2022 2-Round NFL Mock Draft: Round 2 | Picks 33-43
As the second round of this 2022 NFL Mock Draft commences, we enter sleeper territory.
33) Jacksonville Jaguars: Christian Watson, WR, North Dakota State
One of the best things about the draft is seeing FCS players rise above their competition at the FBS level. Christian Watson‘s size and speed were on full display in Fargo. Now, he’s showing that he can do it against any competition.
34) Detroit Lions: Brandon Smith, LB, Penn State
Brandon Smith gives Detroit an athletic linebacker with solid range sideline to sideline. His ability to chase down any ball carrier stands out and will help him in coverage as well, but he’ll need to refine his technique when facing potential blockers.
35) Detroit Lions (mock trade with NYJ): Carson Strong, QB, Nevada
Obviously, Jared Goff isn’t the future of the Lions’ franchise. Fans might not like trading the 32nd pick, but they’ll be fine when they land Carson Strong. Still considered one of the best quarterbacks in this class, Strong has the arm talent to make some eye-popping throws at the NFL level.
36) Baltimore Ravens (mock trade with NYG): Andrew Booth Jr., CB, Clemson
Mock Trade: New York Giants trade pick 36 to Baltimore for picks 45 and 100.
It’s tough to see Andrew Booth Jr. fall this far, but that’s what injuries will do to anyone’s draft stock. Baltimore will be ecstatic to get a potential first-round talent with the 36th pick. One that can produce highlight-reel interceptions with ease.
37) Houston Texans: Jaquan Brisker, S, Penn State
A potential sleeper pick, Jaquan Brisker will be the consolation prize if Houston decides to pass on Hamilton. A multi-year starter for the Nittany Lions, Brisker brings a good skill set to the NFL. He may not be on Hamilton, Hill, or Cine’s level, but he’s still good enough to get excited.
38) New York Jets (from CAR): Roger McCreary, CB, Auburn
Roger McCreary has shutdown ability, and it might just come down to consistency. He faced some of the toughest matchups in college football in his career, so he should be prepared for what the NFL throws his way. Another defender for the Jets in this 2022 NFL Mock Draft means this defense is bound to improve, even with so much young talent.
39) Chicago Bears: Kenneth Walker III, RB, Michigan State
Make no mistake, the running backs in this class have talent. It’s just getting tougher and tougher to justify selecting an RB in Round 1. Even with David Montgomery and Khalil Herbert on the roster, drafting Kenneth Walker III isn’t a bad option.
40) New York Giants (from DEN via SEA): Tyler Linderbaum, C, Iowa
It doesn’t matter where Tyler Linderbaum gets drafted. He’s going to thrive. His tenacity and willingness to play to the whistle will test any defender he faces. He’s going to play until he’s not allowed to anymore, and his opponents better prepare to do the same.
41) New York Giants (from SEA): Sean Rhyan, G, UCLA
This 2022 NFL Mock Draft, if turned into reality, should create a buzz around the franchise. To be able to make a splash by adding Jameson Williams along with drafting three offensive linemen gives the Giants practicality and excitement. Sean Rhyan slides in from his normal tackle spots, giving the line versatility if they need to slide him back out.
42) Indianapolis Colts (from WAS): Arnold Ebiketie, EDGE, Penn State
With Matt Ryan on the roster, the offense is set for now at that position. Other needs, like an edge rusher, can be addressed. Arnold Ebiketie — the former Temple transfer — was destined to be a great player given his path in college. His explosiveness creates plenty of problems for opposing tackles.
43) Atlanta Falcons: Breece Hall, RB, Iowa State
Breece Hall‘s been considered a top prospect for the last couple years, but now he’s able to cash in on that. Hall will need to prove he can create space on his own, but we’ve seen that he knows what to do when he sees an opening.
2022 2-Round NFL Mock Draft: Round 2 | Picks 44-54
As the second round continues, we continue to see plenty of players with great potential.
44) Cleveland Browns: David Ojabo, EDGE, Michigan
David Ojabo‘s injury during Michigan’s Pro Day hurt his draft stock, but he still brings good potential. The tough part for Ojabo is that he was considered a raw prospect who needed some time to develop. An injury means the right team will need to be willing to wait to reap those benefits.
45) New York Giants (from BAL): Tariq Woolen, CB, UTSA
From underdog to second-round pick, Tariq Woolen‘s journey has been fun to watch. The Roadrunners’ star took his game to a new level this year, and he joins a Giants secondary that benefits from adding a 6’3″ corner.
46) Minnesota Vikings: Travis Jones, DT, UConn
With limited picks in the 2022 NFL Draft, the Vikings prioritize quality in this mock. Travis Jones didn’t get much attention while at UConn, but the Senior Bowl allowed him to showcase his skill set. Minnesota needs a powerful presence up the middle of their defense, and Jones fits that need well.
47) Washington Commanders (from IND): Tyler Smith, OT, Tulsa
A sleeper first-round pick, Tyler Smith brings plenty of violence to the players lining up opposite of him. On one of the biggest lines in college football, the Golden Hurricane star found a way to stand out among veterans. Now, he gets a chance to protect Wentz and their future quarterback Pickett (pick 11).
48) Chicago Bears (from LAC): DeMarvin Leal, DT, Texas A&M
Once a potential top-10 pick, DeMarvin Leal‘s stock plummeted into Round 2 following the NFL Combine. Pairing Leal with Khyiris Tonga on the inside of Chicago’s defensive line should still provide plenty of excitement. Leal’s tools are still there, so this shouldn’t be viewed as a disappointing pick. If anything, it makes it underrated.
49) New Orleans Saints: Bernhard Raimann, OT, Central Michigan
Bernhard Raimann held his own against better competition in the Senior Bowl. So much so that he put himself into the second round because of it. The former Austrian is still fine-tuning his craft, but the potential is there.
50) Kansas City Chiefs (from MIA): Trey McBride, TE, Colorado State
Trey McBride worked hard to get to the NFL, and now that work ethic helped separate him from the competition. You can’t have enough weapons with Patrick Mahomes running the offense, so adding McBride will benefit the Chiefs.
51) Philadelphia Eagles: Chad Muma, LB, Wyoming
Like the linebackers taken ahead of him, Chad Muma embodies the word “playmaker.” The Wyoming star recorded 266 tackles and 19 tackles for loss with the Cowboys. Now, he gets a chance to do the same with the Eagles.
52) Pittsburgh Steelers: Desmond Ridder, QB, Cincinnati
If you’re under the impression that Desmond Ridder possesses first-round talent, this might be a disappointing reality check. Cincinnati’s star quarterback can sling it, no doubt. However, a second-round selection remains a more accurate projection. Pittsburgh fans should appreciate his skill set, and soon enough, he’ll overthrow Trubisky for the starting spot.
53) Arizona Cardinals (mock trade with GB): Boye Mafe, EDGE, Minnesota
Mock Trade: Green Bay trades pick 53 to Arizona for pick 55 and a 2023 seventh-round pick.
After addressing their need at corner, Arizona adds a player with explosive potential on the edge of their defense. Boye Mafe took tremendous strides over the last couple of years to get to this point, and now he gets a chance to play opposite J.J. Watt.
54) New England Patriots: Troy Andersen, LB, Montana State
Troy Andersen just seems like the perfect Patriots player. An under-the-radar FCS linebacker with incredible athleticism, it’s easy to see why New England takes him in this 2022 NFL Mock Draft. A 4.42 40-yard dash, 36″ vertical, and 128″ broad jump make him a great value in Round 2.
2022 2-Round NFL Mock Draft: Round 2 | Picks 55-64
Here’s how we wrap up the final picks of this 2022 NFL Mock Draft.
55) Green Bay Packers (mock trade with ARI): Isaiah Likely, TE, Coastal Carolina
We mentioned the need for playmakers in the Packers’ offense earlier in this mock draft. Green Bay adds an explosive playmaker at tight end in Isaiah Likely. The Coastal Carolina star was a feature in the Chanticleers’ offense, and he also brings the ability to make an impact blocking for his teammates.
56) Dallas Cowboys: Christian Harris, LB, Alabama
A former safety, Christian Harris knows his athleticism stands out at the position. He learned how to translate that skill set at linebacker, and the rest is history. Dallas adds a player who still needs some refining for his current position but whose athleticism will help him until that time comes.
57) Buffalo Bills: Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn State
Buffalo returns a ton of talent at wide receiver, so drafting one isn’t a priority. However, Jahan Dotson falling to 57 gives the Bills a gift. Stefon Diggs and Gabriel Davis shine in this offense, but adding Dotson gives them a trio that many teams will dread facing.
58) Atlanta Falcons (from TEN): Skyy Moore, WR, Western Michigan
Turns out that MACtion isn’t just a fun thing to watch in November. Players in the MAC can play at an elite level, too. Skyy Moore boasts a great complementary skill set to tight end Kyle Pitts, and the attention on the Falcons’ star could allow Moore to thrive.
59) Green Bay Packers: Ed Ingram, G, LSU
Adding pass catchers for Rodgers is great, but so is drafting guys who can block for him. Ed Ingram flew mostly under the radar this offseason, but he’s a quality option in Round 2 that can immediately help the Packers’ offensive line.
60) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Cameron Thomas, EDGE, San Diego State
There’s plenty to like about the Tampa Bay interior defensive line, but they’re rough around the edges. Cameron Thomas brings plenty of sleeper potential late in the second round, but there’s a lot of upside to like about his game. He posted 20.5 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks in his final season with the Aztecs.
61) San Francisco 49ers: Kyler Gordon, CB, Washington
Kyler Gordon continues gaining first-round attention, but it’s tough to see him break through. With parts of his game that need some developing, a second-round pick puts him in a good spot. Even though the 49ers signed Charvarius Ward and George Odum, adding a talent like Gordon remains a necessity.
62) Kansas City Chiefs: Kingsley Enagbare, EDGE, South Carolina
At one point, Kingsley Enagbare commanded first-round buzz. While that evaporated quickly, he’s still a quality pick in Round 2. The Chiefs need some more depth on the edge, and Enagbare is a powerful player who can help.
63) Cincinnati Bengals: Abraham Lucas, OT, Washington State
Cincinnati could draft offensive linemen with every pick, and they’d get an A on their draft report card. Protecting Joe Burrow remains priorities 1, 2, and 3. Abraham Lucas didn’t get a ton of attention due to Washington State’s struggles, but he’s a multi-year starter who plays as consistently as anyone in this class.
64) Denver Broncos (from LAR): Drake Jackson, EDGE, USC
Consistency will be the key to Drake Jackson‘s success. Defensively, Jackson brings versatility like no one else in this class, but he needs to find a way to be consistent. He has all of the tools necessary to explode in the NFL, and the Broncos would love this pick even more if he can meet those expectations.
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