and improve his technique and there is no where better for him to learn than in Baltimore.
The Ravens brought back veteran nose tackle, Michael Pierce, this offseason, but they still need a long-term answer inside. Davis can provide that, and can learn from one of the best with Pierce. A defensive front of Derek Wolfe, Michael Pierce and Calais Campbell will surely be great for this year, but looking ahead, Justin Madubuike, Jordan Davis, Broderick Washington and Odafe Oweh wil be dangerous for years to come.
While many view Ohio State’s Garrett Wilson as the top wide receiver in the draft, he is the third off the board in this 2022 NFL Mock Draft, primarily just based on fit. The Chiefs need the speed and dynamic athleticism of Williams to replace the likes of Tyreek Hill. The Jets need a big-body receiver that they can throw the ball up to. The Philadelphia Eagles? They just need reliable targets for Jalen Hurts.
Wilson is a very crisp route runner who can create a lot of separation that will be important for a young quarterback like Hurts. Wilson has enough speed to be a deep threat for any opposing defense, but really excels with the ball in his hands. Alongside DeVonta Smith, Garrett Wilson could exploit some mismatches and get open at all three levels of the football field.
The Eagles have a handful of needs that they could address with their two first-round picks, but Wilson is too good to pass up so Howie Roseman and the Eagles take a first round receiver for the third consecutive year in this 2022 NFL Mock Draft.