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NFL Mock Draft 1.0 Continued (Picks 17-32)



 Scott Wessels / April 7th, 2022 / Staff Image

 Taking over from where I left off yesterday, the rules of my mock draft remain - no trades, acknowledge where a trade could, and probably will occur, and try to draft for the team on the clock.

  • 17. Los Angeles Chargers - Kenyon Green (OT - Texas A&M): If the draft goes as I'm predicting and the Saints did jump the Chargers for Travis Penning, the Chargers are probably trading down here to find a tackle more in line with his draft stock. As it is, Green is a good-looking lineman, just rated closer to the bottom of the first round.
  • 18. Philadelphia Eagles - Devin Lloyd (LB - Utah): Not going to remake the wheel here. Everyone has Lloyd going to the Eagles, where they are in desperate need of linebacking bodies, especially one as talented as the former safety. In modern NFL, Lloyd is perfectly suited to cover tight ends, and fly all over field to make tackles.
  • 19. New Orleans Saints - Jahan Dotson (WR - Penn. St.): With their tackle in the fold, now the Saints can get some help for Winston. Stud receiver Michael Thomas has been dinged up (missing 26 of last 33 games), and Dotson has the speed and a pair of the best hands in the class. Small, but so was the ding on Tyreek Hill...
  • 20. Pittsburgh Steelers - Malik Willis (QB - Liberty): Finally, another QB comes off the board. Torn between Willis and Cincinatti's Desmond Ritter, but Willis appears to be more ready to take over as an NFL quarterback as a rookie.
  • 21. New England Patriots - Kaiir Elam (CB - Florida): While Elam has a second-round grade, his size (6'2" 190 lbs) fits into the Bill Belichick mold of bigger cornerbacks to jam receivers at the line of scrimmage.
  • 22. Green Bay Packers - Jermaine Johnson II (DE - FSU): Packers luck out with how the draft falls, getting the perfect replacement for Za'Darius Smith, after he bolted for the Vikings. Packer fans may boo this pick, hoping for a wideout, but they still have another shot later on.
  • 23. Arizona Cardinals - Tyler Linderbaum (C - Iowa): Can he play center? Yes he can! While undersized, Linderbaum is the best in the draft, and able to get out on the edge on pulling blocks, zero in on his assignment, and make the block. Cardinals' QB, Kyler Murray needed more time, and it starts up the middle.
  • 24. Dallas Cowboys - George Karlaftis (EDGE - Purdue): No consensus on Karlaftis, some services have him squarely in top 10, others near bottom of first round. He's quick, got power, just limited on moves and tends to disappear.
  • 25. Buffalo Bills - Treylon Burks (WR - Arkansas): Great at high-pointing balls, something needed in the windy conditions in Buffalo. Josh Allen will love his competitiveness, as Burks wins most jumpball situations. The Bills will be stacked at receiver.
  • 26. Tennessee Titans - Zion Johnson (OG - Boston College): Actually, one of the players I'd wish the Vikings would target, a sure-fire guard starter on Day 1 as a rookie. With the Titans' running game, fueled by All-World Derrick Henry, they intend to control the line of scrimmage, and set up the play-action passes.
  • 27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Boye Mafe (EDGE - Minnesota) With Vita Vea sticking up the middle, the Buc desperately need an outside pass rush. Mafe has blossomed this past season, and his Senior Bowl performance and testing at the combine opened eyes. Moved from second round into the first. Another Gopher in the Bay.
  • 28. Green Bay Packers - Jameson Williams (WR - Alabama): Rejoice, Wisconsin! Yeah, yeah - the Pack finally spend a first-round pick on a wide receiver, though he does come with a caveat - a torn ACL. Would have been off the board 15 picks or so, if healthy, but all reports from Williams' camp is his rehab should be complete in time for him to be game-ready by October.
  • 29. Kansas City Chiefs - Christian Watson (WR - North Dakota St): After losing Tyreek Hill, the Chiefs are looking for a replacement. But, after seeing how hard it was for Hill to find room in the playoffs, I believe they look for a more physical receiver. Watson has the size, 6'4" - yet still burned the stopwatches with a 4.36 40 yard dash. Couple that with a nearly 40" vertical? Watson will be a Chief.
  • 30. Kansas City Chiefs - Devonte Wyatt (DL - Georgia): Move him inside, move him outside, either way Wyatt will get pressure on the quarterback and make tackles. Quick for his size, the Chiefs make out like bandits in the bottom of the round.
  • 31. Cincinnati Bengals - Andrew Booth (CB - Clemson): Bengals faithful (and coaches) will be seeing replays of Cooper Kupp in their dreams until they can win the George Halas trophy for themselves. Booth is a prime candidate to help achieve that goal, matching up with decent size, and keeping his receiver IN FRONT of him.
  • 32. Detroit Lions - Desmond Ridder (QB - Cincinatti): The third QB in the first round, a down year for quarterbacks, to be sure. But Ridder does have a lot of upside. Getting him in the first round gives the Lions an extra year contract-wise to let him develop. And if he does hit, that extra year on a rookie contract will give them flexibility to build around him. Otherwise, they will be doing this all over again next year. Or the next.
  • I figure a successful mock draft hits five picks after the first 2-3 on a normal year. This year? We don't even have a consensus number one pick, though Aidan Hutchinson seems to be THE GUY. If there is a flurry of trades, I'll update the mock. Otherwise, I'll grade my draft after it's over. *fingers crossed emoji*

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