Day one of the 2021 NFL draft provided a lot of chaos, and if you are like me, the more chaos and confusion, the better. Teams were franticly making trades to procure a currently rostered NFL player or get themselves into a position to draft a critical need.
Trade Chaos As Teams Scramble To Land A Big Time WR
The chaos began with three consecutive trades at picks 11, 12, and 13. At the same time, the Ravens sent Marquise Brown packing to the Arizona Cardinals, followed by the Titans trading A.J. Brown to the Philadelphia Eagles! The WR position played a huge role in all of these round one trades where we had 6 WR's drafted in within the first 18 picks. Overall, there were nine total trades in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft.
Jets won the night, picking three players ranked inside the top 20 Football Scout 365 Big Board.
They started the night snagging Ahmad Sauce Gardner pick 4; they followed that up by getting the Explosive Garrett Wilson out of Ohio State. The Jets traded from 35 to 26 to get the 4th ranked Edge rusher on our board (12th overall), Jermaine Johnson, out of Florida State. They addressed the secondary, pass rush and then grabbed a dynamic playmaker for their 2nd year QB, Zach Wilson.
If the Jets won the night, the Lions were a close 2nd.
The Lions did not disappoint after having the top edge rusher on the Football Scout 365 Big Board fall into their lap (Aidan Hutchinson). They followed up by trading their 32nd and 34th overall picks to the Vikings to move up to pick 12 and snag the top WR on our board, Jameson Williams, out of Alabama.
So what can we expect in round two?
Below are the top ten best available heading into day two of the 2022 NFL Draft.
2nd Round Mock
33). Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from JAX) IDL Travis Jones Uconn
The first pick of round two goes to the Bucs, and with Ndamukong Suh still unsigned, they may opt for DT. The best available is LB Nakobe Dean. The Bucs could also go after a CB, with Andrew Booth Jr still available. They Could also get one of the two available edge players with a high ceiling in Boye Mafe and Arnold Ebikete. They could also address IOL in this spot.
34). Minnesota Vikings (from DET) Edge Boye Mafe Minnesota
The Vikings have needs at DB, edge, and LB. They can have their choice of CB Andrew Booth Jr., LB Nakobe Dean, edge rushers Boye Mafe, or Arnold Ebikete. Michigan Edge David Ojabo, a top ten player on our board until he tore his achilles at his pro day, is still available.
35). Tennessee Titans (from NYJ) Edge David Ojabo Michigan
The Titans have needs on the IOL, and they can use an Edge. I would also consider Malik Willis in this spot.
36). New York Giants QB Malik Willis Liberty
The Giants could go many different ways in this spot, and this feels like a perfect spot to take your potential QB of the future in Malik Willis.
37). Houston Texans LB Nakobe Dean Georgia
The Texans are suddenly showing a legit pulse, and with Nakobe Dean landing in their lap, they can pair him with Derek Stingley as they continue to rebuild the defense.
38). New York Jets (from CAR) OT Bernard Raimann Central Michigan
The Jets could go LB in this spot, but we decided to add the best available OT to provide Mechi Becton insurance.
39). Chicago Bears WR George Pickens, Georgia
The Bears have very little draft capital, so taking one of the best WR's in terms of upside to pair with your year two QB is an intelligent move.
40). Seattle Seahawks (from DEN) QB Desmond Ridder Cincinnati
Seattle grabs a new QB
41). Seattle Seahawks Edge Arnold Ebikete Penn State
The Seahawks grab a developmental edge rusher.
42). Indianapolis Colts (from WAS) WR Christian Watson NDSU
The Colts add a serious deep threat at WR to help out Matt Ryan and open up more opportunities for Michale Pittman in one-on-one situations.
43). Atlanta Falcons CB Andrew Booth Jr. Clemson
After taking Drake London in round one, the Falcons get one of the top CB's in terms of upside in this draft.
44). Cleveland Browns IDL Perrion Winfrey
The Browns secure one of the top IDL based on upside. He is a solid pass rusher from the inside, he needs to improve in the run game, but this is a reliable option for the Browns at a position of need.
45). Baltimore Ravens WR Skyy Moore Western Michigan
The Ravens traded away Hollywood Brown, and they have an immediate need at WR; they go with the speedy Skyy Moore. Moore led FBS in forced missed tackles in 2021 and will in quite nicely with Rashod Bateman in the Ravens offense.
46). Detroit Lions (from MIN) S Jalen Pitre Baylor
The Lions could go QB here. The Lions can continue to address their secondary by going with a safety. We have two available, Jalen Pitre and Jaquan Brisker. Pitre is the lesser ranked on our board and the better fit paired opposite Tracy Walker.
47). Washington Commanders (from IND) LB Troy Andersen Montana State
The Commanders need help in the middle of their defense; they go with the converted QB turned LB who possesses 4.4 sideline to sideline speed with good LB size.
48). Chicago Bears (from LAC) S Jaquan Brisker Penn State
The Bears go after one of the more versatile safeties in the class. Brisker can provide support at all three levels of your defense.
49). New Orleans Saints TE Greg Dulcich UCLA
The Saints get one of the more athletic TE's after the catch in the class. The Saint's offense is looking pretty nasty to this point.
50). Kansas City Chiefs (from MIA) RB Kenneth Walker III Michigan State
The Chiefs have solid options in this spot at WR, John Metchie is available, but it's challenging to ID his fit among the current Chiefs receivers. If the Chiefs believe in Mecole Hardman, they may be content with their current group, and in a league where defenses are utilizing more two-high shells, getting an elite RB might be the route to go. George Pickens, if available, makes a lot of sense.
51). Philadelphia Eagles CB Kyler Gordon Washington
The Eagles go out and get one of the more raw DB's in the draft. Gordon has elite-level upside and versatility. He can play inside and outside.
52). Pittsburgh Steelers WR John Metchie Alabama
If Metchie makes it this far, it's a no-brainer pairing him with Chase Claypool and Diontae Johnson. Metchie can play in the slot and is a polished route runner.
53). Green Bay Packers (from LV) WR David Bell Purdue
The Packers lost out on Metchie, but Bell might be better for an offense that needs a true outside receiver. Bell is not just a physical WR; he is a polished route runner. His slower than expected 40 times at the combine is why he has fallen this far, but the Packers are known for drafting WR's lower and getting elite production.
54). New England Patriots Edge Nik Bonitto Oklahoma
The Patriots could go IDL, but they get a versatile Edge/LB who is one of the more consistent pass rushers in the draft.
55). Arizona Cardinals LB Brian Asamoah Oklahoma
After procuring Hollywood Brown in a draft-day trade, the Cardinals have several needs along the OL and could use an edge defender, LB, or a CB.
56). Dallas Cowboys Edge Drake Jackson USC
The Cowboys could use A LB or an Edge. They get one with a mountain of upside.
57). Buffalo Bills RB Breece Hall Iowa State
The Bills were in the market for an upgrade at RB during free agency; they were shopping for a versatile player at the position. They draft arguably the most versatile in the class.
58). Atlanta Falcons (from TEN) QB Matt Corral Ole Miss
The Falcons go out and get a QB with solid upside.
59). Green Bay Packers OT Luke Goedeke
Goedeke will likely slide into an IOL role early on. He is a solid run blocker with good upside.
60). Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Trey Mcbride Colorado State
The Bucs go get a Gronk replacement who can block and catch. McBride has TE1 upside and will provide immediate impact in this offense.
61). San Francisco 49ers Edge Josh Pachal Kentucky
The 49ers go with an edge player who can flip inside and play a three tech if needed.
62). Kansas City Chiefs WR Jalen Tolbert South Alabama
After taking Kenneth Walker, the Chiefs take their shot at a WR. Tolbert is a speedy long deep threat with a wide catch radius. He is older (23), but pairing him with Mahomes in this spot makes sense.
63). Cincinnati Bengals LB Chad Muma Wyoming
Muma is a versatile LB who can play anywhere off of the football. He has legit NFL size; he can pass rush and drop into coverage. He will need some time to develop but has a ton of high-end upside.
64). Denver Broncos (from LAR) OT Abraham Lucas Washington State
Late riser who needs time to develop his pass pro.