2022 NFL Mock Draft: Round 2
33. JAC-Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia
The Jaguars are a team that needs just about everything, so here they take a rangy linebacker who is the best player that fell out of the first round.
34. DET-Kyler Gordon, CB, Washington
As they continue to rework their defense, the Lions grab an athletic cornerback that really could go before his Washington teammate on Thursday (he will be in the green room at the draft), just depending on the team’s preferences.
35. NYJ-Kaiir Elam, CB, Florida
Another stud of a cornerback, the Jets pass on corner in the top 10 and still get Elam to be their CB1.
36. NYG-David Ojabo, EDGE, Michigan
The Giants land yet another super talented player here with Ojabo, who falls just because of a recent injury. He is truly one of the most talented edge rushers in the class with a sky-high ceiling.
37. HOU-George Pickens, WR, Georgia
Another player who falls due to recent injuries, George Pickens has the makings of a true NFL number one receiver for a Texans team that needs a guy like that alongside Brandin Cooks for their young quarterback.
38. NYJ-Travis Jones, DT, UConn
The Jets continue to build in the trenches for Robert Saleh’s defense with a solid anchor in the middle of their defensive line.
39. CHI-Christian Watson, WR, North Dakota State
With their first pick in this 2022 NFL Mock Draft, the Bears try to mend the wound left by Allen Robinson by adding a dynamic young weapon for Justin Fields.
40. TEN-Quay Walker, LB, Georgia
41. TEN-Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn State
After trading down with the Seahawks, the Titans are able to grab two first-round quality players in the 40s. Walker is a long and athletic linebacker that fits the mold for today’s NFL and Dotson is one of my favorite receivers in the class who can really do it, whether he lines up alongside A.J. Brown or replaces him moving forward.
42. IND-Tyler Smith, OT, Tulsa
The Colts desperately need a left tackle to protect Matt Ryan after Anthony Costanzo retired and Tyler Smith has some potential if he can work on his form and keep the penalties down. Playing next to Quenton Nelson has to help with his development, right?
43. ATL-Skyy Moore, WR, Western Michigan
The Falcons finally land the receiver that they really need to add this offseason. Skyy Moore will immediately be their starting slot receiver, and arguably the most talented on their roster.
44. DAL-Kenyon Green, OL, Texas A&M
After getting snapped off on all the top wide receivers, the Browns are open to moving down. The Cowboys see a plug-and-play left guard option still on the board and decide to pounce.
45. BAL-Arnold Ebiketie, EDGE, Penn State
The Ravens go back to the Penn State well to add a productive edge rusher to 2021 first-rounder, Odafe Oweh, to bolster their pass rush.
46. MIN-Logan Hall, DL, Houston
After going secondary in the first round, the Vikes beef up their defensive line with a talented and versatile option from Houston who is getting some first-round buzz as of late.
47. WAS-David Bell, WR, Purdue
The Commanders need to put some more weapons around Carson Wentz if they want to find some offensive success this season and David Bell gets great separation and has impressive hands.
48. CHI-Daniel Faalele, OT, Minnesota
After getting a wide receiver moments ago in this 2022 NFL Mock Draft, the Bears get a mountain of a man to hold down their right tackle spot.
49. NO-John Metchie III, WR, Alabama
Here, the Saints get another weapon for their new rookie quarterback/Jameis Winston with John Metchie III who has impressive speed and separation.
50. KC-Cameron Thomas, EDGE, San Diego State
The Chiefs need to get after these opposing quarterbacks if they want to stop these high-powered AFC offenses, so they add a versatile rusher who can kick inside on third down if needed.
51. PHI-Jalen Pitre, DB, Baylor
The Eagles really need to strengthen their secondary, and do so with a versatile player from Baylor who can play both safety spots, as well as inside or outside corner.
52. PIT-Jamaree Salyer, OL, Georgia
After trading up for a shiny new quarterback, the Steelers need to continue to revamp their offensive line. Salyer played left tackle for the Bulldogs last year, but many project him as a guard at the next level. Either way, he should be able to find a home in Pittsburgh.
53. GB-DeMarvin Leal, DL, Texas A&M
Here, the Packers add a talented player to the middle of their defensive line to play alongside Kenny Clark. Leal was a top recruit and was once viewed as a sure-fire first-round pick, so the talent and upside is clearly there.
54. NE-Roger McCready, CB, Auburn
After the recent departures of both Stephon Gilmore and now J.C. Jackson, the Patriots and Bill Belichick will need to find a new cornerback to groom.
55. AZ-Nik Bonitto, EDGE, Oklahoma
After Chandler Jones left in free agency, the Cardinals now have a glaring need at edge rusher. Bonitto is a bright and dynamic player that fits the mold that Arizona typically looks for.
56. CLE-Perrion Winfrey, DL, Oklahoma
Even after trading down, the Browns get who I likely would have given them at 44 in this 2022 NFL Mock Draft. I seem to be higher on Winfrey than the consensus and believe that he will immediately be an every-down, very impactful player on a defensive line that lacks both depth and upside right now.
57. BUF-Breece Hall, RB, Iowa State
We finally see the first running back come off the board in this 2022 NFL Mock Draft. Hall and the Bills are a popular pairing in the first round, but I think here is a little more likely.
58. ATL-Jaquan Brisker, S, Penn State
The Falcons continue to rack up talented players with a versatile safety from Penn State that will greatly help their secondary.
59. GB-Christian Harris, LB, Alabama
Devondre Campbell and Khrys Barnes have played very well lately, but adding another talented linebacker from Alabama wouldn’t be a bad idea for Green Bay, long-term.
60. TB-Sean Rhyan, OL, UCLA
The Bucs had a couple of offensive linemen move on this offseason, so the team will be seeking a new left guard, and find one here in Rhyan.
61. SF-Cole Strange, OL, Chatanooga
With Laken Tomlinson leaving in free agency, the 49ers will also be looking for a starting left guard. They go with the small-school product who will fit in well with Kyle Shanahan’s offensive scheme.
62. ATL-Kenneth Walker III, RB, Michigan State
The Falcons were able to re-sign 2021 breakout, Cordarrelle Patterson, but I don’t think Mike Davis is their long-term answer as their traditional, between the tackles, running back. Kenneth Walker certainly could be.
63. CIN-Tariq Woolen, CB, UTSA
After addressing their offensive line in the first round of this 2022 NFL Mock Draft, the Bengals can now bolster their secondary with a long and athletic corner from UTSA.
64. DEN-Leo Chenal, LB, Wisconsin
With their first pick in this 2022 NFL Mock Draft, the Broncos get some help at inside linebacker, bringing in a tackling machine from Wisconsin.